In addition to checking out ebooks and eaudiobooks from SELCO and Rochester Public Library, you can now check out from Traverse des Sioux. If you need help setting up, give the library a call!
We’ve finished half our summer reading program, but there’s still plenty of time to sign up!
Don’t forget we’re closed on Monday for Independence Day.
Join us for a special Maker Monday on Tuesday. We will make patriotic rocket crafts and red, white and blue pretzels.
Bring your stuffed friends in for a special storytime at 6:30, then leave them behind for a sleepover. Wednesday morning you can pick them up along with a report on their adventures.
Teens & Tweens Thursday
We will make a red, white and blue windsock.
Learn coding for ages 8-12 and 13+. Please bring your own device if you have one.
Make a shadow puppet and/or a stick person.
Declare your freedom from fines! Starting July 5th, we will no longer charge late fees for items from our library that are returned late. Existing late fees on items from our library will be wiped out.
We still expect you to return your items on their due date so that others may check them out. If you lose or damage materials, you will be charged. Items from other libraries may also still incur late fees.
Q: Does this mean I can just keep my items as long as I want?
A: No. We still expect you to be responsible and return or renew your materials on time. Don’t deprive your friends and neighbors of the chance to check them out.
Q: Won’t removing late fees mean materials not being returned?
A: There is mounting evidence that libraries that go fine free don’t see a significant increase in items being returned late. In fact, some have seen more returns as people stop being afraid to come back to the library.
Q: I’ve always thought of my late fees as a donation to the library. Can I still donate?
A: Absolutely! We always accept donations that we use for cool things like the summer reading program.
Q: Will this mean the library will have to cut back on services?
A: No. Last year, late fees only accounted for less than 1% of our budget. Plus, we have already received a generous donation to cover the first year.
Q: Why did you decide to make this change?
A: There is a growing consensus that late fees have little efffect on timely returns and create an unnecessary burden, especially on lower income people. We want everyone to feel welcome to use the library, not scared of collecting fees.
Q: Will there still be other fees?
A: We will still charge for lost or damaged items, since we need to replace them. We will also continue to charge fees for printing, copying and faxing, since they help to offset some of the price of those services.
The library’s parking lot will be closed for repaving Tuesday, July 20th and Wednesday, July 21st. Patrons will need to park on the street.
Masks are no longer required to enter the library. The health and safety of our staff and patrons remains our first priority. If you have not been vaccinated, you are encouraged to continue to wear a mask.
Please continue to socially distance and stay home if you feel sick or have been exposed to COVID-19. No-contact pickup is still available on demand.
After a long hiatus, our meeting room will be reopening for meetings beginning Monday, March 29th! In accordance with current regulations, the limit will be 49 people (50% capacity). Masks and social distancing are required. Remember that keys must be picked up while the library is open, so check with the library regarding hours if you are unsure. Please call the library with any questions.
The story room remains closed until further notice.
The library will be reopening to the public on February 1st! We are looking forward to seeing your faces!
Restrictions will still apply:
- Limit of 10 patrons at a time
- Masks required for everyone age 5 and up
- Please maintain six foot distance when possible
- Computer use limited to one hour
For those of you still wanting it, we will add one hour before regular opening just for no-contact pickup. You can order no-contact pickup during open hours as well, but with people coming and going we can’t guarantee you won’t meet someone in the lobby.
Hello, friends. We miss seeing you and are doing our best to provide you good and safe service. We’re keeping a close eye on COVID case statistics to determine when we can open to the public for browsing again. The trend is encouraging. As soon as we have an opening date, we will let you know.
Meanwhile, we would like your opinion: Should we have an hour before the library opens specifically for no-contact pickup? We don’t want to deny access to those who prefer not to interact with staff and public.
Don’t forget that you can order books and movies online or by phone and pick them up with no contact. And we keep getting new materials all the time, like these new titles for grownups and young people.
No-Contact Pickup Hours