Thursday, August 20, 2009

Library Lines

The new school year is getting underway, students and parents are encouraged to utilize all the resources available at the library. We are anticipating an even greater increase in usage. To ensure a pleasant experience is had by all public library users, certain guidelines are in place.

Students waiting for rides at the library will need to wait inside the building due to safety concerns. The library does not have enough employees to monitor outside the building. The front of the library is for access to and from the building. Students sitting and standing on the steps and porch of the library could unintentionally cause someone to fall. The front of the library should not be used for picnicking, snacking or littering after school. Students will not be able to use the front of the library building as a social gathering area. Littering is a problem during the school year and funds are not available for this added labor.

Students leave purses, backpacks, band instruments, jackets, books and other items sitting on the library steps unattended. These items are hazardous to everyone coming in or out of the library. The library is not responsible for personal belongings left in the library or outside the library. All items should be taken with the students when leaving the library.

The library also has new guidelines in place for using the computers. Anyone using a computer has to have a clear library account. To receive a library card - Adults need only bring proof of their mailing address (piece of mail, driver’s license, etc.) and fill out a small amount of contact information. Persons less than 16 years of age need their parent or guardian to come inside and fill out the library card application and sign it and provide the proof of address. Computer printout prices: 15¢ per page - black ink and 50¢ per page - color. All pages printed must be paid for even if unintentionally printed. Time limit on computers after school if people are waiting is 30 minutes. Even with 18 public computers, people often have to wait to get access to a computer.

Children under 8 years of age may not be left unattended in the library. They must be under the direct supervision of a parent or other adult when in the library.

The library has a payphone inside the library that the public may use. Please make sure that your child has money if they need to use the phone.

The library staff cannot keep the library open beyond regular hours for unattended children waiting for late rides, or for persons whose assignments are due the next morning. The police department will be notified of unattended children at closing time.

The library hours are as follows: MWTH 9:00 – 6:00; T 9:00 – 8:00; F 8:00 – 5:00; SA 8:00 – 4:00.

John Peden’s Art will be on display at the library through September 4th. The art show is open during library hours.

Sarah C. Naugher made a memorial donation in memory of Mr. James Lamar Roberts, Sr.

Claude and Ann Jones made a memorial donation in memory of Mr. James Lamar Roberts, Sr.

We’d like to thank the following for making donations to the Pontotoc County Library: Linda Deaton, Linda Butler, Betty Gates, Brenda Horton, Rita Graham, Harrol and Lois Umfress, and Julie Austin.

Sarah C. Naugher made a memorial donation in memory of Mrs. Beth Chisholm Graham.

Claude and Ann Jones made a memorial donation in memory of Mr. Raymond Patterson.

Barbara Marsh – THANK YOU for allowing us to borrow your commercial shredder, so the entire community could clean out their files.

We’d like to wish Christine Taylor a happy birthday. She will be celebrating her birthday, August 21st.

For more information about the library call 489-3960 or go to

The mission of the Dixie Regional Library System is to provide library resources and services to meet the evolving informational, recreational, and cultural needs of the citizens of Pontotoc, Calhoun, and Chickasaw Counties, thus enhancing individual and community life.

Annette McGregor
Pontotoc Library Branch Manager

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