Many of you are aware of the city’s budget difficulties. You are also aware of how these problems have affected the Library’s budget.
Some of the changes necessary to deal with the cuts have already been implemented: On March 15, the cost of copies rose to 15¢, the charge for replacing a library card rose to $2.00 and purchasing books from our ongoing book sale also got more expensive.
On May 27 our schedule will change. New hours will be:
Monday-Wednesday 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Friday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
In addition, on July 1 fines for overdue materials will increase from 10¢ to 15¢ daily for print-related materials and from 25¢ to 50¢ for movies. The fee added to the cost of damaged or lost items will increase from $5.00 to $7.50.
One other change to be aware of is the reduction in our materials budget. This reduction is significant (almost 40%) and will impact how and what we purchase. Exactly how this will affect you as a library user is yet to be determined, but we envision longer waits for books on hold and fewer new items purchased.
We will still provide a number of great programs. This year’s summer reading program (sponsored by the Friends of the Indianola Public Library) promises to be one of our best with opportunities for all ages. In the fall, our story times will continue, as well as book clubs for people in elementary grades through teens to adults. We will continue to look for creative ways to bring new information to you.
Another thing that won’t change is the service you receive when visiting the Library. We still have a group of dedicated employees who strive to provide the best service possible regardless of the circumstances.