Last week the library sent out an email announcing that around 400 items were taken out before the closure of the library that had not been returned by their due date, July 7. The library is happy to update that the number of overdues was reduced by over half in just one week!
Some 142 items are still outstanding and collecting fines. Patrons still in possession of these overdue items are asked to return them immediately or call the library. Don’t forget that due dates are back to two weeks (one week for DVDs). Materials may be returned to the outside drop box only. If an item will not fit in the drop box, please return it during open hours.
Recently, the library has been receiving a few phone calls concerning courtesy emails. Patrons have been receiving courtesy emails three days before the due date on their items, but the items have already been returned. This is because the items have not actually been checked in yet because they are in a three-day quarantine. Once the books are out of quarantine, the check in date is back-dated to the actual day the items were returned with no fines being applied for those days.
Joining the annual appeal is the safest, simplest, and most effective way to support the library as it adapts to ever-changing circumstances due to COVID-19. Annual appeal donations are down 40% from where they were at this time last year. Consider helping the library continue its work by becoming a donor. Patrons may donate online at www.tunkhannocklibrary.org/donate or by mailing in a donation to 220 West Tioga Street Tunkhannock, PA 18657.
Many patrons took advantage of the library’s resources online while the library was closed, and they are continuing to use those services. Unfortunately, RB Digital, the vendor used for the eBooks service, is being acquired by a different company. Given the situation, the subscription is not able to be renewed. Effective Aug. 1, RB Digital will no longer be available for use. The library apologizes for this inconvenience, but there are other resources available online. The POWER Library can be found on the library’s website. This source includes over 20 online databases plus over 16,000 eBooks to read online and/or download.
Stop by and check out the library’s outdoor book sale. For the rest of this week, the selection will be showcasing romance, paranormal romance and pot luck. Stop by next week, the week of July 27, for a $5 bag-of-books special. The sale takes place outside the front door of the library on Monday-Friday from 10:15-3:30 and Saturday from 10:15-1:30.
The library’s summer programs look a little different this year, but they are still a great way to keep kids occupied during these summer months. These virtual programs can be found on the library’s website, Facebook or YouTube page. Kids are not going to want to miss painting terra cotta pots, performing kitchen science experiments and making homemade ice cream, just some of the programs coming up. Don’t forget about the free craft kits being offered at the library. Patrons can call the library and schedule a curbside pickup time for these items.
Contact the library by calling 570-836-1677 or by emailing TunkhannockLibraryDirector@gmail.com. The library is providing curbside service from 10:15-3:30 Monday-Friday, and 10:15-1:30 Saturday through the summer. The library is a Wyoming County United Way grant recipient.