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Public Library Temporary COVID-19 Changes in Operation

In an effort to mitigate risks related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and acting on the authority granted by state law through Resolution No. 777 (May 2020) certain pandemic-related policies and procedures within the City of Osawatomie have been reevaluated by City Manager Mike Scanlon.

Due to the Osawatomie Public Library’s extensive interface with the public, recent increases in local COVID-19 cases, school closures, and staffing shortages in an already small staff, the Osawatomie Public Library will be requiring masks be worn by patrons and staff members until at least January 21st, 2022. Masks will be made available at the Library to any patron or staff member, and the staff is preparing contactless pickup options for materials and checkouts, including curbside pickup and other convenient options.

In addition, programming and other supplemental activities are suspended through January 18th, 2022 to coincide with the closures of Osawatomie USD #367 schools. Library activity during that time will be limited to regular browsing, material pickup and checkout, and limited numbers of public access computers. There will be no storytimes, youth hangouts or play spaces, or adult programming.

These changes are being made out of an abundance of caution and are temporary. They will be reevaluated and adjusted as directed by the City Manager and the Library Director.

Other City facilities and offices will be reevaluating their own COVID-19 mitigation needs beginning Tuesday, January 18th, 2022 to see if other temporary policy or procedure changes are necessary as allowed by Resolution No. 777.

For more information, please contact Library Director Dr. Morgan Crabtree or Public Information Officer Sam Moon.