COVID-19 Information

With eight branches and hundreds of daily visits, Trails Regional Library administration is paying close attention to public health officials as they coordinate coronavirus responses. Organizations we are relying on for information include: the Johnson County Health Department, Lafayette County Health Department, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization. We consider these official sources for up-to-date, factual health information.

Trails Regional Library System is monitoring information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of staff and library users is our priority. 

We're following directions from state and local health officials. This is so that we can respond as needed as this situation develops.

  • Currently, all buildings are closed to the public until further notice. All digital resources will be available through this time.
  • Curbside Service is now available for patrons with holds available. Call your local branch or complete the reservation form to arrange an appointment.
  • In-person Technology Appointments will begin Monday, August 24. Call your local branch or complete the reservation form and learn more about our procedures here.
  • All returns should be placed in outdoor bookdrops, which are now open 24/7. The outdoor bookdrop in Waverly will only be open during Curbside Hours. The Lexington Branch bookdrop will be located at the Main Street entrance from 8/26 - 9/16 and will only be open during Curbside Hours due to a renovation project.

You can still contact library staff via our contact form to get your questions answered.

The library has a vast collection of digital materials, such as:

All are available on trailslibrary.org and free with your library card. Need a library card? Fill out our online application for Temporary Digital and Physical Access through December 31, 2020.

General Answers

Yes, all outdoor book drops are open 24/7, except for the Waverly and Lexington book drops, which are available only during open hours. The Lexington Branch bookdrop will be temporarily located at the Main Street entrance 8/26- 9/16 due to a renovation project.

Yes, during this time, we are accepting all returned items through book drops. Library staff will not accept returns directly from customers due to new safety procedures.

No fines will accrue for library materials. 

 

Please note: Items will continue to appear on your account for at least 4 days after their return, due to new quarantine protocol. 

Yes, you may pick up another person’s materials as long as you can verify their information. You will need the library card of the person whose items you are picking up as well as their name, address, phone number, and birthday.

Yes, the Library has expanded WiFi access in every branch to reach into the parking lots. Pull up to a spot and login to “Trails Public” WiFi to get connected. Patrons can also make Technology Appointments and will be allowed to be inside branches for 60 minutes to access WiFi.

Yes. Beginning Monday, August 24 we are offering Technology Appointments for patrons to visit the library for up to one hour. All information and guidelines are available at our Technology Appointment page.

We will be continuing virtual programs throughout the summer months. We will reassess in-person programs for the fall, but for now will need our Meeting Room and program areas to quarantine material.

No. We have instituted a moratorium on ALL donations until further notice. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE DONATIONS!

We are waiting for all the components and supplies we need before we move to the next phase of our reopening plan. We will communicate all updates on our website, social media, and email newsletter as they are available.

In order to maintain social distance and to limit contact between customers and staff, we are not taking in-person requests for books or other materials. Please use the online catalog or call the branch to ask for assistance.

If you no longer have your account/card number (or the one you have is not working), email us your name, current address, phone number, email address, and date of birth to get assistance from a staff member. They will reply within 48 hours when possible.

We are holding all returned items separately from others for at least 4 days prior to checking them back into the Library’s collection and making them available to other customers, which is recommended by the CDC guidelines. Hard-surface materials like DVDs and CDs will be wiped down if extra cleaning is needed. It is not necessary for patrons to clean materials prior to returning them. High-touch surfaces are being regularly cleaned throughout the day.

First, consider switching to digital materials for the time being. eAudiobooks and eBooks, as well as streaming music and videos, are available through the Library’s website

Second, consider placing your checked-out items aside for another day or two, like you would with items that come from the grocery store. 

Patrons are asked not to expose Library materials to disinfectants, extreme heat (like from an oven), microwaves, or other chemicals that can damage books, CDs, and DVDs, leading to charges against your account.

Sanitizing wipes may be used to carefully wipe plastic covers of books (not the pages), and DVD or CD cases.

No, the number of digital items you have on hold is separate from physical items.

Please review our Using the Library page or send us an email with your name, email address and questions and a staff member will respond within 48 hours.

 

We are currently making more than 185,000 titles available to customers digitally, including children’s eBooks, and continue to add new ones. Customers can also access streaming video as well as digital books for children through Tumblebook Library. 

Please send an email including your name and phone number and a Library representative will be in touch within 48 hours.  

 

In-person assistance is not available at this time for safety reasons as it requires close contact between staff and customers for a longer period of time. 

At this time, we are not accepting any volunteers to minimize personal contact and ensure the safety of our staff and patrons.

Know the Facts about COVID-19

Please note:  We may not always have an answer, because this is a developing situation and everything about the novel coronavirus is not yet known, but we will do our best to find out.
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
24 hour hotline: 877-435-8411

State and Local Resources

CDC Resources

World Health Organization Resources

It's important to remember that COVID-19 isn't connected to race, ethnicity or nationality. Stigma will not help fight the illness. Sharing accurate information from trusted sources is critical to reduce misinformation. Find reliable and current information about the outbreak from local, state, and national agencies.

 

 

The most effective way to prevent the spread of germs

According to the CDC, washing your hands is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.

The CDC recommends you follow these five steps every time.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Why? Read the CDC’s science behind the recommendations »

Protect yourself from scams, too

As fears rise, scammers are preying on generosity and fear. Calls, direct mailings, emails, and more methods are used to scam folks year round. Find out how to detect if a soliciting charity is a scam with these tips from AARP.

LOCAL ASSISTANCE

Care Connection for Aging Services (multiple locations)
800-748-7826

  • Care Connection can help you with:
    • Which plans might work for you.
    • How much you might qualify for in tax credits.
    • Costs of insurance plans.
    • Free, unbiased information about how the Marketplace and policies work under the Affordable Care Act.

Warrensburg Location
106 W. Young
Warrensburg, MO 64093

Concordia Senior Center
710 Main
Concordia, MO 64020

Higginsville Senior Center
21st & Walnut
Higginsville, MO 64037

Margaret Gray Center
811 South Business Hwy. 13
Suite C
Lexington, MO 64067

Odessa Senior Center
217 S. Second
Odessa, MO 64076

Health Care Collaborative of Rural Missouri
825 S. Business Hwy. 13
Lexington, MO  64067
660-463-0234 – Monday, Wednesday
660-493-2262 – Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Live Well Community Health Center 
608 Missouri St.
Waverly, MO 64096-8241
660-493-2262

Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center Lafayette
Family Medicine, Dental and WIC Services
811-A South 13 Hwy.
Lexington, MO 64067-1572
660-259-3823 ext. 5603
By appointment
Monday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.