3 Things You Need to Know about the “New” Interlibrary Loan System

We’re all adjusting to life with the “new” interlibrary loan system. You might have heard, after a 50% budget cut earlier this year, the ILL program in Ontario was paused so that libraries could get organized, and decide whether we could continue the service within our own budgets. Unfortunately, most libraries were already well into their budget year, and this made for some deep talks with library boards and municipalities. Once the Southern Ontario Library System (SOLS) and Ontario Library System North (OLS-North) tightened their belts even further, they came up with some funding to help us all out. But it’s probably not what you think, and it certainly won’t be the Interlibrary Loan service we were all used to.

So what has changed, and how does the system work now? Here are a few bits of info to help you understand what we’re doing….and what other libraries are trying to do as well.

You can order books once again through Interlibrary Loan. But…

  • Books are now being sent through the mail instead of being delivered by courier.
  • Canada Post has continued our preferred “library rate” for shipping, but we can only ship one book per bag, which means it’s going to cost quite a bit to ship books overall.
  • It’s possible that it will take longer to ship books, and receive books, although we haven’t quite determined that yet. So, keep that in mind if you order a book.
  • Not all libraries are going to be able to ship books in an unlimited format as we used to do. Although SOLS has promised to reimburse libraries for the costs, they only have limited funds, which will be divided up among libraries at the end of the year. We might see good funding, or we might end up having to take on the majority of the cost…no one really knows yet.
  • Not all libraries have been able to work out extra funding, either from their current budgets, or through extra funds from their municipalities. That means, not all libraries will be able to afford to participate.

What does that mean for you?

  • We’ll be able to order books, but they might take longer in the system, as not every library is responding just yet to the service.
  • Book clubs might be restricted to only a few copies of a book, which could be passed around to members to read prior to meetings. That might mean shorter lend times, but it will be up to your library to decide.
  • Not all book clubs will be able to continue in the same way. Some might have to resort to theme months, or author months.
  • We might not be able to get all of the books we once could. An obscure book still in a small library collection might not be loaned now because that library cannot participate in the ILL system due to costs.

We know you’d like to help….

  • Many patrons have offered to pay a fee for their Interlibrary loan, but according to the Library Act, libraries are not allowed to charge fees for borrowing books.
  • Your letters, phone calls, peaceful read-ins, and petition signatures were a HUGE help! You showed the province just how important library services are to patrons, and to the health of libraries in general. While it may not have reversed the cutbacks, we sure felt your support.
  • When ordering books through ILL now, please be patient, and know that we’re doing all we can to support this service and get your materials in a timely manner. No need to call us or drop in repeatedly to check on your item….we’ll contact you as soon as we get your ILL at our library!

Have you been affected by the cuts to Interlibrary Loan service? Let us know what you think!

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TAG, Teen Book Club, & Goodbyes

This is the last week for your teen to get their application into the library for our 2018-2019 Teen Advisory Group. They’ll meet new people, do great things for the library, and even earn most of their school volunteer hours. But, they can’t participate if they don’t submit an application, so make sure to drop by the library to pick one up. It’s a fun interview process (we promise), and they’ll make a real difference to our library.

We’re also getting books ready for our Teen Book Club, which begins again in September. This is always an amazing activity for teens aged 12 and up, who love to read. We meet on the last Wednesday of every month for snacks, book talk, and MUCH more. This will be our fourth year running, and we’re hoping to have a few new faces join us. Our book list for the 2018-2019 period is exciting, a little adventurous, and hopefully, exactly what everyone wants to read and discuss!

Sept. 26  THE DARKEST MINDS by Alexandra Bracken

Oct. 31   (Horror Month) —  THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS by Marieke Nijakamp   OR….. BIRD BOX by Josh Malerman

Nov. 28  SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli

Dec. 12    CHRISTMAS PARTY

Jan. 30  (Sci Fi Month) — ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis     OR…… THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir

Feb. 27  WE SHOULD HANG OUT SOMETIME by Josh Sundquist

Mar. 27  THE OUTSIDERS  by S.E. Hinton

Apr. 24  END OF YEAR PARTY

 

And this week marks the last day for our Summer Literacy Tutors. We’ll have a full breakdown of stats for this amazing program really soon, but for now, we’re getting ready to say goodbye to our tutors Molly and Gracey. We can’t wait until you’re back next summer!

 

Things Discussed at a Teen Book Club Meeting

If you happen to be in the library on the last Wednesday of any month, around 4pm, you’ll likely see a herd of teens hanging out, waiting for book club to start. It’s not unusual to have teens in the library at all…but the sheer number converging on one room is often a bit of a surprise for some.

We regularly have about 13 – 15 teens who attend. Each month, we read a different book, then get together to talk about it (and other things), and eat snacks. Lots of snacks. It’s a fun session, and I always learn something–either about the world, about the teens, or the world they function in.

This month, we were discussing Tui T. Sutherland’s WINGS OF FIRE : THE DRAGONET PROPHECY, but oh, we discussed much more.

Some of the things we talked about during our meeting this week?

  • Elon Musk
  • Russia
  • Dragons (of course)
  • Manga rules
  • Iced Tea vs. other drinks
  • Mars colonization
  • The White House
  • DANTE’S INFERNO
  • Chips

All very important things to think about.

 

Cookbook Book Club

We’re still trying to get our mouths to say it without stumbling–our Cookbook Book Club. But regardless of the tricky name, the IDEA is easy as pie to remember! Find a cookbook based on our monthly theme, make a recipe, bring it to the book club meeting (along with the cookbook), and be prepared to eat (oh, and chat about the cookbook)!

This month’s theme is chocolate, because what could be better on Valentine’s Day than a whole evening of chocolate?? Hey, if you’re really cheap…er….stuck….bring along your sweetie and an extra recipe he/she can pass off as their own, and just enjoy the delights that will surely be contributed to the event!

We meet the second Wednesday of each month, at 6pm. So, Valentine’s Day it is this week. Give us a quick call to register….although I don’t think anyone will be turned away if they have something chocolatey to share. And while you’re here, you can pick up the list of themes coming up. Honestly, I don’t know why we didn’t think of this earlier. It’s turning into one of our most popular adult programs!

Bon appetit!

Cookbook Book Club!

Our new Cookbook Book Club starts tonight! It’s labeled as food, fun, and friends! Take out a cookbook (or use one you own), try out a few of the recipes, and bring something you made (along with the cookbook) to the meeting for everyone to try. You’ll have a chance to talk about the cookbook and why you liked it–or didn’t–and hear about other great new cookbooks. You’ll meet other foodies, maybe try some new foods, and hopefully leave here with a full stomach and lots of inspiration!

Give us a call to register. We’re looking forward to meeting you!

(Don’t worry if you haven’t had time to cook anything this time. We’ll have a few samples ready from our own experiments, and instructions for what to do next month. Just come out and meet everyone tonight!)

Teen Book Club

Our Nerd Herd, aka the Teen Book Club, is getting ready for a fun book-filled fall! We’ve got our choices picked, and we’re gearing up for lots of discussion, fun, and more.

If you have a reader who is at least 12 years old who might like to join, drop by the library before school starts to get on the list. It’s always a fun session, and our first meeting takes place on Wednesday, September 27, from 4-5:30pm.

Book Fairy

It all started with Emma Watson. She started leaving books from her feminist book club on the London Underground subway system for people to take home. A free book prompts discussion, and the actress thought it would be an interesting way to find a broader audience for her book club.

Now, Montreal has its own book fairy in Audree Archambault. She’s been leaving books in Montreal Metro stations in hopes that they’ll read the books, and then pay it forward by leaving the books for someone else. Archambault is a YouTuber and books lover, and for International Women’s Day this year, she received a box of books from publishers, each containing a book with a hand-written note from Emma Watson herself, to distribute for her project.

Each book that Archambault leaves contains a sticker explaining why it was left there and instructions on how to pass it on. You might even find her peering around a corner to see who takes her books–and it’s often a struggle for people to take something with them for free, even with the note.

You can read more about the project by clicking on the link here.

I’m sure most library users would appreciate finding a book that they could take home, regardless of where it was left. Would you participate?