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

Microfilm machines

I have been doing some work with the microfilms in the little research area. After spending a little time figuring out how to use the scanner, and how to save to my personal hard drive, I’m getting some work done. I’m glad the system works. BUT that computer is painfully slow! Why can’t you replace that ancient relic? Also, it would make sense to have more than one microfilm reader, even if the second one didn’t have a scanner.

D. H.

Dear D. H.,

The good news: now that we know our dream of having all the microfilmed newspapers made available online will not be happening any time soon, we are actively shopping for a second reader.

The sad news: the “ancient relic” of a computer at the microfilm scanner actually replaced an even sorrier one that preceded it! Thanks to a grant from the Gates Foundation, we are in the process of upgrading several of our public computers. This will go some way toward balancing the absence of capital funding for computer replacements last fiscal year and this. Meanwhile, our part-time computer specialist works hard to keep 35 public and 30 staff computers running, often using parts from retired PCs to keep other ones functioning. He is aware of the continuing problem at the microfilm reader, and will look for a way to upgrade that computer again.

Thank you very much for taking the time to write.

Kate Tranquada
Library Director

Lockers in the Library?

To the Director:

It would be nice if there were lockers in the library so one could lock up his/her items while taking a short break (e.g. lunch).


Dear E.E.,

I agree that lockers would be a real convenience for some library users. Even so, with the likelihood of forgotten or abandoned items, and the challenges of upkeep and break-in prevention, we are not planning to install lockers at this time.

Kate Tranquada
Library Director