Our community, our nation, has been struck by a vicious virus over the last several months. It’s one that knows no boundaries, no race barriers, no age restrictions, and no income levels. Its closed schools, libraries, restaurants, and our favorite shops. It’s left our world turned upside down and well, the shelves out of toilet paper!

  The library, though our doors are closed, are still working diligently to provide you with services. We have been sharing digital resources on our Facebook page each day from art projects to online story time programs, and so much more. We never miss an opportunity to tell you that we truly miss seeing you and providing whatever service you may need!

As we continue to monitor this situation, we will be issuing Dorothy Bramlage Public Library cards and Kansas Library eCards in a more unconventional way. Typically both cards are issued in person, however, we don’t want you to miss the opportunity to connect to resources so we are going to be issuing these in a different way!

To obtain either, simply email jclibrary@jclib.org or call 785-238-4311 and a staff member will return your call within 24 hours. The DBPL card will provide access to eBooks and digital audio and video titles through Sunflower eLibrary and Hoopla, all available through the library website with your library card. The Kansas Library eCard provides a wider range of services including Universal Class (learn a new hobby), Mango Languages (you can even learn to speak pirate), and more!

I know some of you have been worried about having your books and DVDs, checked out from the library, for so long. Rest assured, we will be working together to ensure no fines accumulate during our closure. So we encourage you to enjoy your items longer! The book drop, during the library’s closure, will not be available.

I know this is a lot y’all. A lot of us have transitioned from full time employee to working from home or without a job, as your employer had to close. Some of you have become teachers overnight, educating multiple grade levels at once. We are stressed. We are tired. And we aren’t seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. But here’s what I can tell you, this is a season. And just like spring and fall, seasons come and go.

During this season of uncertainly, I am reminded of the ant. Frank Sinatra sang this song about an ant and what it means to have hope and it’s never been more fitting. It goes something like this,

Next time you're found, with your chin on the ground

There a lot to be learned, so look around

Just what makes that little old ant

Think he'll move that rubber tree plant

Anyone knows an ant, can't

Move a rubber tree plant

But he's got high hopes, he's got high hopes

He's got high apple pie, in the sky hopes

So any time you're gettin' low

'Stead of lettin' go

Just remember that ant

Oops, there goes another rubber tree plant



It’s silly, I know. But it’s so fitting. Right now, we think we “can’t”. We think we are “stuck” at home or “stuck”, but really, we are safe at home! So keep up your high hopes just like that ant!

In the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out to us and allow us to connect you with services during this time of uncertainly. Our doors will be open soon and just like that we’ll be ready for summer reading and to see all your smiling faces! It is never an easy decision to close our library doors, but know that we are doing the best we can to keep our staff and your family safe and healthy! But just because you can’t visit, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a library service or two! Check out our Facebook page for updates on the library, fun online programs and activities, and news from our neighbors and community members. Remember, be the ant!



Five FUN things to do at home

1. Have a dance party! Hoopla offers digital music, Hello Frozen 2 soundtrack!

2.  Try Mango Languages! Learn a new language, all free!

3. Be a pen pal. If you are missing your friends and family, write a letter!

4. Visit our Facebook page and check out an online storytime.

5. Find your latest read on Libby, we can help with that!

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