By Dan Brower
Director, Cass Co. Public Library
The passage of Proposition L in 2020 is bringing a lot of exciting changes to Cass County Public Library. The library has already been able to update computers and increase bandwidth at all branch locations, and many new online resources are now available. Patrons can access resources like Gale Legal Forms, Universal Class, Consumer Reports, CreativeBug, Scholastic Teachables, and more from home with their library card.
On Feb. 14, the library is launching Hoopla for patrons. This incredible resource allows patrons to access hundreds of thousands of digital items, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines, music, and streaming video. Patrons can borrow up to five items per month through the Hoopla app, available in all app stores, and even on Roku. There are no wait times and no need to place a hold on items.
Patrons can experience enhanced library services like free Notary services (available at most branches by appointment) and Library by Mail (available to anyone homebound in the county). Every library branch will soon have staff dedicated to providing programs and library services to children and teens. In-person events—including storytimes—have returned to all branches this month. Some programs have attendance limits and may require registration.
Many branch facilities have been renovated or improved. The Northern Resource Center in Belton recently added new furniture for adults and children, including a reading cubby for kids. The library has plans to build a new location in Pleasant Hill, opening in 2023. This branch will have a community room, study rooms, a reading patio, a drive-through, and dedicated spaces for all ages. It is an exciting endeavor for the Pleasant Hill community, and a preview of more things to come for the county.
In December 2021, I became library director for Cass County Public Library, and I see a bright future for the library and the county.
We have an opportunity to make Cass County Public Library great and to provide modern library services for residents. As we work on creating a new strategic plan and capital plan this year, we can focus our efforts to make the most impact in our communities. I’m excited for what the future holds.
Visit the Northern Resource Center, which serves Belton, Peculiar, and Raymore, at 1741 E North Avenue in Belton. For more information about the library and its resources, call 816-331-0049 or visit casscolibrary.org.