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COVID-19 Closure Information

7/28/202 Update

Library computer use is temporarily suspended due to the increase of COVID cases in the County.

We still offer printing services from your own devices. Email documents to

7/22/2020 Update

We found that due to required quarantine period for materials, it is taking more time to get items into your hands. Because of this we made the decision to change the number of items that can be checked out at one time.

  • Books & magazines – 25 items
  • Movies  – 7 items
  • Audiobooks – 5 items
  • Video Games – 2 items

7/6/2020 Update

At this time, we are requiring masks to be worn in the library. Browsing the collection, picking up holds, using the computers, and participating in the Summer Reading Program is still available.

6/11/2020 Update

We are currently in Phase 3 of the re-opening plan. We are able to have 11 people in he library at a time. If you choose to browse the collection or use a computer a mask is required. Computers are available for 30 minute appointments. Details are below under Phase 3.

5/28/2020 Re-Opening Plan

We are preparing to reopen the library and want to make sure our patrons know what to expect at each stage of the process. We have not set dates to all of the phases yet, but we have an idea what each phase looks like based on the guidance given by health officials. These services are subject to change.

Phase 2 – Curbside Service
Began May 4th

  • The library building is not open for browsing the stacks, computer use, children’s area, or meetings.
  • The library is open Monday – Friday 9am to 6pm.
  • No programming.
  • Patrons can place new holds for items in our library through their library account or call the library to request the item.
  • When the item is ready, you will be called and may come to pick it up. Call the library when you arrive in the parking lot and we will deliver the items in a bag to the table just outside the door.
  • Items are to be returned in the dropbox on the east side of the building. They will be checked in the following Monday. We will not accept items at the door.
  • Patrons can request photocopies, prints, faxes, and scans by calling the library to make arrangements.

Phase 3 – Limited Services
Began June 8th
The following are added/changes to the list above for this phase:

  • The library is open Monday – Friday 9am to 6pm and Saturday from 11am to 3pm.
  • The library building is open for patrons to check out items, photocopies, prints, faxes, scans, and notary services.
  • The children’s area, study room, and public restrooms are closed to the public.
  • Items may be returned using the book drop on the east side of the building and at the circulation desk drop box. They will be checked in the following Monday.
  • Eleven (11) patrons are allowed in the building at a time for no more than a 30-minute time-frame.
  • Social distancing MUST be maintained.
  • Masks are required for staff and STRONGLY ENCOURAGED for the patrons.
  • Patrons who intend to browse the stacks or use the computer MUST wear a mask.
  • Hand sanitizer and masks are available to the public if needed.
  • Two (2) computers are available. Each patron is limited to 30 minutes daily.
  • Computer assistance is limited due to social distancing requirements.
  • One (1) person at a computer station.
  • Programs are held virtually.
  • Curbside service is still available.
  • Other restrictions may apply based on the recommendations of health officials.

Phase 4 – Expanded Services
The following services are added/changes to the list above for this phase:

  • Social distancing MUST be maintained.
  • The children’s area and public restrooms are open to the public.
  • Toys in the children’s area are not available.
  • Masks are strongly encouraged for staff and patrons.
  • Seven (7) computers are available. Each patron is limited to 30 minutes daily.
  • Computer assistance is limited due to social distancing requirements.
  • One (1) person at a computer station.
  • Curbside service is still available.
  • Other restrictions may apply based on the recommendations of health officials.

Phase 5 – Full Service
The following are added/changes to the list above for this phase:

  • All services and activities resume.


  • 5/1/2020 Update

We are excited to announce that beginning on Monday 5/4/2020, we are able to begin our curbside service again. This service will be available Monday – Friday from 9am until 6pm.

  • The library building will remain closed to the public at this time.
  • We will start processing items on hold on Monday, May 4th. You can start placing holds through your library account ( at that time.
    • You will be called when the items are ready to be picked up.
    • Once you arrive, call us at 913-727-2929. We will check them out to you and place the items in a bag on a table outside of our main door.
    • Remember, books that are currently checked out are not due until May 18 and can be renewed. So there is no hurry to get them back.
  • Items that you do have checked out can be returned through our book drop on the east side of the building. They will not be checked in immediately to ensure proper quarantined.
  • We will also provide photocopying, scan to email, and faxing services by appointment.

4/16/2020 Update

We have started recording and uploading storytimes for our families. You can follow us on our YouTube Channel or look for the new posts on social media. We have still have the reading bingo going on and will post other activities you can do with us from home. We will post them on the website and on social media.

3/27/2020 – Update

You are now able to apply for and get a Digital Library Card online. This card will give you access to Libby by Overdrive, hoopla digital, and flipster magazines. To learn more about the new library card option go to the Getting a Library Card page. To find out more about our digital services, you can go to the e-Resources page.

3/23/2020 – Update

Dear Friends –

As most of you probably know by know, Leavenworth County has been given a “Stay At Home” order by the Leavenworth County Health Department that goes into effect on Tuesday, March 24th and will remain in place until Friday, April 24th. As a result, the library building will close completely as of Tuesday, March 24th in order to comply with this order and help the community prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We will still remain available to answer questions via our library e-mail ( or through our Facebook page. Just send us a message or e-mail and we will try to help in any way we can. We will also provide updates through our Facebook page and here as well as post weekly activities that you and your family can do at home, so keep an eye out for those!

To prepare for this order, we are ending our curbside pickup for library items as of 8:00 AM Monday, March 23rd. We also ask that, if possible, you do not return your items during this closure. We will not be able to empty our book drop and all due dates have been extended until we reopen.

We are saddened that we will not be able to see our patrons and provide regular services. We hope that everyone stays safe and healthy and we cannot wait to see everyone in person again.

3/19/2020 – Update

Our regional library system is amazing. The staff at the Northeast Kansas Library System have been working to make it possible for our patrons to still place holds on items and access our materials!

By the end of the day:
1. Lansing patrons can only place requests on items in the CARD CATALOG  that are owned by Lansing.
2. Patrons can only pick up requests at Lansing Community Library.

Not sure if your home library is Lansing, give us a call at (913) 727-2929.


3/18/2020 – Update

Here are the latest updates pertaining to the Library:

  • We are closed to the public until at least April 6th. We will re-evaluate at that time.
  • The courier service has been suspended. This means anything that was being brought in from another library will not arrive.
  • Hoopla Digital checkouts have been increased to 10 items per month.
  • To see if we have something you would like to check out on our shelves, you can check the CARD CATALOG, give us a call at 913-727-2929, or email us at If we have it, we can check it out to you.
  • The Drive-Up Pick-Up service is available Monday – Friday 9:00am through 5:00pm. Call us when you arrive at the Library.
  • Due dates have been extended. If you have anything checked out, please, just keep it until we reopen. We do not have overdue fines.

3/16/2020 – Update

Dear Friends,

We made the difficult decision today to close the Library to the public effective Tuesday, March 17th through at least March 30th. We will continue to evaluate the situation and share updates as they become available.

  • Return all items to the book drop on the East side of the library, but items may not be checked in that day. Just a reminder we do not have overdue fines.
  • We do offer free Wi-Fi 24/7 and it can be accessed from our parking lot.
    • Network: LansingLibrary1
    • Password: lansinglibrary
  • Our Digital Branch (e-books, audiobooks, movies, music) is also available 24/7.
  • Patrons can use the CARD CATALOG or call the library to request items through their account.
    • We will notify you when those items are ready to be picked up.
    • Call when you are on your way or in the parking lot. We will bring the items to your car starting Tuesday, March 17 for as long as we are able to!

Any questions, please call 913-727-2929.


Winter Fun at the Library

The Winter Reading Program (WRP) has officially begun and you know what that means? It’s time to reveal the names of our library Gnomes! Voting took place last week and the chosen names are… LuLu and Patrick Gnahomes! They’ll be with us all Winter and will be participating in the Winter Reading Program themselves. Stop by the library to pick up your Winter Reading Program Passport to begin earning stickers for fun prizes! The WRP will end on January 4th, 2020, so you have plenty of time to read lots of books! Do you think you can read more books than Patrick and LuLu?

We had such Fun with Mrs. Claus last year that she decided to come back to the library! We can’t wait to see her again! This event REQUIRES registration as space is limited. Avoid disappointment by signing up now through our online calendar at to save your spot.

The monthly programs are still scheduled for December. Bedtime Storytime will be on Wednesday, December 4th at 6pm. Bring the kids by in their pajamas to sing some songs and hear a cozy bedtime story. The next Toddler Time will be on December 7th at 10:30am! Join us for this monthly program for songs, rhymes, and fun stories followed by hands-on sensory activities! This program is open to all children age 3 and under. Lego Club will be on Wednesday, December 18th from 4:30 to 5:30pm. There will be some fun challenges and creative free time for children of all ages. Finally, we have STEAM Saturday and Cinema Saturday on December 21st. We will be having fun exploring with science activities at 10:30am, then watching the Newly Released movie, Abdominable at 1:00pm. We hope to see you there!

Holiday Hours:
Wednesday, November 27 – Closing at 5pm
Thursday, November 28 – Closed
Tuesday, December 24 – Closing at NOON
Wednesday, December 25 – Closed
Thursday, December 26 – Closing at 5pm

The Library Board and Staff are currently reviewing 2019 activities and beginning to set goals for 2020. We want to hear your thoughts and ideas. There are several ways to share your suggestions: click HERE to share your suggestions, you can drop a note in the Suggestion Box by the computers in the library, or send an email to our Director at

You can find our calendar is on our website under Activities.

See you at the library!

Latest Library News

It is hard to believe that we are in the last quarter of 2019 already. We loved seeing everyone at the Fall Festival and Spooky Center. These are some of our favorite City events to participate in.

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week (November 11 – 16) is an annual event that promotes reading to all Kansas children from birth through age five. We will have a special storytime guest reader here and pass out the book, I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont, to each child.

Our Bedtime and Saturday Storytimes have been increasing in popularity and we love seeing the families at these events. We will be continuing them through the winter and look forward to another Teddy Bear Sleepover after a Bedtime Storytime. Dates and times are posted on our Activity Calendar online at

The Winter Reading Program will be starting soon. Each Saturday in November, we will have a gnome movie or activity for children to join in. Event registration is required to ensure we have enough supplies. Reading logs will be available at the library. Come in often for your reading stamps and prizes! Check the online calendar or pick up a paper copy for details.

Both the Kansas Reads to Preschoolers, Winter Reading, and Storytime activities fit nicely into the ongoing 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program that we have going on. There are several young patrons who are almost ready to receive their 1000 Books t-shirts for completing 1000 books! Be sure to look online to participate or pick up a sheet to log your child’s books at the library.

Liz Daniel has some fun activities for Art Night Out (ages 16+) and Kids Create (ages 6+) planned. Space is limited for the adult program and there is a $20 registration fee to cover all supplies needed for the activity. The Kids Create program is free for all patrons and is made possible by the Friends of the Library group and the fundraising they do through out the year. Thank you so much for supporting their fundraising efforts by frequenting the Book Sale Nook in the library, the annual book sale, and participating in the Paint & Sip activities.

In December, we are honored to have Mrs. Claus coming to visit for a special storytelling, singing, and reindeer decorating event. Registration is required for this event. Bring your camera for these special events.

Finally, our holiday hours for the rest of the year are as follows:

  • Closed on Monday, November 11
  • Close at 5pm on Wednesday, November 27
  • Closed on Thursday, November 28
  • Close at Noon on Tuesday, December 24th
  • Closed on Wednesday, December 25
  • Close at 5pm on Tuesday, December 31
  • Closed on Tuesday, January 1

Thanks to all of you for all the fun we’ve had in 2019. We look forward to a prosperous 2020. As always, we look forward to seeing you at the library and welcome suggestions on how we can serve you better. You can reach me at

The Summer Reading program appears to be a huge success this year. We had 285 people reading 4080 books and 1,120 people attend the 72 programs this summer. We surpassed last year’s Summer Reading Program participation. We could not have done this without the support of our sponsors this year. The drawing for the prize baskets will be held soon and winners will be notified by phone. Keep an eye on social media and at the library for the list of basket winners. Please take a moment when you see our sponsors to thank them for their support.

  • Candle Queen Candles
  • The Cangealose Family
  • The Connelly Family
  • The Cupp Family
  • Dub’s Dread Golf Course
  • First City Film Festival
  • The Friends of the Library
  • Ft Leavenworth Thrift Shop
  • The Hoins Family
  • Ichiban
  • Jennifer Turner at Innova Beauty Bar
  • Kansas State Library
  • Karma Cakes
  • The Lansing Lions Club
  • Lansing Library Advisory Board
  • Leavenworth Garden and Civic Club
  • The Litvin Family
  • Nails by Bre
  • The Nelson Family
  • Northeast Kansas Library System
  • PEO Chapter EO Bridge Club
  • The Sanford Family
  • Trail’s West Golf Course
  • Twice the Ice

The next Master Gardener series in on Tuesday, August 6th at 4pm. Herbs are easy to grow, but what do you do with them? Join Master Gardeners Mickey Stafford, Joyce Caratura, and Jo Domann for a presentation about growing, preserving, and using common garden herbs.

Art Night Out with Liz Daniel continues in August with Chalkboard Art. Unsure of how to start or never crafted before? No worries! It is designed for the first-time crafter as she walks us through the project step by step. This event is for 16+ and anyone under the age of 18 needs to have an adult present. Registration is required for planning purposes and there is a $20 fee to cover all the supplies needed for the project. You can click here or on the image below to register or stop by or call the library.

We are so appreciative of the Friends hosting the Paint & Sip fundraisers that allow us to have these wonderful summer programs each year! This time our resident artist, Liz Daniel, will be leading the event and will be on Friday, September 13. The Community Center doors open at 6pm and painting starts at 6:30pm. Registration (click here or on image below) is just $40 for the event and all proceeds will go to the Friends Organization to support children’s programming. Registration will be up soon. This is a BYOB event for adults and anyone between the ages of 18 – 20 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Friends organization will provide snacks and water for the evening.

The library recently had a long-time volunteer retire who assisted with shelving, keeping the collections straight, and helped with other projects. She is greatly missed. She volunteered about 30 hours a week at the library. Upon her retirement, we looked the current overall programming offered at the library. Over the last few years, we have added programs to build on past successes. Our next step is to incorporate additional programs in an attempt to accommodate all of our patrons. Beginning September 1, 2019, we will be offering Storytime on Friday mornings and continue our monthly Saturday Storytime and Toddler Time programs. We are adding a monthly evening Bedtime Storytime for families who are unable to attend during the day. We will also add “pop-up” programs beginning in late third quarter 2019 for a variety of ages and interests.

You can find our calendar is on our website under Activities.

See you at the library!

Upcoming Library Programming

As the Lansing Community Library comes to the end of summer and events are wrapping up, we will need to make some unexpected adjustments. The library recently had a long-time volunteer retire who assisted with shelving, keeping the collections straight, and helped with other projects. She volunteered about 30 hours a week at the library. This retirement moves up my need to evaluate the library’s programming. This evaluation is an important piece of keeping the library on track with its mission and goals and has been on my list of things to do. With the retirement of our volunteer, this evaluation now takes priority.

Over the last few years, we have added programs to build on past successes. In looking at all the programs offered at the library, I saw we have regular offerings for adults and pre-kindergarten patrons which focus on literacy and creativity. While we had an abundance of pre-kindergarten programming, what stood out was a lack of consistent programming for our school-aged patrons. With that information, I’ve decided to restructure our programming to include these age groups. We will begin offering various programs on different days, at different times, while covering different topics to encourage school-age participation.

In order to accomplish this, beginning September 1, 2019, we will only be offering Storytime on Friday mornings and continue our monthly Saturday Storytime and Toddler Time programs. We will be adding a monthly evening Storytime for families who are unable to attend during the day. We will also add “pop-up” programs beginning in late third quarter 2019 for a variety of ages and interests.

We look forward to continuing serving you and providing a wide variety of learning experiences for patrons of all ages in Lansing. Please share ideas for potential “pop-up” programs with me. I hope this realignment helps to encourage our families to visit the Lansing Community Library more often.

~Terri Wojtalewicz,

Summer Kick-Off!

Hey there! Are you ready for some fun reading, coming to awesome events, and earning prizes? We are super excited to share our summer with you! Reading logs and challenges are available for all ages this year – even our youngest patrons. Click on the appropriate age group below to register for the reading portion.

Our summer calendar can be found at Registration is required for all events so be sure to sign up early.

Looking forward to seeing you at the library!

One Book Many Neighbors Tri-County Program

Community reading programs bring people together through a common book. As part of the adult summer reading program, seven area libraries have collaborated on a local program called One Book, Many Neighbors. We have chosen the book One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories, which examines the many points of view of people from different cultures.

Each library has planned a program around different stories from the anthology. Participants are able to check out the book and pick up a passport to guide them to each program, where they will collect passport stamps to be eligible for a Grand Prize drawing. Participants and their families will be invited to a Summer Finale Party at Cider Hill Family Orchard, with food, prizes, apple picking and other activities. Contact your home library to join our globetrotting book club across Atchison, Leavenworth and Wyandotte Counties.

1. Atchison Public Library: Thursday, June 6 at 6 p.m.  Join a discussion of two stories, one set in an Inuit village in Canada and the other in India, while sipping mango lassies and snacking on Indian finger food.

2. Leavenworth Public Library: Sunday, June 9 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Visit Puerto Rico and view the U.S.A. through the eyes of a West African immigrant. Explore cultural understanding and change with a discussion led by diversity consultant Gene Chávez, Chávez & Associates, Kansas City. Special guests from Puerto Rico, Liberia and Ivory Coast will share their culture, food and music.

3. Lansing Community Library: Tuesday, June 18 at 5:30 p.m. Visit the U.S.A., India, and Australia with a discussion of two stories while sipping ginger lemonade and snacking on finger food.

4. Bonner Springs City Library: Tuesday, June 25 at 5:30 p.m. Visit South Africa and Botswana with two stories which will be read aloud, then followed by a discussion at 6 p.m. and a traditional South African tea. A reader from South Africa will join the discussion via Skype.

5. Basehor Community Library: Tuesday, July 9 at 7 p.m. Visit India and the U.S.A. with a discussion while snacking on traditional Indian desserts, followed by a presentation about the modern immigration experience. Janell N. Avila of the Solorio & Avila Immigration Law Frim about legal immigration today, and Deepti Srinivasan, a local immigrant living in the Kansas City area, will share her immigration experience.

6. Linwood Community Library: Thursday July 18 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy putting together a delicious banana crumb cake that is traditional to Southern Brazil while we discuss the story. Take it home to bake for a tasty treat! Space is limited for this program, registration required. Call the Linwood Community Library at 913-301-3686 to register.

7. Tonganoxie Community Library: Tuesday, July 23 from 6 to 7 p.m. Visit Bangladesh with a story that will be read aloud, followed by a Skype session with the author. Patrons will also sample traditional food from Bangladesh.

We hope many of you will join our trip around the world (and the tri-county area) in June and July.

The Latest News

Congratulations to our “Universe of Stories” bookmark contest winners! Be sure to stop in and pick up the new bookmarks designed by Charlie Y., Rachel S., and Ainsley Y.! Thank you for making National Library Week so much fun.

A new eBook and audiobook service is now available to our patrons. Just click on the Sunflower eLibrary picture on the right column of this page or download the Libby by Overdrive app.  All you need to create an account is your Lansing library card.

We just completed our annual Friends of the Library Book Sale at the Activity Center. Many thanks to all of the wonderful volunteers who helped make it a resounding success. This year was a record for the Friends group – We had an estimated 900 people (we were so busy helping we forgot to count sometimes) shop at the book sale this year and $3,851 was raised for programming and events at the library. Thank you also to the community for supporting such a fun event. Thank you to the Lansing High School National English Honor Society, Leavenworth/Lansing JROTC cadets and the WalMart employees who helped with moving boxes of books, unpacking, and then carrying boxes out to cars! We couldn’t have done it without their help! Mark your calendars for April 3th – 5th for the next book sale.

The Friends next event will be another Paint & Sip event on June 14th. Doors open at 6:00pm and painting starts at 6:30pm at the Community Center. We will be painting “Calm at the Beach” this time. You can register here, Facebook page (LansingCommunityLibrary) for the link or call the library (913-727-2929) to register over the phone. The Friends will provide light snacks for the evening and you are welcome to BYOB – whatever you choose that to be. This event is for adults 18+. Participants under the age of 21 are required to have an adult over 21 with them.

Wondering about the Friends organization since I have mentioned them so many times? Well, they are the group that helps with fundraising for the library, sponsors events, and volunteers at the library. We are always looking for people to help out with everything from events to shelving. As a member of the Friends group, you can register early for events like our Paint & Sip Night, come to the book sale on Friday night for a first look/buy, and have fun in planning new projects. Interested in becoming involved? Find out more at our next meeting on May 15th at 6pm at the Library or stop by and see us, check out their Facebook page, or register on our website.

Summer is going to be here soon, and we have so many things planned! Be sure to keep an eye out on the website and social media for details. It all begins on Saturday, June 1st with and ice cream social followed by a performance by Mr. Stinky Feet. We will also have fun this summer Mad Science, The ScienceTellers, and a Princess Tea Party planned! Back by popular demand, we will also have tying-dying, outdoor painting, and Kid’s Create. More information to register for these events and the reading program is coming soon.

Parks and Recreation and the Library are partnering this year to offer summer camps for youth entering 3rd – 5th grade for the 2019/2020 school year.  Campers may only register for ONE session. The two sessions offered will be June 17 – 21 or OR July 15 – 19.  Campers will report to the Lansing Community Library at 9 a.m. and stay until Noon each day of their chosen session.  They will be crafting, painting, creating and enjoying fun performances!  A pizza party will be held on the final camp day for all participants.  Cost for the camp is $45/child.  Spots are limited so select your session and register early. Registration for the camps will be taken at the Lansing Parks & Recreation office, 108 S. 2nd St. Registration will begin May 1st for both sessions. Questions?  913-727-2960

We look forward to seeing you at the events coming up! As always, share your suggestions and comments with us via email, website, or in person. We love hearing how we are doing and how we can serve you better!

Getting the Most Out of Your Storytime

We love seeing all of the wonderful children and families at the library for storytimes because more often than not these are a child’s first “live performance” experience. Participating in a storytime is different than watching TV or a movie. At storytimes, the behavior of the audience can positively or negatively affect the program. A good audience allows the presenter to deliver the best presentation possible.

The purpose of storytime is not to teach the child how to read, but rather to encourage the love of language and literature in all its forms.  Kids listen to, observe and imitate the books and activities we share, thus building reading readiness as they grow.  Our goal is to create positive interactions with books for the parent and the child to experience together.   Storytimes are prepared with this in mind. Parents and caregivers are role models for their children and set the example for behavior.

We request that parents and caregivers follow these important etiquette guidelines to ensure a valuable and pleasant storytime experience for all.

Storytime Etiquette

  1. Please discuss proper behavior with your children before coming to the library program so they will know what is expected of them. Practice reading to them in your lap at home.
  2. Please arrive on time. Late-comers create a distraction and draw attention away from the program. Allow extra time for parking, book browsing, visiting and bathroom breaks beforehand.
  3. Snacks, drinks, and toys may be disruptive. Please put them away when you arrive at story time. Cell phones should be turned off or to vibrate.
  4. At storytime, children should sit with or near their parent/caregiver or on their lap so they will learn to focus and sit still.
  5. Adults model good library behavior for their children by being attentive, good listeners. Adults are encouraged to participate in songs and finger plays as an example for their children.
  6. Immediately after storytime, we will move to other areas for a craft and sometimes a snack.
  7. If your child becomes disruptive or fussy during the program, please remove them from the storytime area until they are comfortable, calm and ready to listen.
  8. If you feel your child is not enjoying the storytime or you must leave, please do so in the least disruptive manner.
  9. If the story time experience proves difficult for your child, a month or two in your child’s development may make a big difference in their readiness for stories. Please practice at home and try again.