Library Update- May 28

The Carrollton Public Library Board met for their monthly session on May 26th and has announced the following plan for reopening the library’s physical building beginning WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2020:

1. The library’s building will be open to the public with limits of 10 (ten) patrons at one time because of social distancing guidelines set forth by public health officials

2. Patrons visiting the building will be encouraged to wear masks

3. Patrons will need to sign in when entering the building or check in with library staff when arriving

4. The time limit for computer usage is 30 minutes.

5. Browsing for reading materials is limited to 30 minutes.

6. The Board asks patrons to be kind and courteous to other patrons and respect time limits to allow more people to enjoy their library visits.

7. The NO-CONTACT services will still be available as these services have been well received by our patron base. These services include taking patron’s phone calls, text messages, emails, or Facebook messenger to fulfill hold requests. The library ask patrons to either call, 660-542-0183, email, or reach out to library staff on social media/Facebook messenger:

8. Patrons needing photocopy, printing, or fax services, the library staff will continue the NO-CONTACT service options for these needs as well. Just a phone call to the library 660-542-0183 or a quick email with the explanation of what is needed to will allow patrons to access these services while the physical building occupancy remains limited.

9. The library’s book drops located outside the main library on Folger Street and in the parking lot off Monroe Street remain open for book returns. Patrons are asked to use the outside book returns when possible, however, there will be an inside book return for items. This is due to quarantining and sanitization measures to ensure the safety of library materials.

10. The Get Connected courier service funded by the Missouri State Library is operational and patrons can place holds on items from Missouri Evergreen consortium libraries. Expect a longer wait time for your materials as quarantine and sanitizing protocols are followed by library staff.

11. The Carrollton Public Library has digital collections that include thousands of items using Overdrive through or the LIBBY APP or AXIS360 APP, Tumblebooks, and MOREnet’s Learning Express Library and Ebsco for learning resources. Patrons are encouraged to access the virtual library. Go to or the library’s Facebook and use the web page links to access the many electronic materials available including books, audios, and videos plus digital storytimes by our staff and Tumblebooks.

12. If patrons do not already have a library card, residents of Town of Carrollton and those residents living outside city limits can get a virtual eCard for access to these digital resources. Please follow this link listed on the library’s website,, to complete the online form or reach out to us by calling the library at 660-542-0183, reaching out by email to, or use the library’s Facebook page messenger.

13. During this phase of the reopening plan, outreach services are not available.

14. The library’s Summer Reading Program will kick off on June 1st with virtual programs until June 26th. When the Library Board meets for their regularly scheduled session on June 23, this will be reassessed. Please stay tuned for more details regarding our summer programs and collaboration with the Norborne Public Library.

15. Harvester’s Food Network’s “Grab and Go” snacks will be offered at the library’s west entrance (Monroe Street parking lot) beginning June 1st. The schedule will be weekly on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 2 – 4 p.m. for those children up to age 18 to ensure our community’s youth receive healthy snacks during the summer. Parents or care providers will need to attend with their children to receive the meals.

Sue Lightfoot, Library Director notes, “ As the Library Board felt the need to reopen the library, the library staff feels comfortable moving forward with the reopening plan. We hope the patrons will feel comfortable and safe as well knowing the staff has been preparing for this day.” She continues, “A few positives the library staff has learned due to COVID-19 are we work well as a team unit, we marked off several items on our “back burner to-do” lists, and we miss our patrons and their stories greatly. We appreciate the community’s support of our library and we WILL see you soon!”

Carrollton Public Library Board, Administration and Library Staff

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