|Eddie the Lilac Lion poses for his #LibraryShelfie at the Howland Public Library's Shelfie Week on Instagram.|
Photo Credit: Jennifer Sarah Blakeslee
If you're not already following the Howland Public Library's Instagram feed or subscribed to their newsletter, you are missing out on exciting action! The staff at Beacon's public library, the Howland Public Library, has been quite busy with upgrades and innovations. Just when we wanted to blog about their clever Food for Fines program, they went and completed the construction on their new automatic doors!
Food for Fines Program - Ends February 28thIn lieu of paying fines, the library kicked off a Food for Fines program that ran from January 1 - February 28th* (if you're reading this now, there is still time to pay off those fines with creative ideas for local food pantries in Beacon). The library's new director, Amy Raff, experienced a successful variation of this program at her former library, that focused on toiletries for food pantries, as those can be overlooked when rummaging through cupboards for food. Socks are often the most needed by people who depend on food pantries.
As food pantries have been in the news a lot in Beacon, it has put attention on the senior community who in part use such programs. Not only do seniors need socks, they also need help for incontinence issues. Therefore, for my own fines for four overdue DVDs, my donation was absorbent underwear for women, and black and white socks. What did you donate?
*The Food for Fines Program was extended till the end of February due to upgrade-based library closures and national holidays that happened in February.
Easier to Use Computers and Rent DVDsAnnounced just before 2016 started, the library unveiled new rules to make accessing their resources more lengthy and less costly. The big changes are:
- Overdue fines for DVDs are now 25 cents a day (instead of $1.00).
- DVD series (with more than 2 DVDs) now circulate for 14 days (instead of 7 days).
- Items may now be renewed twice, if there is no hold on it (instead of once).
- Use the public computers for 2 hours per day (instead of 1 hour per day). PS: You can thank Beacon Reads, the little bookstore next door with the FREE cart of books out front, for help in raising money to provide those computers!
- Use the computers if you owe less than $50 (instead of $10).
New Automatic Doors for Better Accessibility!Taking a queue from Rite Aid's upgrade in 2014 almost across the street, the Howland Public Library modernized with new automatic doors! The previous doors were very difficult to get through, especially if you were pushing a stroller, pulling a kid wagon, or were in a wheelchair. And with the great programming at Beacon's library, the senior and kid communities are regulars! The entrance now has two rows of glass doors that slide open, which provides a new source of natural light around the front desk area. According to the library, this accessibility upgrade was made possible, in part, by a construction grant from The New York State Department of Education/New York State Library.
Take a look at the Howland Public Library's new director, Amy Raff, demonstrate walking through the doors on the library's Instagram feed: