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Curbside Pick-Up Service Starts Tomorrow
We are happy to begin contact-free curbside service on Wednesday June 3rd. Lots of items are ready but there is a backlog so we ask for your patience as we resume services. All requested items currently on hold will remain so through June 15. 

Hours of operation:

  ● Sunday 1-4:30pm
  ● Monday through Thursday 9am-8pm
  ● Friday and Saturday 9am-4:30pm

To pick up items, use the library's parking lot off N. Taylor Ave. For safety and to maintain social distancing, there will be two parking spaces reserved for curbside pick-up. Each space will have signs with instructions to initiate pick-up. The other spaces will be designated “no parking.”

Park in a designated space and call us at 314-821-5770. Follow the prompts for curbside service. All we need is your name and your library card number. Someone will deliver your items to your car. Please remain in your and show your library card or photo ID through your closed window to confirm we are delivering to the correct person. Your items will be placed in your trunk or through the window of an unoccupied seat.

Pedestrians will walk up near the Taylor side lot. If there is a line, please maintain at least 6 feet between other people in line. Call us when you arrive.

Curbside service is limited to items ready to be picked up. If you need assistance placing holds or finding your next good book, contact us at (314) 821-5770 and follow the prompts to speak to a reference or youth services librarian.

All returns must go in the drive up or exterior book drops. Returned items are quarantined for 3 days, so will remain on your library account for at least 3 days before being checked in. Thank you for following these procedures for your safety and that of our staff.

Please visit https://kirkwoodpubliclibrary.org/curbside for more information.

We look forward to seeing you again!


Your Source for Entertainment!
Reading for Current Circumstances
Whether it be wartime, or in this case, pandemic, people tend to choose books that are pure escapism. However, readers may also enjoy a book that reads like current real life. Check out this blog post for some recommended titles.

Beach Reads for Your Summer Escape
Summer might look a little different this year, but the best escapes don’t require flights to secluded beaches. Take one of these treasures with you to your favorite reading spot and you’ll be transported to a whole new world!

Hot New Titles of 2020
The temperature is going up outside and these titles are hot as well! Here are some of the biggest books that have come out since we’ve been closed!
 

Virtual Wacky Wednesdays
The Kirkwood Public Library invites you to our virtual Wacky Wednesday programs! There will be magicians, puppets, scientists, animals, music, and most importantly, fun! Patrons can sign their family up through the calendar on the website, and they will receive a link to the performance by 10:30 am of that Wednesday. You can also select to be signed up for future Wacky Wednesdays as well. We hope to see you there!

Our Doors May Be Closed, But Summer Reading is in Full Swing!
We are not currently in the building to greet your smiling faces, but we’re jumping into our Summer Reading “Imagine Your Story” Program with full force! Summer Reading is running now through August 31. Just like in past years, participating in the Kids, Teen or Adult program is easy to sign up for and log your reading time all online!

Log books you have at home, utilize our ebook sites, Overdrive and Hoopla, free with your library card, and count audiobooks and magazines towards your reading time!

Children will receive hourly prizes and chance tickets for 5-100 hours read, and Teens for 10-100 hours read. There will also be many challenges throughout the summer to increase your chances of winning fun prizes and inspire readers to imagine their story in different ways!

These include a 5 Hour weekly challenge for both programs, where kids and teens will be challenged to read and log 5 hours each week to be entered to win a gift card.

There are several challenges that will push readers to meet reading goals by certain dates in the summer to be entered into raffle drawings, as well as Imagine Your Story challenges that require the completion of a task along with a picture or text submission that you have all summer to complete. We’re also throwing in Art Challenges on a bi-weekly basis for kids and teens that love to show off their creativity.

Adults will log their reading in pages to be entered for these exciting drawings!

● 1000 pages: Entry into gift card drawing
● 2000 pages: Enamel pin and entry into Amazon Echo Dot drawing
● 2500 pages: Cloth Notebook and entry into Kindle Fire drawing

We’ll be sharing book recommendations all summer long on our blogs, Facebook and Instagram! Follow us to stay connected and check-out our May online calendar to see the Children, Teen and Adult virtual programs we are bringing to you!
 

What's Happening in Reference and Adult Services?
Questions, Recommendations, and More:

Reference staff are ready to help via email! Send us your questions through the online catalog, using the contact form here for Reference & Adult Services, or by sending a direct message on Facebook or Instagram.

Be sure to check out the KPL Podcast brought to you by Ryan and Jigisha! They’ll be sure to keep you entertained with author interviews, helpful resources, and how we can stay connected during this time.

Programming:
Most of our book clubs are still taking place online, so you can continue to connect with other readers while staying home! Keep an eye on our Calendar of Events each month for new virtual classes and events. This month we’re even hosting a live virtual art class with an instructor from Perennial!

Databases:
Explore the variety of resources Kirkwood Public Library provides such as discovering family genealogies, learning a new language, gaining new skills for employment opportunities, and more!

While the building is closed, Ancestry Library Edition has temporarily granted permission to access their database from your home! If you would like to get access, please email reference@kirkwoodpubliclibrary.org for more information.


Looking for grant opportunities? You can access Candid’s Candid’s (candid.org) Foundation Directory Online through Kirkwood Public Library by clicking here. KPL can also assist you with funding searches directly. Contact Amanda Berberich for help.
 

Though the Library doors are closed there is much we can offer. Check out these resources and more on our website!

Dial a Story
We are creating content for you daily! Click here to learn about Dial a Story.

KPL Podcast
Check out out KPL Podcast where we discuss all things KPL!

And be sure to check out the Erik Larson interview on the May Week 5 episode!

OverDrive
Access ebooks and downloadable audiobooks with OverDrive! Or download the OverDrive app.

Universal Class
Universal Class offers over 500 different courses to help your educational goals.

Kanopy
Stream award-winning films, documentaries, and kid’s programming with Kanopy. Available to Kirkwood residents only.

Virtual Storytimes
Our doors may be closed but that does not mean you cannot enjoy storytime with our youth staff. Check out new Virtual Storytimes on Facebook and Instagram every Tuesday and Sunday!

KPL Blogs
KPL staff love to read. We also love to blog about what we’ve read. Take a look!

Thank You to Our Donors
... for their generous gifts
to the Library.

May 1. 2020 -
May 26, 2020


Support the Library You Love Campaign Contributors 

Books & Beyond (Not Finished*)
Until we can welcome you back into the gift shop, you can buy some of your favorite cards a https://cardthartic.com/.
Just list "Books & Beyond" as the store receiving credit at check out and
Cardthartic will split the income from your purchases with Books & Beyond.

There is free shipping on orders over $50.


Another way to support Books & Beyond is to purchase
products from the vendors, Two’s Company, Cupcakes & Cartwheels, and 2 Chic, beginning June 2nd at http://twoscompany.com/. You will receive a 10% discount on your purchase and the library will receive 20% of the before tax purchase amount. A retailer code will be necessary to complete the sale and assure that the library is credited for the purchase. You can access this code by emailing twalters@kirkwoodpublic library.org.

Your purchases directly benefit our Kirkwood Library. We hope you will visit these company sights for a pleasant shopping experience!

                        


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