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Beat the Blizzard: Bring the Library to You!

Published on Thu, 11/29/2018 - 10:49am
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Over the past few days, it’s become frigidly apparent that winter weather is officially here for the season! As an actual blizzard bore down on the Kansas City metro all day Sunday and left us with days of cleanup, I was reminded how tough it can be to get around when every surface is covered with snow and ice―especially if you already have mobility issues.

For those who have trouble getting around on their own, bad weather makes the task of running errands even more difficult. Fortunately, Mid-Continent Public Library offers a service that can eliminate at least one of those to-dos. MCPL’s Library-By-Mail program delivers books, movies, and music directly to the doorsteps of local homebound residents through the U.S. Postal Service. Completely free of charge, this program allows participants to either choose the materials they would like to receive or to get recommendations from a Library-By-Mail readers’ advisor.

In addition to those with ongoing mobility issues, Library-By-Mail is also available to MCPL customers who are temporarily homebound (for example, someone recovering from surgery). And for those who have vision impairments, Library-By-Mail even offers text magnifiers and can send audiobooks on CD.

Nothing is better than staying cozy inside and enjoying a nice book or movie while the weather is crummy! If you or someone you know would benefit from MCPL’s Library-By-Mail service, simply complete the application process online at or in person at your local MCPL branch.

If you’re like me and you don’t qualify for Library-By-Mail but still want to stay inside where it’s warm this winter, consider using MCPL’s online resources! You can easily download eBooks and eAudiobooks directly to your devices, and stream movies and music, without ever leaving the comfort of your armchair. Learn more about the Library’s virtual services.

Stay safe this winter, everyone!

Emily B.
Marketing & Communications Department

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