April 21, 2017

Insider Library Tips: Checking Out Books at Your Local Library

This is an insider's guide on how to properly handle your transaction at the your local library's check-out desk. You may be surprised that I have to mention some of these things, but sadly, they do happen more often than not.

**REMEMBER we LIKE working at the library and with the public. We are here to help! BUT we also are human beings and deserve respect. Just be nice. Kindness goes a long way.

DO have your library card or driver's license handy. At most libraries you must have one or the other to check out. Also, make sure your license has your current address. If you are a child and don't have a driver's license yet you can always use a school id. It's a privacy thing.

DON'T get upset with us if you can't check out because you have no form of identification on you. We can hold the books for you at the desk if you want to come back later or tomorrow, or even the day after that.

DO gently (no throwing) hand the card to use when you get to the desk. If you need to grab it out of your wallet that is fine, but let's try not to hold up the line of people while you search your entire person. Just please don't put your card in your mouth or lick your fingers before handing it to us. That is gross.

DON'T just throw your bag full of books up on the counter and not say anything and just stand there. Say hello. (Although we usually greet you first so this should be even easier to do.)

DO unpack your bag so we can check your stuff out. We really would prefer it if we didn't have to put our hands in your personal bag. (If it is a library bag from us that is more reasonable.) It's awkward and weird. Unless you have your hands full with a baby, or for health reasons, or what have you, then that is understandable and we will help.

DON'T complain about your fines. It isn't our fault you turned your books in late or lost an item. We have late fees to encourage people to turn in their items in a timely manner so other patrons can check them out, we are not out to get you. We love seeing our library items being checked out.

DO tell us when you have had a family emergency, or were in the hospital, or something else happened, because we will be understanding and will waive your late fees. For the most part, late fees do not break libraries. Just be nice.

DO ask for us to renew your items. We can usually do this, unless the item is on hold or is brand new. We try to be accommodating even if some people may not think so.

DO check out as many books as you want! Our limit is 100 books (limits vary by library) total so feel free to check out whatever you like. We won't judge you. We usually have a fair amount of books checked out ourselves.

DON'T stand there twiddling your thumbs instead of packing up your own bag if we have a lot of items to check out for you. Please, pack your own bag if you are able. Packing up your own bag while we are checking out your items usually makes the process go a lot quicker for everyone involved. We don't normally mind doing this if you have less than 10 items, but if you have more than that you should help pack up your bag, especially when there is a long line behind you.

DO say thank you. It sill surprises me how many people don't thank me or are rude in general. Also, please don't be on your cell phone when completing a transaction.

DON'T ask us to throw away your trash. There are a lot of trash cans set up around the library. I really DON'T feel like I should throw away your trash for you. It's rude to ask me. If it is just an old library receipt that is one thing, but I really don't want to throw away your old coffee cup or food wrapper.

DO ask us what you need to get a library card or to renew your card. We will happily tell you. We love when people ask us in advance. Call us on the phone or look it up on the website if you are new in town. Don't just assume you can get a library card without proof that you live in that town. Taxes are what fund the library.

April 18, 2017

TTT #77 Must Reads

If I see any of these phrases in a book's description I pretty much automatically want to read it.

1. Assassins

2. Hate to Love Romance


3. Survival


4. Magic


5. Thieves


6. Bookstore/Library


April 5, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #13

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Because.... This Author

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
Release Date: Sept. 5, 2017
Goodreads Summary: The story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge. Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat. Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete. An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two. A bad romance, or maybe three. Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains. A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her. A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

Because... It Sounds Too Good to Pass Up

Finding You by Lydia Albano
Release Date: Sept. 19, 2017

Goodreads Summary: Isla is kidnapped from a train platform in broad daylight, and thrust into a nightmare when she is sold to a sadistic aristocrat. Locked in a dungeon with a dozen other girls, her only comfort is a locket and the memory of the boy she loves. But as the days pass and more girls disappear, she realizes that help is not coming, and if they’re going to survive, they’ll have to escape on their own.

What are you waiting on?

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