All new computers for computer lab in Harrisonville funded by a federal grant

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This computer lab in Harrisonville is available to to the public to reserve for private training events.

The computer lab in the Harrisonville Branch of Cass County Public Library was recently upgraded with all new computers and other equipment.

The computer lab is for public use. The lab contains 21 computers including a trainer computer with digital projector, interactive SMART board technology, and web conferencing equipment.

Each computer is loaded with a slate of professional software including Microsoft Office products.

The computer lab can be reserved without a fee by local Cass County businesses, non-profits, private groups and individuals for use during library hours of operation.

Call the Harrisonville Branch at 816-884-3483 to reserve the computer lab. (Scroll down to see the library’s policies on reserving the computer lab.)

Thank you to the United States Congress for maintaining funding to the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), the source of funding for this project, and to the Missouri Secretary of State, Jason Kander, and the Missouri State Library for distributing these funds to Cass County Public Library for the benefit of our community.


Computer Lab Policy

The Cass County Public Library – Harrisonville Branch has PCs that provide access to computer software, information databases and Internet for use by the general public. CCPL’s computer lab may be used to provide computer and Internet use training workshops to the general public, groups and organizations.

Groups or organizations may reserve the computer lab, free of charge, under the following provisions.

  • During the hours the Harrisonville Branch is open. Evening training sessions must conclude 15 minutes prior to the closing of the library.
  • By and adult (over age 18) showing a valid picture ID and proof of current address and phone number. Groups composed of minors (less that 18 years of age) must have adult supervision.
  • Library sponsored or co-sponsored programs take precedence over other groups. CCPL reserves the right to change or cancel reservations in emergency situations.
  • May not be used for direct profit-making purposes and no admittance fees may be charged.
  • Organizations (profit or not-for-profit) or institutions may sponsor informational or educational programs, however, no payment or order for goods or services may be accepted on library premises or be required for attendance. The computer lab may not be used to sell products or services or to recruit potential customers or partners.
  • A not-for-profit organization may sponsor a workshop or information presentation and may charge a program fee that covers the cost of program presentation.

Computer Lab General Information

Cass County Public Library staff is available to conduct classes. Information about available computer classes may be obtained from Library Staff.

Groups and organizations are restricted to use of the software that is available on the computers housed in the computer lab. CCPL staff will not load outside software on the library’s computers.

Web conferencing equipment is available for use in the computer lab to be used in conjunction with the computer lab equipment. 

Advance notice of 24 hours must be provided to CCPL in the event that a reservation is to be cancelled. If cancellation is not made, future availability to that group may be curtailed.

Smoking, eating, and drinking are prohibited in the computer lab.

Each group or organization assumes the full responsibility for any damages incurred resulting from the use of the computer lab as well as for actions and behavior of those in attendance. Abuse of the equipment or improper behavior will be sufficient cause to deny further use of the computer labs and all applicable laws are in effect.

CCPL is not liable for damage to or loss of property of organizations or groups using the computer lab.

Granting use of the computer lab does not imply approval by CCPL of the group, the training provided or the ideas presented.

All users are subject to the provisions of the CCPL Internet Use Policy. Violations of these policies may be sufficient cause to deny further use of the computer labs.

Computer Lab Booking Procedure

Computer lab reservations must be made by an adult showing current picture ID card with proof of current address and phone number. Groups composed of minors (less than 18 years of age) must have adult supervision.

Confirmed reservations for use of the computer lab can be made in advance through the Harrisonville Branch by phoning 816-884-3483. Reservations must be confirmed in person by signing the computer lab request form before using the room.

Computer lab users must agree to abide by the CCPL Computer and the Internet Acceptable Use Policy.

Each group or organization assumes the full responsibility for any damages incurred resulting from the use of the computer lab as well as for the actions and behaviors of those in attendance.

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Area chambers hold a ribbon cutting for the new location of the library in Belton

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The new location of the Northern Resource Center opened on November 14, 2016. The Library Board of Trustees and the Chambers of Commerce of Belton, Raymore and Peculiar held a ribbon cutting on November 30th to mark the occasion.

Officials from the Chambers and Cities of Belton, Raymore and Peculiar were there to help celebrate, along with Cass County Commissioner Jimmy Odom and State Representative Jack Bondon.

Library Trustee President, Mary Dobson, addressed the distinguished guests welcoming them to the new library and thanking the library staff and volunteers for helping with the relocation.

Thank you to everyone who turned out for this event!

The new location of Northern Resource Center located in the North Cass Shopping Center at at 1741 E North Ave, Belton, Missouri, directly across the street from its former location.

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Friends of the Library book sale to be held in “The Old NRC”

friendslogoFriday  &  Saturday, Dec  2– 3, 2016

  • Friday 1pm—7pm
  • Saturday Bag Sale 9 –5 (Bag sale 9am – 12pm; Everything is free for teachers 1pm –3pm; Everything is free for all 3pm—5pm)

Donation Drop Off Mon, Nov 28,  3pm – 7pm; & Tue, Nov 29, 10am—2pm (Contact kleibecky@gmail.com to arrange drop-off of large donations at other times; no textbooks, VHS or board games, please.)

TO be held at “The Old NRC”, 164 Cedar Tree Square, Belton, MO 64012

The Friends of the Library will host a huge sale to benefit the Cass County Public Library Foundation.

For sale:

  • Hardbacks $2
  • Paperbacks $1
  • DVDs/CDs $1
  • Library shelving
  • Gift baskets
  • Pre-wrapped mystery gift books
  • More…

Friends of the Library pre-sale event:
Ask a librarian how to become a Friend of the Library and attend the Friends Only Pre-sale event on Thursday, December 1.

Location: 164 Cedar Tree Square, Belton, MO. The sale will be held in the old, vacant  library building after the Northern Resource Center moves to its new location.

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Northern Resource Center to close for relocation

wearemovingDates Closed
The Northern Resource Center in Belton will close Monday, October 31 and remain closed through Sunday, November 13 to relocate the library.

Reopen Date/New Location
The branch will reopen on Monday, November 14 in its new home at 1741 E North Ave, Belton, MO.

Due Dates Extended
All due dates beginning October 31 through November 13 will be extended until Saturday, November 19.

Holds
Holds for NRC patrons will be rerouted and made available for pick up at our location in Harrisonville (400 E Mechanic).

Alternately, you may choose to stop your holds. To stop holds during the closure, call 816-331-0049. Once stopped, your holds list will reactivate on November 14; you will not lose your place in the wait list.

Nearby Locations
Visit your nearby library locations, or call them for service needs.

  • Harrisonville Branch: 400 E Mechanic, Harrisonville, MO. 816-884-3483.
  • Pleasant Hill Branch: 1108 N MO-7 Pleasant Hill, MO. 816-987-2231.
  • Bookmobile: Multiple weekly stops in Raymore and Peculiar. View weekly schedule here. 816-258-2244.

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No programs will be held during the closure. Consult the online calendar for rescheduled events.

Story times will be canceled for two weeks before the move. The final story times before the move will be on Tuesday, October 18 (Lapsit story time, 9:30am; Preschool story time, 11:00am).

Looking Forward
Come in soon and stock up on library material before we close.

We are excited about the move and look forward to seeing you in the new location!

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Author, publishing editor, and RayPec graduate to appear at Belton library

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Author visit: Cheryl Klein
Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 6 – 8 p.m.
Northern Resource Center – Cass County Public Library
164 Cedar Tree Square, Belton, MO 64012

The Cass County Public Library Foundation is hosting Cheryl Klein for the signing of her book, The Magic Words—Writing Great Books For Children and Young Adults (W. W. Norton & Company). Ms. Klein draws on fifteen years of experience as an editor to create an essential handbook for writers of children’s and young adult fiction.

The event will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at the Northern Resource Center Library at Cedar Tree Square in Belton.magic-words

Cheryl Klein is the executive editor at Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, where she served as continuity editor on the last two books of the Harry Potter series. She is an experienced speaker on the subject of writing and editing and the author of Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults, a self-published collection of speeches and blog posts on the art of editing children’s and young adult books. She is a 1996 graduate of Raymore-Peculiar High School and the daughter of Alan and Becky Klein.

Ms. Klein will give a short presentation at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served during the evening event. Books will be available for purchase for $18.95 provided by Reader’s World of Lee’s Summit.

 

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Library adds new language database

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Learn a foreign-language on-the-go with the latest Library digital tool: Pronunciator.

Pronunciator is a fun and free way to learn any of 80 languages with self-directed lessons, live teachers, movies, music, and more.

Pronunciator features:

  • Full-featured apps for all Android, Apple and Kindle Fire devices.
  • Up to 22 months of guided instruction per language or just an 8 week pre-trip immersion
  • Language-learning through the hits of major recording artists, with lyrics.
  • Download any of 4,000 phrasebooks in PDF format and take it with you on your next adventure.
  • Hundreds of hours of audio lessons per course helps you extend your learning offline. Download to your mp3 player or burn to CD for your commute.
  • Interactive full-length feature films, with integrated drills and quizzes.
  • 6-week immersion for frontline healthcare providers to better communicate with patients and their families.
  • Prepare for the real world of language with workplace-specific exercises.
  • Proprietary speech analysis and real-time scoring ensures you are speaking accurately and understandably.
  • 100 videos with interactive exercises to prepare New Americans for the Naturalization Test.
  • Grammar References provide the insights you need to take your learning further, faster.
  • Virtual conversations simulate real-world interaction to an uncanny degree. It’s the closest you can get to speaking face to face with a native.
  • Perfect your pronunciation of tonal languages like Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese with our pitch drill, which uses musical notes to compare your pitch with native speakers.
  • Hop on board video city tours and learn about major sites in style.
  • Fun short films for the youngest learners.

This database replaces Mango Languages. Let us know what you think.

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Food For Fines at the Library

Canned-Goods-storyDo you have late fees at the library?

August is Food For Fines Month.

Through August 31st, bring canned items or dry food items to donate. For each donated item, we will remove $2 of overdue fines from your account. (We cannot remove fees charged for lost or damaged books).

Please make sure the expiration date has not been reached on donated items.

The food will be donated to local food banks.

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