KCK Library to begin curbside pickup Monday

The Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library will begin offering curbside pickup of holds on Monday, June 1.

Patrons may come to any of the five branch locations (Schlagle, Main, South, Turner, or West Wyandotte) to pick up their holds Monday-Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The bookdrops will also be opened on Monday, June 1, to accept returns at each of the locations.

Instructions for using curbside service are available on the library’s website at www.kckpl.org/about/curbside-pickup.html. Patrons will be asked to call the library when they arrive and stay in their cars until staff brings their items to them. Those without cars can take advantage of the walk up service. All returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours before they are again available.

“Our libraries may be closed temporarily, but we are hard at work to serve you in innovative ways,” Carol Levers, director of libraries, said. “Staff has adapted in-person programs for online delivery, including daily story times on our Facebook page. We are sharing information and resources; we continue to connect with you by chat, phone, and email; and we plan to share how-to-programs. We have boosted our wireless internet for use outside the Main, West Wyandotte, and South Branch Library buildings, because we know many of our people rely on us for internet access.”

More information about online services can be found on the library’s website at www.kckpl.org.

  • Information from Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library

Opinion: Something lacking at the top in the handling of the Minneapolis incident

In the wake of the Minneapolis incident involving the treatment of George Floyd, who died in custody of Minneapolis police, we were saddened, outraged and disappointed. That incident should never have happened.

After the event, our top national leaders could have done more to deal with the country’s dismay over what happened. Instead, what we heard were comments threatening protesters, that threw gas on the fires of outrage.

We keep waiting for a national task force to be announced from the top in an effort to stop other incidents like the one in Minneapolis, but we’re not holding our breath.

Our local leaders in the Kansas City area, however, have done a better job in their leadership roles in addressing the issue of how police should treat those who have been arrested, and they say they have rules in place to prevent that from happening. That is very reassuring, and we commend our local leaders for having better judgment than some of our national leaders.

Police notes

Victim injured in drive-by shooting

A suspect drove by and shot a victim at 2:23 p.m. May 30 in the 100 block of South 18th Street, according to a social media post by the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department.

The victim had non-life-threatening injuries, the report stated. The victim was taken to a hospital.

Shooting reported

A suspect shot two victims at 7:18 p.m. May 30 and fled the area, according to a social media report by the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department.

The victims were taken to hospitals, in stable condition, the report stated.

Shooting reported on South 51st

Officers responded to reports of a shooting at 10:15 p.m. May 30 in the 2400 block of South 51st Street, according to a social media post by the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department.

Officers found that a victim had been shot, according to the report. The victim had major injuries and was taken to a hospital, the report stated.