Grand Island Library official encourages people to come back
Update includes return of fines
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - More than just a collection of books and computers, Grand Island Public Library Interim Director Celine Swan says they are a community center and a bargain for people that take advantage of it.
“Having a library card is the best deal in town,” said Swan during a Monday morning briefing to update the community.
Swan said the library is again open six days a week for both regular usage and contactless service. With contactless service, people can request items from the library and pick them up later at their drive-thru window. Inside the library, patrons will be greeted at a welcome desk and asked to wear a mask and observe social distancing. Once inside, most of the traditional service available before the coronavirus pandemic forced some closures, are now open again. Those include items and services for children, teens, and adults, as well as a fully equipped Makerspace area.
Swan says making full use of a library and the services they offer can even bring about a lifestyle change.
“(With social media and) with COVID, we get overwhelmed with the things going on,” said Swan. “Having a book, an audiobook or a movie is a great way to relax.”
Mayor Roger Steele added to Swan’s information, in particular on how the library can be a quality outlet for people struggling financially during the pandemic.
“The library has an amazing collection of DVD’s and magazines for entertainment,” said Steele. “The COVID pandemic has been hard on many and the library can help you save your money buying materials when you can use the library for free with your card.”
Swan said there is one important change coming up soon. Since March, the library has waived all late fees for checked out materials. She says that beginning October 19, they will once again begin assessing fines. Since March, the library has over 9,000 items checked out. Swan did ask that people return their items by October 19 to avoid any fines.
The Grand Island Library currently has 40,000 library card accounts. In 2019, over 312,000 materials were checked out from the library.
Steele pointed out that due to support from the city, the library will remain “forever free” to people from Grand Island and Hall County.
Information on on-going and special programs, including a Stranger Things Virtual Escape Room for teens, can be found on the Grand Island Public Library website, as well as on Facebook, Instagram and through a new YouTube Channel for the library.
Both Swan and Steele encouraged people to discover what the library has to offer.
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