Archie Re-Opens After Flooding

After nearly 2 weeks of hard work cleaning up flood damage, the Archie branch has re-opened! In the early morning hours of July 27th, the Kansas City area experienced heavy rains. South Cass County received over 7 inches in just 4 hours, causing many areas to flood, including parts of Archie, MO. The Police Station, City Hall, and Library, all located on south Main Street, had between 4 and 30 inches of water inside. The library had about 6 inches of water inside, and had books, computer equipment, and furniture damaged by the water.

Fox 4 KC covered the initial damage here.

 

Many volunteers from the community came to help us clean up as soon as the water receded. Without the help of patrons, the community, local businesses, and donations, we would not have been able to re-open so quickly. We are truly grateful for the support from our community. We would like to extend a very special thanks to the Sutton and Patton families, who both worked with us to get the water out of the branch as quickly as possible. Thank you to Pioneer Supply for lending us fans to help dry out the carpet. Thank you to everyone who donated to help us bear the costs of repairs: the Cass County Public Library Foundation, the Archie Fall Festival Committee, Archie 2000, and everyone locally or across the country who donated to the GoFundMe campaign.

We are still working to replace furniture that was damaged. We are currently using carts to store some of our collection until we can get a new shelving section to replace the one that was damaged. The carpet is dry and disinfected; we were even able to save the children’s rug.

 

The generosity of Archie has not stopped there. The Archie Fall Festival Committee is hosting Bingo at the Fishing Dock on August 30th, and they have graciously offered to donate the proceeds from the event. We are amazed at the outpouring of generosity in the community. Also on August 30th, the Archie branch will be hosting an open house and community appreciation day. It starts at 11am, after Storytime, and concludes with the end of summer party (that was scheduled for the day Archie flooded) at 4pm. For more information on the open house, click here.

If you would still like to help, you can donate to the cause. Thanks to patron suggestions, we also have 4 wish lists on Amazon of all of the items we lost in the flood. Our Large Print and Western collections were hardest hit, but we lost titles from all of our collections.

Picture Books & Board Books:  http://a.co/jboUNV7
Large Print titles: Link: http://a.co/9GTXS9T
Teen & Children’s titles: http://a.co/5RIy88C
Adult Fiction titles: http://a.co/9N1OdcB

Thank you for supporting us through the repairs, and we hope to see you at the library again soon. We are open and ready to serve you.

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Online Self Defense

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The internet is a big place. Our world is becoming increasingly digital, and many companies, organizations, and individuals store their files, photos, and lives online (in the cloud). It can be easy to take things for granted on the internet, especially since we spend so much time online. Security and privacy are important in our lives, and they should be no less important online.

With this is mind, we have added a page on our website to help patrons learn self-defense and practice good behavior when online. Structured like physical self defense and martial arts programs, this Online Self Defense course moves through different skill levels (belts) to teach online security to everyday users. Start with the White Belt and learn the basics of personal internet security. As you move through the 5 levels, the information gets more advanced and specialized. The information in each level builds on the previous level.

For the typical internet user, the White and Yellow Belts will be sufficient for everyday browsing. However, if you are interested in improving your privacy, move on to the Green Belt. If you want to learn more about encrypting your communications, go through to the Brown Belt. Finally, if you want to lock down your online presence and activity as much as possible, you will be interested in moving on to the Black Belt.

You can find this information in many places online, but rarely in one place (or curated by your local library). Some companies even charge for the information and the implementation of the services listed. We want our patrons to have access to this information and to be safe and responsible digital citizens.

Visit our Online Self Defense page now, and get started: http://www.casscolibrary.org/online-self-defense

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Thank You, Summer Reading Sponsors!

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Summer Reading starts on June 5th at all Cass County Public Library branches! This year’s theme is Build A Better World. As in years past, we could not provide award books or special events without the help of sponsors and volunteers throughout the county. We are grateful for all of our sponsors and the money, resources, and time they contribute.

Please support and thank our sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program:

Sponsors for SRP Award Books

  • Cass County Public Library Foundation
  • Peculiar Charitable Foundation
  • Wal-Mart Distribution Center

Countywide

  • Pizza Hut Corporation
  • Rhonda Kasper-University of Missouri Extension

Archie

  • Adrian Bank
  • Adrian Kreisler Drug/Floral
  • Archie First Baptist Church
  • Archie PTO
  • Awesome Archie Volunteers
  • Busy Bee Quilters (Archie United Methodist Church)
  • Casey’s General Store of Adrain
  • Intelliair, LLC
  • James Binkley, DDS
  • KFG Enterprises, LLC
  • Major Petroleum (Quick Break)
  • Mama’s Kitchen
  • Rolling Meadows Animal Hospital
  • Tiffany Hentschel
  • Wayne & Jewel Hendrickson

Drexel

  • Bartholomew Oil Company
  • Casey’s General Store
  • Cass Regional Medical Center
  • Citizen’s Bank
  • Dedicated Drexel Community Supporters and Volunteers
  • Double TT Steakhouse
  • Drexel Teen Helpers
  • Drexel Veterinary Clinic
  • Innovaprep
  • Kasper Auto Parts
  • MoKan Outdoor Power & Equipment Inc

Garden City

  • April Nourse
  • Bowe Corp
  • Casey’s General Stores
  • Cole’s JD Schrock Oil Company
  • Comfort Solutions
  • Cylinder Optics
  • Fantastic Garden City Library Volunteers
  • Garden City City Hall
  • Garden City Laundry
  • Garden City Plastics Equipment & Supply Company
  • Good Shepherd Thrift Store
  • Jes Dan’s Creations
  • Joe’s Tire and Lube
  • Kurzweil’s Country Meats
  • Lead Bank
  • May-Day Tax Service
  • Old Cedar Inn
  • Phil Needham—Missouri Dept. of Conservation
  • Seven Stop
  • Sherwood Bank
  • Sherwood Weekly
  • Steve D. Croy State Farm Insurance
  • Sutherland’s Lumber Company
  • Tara Carter & Noble

Harrisonville

  • Absolute Health Chiropractic
  • American Heritage
  • Casey’s General Store
  • Cass Career Center
  • Cass Regional Medical Center
  • Chaldeans of Harrisonville
  • Community Bank of Harrisonville
  • Community Financial
  • Dairy Queen of Harrisonville
  • Daryl Bohannon/State Farm Insurance
  • Family Video
  • Harrisonville Animal Clinic
  • Harrisonville Chamber of Commerce
  • Helpful Harrisonville Volunteers
  • Holly Shaefer
  • Kiwanis of Harrisonville
  • McDonald’s
  • Quik Trip
  • Reece and Nichols-Smith Realty
  • Rotary Club of Harrisonville
  • Schroeder Chiropractic
  • Show-Me Auto Mall
  • Sonic (Harrisonville)
  • Stafford and Stafford
  • Steinmetz Neon LLC
  • Subway

Northern Resource Center

  • Becky and Alan Klein
  • Belfonte
  • Benton House
  • Chipotle
  • Community Bank of Raymore
  • Culver’s
  • Donna Sands
  • Friends of Lakeside Nature Center
  • Green Games Jewelry
  • Melinda Vaters
  • NRC Volunteers
  • Peculiar Games & Hobbies
  • Phil Needham—Missouri Dept. of Conservation
  • Ray-Pec Retired Teachers Book Club
  • Ray-Pec Sunrise Optimist Club
  • Wendy’s

Pleasant Hill

  • Community Bank of Pleasant Hill
  • Dogwood Power
  • Flowers and Friends
  • Goppert Financial Bank of Pleasant Hill
  • Phil Needham– Missouri Dept. of Conservation
  • Pleasant Hill Volunteers
  • The Optimist Club of Pleasant Hill
  • Whistle Redi-Mix, Inc

 

 

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TumbleBooks Update: Download the App

Tumble Book Library, a resource that we have offered to our patrons for a while now, has an exciting update. Besides being able to access hundreds of eBooks and animated storybooks in the library or at home, you can now access Tumble Book Library from your iOS or Android mobile device!

Search for TumbleBooks in either app store, and download it for free. Once it has installed on your device:Tumble App

  1. Tap the Library button
  2. Select USA
  3. Select Missouri
  4. Tap Next
  5. Find Cass County Public Library in the first box
  6. Enter your library card number in the second box
  7. Tap Log In!

After logging in, you’ll be able to access the same great titles you see on your desktop or library computer. Don’t worry, the storybooks are still animated and the text is highlighted as the narrator reads. It’s great for lap time on the couch or for road trips. Try out the new Tumble Books app, and bring your stories with you wherever you go.

 

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There’s a Mouse in the Library!

That’s right! There’s a mouse in the library, and it’s perfect for the kids. All Cass County Public Library branches and the Bookmobile now have access to ABCMouse, an early learning resource for children ages 2 to 8. This resource was made available to us at no cost, and we are excited that we can offer it to our patrons!

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ABCMouse is an award-winning program with thousands of educational games, activities, and lessons. There are also hundreds of books that children can read on their own or with a family member. Children can explore reading, math, science, art, and music. They can also visit the virtual zoo or farm, take care of a hamster, and keep a virtual aquarium. In addition, children can read books, play educational games, put together puzzles, and much more. Each adventure in ABCMouse combines all of these tools to help kids succeed in learning. As kids complete lessons and activities, they earn tickets and other rewards. Tickets can be used to unlock outfits for their character, new pets, and even other games and activities.

Created by education professionals, ABCMouse is sure to be a handy learning tool for your children. Although ABCMouse is online, you don’t have to worry about ads, popups, or external links. We are proud to be able to offer this resource to our youngest patrons, and we hope that you can take advantage of it! ABCMouse is available inside the library and on the Bookmobile only, so be sure to explore it on your next visit. You can find ABCMouse under our resources or on our kids’ page.

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Streaming Video Now Available

In addition to downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks, Cass County Public Library offers nearly 600 streaming videos through Missouri Libraries 2 Go. Patrons can find and access TV shows, feature films, documentaries, and instructional videos with a valid library card. There are also over 200 children’s videos that include animated storybooks.

Any of the videos can be checked out for up to 7 days, and viewed in the OverDrive App or an up-to-date web browser: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Internet Explorer 10 and newer, or Safari. Since the videos cannot be downloaded, you will need an Internet connection to watch them.

OverDrive ArrowTo access streaming videos through the OverDrive app, tap the menu icon to the right of the books. Then, select Collections, and scroll down to see the video options.

From your computer, select Collections (under the Missouri Libraries 2 Go logo). Video options will be under the menu on the right. Patrons can view what is currently available with no wait, new additions, and what’s popular.

 

Grab the popcorn, and start streaming today!

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Library Funding in Jeopardy

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A recent survey reveals what people love about CCPL.

MO Secretary of State, Jay Ashcroft, says that libraries “expand opportunity and unleash potential” in their communities. This year, funding for Missouri libraries faces deep cuts at both the state and federal levels. State funding, through the state library, and federal funding, through the IMLS, helps libraries provide adequate internet connections, materials, and many other services that our communities need.

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Cass County Public Library services in 2016

In 2016, Cass County provided a variety of services to its patrons. Without adequate funding, services may be reduced. Click to enlarge the infographic on the left.

What is IMLS and what does it do?
IMLS may be just another acronym to many people. However, the Institute of Museum and Library Services is very important to CCPL, Missouri libraries, and libraries across the country. The IMLS is the only federal agency charged with providing critical support to our nation’s museums and libraries. IMLS provides funding to state libraries through the Library Service and Technology Act (LSTA). Of the $155 million the IMLS provides for library services, Missouri libraries receive $2.9 million. The president’s proposed FY2018 budget calls for the elimination of funding for many independent agencies, including IMLS. Without that funding, the Missouri State Library could not offer grant funding for collection development, early literacy initiatives, technology upgrades, reliable internet connections, and more. Cass County Public Library has been able to provide those services because of IMLS funding.

 

What is the Missouri State Library?
The Missouri State Library promotes the development and improvement of library services throughout the state, provides direct library and information service in support of the executive and legislative branches of Missouri state government, and strives to ensure all Missourians have equal access to library services. It is also responsible for maintaining the Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library. The Missouri Constitution specifies that funds will be appropriated each year to support public libraries. A large portion of those funds are appropriated specifically for internet connections and technical support, which many libraries could not afford otherwise.

Why does it matter to Cass County?
The Missouri State Library awards IMLS funding to local libraries for service improvements. Cass County Public Library has received funding and grants through this process to help us serve you, our patrons, better.

Some of these improvements include:

  • The construction and improvement of the computer lab at the Harrisonville branch
  • Laptops available for checkout
  • Early literacy computers for children
  • Funding for enriching programs and materials for our Summer Reading Program
  • Purchasing new materials, both physical and digital, for patrons to use
  • Research databases and online resources to assist students, job seekers, researchers, and lifelong learners

We provide the best service that we can with the resources we have. Elimination of the IMLS will make it exceedingly harder to provide patrons with services that are needed.

Why should it matter to you?
We strive to “unleash potential” in Cass County by offering computer classes, materials, and internet access for those who cannot access it on their own. Many people rely on libraries for tools to improve their skills, educate themselves with reliable resources, and broaden their horizons. A skilled workforce and educated populace is essential. Without funding, libraries, including Cass County Public Library, cannot provide adequate internet connections, materials, and other services that their communities need.

Cass County Public Library provides a strong return on investment. For every $1.00 that a Cass County resident pays, they receive nearly $4.00 in library services. Those services are in danger of being reduced or eliminated.

Let your legislators know the positive impact that Missouri libraries have in our communities, and how much they mean to you. To find your representatives and senators, visit http://casscolibrary.org/guide/government#County.

To download the infographic above, right-click on the image and select “Save Image As…” Feel free to share the image to inform others of the services we provide.

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