Kansas City Public Library fully reopens to public after COVID-19 shutdown

Kansas City Public Library fully reopens to public after COVID-19 shutdown
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The Kansas City Public Library fully reopened to the public Tuesday.Patrons can once again browse the collections and touch the books.”People miss being able to just bring their kids here for an hour on a rainy day or a day that’s too hot. They miss their Storytimes, which are still going to remain virtual for now, but they’ve missed the interaction with the people that they’re used to,” library spokeswoman Talia Evans said.The children’s section was busy in no time at the Central Library downtown.”Finally, we are here at our favorite spot. It’s good to see all the other kids, all ages are here,” Marina Krstic said.While the library maintained a strong online presence during the pandemic and offered visits by appointment, this is something patrons have missed.”We’ve been searching for ways to keep the kids entertained and this is one of our favorite places. It’s been a long time coming,” parent Andi Abernathy said.There is a new motion-activated exhibit that has had no audience until now.Masks will still be required for now. Library officials say they serve a lot of children and vulnerable populations and safety remains a priority. But for many people, this is a chance to rediscover an old favorite.Only one of the 10 library locations remains closed. Trails West in Independence is going through renovations and will reopen later this month. Library summer programs also began Tuesday.

The Kansas City Public Library fully reopened to the public Tuesday.

Patrons can once again browse the collections and touch the books.

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“People miss being able to just bring their kids here for an hour on a rainy day or a day that’s too hot. They miss their Storytimes, which are still going to remain virtual for now, but they’ve missed the interaction with the people that they’re used to,” library spokeswoman Talia Evans said.

The children’s section was busy in no time at the Central Library downtown.

“Finally, we are here at our favorite spot. It’s good to see all the other kids, all ages are here,” Marina Krstic said.

While the library maintained a strong online presence during the pandemic and offered visits by appointment, this is something patrons have missed.

“We’ve been searching for ways to keep the kids entertained and this is one of our favorite places. It’s been a long time coming,” parent Andi Abernathy said.

There is a new motion-activated exhibit that has had no audience until now.

Masks will still be required for now. Library officials say they serve a lot of children and vulnerable populations and safety remains a priority. But for many people, this is a chance to rediscover an old favorite.

Only one of the 10 library locations remains closed. Trails West in Independence is going through renovations and will reopen later this month. Library summer programs also began Tuesday.

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