From the Library Director's Desk

National Library Week begins on April 19. Annually, this week is set aside to celebrate how libraries impact and transform their communities.

I think this library in this small town is worth celebrating. When you visit our building, you experience first-hand our awesome front line staff. They make you feel welcome, help you find the items you need, and invite you to our classes and events.

What can be harder to see, is the work that our staff does to positively impact the community beyond our walls. The time leading up to National Library Week is a great time to tell you about the excellent work they’ve been doing. Roanna has been working with Dana from Historic New Carlisle (HNC) to bring an exhibit on local history to the library.

We’ll also have a visit from a local author, who will be here on April 22. I strongly encourage you to attend the author event and come see the exhibit.

Amy S. has done such an amazing job of designing the exhibit, with the content Dana provided. It will definitely be worth your time. If you miss it here at the library, the exhibit will live permanently at HNC’s new downtown facility. Amy L. is passionate about Reading Roadshow. Every other week, she brings books, movies, and audiobooks to nursing homes and individuals who can no longer get out of their homes. Give her a call if you know someone who could use this service.

Sarah has been working with Olive Elementary to make it easier for students to use their library cards. Olive students can now return their Public Library books at the school library.

Finally, we’d like to celebrate you. Our community members make it worth coming to work every day. To show our appreciation, we are waiving all overdue fines and no new fines will accrue.

What does that mean for you?

  • Late books will never have an overdue fine

  • We will charge you the cost of an item if you keep it too long, but we will waive all charges when you return it

  • Items will renew twice automatically, as long as no one else has a reserve on that item

  • You will not be able to check out additional items when you have anything overdue

  • All past overdue fines have been waived.

The Library collected less than $2000 in overdue fines last year. We will be okay without it. We just want you to bring your library items back.

So, go ahead and bring back that book or movie you’ve been too embarrassed to return because you’ve had it for a year. We won’t judge you for it!

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