Summer Reading Program Update

Thank you so much to all of our 2021 Summer Reading participants! We had a blast with our first ever Adult Summer Reading Program, focusing on the Missouri Bicentennial and reading books from and about all the regions of our great state. Children and Teens enjoyed the Tails and Tales program and activities. Huge thank you to all of our librarians who made the programs fun and encouraged all of our great readers! Remember, your library offers education, information, inspiration, and recreation all year long, not just during Summer Reading time!

Fine Free Announcement

Beginning January 1, 2021, the Pulaski County Library District is going fine free for all items except WiFi Hotspots. This page will answer some common questions about why libraries go fine free and why we chose to do so, what you will and won’t be charged for, and some ways to take care of existing fines on your library account. Fines will stop effective Jan. 1, 2021, but all existing fines will stay on accounts. If you have any questions at all, feel free to call your local Pulaski County Library branch or email our Director at emily@pulaskilibraries.org

Why go Fine Free?

  • We believe that the library is for everyone in our community. Going fine free helps us act on that belief.
  • For continuity across library services. Electronic resources are growing in use and popularity and don’t incur overdue fines. Changing our physical items model helps us be more aligned across services.
  • Overdue fines are not an effective incentive to return books on time.
  • The model of charging overdue fines is growing obsolete and it was time for us to make this change.

How will the library make money?

  • The vast majority of the library’s funding comes from local property and real estate taxes. Overdue fines over the past several years have made up approximately 0.5% of our overall annual budget so the impact should be minimal.
  • Patrons may still choose to make a donation to their library branch when items are returned late. We have used overdue fines to help fund our children’s programs and any donations for late items will also be used for this purpose.

How will the library get their books back if overdue fines aren’t charged?

  • All due dates still apply. Patrons will continue to receive regular notifications as items are due. Patrons with overdue items will not be able to check out additional items until the overdues are renewed or returned.
  • When items are long overdue, they will be marked as “lost” and patrons will be charged for those items. The “lost” charge will be removed if/when the items are returned to the library.
  • Patrons will be charged for items that are damaged.

How should I pay my existing overdue fines?

  • You can pay existing fines at any PCLD branch. However, we also have a couple of other options.
  • Beginning January 1, 2021 and continuing indefinitely, we will have “Food for Fines”. Each canned good / non-perishable food item that you bring to the library will cancel out $1 in overdue fines. This year, we’re adding a new twist. If you bring more food than you have fines, we will cancel out other patrons’ fines! $1 in fines will be cancelled out for each food item, and we’ll apply it to your account first and then move along to other patrons’ accounts. This is a fun way to “pay it forward” to other library patrons. PCLD will donate all food to local food pantries.
  • “Read Away Fines” – Normally, we offer the chance to Read Away Fines at the library. Since we’re only open for curbside service right now, we have another option for reading away those fines. During the month of January, participate in our Winter Reading Challenge. Contact your local branch and ask for your minutes logged in the challenge to be counted toward your fines. Every 20 minutes will cancel out $1 in overdue fines. Remember, Read Away Fines only applies to overdue fines, not to lost items or other charges.

Pulaski County Library District – Curbside Service Only

As we announced last week – “Every Monday, the Pulaski County Health Center announces the number of new positive cases in the County for the week. Beginning the week of August 24, 2020, if that number of new cases is greater than 50 (as it has been for the past 2 weeks), the Pulaski County Library District will revert to Curbside only service, with 30-minute computer use sessions available by appointment, until the weekly number of new positive cases drops below 50.”

Today, the Health Center announced 69 new cases for the past week. Beginning tomorrow, August 25, 2020, the Crocker, Richland, and Waynesville Libraries will all revert to Curbside Service only. 30-minute computer appointments will also be available, please call your branch to schedule.

Books can be requested for curbside pickup in the Missouri Evergreen app, your online account, or by calling your library branch.

If you have any questions or concerns about this service change, please contact our Director at emily@pulaskilibraries.org or 573-774-5026.

Thank you for your understanding as we work diligently to protect the health and safety of our library employees and patrons.

Library Services Update

 
As part of our ongoing efforts to keep library staff and patrons safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pulaski County Library District has enacted the following guidelines.
 
1. Library Service Changes – Every Monday, the Pulaski County Health Center announces the number of new positive cases in the County for the week. Beginning the week of August 24, 2020, if that number of new cases is greater than 50 (as it has been for the past 2 weeks), the Pulaski County Library District will revert to Curbside only service, with 30-minute computer use sessions available by appointment, until the weekly number of new positive cases drops below 50. Any service changes will begin the Tuesday after the Health Center’s Monday announcements. If the Health Center’s announcement is made on a day other than Monday, any changes to library services will begin on the following day.
 
2. Requirements for After-School Library Visits – We are hopeful for a safe and healthy year for all of our students, teachers, and school staff! In normal times, the libraries offer programs for children who come spend time at the library after school. We are not able to do so at the beginning of this school year. For now, children will be asked to follow our 30-minute time limit that all patrons are being asked to follow right now, as well as any occupancy limits currently in effect at the libraries (Crocker Library – 5 patrons; Richland Library – 5 patrons; Waynesville Library – 10 patrons). Gaming on the public computers is currently not allowed.
 
The library will continue to reevaluate the situation and phase in more services as cases decline in our area. Our goal is to balance providing the most services possible in the safest ways possible, and we appreciate your understanding and flexibility as the situation progresses.
 
Please contact our Library Director, Emily Slama, at 573-774-5026 or emily@pulaskilibraries.org with any questions, comments, or concerns.

Returned Items Announcement

Following recent research (found here: https://www.webjunction.org/news/webjunction/realm-happening-now.html), the Pulaski County Library District will increase the time that we quarantine returned items to a minimum of 4 days.

Items will still show “checked out” on your library account, and your account will still show fines accruing (if applicable). After the quarantine period, items will be checked in and backdated to the date you actually returned them, which will cancel out any fines that may have accrued in that interim.
We love when our patrons use their online accounts, and we know that this added quarantine precaution has been confusing. We’re working hard to ensure the safety of our patrons and staff, and we appreciate your patience and understanding! As more information becomes available, this quarantine time and other safety practices will adapt.

COVID-19 and the Library

COVID-19 and the Pulaski County Library District

Check back often for updates!

Library Announcements

Library’s Online Story Times and More (Shared During Closure)

Listen to this Music and Movement Playlist by Mr. B.J.

Read “We Don’t Eat Our Classmates” with Emily

Read “The Small Seed” with PCLD Board Member Rebecca and her daughter, Addy

Read “This Book Just Ate My Dog!” with Emily and special guest Izzy

Read “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” with Mrs. Rebecca

Read “Blues Big Pajama Party” with Mrs. Rebecca

Learn how to use Creativebug in this video with Emily

Learn how to checkout E-Books and E-Audiobooks with the Libby App

Creativebug Weekly Program Guides

Expanded Library E-Resources (Limited time)

TumbleMath– K-6 math ebook database – Username: motumbles, Password: trial

TeenBookCloud – Grades 7-12 ebook database – Username: motumbles, Password: trial

AudioBookCloud – All ages audio book database – Username: motumbles, Password: trial

RomanceBookCloud – A huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd! – Username: motumbles, Password: trial

KnowBuddyBooks – Free access to ebooks for kids – Username: info@knowbuddyresources.com, Password: KNOWBUDDY

Junior Library Guild – New, original stories written and read aloud each week, ebooks, live virtual visits with authors, and much more.

Rosetta Stone – Library Edition – Log in with your library card number for language learning with Rosetta Stone! Available through the end of June.

Other Fun and Free Activities from around the web!

Children’s Books, Authors, and Story Time Activities:

Read Alouds by Diane Alber

A Big List of author story times

Mo Willems Lunch Doodles (we love these!)

Pete the Cat – Printables, songs, videos, and much more!

Astronauts reading books – Storytime From Space

Celebrities reading books – Storyline Online

E-Books and E-Audiobooks:

Read free with Scribd

National Emergency Library from Archive.org

Audible Stories, available while schools are shut down.

Educational Resources:

Google Doc – Sites for Families to Use While Schools Are Closed

NASA Media Library

NASA STEM Engagement

Reading Rockets

PBS Learning

Edutopia

Scholastic – Learn at Home

Arts, Museums, and Libraries:

Center for Puppetry Arts

Chicago Arts Institute’s Collection Online

Library of Congress – Smart Fun for Kids

Smithsonian Learning Resources

The Kennedy Center: Arts Edge

National Women’s History Museum

General Fun:

Disney/Kahn Academy “Imagineering In A Box

Ranger Rick Free Digital Subscriptions

Audubon for Kids

Amazon streaming shows for free

Virtual Farm Tours – Article includes links to 3 different farms!

Zoo and Aquarium Webcams:

Kansas City Zoo Webcams

Georgia Aquarium Webcams

St. Louis Zoo videos

Monterey Bay Aquarium Webcams

Electronic Library Cards

Sign up here to discover new worlds with a Pulaski County Library District E-Card!


Use your E-Card for:

MOLib2Go (e-books and e-audio books): Select Pulaski County Library and login with your library card number. Also try the Overdrive and Libby apps for iOS and Android.

RBDigital – Downloadable AudioBooks, Dr. Who Radio collection streaming channels like Acorn TV, The Great Courses and much more.  Register with your library card and contact info.

TumbleBooks: Great for kids, narrated and animated books

Pronunciator: Learn one of over 80 languages!  Register in the right-hand column with your library card number.

Universal Class: (This is one of my favorites!) Register with your library card number for access to over 500 continuing education classes.  Learn everything from basic computer skills to pet grooming.

EBSCOHost: Research databases on almost any topic.

Learning Express Library: Click on the Register link to get access to hundreds of practice tests.

Heritage Quest: Genealogy Research for free!

Read Away Fines

Pulaski County Library District is excited to announce a new opportunity, Read Away Fines! If you have overdue fines, this is a fun way to pay them off by reading.

– Read 20 minutes at any Pulaski County Library District branch to waive $1 in overdue fines.
– Reading has to be done in the library.
– Reading time may only apply to one library card.
– Read Away Fines is open to all ages!