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Fort Scott Public Library Newsletter for April 2020

Fort Scott Public Library Newsletter
April 2020

The Library Is Closed

The library will remain closed until the government and library administration deem it safe to reopen.
This edition of our newsletter will summarize some of the options available to you while the library is closed.
If you don’t want to receive future editions of the newsletter, you can unsubscribe by emailing the library at either or

Information about Physical Items

Library Items That Are Already Checked Out

Everything already checked out when we closed the library on March 16th has been renewed with a new due date of April 15th. We will extend that date as necessary, so don’t worry about overdue items.

If you want to return items, feel free to use our bookdrop, located near the 2nd Street entrance.
If you want to keep items until we reopen, that is absolutely fine with us.

Library Items That Are On Hold

If you weren’t able to pick up your holds before we closed, don’t worry. We will still have them here for you to pick up when we open.

If you have placed holds on items that aren’t here yet, those holds have been temporarily suspended. When we reopen, you will still have your spot on the holds list.
If you have tried to place holds since we closed, you have probably discovered you couldn’t do it. Until the library world is back to normal, you can’t place holds using your login. If you email us at either or, we will place a hold for you on any items. These holds will also be temporarily suspended until we reopen.

Information about Digital Resources

Digital Only Accounts/I don’t have a library card

We have created a new type of account for people who don’t already have library cards. Go to our catalog and create a new account under the “Log in to your account” prompt. Be sure to pay attention to the password you are assigned. (We encourage you to log in and change the password to something more easily remembered.)

We will adjust these accounts daily so that you will have access to digital resources. If you would like access sooner, first create the account, then send an email to either or with your name and email address.
When we adjust the accounts, we will send you an email with your account number and information about setting up your accounts with hoopla and Sunflower eLibrary.

I have a library card but I need help with digital resources

First look below and see if anything here helps. If you still have any problems getting set up, please email me at either or Include your name and account number plus a description of the problem.
You’ll need your library card number, your pin/password, and the email address you used when you signed up for your library card.
Anytime a site asks for your card number or account number, it means the entire 14 digit number. Ignore the spaces when entering it.
When you first set up an account with hoopla, it will ask you for your email and a password. Use the email you used for your FSPL account and create your own password. The next screen will ask for your library, library card number, and pin/password; your pin/password is the last 4 digits of your card number, or if you’ve changed it, use the pin/password that you changed it to. Hoopla has a limit of 15 items checked out per month. Usually it will send you an email near the end of the month if you have checkouts remaining.
Hoopla also has a new category of items that don’t count against your 15 item limit. These can be found by searching “Bonus Borrows”.
When you first set up an account with Sunflower eLibrary, you will need to choose Fort Scott Public Library and enter your FSPL account number and your pin/password. If you have an Amazon account, you can link eligible checkouts to it and read them on an Amazon Kindle reader enabled device.
Hoopla and Sunflower eLibrary (Overdrive) both have apps that you can download to a mobile device. The websites should direct you to the apps.

What if I want a Kansas Library eCard?
Kansas Library eCards provide access to ebooks, databases, and other resources through the State Library of Kansas. If you need us to set you up, send an email with your name, including middle initial, and your birthdate to or, and we will get your account created for you.
You will need the Kansas Library eCard to access ebooks, but many of the databases are available without logging in if you are using the Internet in Kansas. You can experiment by going to and clicking the “Online Resources” link.

Links to Digital Resources

Download ebooks, audiobooks, comics, TV episodes, movies, music, and more. You will need your library card login and the email address associated with it.

Download ebooks and audiobooks. You will need your library card login.

Download ebooks and audiobooks from the State Library of Kansas. You will need a Kansas Library eCard.

State Library of Kansas Online Resources

Search databases, learn a language, repair your vehicle, and much more! Some resources available without logging in if you are located in Kansas; otherwise, you will need a Kansas Library eCard.

Story Time

 Miss Val is planning some virtual story times this month!
 See our library Facebook page for the latest on her plans. She has been busily researching and planning this, so you know it will be AWESOME!

We Miss You and Hope to See You Soon. Be Well.
Fort Scott Public Library
201 S. National Ave.
Fort Scott, Kansas 66701

Public Library Is Going On A Bear Hunt

“After a few weeks of adjusting to this new lifestyle and working to plan online programs, I am happy to finally announce FSPL’s first virtual storytimes,” Valetta Cannon, Fort Scott Public Library

Youth Librarian and Assistant Director, said.

The first week’s schedule will run as follows:

April 7:
10 am
Bears Storytime on Zoom (if possible, the meeting will be recorded and made available after it ends).
 11 am
Bears Storytime on Facebook Live (we may post the video on the library’s YouTube channel as well).
Join Miss Val online for the first virtual storytimes.
“Our first virtual storytime will take place through the Zoom platform, which can be fully accessed on any pc with a camera and headset, smartphone, or tablet with online access through the following link: ,” Cannon said.
Be sure to only click the link at the start of the meeting time. The full application will allow families to see and interact with one another, in addition to being a part of storytime. If you cannot access or do not want to use the full application, you still may listen in to the meeting by phone at either of the following numbers:
301-715-8592 or 253-215-8782.

“Thank you to Christy Peterson Graves for the suggestion of the subject: Bears. We will go on a bear hunt and share a simple craft together, after spending a few minutes socializing,” Cannon said.

This week’s craft:

Paper plate bear mask.
Materials required: Paper plate with the center cut out, craft stick, tape or glue, crayons, brown paper for cutting out ears (other colors welcome, too). Alternative materials: A styrofoam plate would also work, cut out circles from a paper bag can be used for the ears, any straight object that the plate can be taped or glued to, and colored pencils or markers also work for coloring.
“Thank you for your patience as we work out the kinks and launch this different version of storytime,” Cannon said.

For activity suggestions and more see the library’s Storytime Pinterest board.

Read digital books related to the theme at Sunflower eLibrary or Hoopla Digital ( account required) or Kansas State Library Kids’ ebooks (for residents of Kansas only).
Check out the library’s Facebook page to track all upcoming events.

U.S. 69 pavement rehabilitation project to begin at Pittsburg next week


The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) expects to begin a concrete pavement rehabilitation project at the intersection of U.S. 69 and 20th Street in Pittsburg the week of April 6, weather permitting.


U.S. 69 traffic will be maintained through the work zone. 20th Street will be closed to traffic at the intersection, with a posted detour on local streets.


KDOT awarded the $1.3 million construction contract to Koss Construction of Topeka. The project should be completed by late summer, weather permitting.


Drivers are reminded to slow down and proceed with caution through the work zone. Persons with questions may contact Bob Gudgen, (620) 308-7621, or Priscilla Petersen, (620) 902-6433.


Governor Kelly announces resumption of State of Kansas operations



Governor Laura Kelly today announced that public access to state office buildings will remain closed until April 19, 2020. This restriction matches the stay-home order that Governor Kelly signed on March 28.


Following the two-week suspension of state government operations on March 23, state government operations and the delivery of services will resume on Monday, April 6. However, Governor Kelly made it clear that to reduce the risk of infection to state employees, all employees who are able will begin working remotely.


“Our public employees perform critical functions that the people of Kansas depend on,” Kelly said. “Their work must continue despite this ongoing crisis.


“This crisis has been unprecedented, but the state will deliver critical state services, even though the delivery of those services may look different than they have in the past.”


Public facing offices, such as the Division of Motor Vehicles or the Office of Vital Statistics, will remain closed to the public until April 19 to limit the number of individuals gathering in small spaces.


Senior Scholarship Giveaway Nets 1000 Entries

State Treasurer Jake LaTurner receives 1000 entries in the first day of $50,000 Surprise a Senior Scholarships Giveaway

Topeka— Over 1000 nominations for the Surprise a Senior scholarship giveaway have flooded in following Wednesday morning’s announcement that Kansas State Treasurer Jake LaTurner will be awarding 20 scholarships of $2500 each to Kansas high school seniors from across the state.

“We are thrilled at the response we are seeing as teachers, parents, grandparents, and friends have been filling our inboxes with nominations to surprise their favorite high school senior with one these scholarships,” said  Treasurer LaTurner. “It is heartwarming to know that even though the senior class of 2020 won’t be finishing up the school year the way they had hoped, there is no question that the people of Kansas care about their success after graduation.”

Contest entries will continue to be accepted through midnight April 30, 2020. The student must be nominated by someone who is 18 years or older. A student can receive multiple nominations; however, they will only be entered into the contest one time for the drawing.

Twenty scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded to high school seniors obtaining their diploma in the 2019-2020 school year. Five scholarships will be given out in each of the four Kansas congressional districts. The winner will be selected via random drawing and the $2500 will be deposited into a new or existing LearningQuest® 529 Education Savings account for the student to use for qualified educational expenses. Entry rules can be found on the Kansas State Treasurer’s website at No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

All completed entries will be considered and winners will be notified by May 6, 2020.

U234 Food Service Routes For Week of April 6

USD 234 FS Week of April 6th – Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday



USD 234 will be doing three (3) distributions the week of April 6th
Children will receive the same amount of meals for the week but will pick them up over 3 days.

Monday – Child will receive 2 meals per child

Tuesday – Child will receive 4 meals per child

Wednesday – Child will receive 4 meals per child

1. St. Mary’s– 10:00 am
2. 8th & Burke– 10:15 am
3. 4th & Couch– 10:30 am
4. 5th & Judson– 10:45 am
5. Wall & Judson– 11:00 am

1. 8th & Wilson – 10:00 am
2. 5th & Wilson – 10:15 am
3. 2nd & Andrick – 10:30 am
4. 1st & Cameron – 10:45 am
5. Pine & Caldwell – 11:00 am

1. Emmert & Beach– 10:00 am
2. 1900 Margrave (Church of Christ)– 10:15 am
3. 15th & Ransom– 10:30 am
4. 17th & Crawford– 10:45 am
5. 19th & Huntington (CCC)– 11:00 am

1. Devon Fire Station – 10:05 am
2. Fulton Community Center – 10:30 am
3. Hammond Community Center – 10:45 am

1. Indian & 187th Terr. (Airport)– 10:00 am
2. 69hwy & Deer (Faith Church)– 10:25 am
3. Jayhawk & 240th– 10:50 am

Register using Google Form: USD 234 COVID-19 Food Service.

Form can be found at or call 620-223-0800. You must register for each day you want USD 234 to provide meals.

*There will be NO distributions on Thursday or Friday

*Please maintain social distancing recommendations of 6 feet between individuals.


10:00 am – 11:00 am
High school- 9th street*
Eugene Ware- 4th street*

*Please remain in your vehicle and maintain social distancing recommendations of 6 feet between individuals.

*There will not be pick up at the Middle School or Winfield Scott



Bourbon County Commission Agenda for April 5


Bourbon County Commission Room

1st Floor, County Courthouse

210 S. National Avenue

Fort Scott, KS 66701

Tuesdays starting at 9:00

Date: April 5, 2020

1st District-Lynne Oharah Minutes: Approved: _______________

2nd District-Jeff Fischer Corrected: _______________

3rd District-Nick Ruhl Adjourned at: _______________

County Clerk-Kendell Mason

Special Meeting

9:00 am – Executive session for personnel matters of individual non-elected personnel – the meeting will take place over the telephone. The meeting can be viewed on the Bourbon County Facebook page.

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