Ongoing Book Sale

It would be nice to see books in the ongoing book sale that are not ex-library books.

Thank you.

Thanks for visiting the Friends ongoing sale! Both donated books and weeded library books are displayed in the ongoing sale. As different areas of the library’s collections are evaluated, sometimes extra copies of library books go to the sale. Other weeks there are lots of donations to put out. The selection changes weekly, so keep visiting.

Best regards,
Deb Fasulo
Assistant Library Director


Lifetime membership in FWPL?

The Waltham Historical Society and the Girl Scouts both have lifetime memberships available for $150. If the Friends of the Waltham Public Library offered a membership like this, it would save me having to renew. That membership fee could grow for the organization in an interest-bearing account.

Interesting idea! The Friends Board will consider it at their next meeting.

Deb Fasulo
Assistant Library Director


Rewards program?

To: Kate Tranquada
From: C.B.

Idea: Reward program for donating or buying books and videos

1. Every time someone is donating an item, he gets a specific number of points and when a certain number of points is reached, would entitle him to receive a gift card or other reward.

2. Every time someone is buying a book or video, he gets reward points and when a specific number of points is reached he would get free books or a free gift card or other reward.

A follow-up system would be necessary to track everyone entering this program.

Dear C.B.,

We feel there are already ample rewards for donating to and buying from the Friends of the Library! Most donations are sold by the Friends, who use the funds to support the library, which benefits the donors. People who buy materials at the Friends sale get books and recordings at great prices while supporting the Friends, which in turn supports the library and its patrons. And receipts for donations can be used for tax deductions.

The Friends of the Library funds services and equipment that are beyond the scope of the municipal library budget, such as cultural and educational programs for all ages, landscaping, the sound system for the lecture hall, laptops for loan, and much more.

Thanks for writing,

Kate Tranquada
Library Director

On request list and still waiting

I’m on the request list for a book. I signed up 4-5 months before publication. Now the book is in the library. One copy is a Speed Read and one is a Rental. I’m still waiting.
Is there some way you can put a box on the request form, so people who want to could get the Rental or Speed Read first? After all, I’ve been waiting.

Thank you.

I’m glad you’re utilizing the request service here at the library. Here’s how it works with new, hot bestsellers:
At least 1 Speed Read, 1 Rental and several regular copies of the book are purchased. The more requests Waltham patrons place, the more copies the library buys. The regular copies start going out to the first patrons on the request list while the Rental(s) and Speed Read(s) go out to the shelf for the browsing patrons. As regular copies are returned, they go to the next patrons on the request list. Rental copies are purchased by the Friends of the WPL and cost $1 for 1 week to rent. These copies are not eligible to fill requests, but are more for browsing patrons who would rather pay $1 and have it now than wait until a free copy is available. The money goes back to the Friends to buy more rental books, movies, museum passes and library programming. Speed Reads are also not eligible to fill requests, but are free and you have to be lucky to spot one. Patrons who are on the waiting list and do see either a Speed Read or a Rental available in the library are, of course, welcome to borrow or rent them and cancel their request. It’s sort of a trade off: you can guarantee a free copy will be held for you by placing a request or you can gamble and hope you find one of the copies available to a browsing patron.

This way we serve as many patrons as we can, whether they are here in person or placing a request from home.

Deb Fasulo
Assistant Library Director