Open House at the Walpole Library – 10/10/15

Read on to also learn about the new fine policy at the library.  Jennifer Kelly, library trustee, has explained it very clearly so you can “stay out of trouble”. – Lil

Changes are in progress at the Walpole Library! A year and a half ago the library had a number of consultants come in and assess the use of space, which was paid for with a grant. Now, with our new Library Director, Justine Rogers, the library staff are beginning to implement some of those recommended changes.

DVD’s and audio books have been reorganized and moved onto shelves in the front room, the new book display has been changed to feature items published within the last four months (down from fifteen), and a new display of staff picks is featured on a book shelf next to the front desk.

Over the next several months, Ms. Rogers plans to continue implementing suggested changes. The library staff will order 20 to 40 books a week, move non-fiction out of the stacks, create a reading space in the stacks, reorganize the children’s room, create a space for tweens and teens, and highlight books by local authors.

On October 10th from 12 to 2 p.m., the library will be hosting an open house where you can meet the new librarian, find out about the library’s plans for reorganization and let us know about your hopes and concerns about the library.  The event is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served.

New fine policy at Walpole library

Got an overdue book or DVD?  The Walpole Library has reviewed its fine policy for overdue books and other items and established these new guidelines.

  • $0.05/day for books, magazines & audio books
  • $0.10/day for new books, ILL Materials & reserve items
  • $0.50/day for DVD’s
  • Once a card has occurred $5 in fines, some payment must be made in order to continue using the card.
  • No one with a lost book on their card may use their card until the book is paid for in full or replaced.
  • As long as a card is marked “Shut In”, no fines will be charged.
  • Any patron who wishes to dispute a fine must submit something in writing to the director.
  • Children under the age of 18 may volunteer their time rather than pay money to reduce fines on their cards. Each half hour of time worked will wave $4. Children can work no less than 15 minutes and no more than 1 hour at any given time.
  • Volunteers, staff and trustees are not required to pay for overdue fines. They must pay or replace any lost items.
  • Overdue fines for items that were marked lost but have been returned will not exceed $5.
  • Any fines for damaged items will be based on extremity of damages and determined by the director.

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