LIBRARY TO WAIVE FINES DURING NOVEMBER
The Grand Marais Public Library board has voted to support a regional initiative sponsored by Arrowhead Library System called “We’re Thankful for You! This initiative encourages area libraries to forgive fines that have been incurred by library users up to age 18 during the month of November. Beginning November 1 through the end of the month, Grand Marais library staff will waive fines incurred by these individuals against Grand Marais Public Library owned materials. What this means to young local users is if they keep a book beyond the due date, they won’t be charged the overdue fines.
This event includes only the overdue fines, and only runs until the end of November. Fees assessed for damages, lost materials, and other purposes will continue to be collected. The library board intends to evaluate the results of this experiment in regard to the impact of library fines on our users.
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LIBRARY APPS HELP REMOTE USERS
As we enter the holiday season, Grand Marais Public Library reminds users there are more ways than ever to connect with the library when the library is closed or when the user is distant from the library.
Bookmyne is an app that allows the user to manage their library account, including renewing materials that may soon be due from a device such as a smart phone, tablet, and more. If your device uses apps, and is an Apple iOS or Android device, Bookmyne makes for one of the quickest ways to access and manage your library account. The user needs their library card number and pin (usually the last four digits of your telephone unless you have specified otherwise) to use Bookmyne. Highly recommended by library staff.
Libby is an app that allows users to borrow ebooks and downloadable audiobooks with more ease than the Overdrive app which it replaces. The electronic materials database held for all regional libraries collectively by Arrowhead Library System continues to grow, and offers new books every month. Users who are out of town for the holiday and who need a “reading fix” are invited to download and try an electronic format book, perhaps on that new device Santa leaves for you! You may access your online electronic books from anywhere on Earth, providing you have some kind of internet connection. Those still using Overdrive may wish to upgrade to Libby.
RB Digital is an app that allows users to check out electronic journals. This new app requires a user register first at arrowheadmn.rbdigital.com. Once registration has been completed, the user may install the RB Digital app from their app store. RB Digital works with Apple iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire devices.
And finally, a user may use their laptop or desktop computer to engage in the activities above via the internet. Go to the Arrowhead Library System website, www.alslib.info, and select one of the first three icons in the section labelled “resource links” to take you where you want to go. To manage your account, click on online catalog, then click on the login link. Downloadable e-resources are labelled accordingly on the Arrowhead Library System front page. Users may note there are many additional resources available they may wish to explore.
Also, a reminder that library users 17 and under may have their fines waived during the month of November.