Library Forges Ahead With Limited Services

By: 
Anita Campbell
County Reporter
While the Warsaw Branch of the Boonslick Library remains closed due to COVID-19, there are still many library services available to area residents.
According to Branch Supervisor Joanne Glowczewski, the Warsaw Library staff is working to help library card holders to use the library.
“We are urging our patrons to call the library and let us help you check out the books you would like to read,” said Glowzewski.  “If you aren’t sure of what book you would like to read, then tell us what type of book you enjoy and we can recommend some titles to you.”
    Since the library closed in March, the library staff has been hard at work trying to find ways to serve the public.  
Presently, patrons can call the library, tell the library staff what book they would like to check out, then pick up the book in the entrance to the library.  When the patron returns the book, it is deposited in the book drop at the back of the library then the book is quarantined for 72 hours before it is put back in circulation.  This also applies to movies or other items that can be checked out from the library.
The library also offers 24/7 WiFi connection in the parking lot of the library as well as online learning.  Students are invited to come by the library parking lot to log on and use the library’s WiFi.
Established in April 1953, Boonslick Regional Library (BRL) provides public library services to the citizens of three counties:  Benton County, Cooper County and Pettis County (excluding the City of Sedalia).  The Pettis County facility, located in Sedalia, is the largest library and serves as the administrative headquarters for the library system.  The administrative headquarters includes the following services:  bookmobile, reference and interlibrary loan, technical processing and computer/network services for the library district.  Other libraries in the system are the Benton County libraries located in Cole Camp and Warsaw; and the Cooper County library located in Boonville.  The BRL Bookmobile provides a vital outreach service to residents residing in rural areas of each county in the library district.
Though all locations remain closed, county residents can still sign up for a library card to utilize the Contactless Item Pickup and many more new services, including a variety of new online resources.
Glowczewski stated that the library would remain closed to the public until COVID cases do not increase for two weeks.  When there have been fourteen consecutive days with no new COVID cases then the library would go into Phase 3, which would mean that patrons would be allowed back in the library but safe distance practices would still be in place.  Computer usage would be limited.
By October 14, the library plans to begin Zoom story time for children.  The Tuesday book club is also set to begin Zoom meetings.
Glowczewski recommended that library patrons check out the Boonslick Library website for many online resources including education and practice exams, ebooks, emagazines, genealogy and much more.
Now library patrons can send a print job from their phone, wireless device or even home computer to the closest Boonslick Regional Library branch! Print jobs will be held in a queue for up to 24 hours and printed when the patron comes to the library door to pick them up. Black and white and color prints cost $0.25 per page.
Method #1: Web Portal
Choose one of the following web portals for most printing:
Boonville
Cole Camp
Sedalia
Warsaw
Method #2: Mobile Phone
Get the PrinterOn app for Android | iOS to print from a mobile phone.
Method #3: E-mail
To print from an e-mail, forward the e-mail to one of the following e-mail addresses:
Boonville:
Cole Camp:
Sedalia:
Warsaw:
Please note that the body of the e-mail and any attachments will be sent as separate print jobs, e.g. an e-mail with a message in the body and one attachment will be sent as two print jobs.
Anyone who wishes to apply for a Boonslick Library card can do that online as well.  A Boonslick Library card is good at any of the four branches.
    The Warsaw Boonslick Library branch looks forward to helping patrons inside the library soon but until that happens, there are many ways to use the library’s many resources.
 

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