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New Phone Service and Curbside Pickup Hours Beginning Monday, June 8

We are pleased to announce new extended phone service and curbside pickup hours beginning Monday, June 8. The library will be open for phone service and curbside pickup the following hours:

Monday-Thursday: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Friday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Please continue to make an appointment for your curbside pickup. It helps us keep from having a lineup! And please continue to return all materials (including DVDs) in the drop box.

Additionally, we are now offering faxing and photocopying services by appointment. Please call 815-589-2045 to schedule an appointment. Someone will come out, get your materials and then return them to you in a few minutes once the faxing and/or photocopying is complete. Please note that photocopies are $0.25/page and faxing is $1.00 for the first page and $0.25 for each additional page.

Window Restoration Project

Beginning on May 30th, Schmaling Memorial Public Library will undergo the first phase of a window restoration project, which is anticipated to last approximately six weeks. During this phase of the project, the exterior aluminum storm windows and wooden framing will be removed from over top the windows, revealing the original windows underneath, most of which are original to the 108-year-old building. The glass panes in the basement windows will be removed and replaced with newly textured glass panes. The exterior of the window frames will be scraped and repainted. A protective glass covering will then be installed over the original windows. This phase of the project will result in the library’s original arched windows being visible from the outside and will have the added benefit of sealing those old windows up tightly against the elements. The interior window frames will be refinished at a later date.

During this first phase of the window restoration project, the library staff hopes there will not be any disruption in services. While the glass is being replaced in the children’s room of the library, that area will have to be closed to the public. Therefore, from May 30th until all of the glass in the children’s room has been replaced, the children’s room will remain closed. Carts of children’s books and other materials will be available upstairs. Patrons will also be able to request that a staff member retrieve other items from the children’s room if need be while the area is closed. Parking will also be even more limited than usual as some of the library’s parking area will need to be used to house a dumpster throughout the course of the project.

*UPDATE: Things have gone very smoothly and we are more than pleased with the exceptionally skilled work of Glass Heritage.  To see pictures of the work progression and finished product, please click here.

New Automation System

Schmaling began participation in a new automation system in October.  We upgraded from a Union List member of the library consortium, PrairieCat, to a Basic Online member. This move creates increased patron autonomy.  Patrons now have 24 – 7 online access to their patron accounts; allowing them to place holds, order materials via inter-library loan, renew materials (until renewal limits are reached), pay library fees and fines with a credit or debit card, make reading lists, and more!

For complete instructions on searching, placing holds, and utilizing all the benefits of your personal account in PrairieCat: please see our PrairieCat Catalog page, or pick up a printed brochure at the library.

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