Milk for vending machine?

Thanks for the M&M’s.
Now, how about milk (in plastic bottles so it doesn’t spill) with some oreo cookies?

Milk would be a nice healthy option! And I can arrange for snack-packs of Oreos. However, because milk has a reasonably short shelf life and must be monitored very frequently, it’s not realistic under our current staffing circumstances.

There are several stores nearby where you are welcome to buy milk to enjoy in the AV Annex and snack room at the library:

-CVS at 12 Harvard St, Corner of Main St, just west of the library on the other side of the street.
-Hannaford Supermarket, 55 Russell Street. Corner of Main St, just west of the library on the other side of the street.
-McDonald’s Restaurant, 789 Main Street, just west of the library on the same side of the street.
-Quick Stop Variety, Corner of Church and Main Streets, east of the library, same side of the street, across from City Hall.

Some day when the dream of building a whole café for the library comes true, we’ll make sure milk is available!

Sincerely,
Deb Fasulo
Assistant Library Director

dfasulo@minlib.net

3/30/2010

Eating in the library

I would no more think of eating my lunch at one of the 1st floor carrels than I would think of taking a trip to the moon. You’re not cops, but could you occasionally monitor for spread out salads, crunchy sandwiches and the like?

Thanks.

You’re right! Food and drinks should be enjoyed in the Ground Floor AV Annex and Snack Room only. While the staff can’t always get away from public service desks, we’ll aim to do a better job informing patrons of suitable places to eat and drink.

Best Regards,
Deb Fasulo
Assistant Library Director

dfasulo@minlib.net

3/29/2010

Loud Kids

Why can’t you kick out loud kids who aren’t even using the computers, magazines or books?

Ensuring proper behavior of patrons of any age is an ongoing challenge.

These days, people are using the library in more ways than ever. Some choose books or movies; some just need a place to think; and some like to meet in a community center.

Numerous kinds of tasks happen in the Reference Room also. Librarians consult with patrons on research or placing requests, the desk phones ring and instruction is given to patrons who need a quick computer tip. Because of this, the Reference Room cannot be a silent place, although noise levels should remain reasonable.

The 2nd floor is designated for individual silent study. Perhaps that is an area of the library that you would find more peaceful. If you require a computer during your time in the library, I’d suggest borrowing a laptop at the 1st floor circulation desk. That would allow you to go to an area you may find less distracting.

It is important to the staff here that all patrons are allowed to use the library without interference. Please notify a staff member if you witness inappropriate behavior at the time that it is occurring so that it can be dealt with directly.

Sincerely,

Deb Fasulo
Assistant Library Director

dfasulo@minlib.net

3/29/2010

Teaching Company

Keep buying more Teaching Company courses. They are fabulous!

~D.K.

Will do! Feel free to make any purchase requests for specific Teaching Company titles or subjects with the AV staff.

Keep Learning!

Kindly,
Deb Fasulo
Assistant Library Director/AV Librarian

dfasulo@minlib.net

3/29/2010

Internet access in the AV Room

Internet access in AV Room
Microsoft Word & printer.

Thanks for the suggestion. You’re correct that the two computers in the AV areas are only for Library Catalog searching and placing requests. Right now, there are 2 reasons why currently there are no Internet or Word-accessible computers in AV. One is that the space isn’t wired for any more computers or printers. The other is that computers and printers require staff time and expertise. The Reference staff is best equipped to help with that and so public computers are located nearest to them.

You are welcome to bring a laptop into AV to work and save any documents to a flash drive. You may reserve time at one of the desktops in Reference in order to print.

There is, however, another printing solution coming soon. There is already a project in the works to allow wireless printing and when that is up and running, you would be able to bring a laptop into AV and print away!

Best Regards,
Deb Fasulo
Assistant Library Director/AV Librarian

dfasulo@minlib.net

3/29/2010

Cleaning the library

To the Director:

Please have the janitor:
1.) Spray, wipe & disinfect reading booths
2.) Vacuum rugs better
3.) Clean Men’s Room better
Thank you.

Keeping this 45,000 square foot building clean is a tremendous challenge. Until Fall 2008, the Library had two full-time custodians on staff. Because of a City-wide hiring freeze, we are down to only one full-time custodian. While the rugs are vacuumed and bathrooms are still cleaned each day, heavily-visited facility requires more attention than 1 person can provide. Unfortunately, some areas just cannot receive attention as often as we would like. Efforts are being made to restore some custodial help in the library, but in the meantime, please alert the library staff if you encounter a specific incident or area needing attention. We’ll do our best to remedy the situation as soon as we can.

Kate Tranquada,
Library Director

3/29/2010