Library reopening - May 26

For Grab & Go Services

May 21, 2020 update:

- Grab Bag Service ends this week! The last day to call and order a Grab Bag is Friday, May 22.

- Curbside Service will continue for vulnerable individuals. Pickup will be between 9-10:30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays, before the Library opens. 

- Online programs will continue - see our June event calendar for details.

Library hours starting Tuesday, May 26:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10am - 6pm

Tuesday, Thursday: 11am - 6pm

Closed Sunday

During our Grab & Go phase, you can:

- Browse and check out items in the Teen and Adult collections, and selected items from the Children's Library.

- Use a public computer once a day for up to 45 minutes.

- Use wifi with your own device once a day for up to an hour.

- Outreach deliveries for homebound patrons.

What will not yet be available:

- The Children's Library, study rooms and meeting rooms will remain closed.

- No in-person meetings or programs.

- No newspapers, magazines, laptops, headphones, games or toys.

- Seating will be limited to computer and wifi stations.

Staying safe

What we are doing to keep our patrons safe:​

  • All Library staff will be wearing face coverings, and gloves when working with patrons or materials.

  • We will be sanitizing high-touch surfaces every hour--including door handles, chairs, computers and workstations, restrooms, and tables.

  • Library staff will maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet between ourselves and others.

  • Staff will wash their hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.

  • When we are not feeling well, no matter how minor the symptoms, we will stay home.

What you can do to keep others safe at the Library:

  • Wear a face covering when in the Library. If you do not bring your own, you can get a disposable covering at the circulation desk.

  • Maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and anyone who is not a member of your household.

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing or using the restroom.

  • Keep your small children with you as you browse the stacks, and leave your children at home if you plan to use the public computers.

  • If you are not feeling well, no matter how minor the symptoms, please stay home.

Find out more

  • Ketchikan Public Library updates will be made via email, Facebook and Instagram. If you would like to be added to our email list, please email us at library@firstcitylibraries.org.

  • The library has many offerings via its online collection, including tons of databases, SLED (more than 15,000 e-books to support kids K-8) Freegal (free music), Mango (learn a free language) BrainPop (kids), Cypress Resume (create or polish!) and MUCH more, including a newly beefed-up Alaska Digital Library. 

  • Additionally, many reading and educational websites have granted FREE access during the COVID-19 Pandemic, including:

    • Tumblebooks (Free until Aug. 31, 2020; collections include romance, math, teens and all ages)

    • Audible Books for Kids (Free until school reopens)

    • Free kids shows on Amazon (no Prime membership necessary) 

    • Wide Open School (Educational sites for children curated by Common Sense Media) - it includes Khan Academy, recommended by many local teachers for children of all ages!

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