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!
We are happy to announce that Align to Health is the Hardwick and Lake Elmore Food Sponsor! Dr. Steve Sobel will be riding in the Century Ride. If you see him please thank him for his sponsorship! Money raised supports children's literacy!
Spotlight: Great Play Discussion
August 12, 5:15-6:15 at Lost Nation Theater
Gruesome Playground Injuries
By Rajiv Joseph
2010 Pulitzer Prize Finalist
An accident prone dare devil and a corrosive masochist navigate friendship, love and the squishy parts that lie in between. In a series of non-linear vignettes that bounce over three decades of a relationship, Doug and Kayleen meet in a school nurse’s office, and from there build a complex connection over a lifetime of injuries, both physical and emotional. Truly a different type of love story, Gruesome Playground Injuries will leave you smarting from its sharp humor and sharper insights. Copies of this play are available at the library.
Two New York actors will do scenes for us - stay tuned for more details!
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