Good day, everyone!
Just when we thought it was safe to put away our heavy coats and jackets… cold, bitter rain and snow flurries have hit us today! The gloominess of the day got me to thinking how sometimes when we have colder and more miserable weather, it’s hard to bring ourselves to return our library materials inside the building, let alone leave the house! Especially when you have kids bundled up in the back seat and about a hundred other errands you have to run. Today, I’ll give you all the rundown on how/when we empty our drop-off bins from outside.
Our bins are there for you to drop off library materials any time of day or night you wish. We always ask that you not return any Stark County District Library materials off here.
We keep all bins locked and there are decent sized carts inside with padding on the bottom to safely catch the things you put through the slots to return. There is one small bin up at the top of the ramp right next to our front doors, in case you weren’t sure if we were open or not and walked up to the door with things to return, and bins on the side of the building in our ‘drive-thru’ lot off of Ream Street. The first bin at the drive-thru is for your audio-visual items, such as dvds, cds, talking books, Playaways, video games, etc. The other bin (which is much larger) is for books, magazines, large bags of children’s puppets/activity games and much more. If something doesn’t seem to fit in either bin, it’s good to bring it on inside for us to check in at the desk.
Right now, our regular hours of operation are:
- Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Friday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Sunday: 1 p.m.-5 p.m. (closed Sundays Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day)
So the times we empty those bins and bring all the items inside to be verified and checked-in are:
- Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
- Friday: 9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.
- Saturday: 9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.
- Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
(These are just rounded out times for book drop collection, sometimes they are brought in up to a half an hour before or after.)
How we verify items is simple. For books, we mostly just make sure that there’s no significant damage done and that it’s in fact North Canton Public Library material and not from any other library. For audio visual items, we open each case and check that the item’s barcode number matches up with the number written on the disc/playable item itself, and that the item to be used is in the case it is supposed to be in. We usually try to keep tv shows, and talking books in the correct disc order in the cases. I know there’s been a time or two when I wasn’t paying attention while switching discs to a show and jumping from disc 1 to disc 3 because it was out of order in the case. Nothing more confusing than trying to get through a season of Saved By The Bell, seeing Zack Morris dating Kelly Kapowski and then all of a sudden they’re no longer speaking to each other and you have no idea why!
The last thing I’ll tell you about our book-drop bins is this: once we’ve gotten that last bin of the night and are closed for the day, any thing that gets put in those bins will NOT be checked in until the following morning. This is important because if you have an item due that day, and you don’t make it on time for us to collect the bin, it will technically be late because it won’t get taken off of your card until the next day. So try to either run something inside if it absolutely needs returned that day or get it to us before the last bin collection of the day!
Alright, well that’s all for today from me. Hope this was useful for some of you, and if you have any questions please feel free to leave them in the Reply/Comment section below.
Keep warm out there!