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Having a library card to select up free supplies is now simpler on the Marshalltown Public Library. Lately it launched an automated renewal program that helps individuals keep away from late fee prices.

"Each morning, our system routinely renews all the things that’s due – two days after that date" stated librarian Katie Fink.

There are some the reason why an merchandise can’t be renewed: whether it is ready for one more consumer of the library, it meets its restrict (books can solely be renewed twice and films and magazines solely as soon as), or whether it is half from the Fortunate Day Assortment, that are well-liked titles that may solely be withdrawn for 10 days and can’t be renewed, attributable to excessive demand.

“We wished to make it simpler for individuals to make use of the library and typically, overdue fines restrict the usage of the library by individuals. I do know that folks neglect or issues come up " she stated.

When supplies arrive too late, the library sends letters by mail. Fink stated one of the simplest ways to maintain up along with your account is to entry it on-line. You can too subscribe to obtain e mail notices by visiting the library.


To place an merchandise on maintain, you are able to do so via the web catalog system, by calling the library or at any library service desk.

Library workers wish to see extra individuals join the playing cards. September is the month of enrollment of the cardboard, sponsored by the American Library Affiliation.

"Encourage faculty youngsters or actually anybody to join a library card as an important faculty materials" Fink stated. "We’ve got so much to supply individuals."

The library permits entry to computer systems with Wi-Fi. Younger individuals can play on tablets with preloaded academic video games. A play space within the youth division is accomplished with a toy fort, practice exhibition, constructing blocks and big Legos. Board video games, puzzles and coloring books are additionally out there to be used. Digital merchandise via on-line providers reminiscent of Hoopla, are accessible with a library card. It permits individuals to observe TV exhibits, motion pictures, music albums, comics, digital books and digital audio to obtain and stream on digital units, even when the library is closed.

The ALA encourages individuals to take part in its #GetLibraryCarded promotion. Take an image along with your library card and submit it on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #GetLibraryCarded. You’ll routinely enter a raffle to win a $ 100 Visa reward card. Tickets may also be despatched by posting to the I Love Libraries Fb web page.

The library shall be closed for the Labor Day vacation, August 31 and September 1 and a pair of. You may attain 641-754-5738. For extra data, go to


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