We have a new sign-in system for our public computers. Please come to the desk and get a number to login to the system. This will allow 1 hour of usage with the possibility of adding another hour in 2 half hour increments if no one is waiting for the computer. (15 minute slots in the Children’s Library and the Express Computer.) If all the computers are in use, come to the desk to make a reservation for the next available computer. Your wait time may be less than it has been in the past! As always, you do not need a library card to use our computers. Ask if you have questions about this or need help logging in!
The Kellogg-Hubbard Library invites Vermont poets ‒ professional or amateur ‒ to submit their original poems for PoemCity 2016, a citywide event, now in its seventh year, that displays poetry on local business storefronts as a way to celebrate National Poetry Month. Chosen poems will appear throughout the downtown district of Montpelier for the month of April 2016.
Poets of all ages are welcome to submit up to three poems no longer than 24 lines each for consideration of public display. Each poem should be original work by the author, who must be a Vermont resident or VCFA or Norwich University student or alum. Deadline to submit is January 31, 2016. Visit www.kellogghubbardlibrary.submittable.com to submit.
The Library sends out email reminders to alert you two days before materials are due, and (if they are not returned) when they are three days overdue.
Please note that these emails are courtesy reminders. Patrons are responsible for keeping track of their materials and due dates. Printed slips are available at time of check-out, and account activity can be monitored through our website. The Library will not waive fines due to email failures.
To monitor online, click on catalog/login at the top of our homepage, then enter your library barcode number or username + password.
If you don't receive email reminders but would like to, just stop by the circulation desk or give us a call, and provide your email address.
Soon Keeping Books “Overtime” Will Cost More Than 2¢
On August 10 we will be increasing the fines on overdue books and most other materials from 15¢ a day to 20¢ for children’s and YA materials, and to 25¢ for adult materials. DVD/video late fees ($1/day) and caps on late fees ($5/item) will remain the same.
Why is the library increasing fines?
For one thing, we haven’t kept up with inflation. The heading at the top is a reference to 1940, when books were lent for seven days and patrons were charged 2¢ a day for keeping a book “overtime.” Today that two cents would be 34¢, more than twice what we have been charging.
Why does the library charge fines?
• Fines help to keep books circulating. We have the second highest public library circulation in Vermont (276,000 last year) and we need to keep materials moving to serve all patrons.
• Fines also support the operating costs of the library.
What does it use fine money for?
• The money we receive from fines goes right into running the library, including circulation costs, mailing billing notices to patrons, and replacing worn, damaged or lost materials.
How does the library help me avoid fines? (Ironic, isn’t it?)
• We offer patrons printouts that show when their materials are due.
• We send email reminders two days before materials are due to patrons who give us their email address.
• We also send email reminders three days after the due date if materials are not returned.
• We recently extended the period for borrowing DVDs.
Besides getting items back on time, how can I avoid fines?
• Most items are renewable. You can renew items in person (with or without the item), over the phone (during library hours), or online (with your library card). Ask library staff if you have questions.
City parking meters now cost 25¢ for 15 minutes. What’s with that?
• We don’t control the parking fees. But just think: 25¢ will get you 15 minutes of parking or a full 24 extra hours with Stephen King. Such a deal!
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