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Joplin Library News – Schooling at Home

The Joplin Public Library is excited to announce a library-wide initiative to support learning this fall. The Children and Teen Departments have developed several programs and resources to support parents and caregivers with schooling at home in whatever form that may take.

Families can find curriculum help, homeschooling laws, virtual educational resources, social opportunities and more on our brand new “Schooling at Home” webpage: https://www.joplinpubliclibrary.org/schooling/

The webpage also includes a comprehensive list of virtual and remote learning information for local school districts, as well as state standards for Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Finally, the webpage includes an annotated list of electronic library resources, including test prep and homework help databases.

Joplin Public Library also offers the following services to supplement schooling at home: 24/7 wireless internet access in the Library parking lot, Inter-Library Loan services, and test proctoring.

According to a survey conducted by JPL, 60% of parents and caregivers who responded (61 responses total) plan to conduct school at home this fall in some fashion. An interest in homeschool resources provided by the Library was noted by 52% of respondents, and 23% hoped to see some type of online community of support from the Library on behalf of parents and caregivers schooling at home.

Library staff will use survey results to prioritize fall and spring programming offerings, with more details on programming for families, children, and teens coming soon!

The Teen Department’s first fall program is First Impact, a virtual education course for parents of new drivers, on Tuesday, September 1, from 6 to 7 p.m. via Zoom. The program is free, open to the public, and registration is required at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-impact-new-driver-parent-teen-education-program-on-zoom-tickets-113853099686.

For more information, call the Library at 417-623-7953

Library Reopening Plan

Joplin Public Library reopened its physical location on Monday, June 8, 2020. The Library staff and Board of Trustees will continue to monitor the situation and adjust dates as needed moving forward.  Stay up-to-date by following the Library’s Facebook page and visiting the website.

Our current operating plan is as follows:

  • The Library building reopened to the public on Monday, June 8, 2020.
  • Hours of operation are:
    • 10am-3pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday
    • 10am-6pm Tuesday and Friday
    • Closed Sunday
  • Services are limited. Patrons are required to wear a mask and continue social distancing, only send in one family member per visit and not come into the Library if unwell. Phone reference is available.
  • City of Joplin occupancy limits will be enforced.
  • The public computer lab will be open with reduced time limits. Some computers have been closed to ensure social distancing between patrons.
  • Curbside pickup will continue.
  • Chairs, tables, and children’s toys and games have been removed.
  • Study, Conference and Meeting Rooms remain closed until further notice.
  • The Makerspace remains closed until further notice.
  • No in-person library programming is scheduled at this time. Virtual programming will continue through the end of July. Programming options can be found on our Calendar or on our Facebook
  • JPL has a large digital collection that includes:

Library staff cannot sanitize every item that is checked out, but will quarantine returned items for a minimum of 72 hours before checking in and reshelving.  It is recommended that Library users wash their hands after handling library materials and avoid touching their face.

Since 1902, JPL has been fulfilling the information needs of citizens of Joplin and the surrounding community. JPL offers content to meet the informational, recreational, cultural enhancement and continuing educational needs of the general public.