Should Auld Aquaintance Be Forgot

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We’re looking forward to seeing new faces and familiar ones at the library in 2014. It’s the start of a new era for us, and we’re excited about all of the possibilities! Drop in to say hello to Meriah and the rest of the staff. Oh, and you’re welcome to get a book at the same time!

I’m Fine, You’re Fine, We’re Fine.

Let’s talk about fines.  It’s not a pretty topic, and for some, it’s difficult to imagine we’re going to have an increase. We haven’t raised our book fines in many years, and if you compare us to bigger libraries like Ottawa, ours are pretty reasonable….including the upcoming increase.

Starting January 2, 2014, our fines will be as follows:

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Any fines already on your card at that point will not increase, but any books overdue after January 2nd will use the new fine structure. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to drop by the library to speak with us. And remember, there are plenty of ways to renew your books in order to avoid fines: you can renew online using your library card and PIN, you can drop by the library and ask us to renew, or you can give us a call….even if it’s in the middle of the night. We check our messages each morning, and we’ll get you updated then.

If you need your PIN, please pop in to pick it up. Unfortunately, we don’t give out PINs over the phone for privacy reasons. And we’ll be happy to show you the process of renewing online if you need help. It’s easy, and kind of fun!

Happy renewing!

Published in: on December 23, 2013 at 3:33 am  Leave a Comment  
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We’re Going to be Closed

We’re gearing up for some holiday closures at the Carleton Place Public Library, which means a few changes in book returns as well.  While we’re spending time with our families and probably eating too much turkey, the library will be closed off and on. During the days we’re closed, you cannot return items to the library (please don’t leave them at the front door), but don’t worry….you won’t be charged any fines.

Monday, December 23     OPEN 1:30pm – 8:00pm

Tuesday, December 24    OPEN 9:00am – noon

Wednesday, December 25      CLOSED

Thursday, December 26       CLOSED

Friday, December 27     OPEN 9:30am – 5:30pm

Saturday, December 28    OPEN 10:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday, December 29   CLOSED

Monday, December 30    OPEN 1:30pm – 8:00pm

Tuesday, December 31  OPEN   9:00am – noon

Wednesday, January 1   CLOSED

On the days we’re open, the blue return box will be out at 9am, so you can return items when you see it. If you can’t make it in, you can renew books online using your PIN, or give us a call and leave a message. We’ll renew everything the next day we’re in.

Don’t forget to drop in before the closures to pick up books and movies to get you through the stretch. We’ll be happy to help you pick something great to take home.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

 

Keeping Things Easy.

It’s a BIG transitional week for us here at the Carleton Place Public Library.  We welcomed our new librarian, Meriah, on Monday, and we’re all just trying to get in sync. It’s exciting, isn’t it? We think so, too. But we feel like the occasion needs a little bit of levity, too.  So, I came across this great list of “Pop Culture Librarian Links” over at Flavorwire. Which one is your favourite? (The domino-stacks scene in The Mummy always makes me cringe!)

monstersustillThe Librarian in Monsters University

 

Bundle Those Books!

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the government wanting to give Canadian consumers choice when it comes to their cable and satellite channels. Rather than being forced to purchase “bundles” of channels, the option to pick and choose seems like a good one.  I know in my household, we watch a limited number of stations, and reduced our bundle package down when we realized we were paying for many channels that we didn’t watch, and only one “good” one in a certain bundle.  It just doesn’t seem like smart buying.  If we went to the grocery store and had to buy six boxes of cereal we didn’t like, in order to get one box that we’d eat, I’d switch to toast.

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So what if we did that at bookstores and libraries?  What if we put together bundles of books in different genres, say, and make patrons take them home. Would you continue to read? Would you read something you might not normally have picked up just because it was part of the bundle?  Maybe. It might honestly be a good marketing ploy for libraries to do that. We might encourage readers to experiment, and also expose them to authors that might not be getting the “read” time others do.

But it might also make you hate us. I think this is basically where people stand on cable and satellite companies right now…a love/hate relationship. We’re bound to the companies in order to get our entertainment fix. If we had the choice, though, we’d all rather pick and choose.

So why aren’t the TV providers switching gears, aside from the obvious fact that they are probably making money off bundles?  Wouldn’t they garner more customers (and therefore, customer satisfaction) if they allowed choice? That’s what we think.  They’re not convinced.

Allowing customers to pick and choose would do a number of things: make the prices of individual channels soar, make many channels disappear altogether because they are essentially being paid for by subscription bundles, and make some channels merge with others, which would limit our choices once again. Of course, you’re not paying directly for books when you come to a library  (your taxes do that part for you), so you might not feel like anything was being wasted if you took home a bundle of books and only read one of them.  (The argument there, of course, is that people who don’t use the library are wasting their tax dollars altogether. But that’s a completely different problem. Let’s stick to the idea of bundles.)

We’re “stuck” with the choices libraries make for us, as well, when you think of it, but in a much broader sense. If they don’t carry a particular book, we’re able to ask for it through interlibrary loan, which is almost like purchasing a specialty channel, but without the fee. The idea of freely walking through a library or bookstore (or grocery store) to choose what we want is the most rewarding experience we can imagine. But would you think less of us if we occasionally suggested a great book we think you might like, even if it was something different than you usually take with you? Probably not.

Don’t worry, we won’t start bundling our books any time soon, but it’s interesting to think about the concept the way they do in television. What do you think?

Published in: on October 21, 2013 at 4:22 am  Comments (2)  
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Join us for a Retirement Party!

Retirement

Many of you already know that our Head Librarian, Janet Baril, is retiring in January. We’re going to be sad to see her go, but we’ve planned a drop-in at the library on Friday, November 1st, from 2 – 5pm to say goodbye. If you know Janet and would like to pop in that day to wish her all the best, please stop by for a special afternoon of cake, laughter and probably lots of tears. (Don’t worry, we’ll have plenty of Kleenex on hand.)

The Carleton Place Public Library has seen many wonderful changes under Janet’s guidance, and we like to think we’ve been especially lucky to have her as our librarian all these years. We hope she’ll make a point of dropping in from time to time to visit us, even though we’re sure her schedule will fill up quickly. (She’ll still need books, though!)

If you can’t make it, please feel free to drop her a line here, and we’ll make sure to pass it on.

Thank you, Janet, for all your support, hard work and insight. We’re going to miss you!

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