Mask guidance for libraries:
While the new guidance is a positive step, the vast majority of people need to be fully vaccinated before COVID-19 precautions can be lifted broadly. Until then, it is important that everyone continues to adhere to public health mitigation measures to protect the large number of people who remain unvaccinated.
CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people continue to take these COVID-19 precautions when in public, when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple other households, and when around unvaccinated people who are at high risk of getting severely ill from COVID-19:
• Wear a well-fitted mask.
• Stay at least 6 feet from people you do not live with.
• Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings.
• Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
• Follow guidance issued by individual employers.
• Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations.
NicheAcademy offers a large collection of tutorials geared toward assisting libraries during and after the pandemic: https://my.nicheacademy.com/reopening
WebJunction has the following webinars:
From American Libraries:
From Library Journal:
From School Library Journal:
From the OCLC REALM Project:
Reopening considerations for LAMs (archives, libraries, and museums)
State of Kansas
Proclamation by the Governor
To the people of Kansas, Greetings:
Whereas, the Kansas Talking Book Division of the State Library of Kansas is taking part in a week-long celebration marking the beginning of free library services for the blind; and
Whereas, the federal Pratt-Smoot act was enacted on March 3, 1931, establishing free library services for blind adults under the administration of a National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) in the Library of Congress; and
Whereas, Kansas Talking Books provides materials and supportive services to blind and print disabled Kansans; and
Whereas, these print impaired individuals may participate in enriching programs and activities connecting patrons to a collection of more than 100,000 items; and
Whereas these print disabled patrons may choose from materials ranging from digital books to Braille and tactile materials, audio and descriptive videos to popular magazines and current newspapers; and
Whereas, with the cooperation of the U.S. Postal Service, participants receive these materials through the mail free of charge.
Now, therefore, I, Laura Kelly, Governor of the State of Kansas, do hereby proclaim March 1st-5th, 2021 as Talking Books Week in Kansas and I urge all citizens to join in the celebration of this free library service for all Kansas residents who are unable to read or used standard printed materials due to vision impairment, physical impairment, reading and /or other print disabilities.
Kansas Libraries Report One Million Minutes of Reading
As of July 17th, the numbers are:
For more information, view the full press release or visit the State Library of Kansas website.