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New library app!

We’ve got a new app that will allow you to take the catalog with you wherever you go via a mobile app on your smartphone. The app makes it simple  to search for materials, place holds, manage your account and more.

The Lonsdale Public Library is part of the SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) regional public library system, which spans 11 counties and includes 36 public libraries. SELCO worked with a developer to create the region-wide app that will function similarly to the desktop version of the catalog. Users will be able to search the regional catalog as well as their own library’s, manage their account, place holds, renew materials, download eBooks and eAudiobooks, and find libraries near them based on their location.

The app is free and available on the Apple App Store and Google Play store. You can find it by typing “SELCO Libraries” in the search bar. If you have questions or need help downloading the app, please contact the library for assistance.

Mask required for library use

In accordance with Governor’s Executive Order 20-81:

As of Saturday, July 25th
masks are required to enter and use the library.  

 

  • Masks must cover nose and mouth.
  • Children over 5 must wear a mask. Masks are recommended for ages 2-5.
  • We have masks available for adults and children at no charge.

REOPENING

Starting Monday, June 1st the library will be open to the public with limited hours.

Monday, Wednesday-Friday:  1-5
Tuesday: 3-7
Saturday: 11-1

Restrictions will be in place:

  • Limit of 10 patrons at a time
  • Please maintain six foot distance when possible
  • Wearing a mask is highly recommended
  • Computer use limited to one hour

No-contact pickup will continue to be available during these times for those who prefer it.

 

 

Curbside service!

Hello library community,

We miss your friendly faces, but we’re all doing the right thing by minimizing our contact.  That said, we believe that at this time we can begin to check out items via curbside service.  If you want to take part, here’s how:

  • Our regular online request process remains in place. Please note that items requested online will not be immediately available, and some items may not be available at all.
  • We will also accept requests by phone during pickups hours only. Note that we will need at least 15 minutes to process requests.
  • You will choose your pickup time during pickup hours and we will check out materials to you, print a receipt, package your checked-out items, and leave them in the entryway with your initials attached. Please retrieve materials promptly.  You must make an appointment ahead of time.

Pickup hours

Monday, Wednesday-Friday     1-5
Tuesday      3-7
Saturday     11-1

We will take all reasonable precautions, but you should exercise your own judgment.   

FAQs:

Q: Can I come in to the library to select my items?
A: No, the library building past the entryway remains closed.  Library staff will check out items to you and leave them in the lobby at the time of your pickup appointment.

Q: I’m not sure of the exact titles I want.  Can you help?
A: Yes, we would be glad to help you find something you will enjoy during our phone conversation.

Q: What are you doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on materials?
A: We are using gloves, washing our hands regularly, and holding returned items for 24 hours before they can be checked out again.  If you are still concerned, we recommend holding items for 24-72 hours before opening them.  Please do not use cleaners on library materials as they may cause damage.

Q: What if I want to keep the items I have checked out until the library reopens?
A: That’s just fine.  Due dates have been automatically extended, and if you end up with late fees accrued during this period, we will gladly waive them.

Q: What if I set up an appointment and then miss it?
A: We will hold your materials for up to 10 days in the library, but you will need to make a new pick up appointment.

If you have more questions, please call us during pickup hours at 507-744-3977 or send an email to lon_dir@selco.info.

Library Closing Extended

In keeping with the Governor’s shelter in place order, the library will remain closed through April 11th.  We hope to reopen on April 13th, but the situation remains fluid.  Thank you for your ongoing understanding.  Please stay home if you can and stay safe, friends.

LIBRARY CLOSING

CLOSED MARCH 18 – MARCH 28

In keeping with recommendations by the State of Minnesota and the American Library Association, the library will be closed starting Wednesday, March 18 through Saturday, March 28.   Further updates will be forthcoming as the situation develops.

The book drop in the lobby will continue to be available for book returns.  Items can be renewed through the online catalog.  If you are unable to return or renew items, don’t worry.  Any late fees accrued during this time will be waived; just let us know when we’re back in business.

Meanwhile, stay safe friends!

All events cancelled

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: The Lonsdale Public Library will remain open for our regular business hours for the time being.  However, all library events including story time are cancelled until March 28 and the story room and meeting room will be closed to outside events.  As you know, the situation is constantly changing, so check back regularly for updates.

Library closed

Ongoing dangerous road conditions mean we will stay closed for Saturday.  Don’t worry if you have items due.  We will take care of any fines.  We hope to see you on Tuesday!

Due to severe weather conditions, the library will be closed on Friday, January 17th.  Storytime is canceled.  Stay safe, friends.

Gentle Reminder

We love that our story room gets used by kids and families.  We love that all the toys and games we stock are fun for you to play with.   Thank you to the many, many people that use the room conscientiously.

But someone left this mess for us to clean up.  That’s not nice.  So here’s a reminder to please think of others and try to leave the room as you found it.

Also, please be sure that you’re not accidentally taking home anything that belongs to the library.  We’ve recently lost a Kermit the Frog and some dinosaur figurines, for example.  If you find them among your toys, please send them home.  We promise to ask no questions.