Thursday, August 18, 2011

Your Child's First Library Card

We are quite often asked how old a child has to be to get their first library card. The answer is for you to decide. We have babies and toddlers with cards, and we also have older kids whose parents prefer to check out everything on one library card. Some parents like to wait until their child can write their own name until they sign up for a card. Whichever way you decide, you and your little one will find a wonderful selection of books and audio visual resources at the Collinsville Library. Please remember that you, as a parent or guardian, are responsible for your child’s library use. Here are some pointers to help you along the way:

Please return borrowed items on time. Fines are currently assessed at ten cents per item per day (with exceptions for equipment and Express books). If your overdue fines exceed $5, you will be blocked from any further checkouts until your balance is paid. It is so easy to avoid having to deal with fines. Make sure you keep your check-out slip; stick it on your fridge or another place you routinely use to post reminders. If your items are due and have not been used, feel free to call us to see if they can be extended for you. We are happy to renew items in most circumstances, unless an item is on hold for another patron or has been checked out for an extended period of time.

Make sure you sign up for a PIN number to check your Library account online. From our website you can renew and order your own items. It’s like shopping, except you don’t need a credit card!

We encourage you to check out a variety of items with your child. Staff is always available to give general advice on suitability, but no-one knows your child better than you, so keep an open mind and let them help you choose items. You may stumble across an unexpected jewel.

Many of our families keep a special place in their home for Library materials. You could designate a bag or a box to keep your items in, and encourage your children to put their Library books back in the bag to ensure that you are able to easily keep track of your check-outs. This is a great way to keep organized, and eliminates the possibility of a hungry dog eating a library book, or a toddler using a DVD as a plate.

We want your family to enjoy using the Library, and if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact our Children’s Librarian, Alison Donnelly, at any time. You can call 618-344-1112 or email alisond(at)mvlibdist(dot)org