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Summer Reading Week Four

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.

Maker Monday

Join us for a special Maker Monday on Tuesday.  We will make patriotic rocket crafts and red, white and blue pretzels.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

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.

Coding Club

Learn coding for ages 8-12 and 13+.  Please bring your own device if you have one.

Preschool Storytime

Enjoy stories and crafts for ages 3-6 with a caterpillars theme.

Drop-in Crafts

Make a shadow puppet and/or a stick person.

Fine Free!

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.

FAQ

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.

Masks Required

In order to keep everyone safe, the Lonsdale Public Library is requiring masks for everyone age 5 and up.  We have masks available for adults and children if you need one.  Please do your part for the health of your friends and family.

New Mask Rules

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.

 

Repairs

Consider this a reminder to please let the library do repairs.  We have training and materials to do a much better job than the general public.  If you tear a page, please just let us know.   Don’t do this!

Meeting Room Opening!

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.

TEMPORARY Meeting Room Application

The story room remains closed until further notice.

Library Reopening!

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.

HOURS:

_______________NO-CONTACT      OPEN
MONDAY                   12-1                        1-6
TUESDAY                  2-3                          3-7
WEDNESDAY           12-1                        1-5
THURSDAY               12-1                       1-5
FRIDAY                      12-1                        1-6
SATURDAY               NONE                    10-2

Library update

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

Monday:         1-6
Tuesday:        3-7
Wednesday: 1-5
Thursday:      1-5
Friday:             1-6
Saturday:       10-2

Year in Review

We are saying goodbye to 2020, a tumultuous year to say the least, and welcome 2021.  Let’s take a quick look back.

With the COVID-19 epidemic, we were closed for part of the year and did no-contact pickup for part of the year.  Like many in the community, several members of the staff contracted the disease, but we all recovered.  We greatly appreciate all of you who use the library; you have been great sports.  Thanks for hanging in there with us!

We checked out 14,438 physical items in 2020, which is not bad, all things considered.
For comparison we checked out 21,576 in 2010.  Final numbers for e-book checkouts are still pending, but are expected to be much, much higher than past years.

Our most checked out books were a little more diverse than in previous years, including a board book, easy readers, a juvenile non-fiction book, a chapter book, and even a grown-up mystery.

EVENTS

Before COVID hit we squeezed in a Harry Potter-themed escape room, which was conquered by kids and adults alike.

Shortly after that everything changed, and the rest of the year was all about connecting in different ways.   Summer reading became a take-and-make affair.  We put together packets each week for pre-readers, readers and teens/tweens.  In the end, we distributed 650 over six weeks.  The staff created videos to introduce the contents of each packet and demonstrate the crafts.

 

Our annual Halloween party also became a take-and-make affair.  We gave out 100 or so packets with fun activities, coloring pages, toys and candy.  Luckily, many of our friends showed up in costume to pick them up.  We love to see those great costumes and big smiles!

The community also played along with our in-person and online favorite candy bracket.  After 250 votes, we determined that Lonsdale’s favorite candy is Twix!

We embraced social media more than ever, producing virtual storytimes for kids and book chats for grownups. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, so you don’t miss anything.

Here’s hoping we get to see a lot more of you next year!