Friday, June 19, 2009

Library Budget Cuts

The library experienced a $32,000+ cut to the budget for fiscal year 2010, which begins July 1.
We lost a 10 hour a week position. The person lost processed many of our adult and young adult materials, so we expect to experience a lag time in getting out new materials. Other staff members will be called away from other duties, as possible, to do this work. Also, we lost the funding for Sunday hours. We regret the library will no longer be open on Sundays. In addition, we will be closing at 4 p.m. instead of 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Approximately $12,000 of the cut came from our budget for materials, so we'll be purchasing less for you to borrow and enjoy this year. We also lost a 20 hour a week desk position, when a staff member resigned to move out of state in May. We still have the money for that position in our budget, but as there is a hiring freeze, we cannot fill it. The library will be asking the Board of Library Commissioners for a waiver this fall, as we do not meet their requirements for funding, which could lead to the loss of state aid, which was over $30,000 in the past year.
Please let us know if you have any questions.

Red Sox raffle basket

Time is running out for you to purchase raffle tickets for our Red Sox basket! This basket was donated to our Friends of the Library to raise funds. It includes a $20.00 gift card to Stop & Shop, two scratch tickets, a Sox toy, a Sox towel, and a number of other items. Tickets are 50 cents a piece, and the drawing is June 22. Buy your tickets now!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Mansfield High School Summer Reading

Check our website for a link to the high school's 2009 summer reading list.

Our Downloadable Audiobooks

This just in from Overdrive, the provider of our downloadable audiobooks:

OverDrive WMA Audiobooks Now iPod-compatible!

With the newly released OverDrive Media Console v3.2 for Windows, users can transfer nearly all the digital audiobooks in your current download collection to their iPodĀ® or iPhoneT.
Now, when you add new audiobooks from Books on Tape, Listening Library, Hachette Audio, Penguin Audio, BBC Audiobooks America, Brilliance Audio, Tantor Media, Harper Audio, and many more, they're iPod-ready. Clink the link to get the info!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Food for Fines starts June 22

Just a reminder we've got "Food for Fines" starting June 22 and ending July 5. Bring in a non-perishable item for Our Daily Bread with your overdue items and we'll waive your fines...this doesn't apply to previously returned items, museum passes, or lost or damaged items. Ask us if you have any questions.

Job Seeker Support

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners has created a great website for those who are seeking employment.

We have shortcuts and favorites set to this site on our Internet stations.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Consumer Reports on-line

You may now access Consumer Reports On-Line from home, with your library card! Check out all the databases you can check out from home...