No More Overdue Fines!

What it means for you:

  • You will no longer be charged a daily fine for overdue items. As always, digital materials are checked in automatically with no late fines.
  • We will clear any late fines you currently owe from your account. You may still owe other Library fees, including lost item charges.
  • You can still renew most items up to two times if no one else is waiting.
  • You are still responsible for returning your items on time. We do want all items back, and other people may be waiting. We will temporarily suspend your Library account if items are not returned within a week or so after their due dates. When your account is suspended you cannot check out physical materials like books or DVDs or access some of our digital services until your overdue items are returned.
  • We consider items overdue by two months or more to be lost, and will bill you for the replacement cost.
  • Once you return an overdue item or pay for its replacement cost, your account will be reinstated and no fines will be charged.
  • To help you remember to return items on time, we send reminders by email, text and phone. You can manage your message settings by logging into your Valnet account, or ask library staff for assistance.

Why get rid of late fines?

Late fines are not effective. Other library systems have stopped charging late fines and shown that this has no impact on return rates. Getting rid of late fines can even increase use of library materials.

It’s good for our community. Late fines prevent people who cannot afford them from using the library in the first place.

Fines are not predictable revenue. With more people using digital materials like e-books, we can no longer count on late fines to help cover costs.

 

 

Announcing Tech-Talk Database, a new learning resource for you!

What is Tech-Talk?

It’s a newsletter, website and mobile app that empowers you to achieve greater success by delivering easy-to-understand articles, videos and tips needed to be competitive in today’s high-tech world.

Topic categories include Microsoft Office, Graphics and Video Creation, Communication Tips and Social Media, and more, all written for non-techies.

You can see the articles and videos by:

1) following this link from Asotin County Library’s webpage.  No username or password required.
2) signing up for the newsletter.

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3) receiving notifications through the mobile app available through the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android).
4) entering the tech-talk.com URL from any computer.  Click on Member Login.  The username is: asotin, the password is: asotin.

Changes in Locations of Library Programs

While the library is being renovated, program locations and/or times are changing.

Play & Learn
Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 9:30-11am at the Heights Branch

Whiz Kids: Creative Science Fun for Elementary School Children
2nd Thursday of the month, 3:30-4:15pm at the Heights Branch

True Story: a non-fiction book club (location and day of the week change)
3rd Friday of the month, 10:30am at the Heights Branch

Career Center
In the Library Annex
M & W    10am-1pm
T & TH    1-4pm

Book Night
4th Thursday of the month, 7pm in the Library Annex

Color Me Happy
2nd Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8pm in the Library Annex

Cricut Classes (location and day of the week change)
No class in January or February
1st Thursday of the month, 6pm in the Library Annex

Tech Help
In the Library Annex
January through March schedule
Mondays: January 6, February 3 and March 2                  1 – 3pm
Wednesdays: January 15, February 12 and March 11       4 – 6pm
Saturdays: January 25, February 22 and March 21          10am – 12pm

Stream Movies For Free With Kanopy!

Log in or create an account using your Valnet library card and enjoy up to 6 movies per month.  Choose from over 30,000 indie and classic films, including educational and engaging movies for children of all ages.  You can access Kanopy from any device, including iOSAndroidApple TVRokuChromecast.

Films from Kanopy come with Public Performance Rights (PPR). Schools, nonprofits, events and businesses can stream movies in public, so long as the viewing isn’t for commercial benefit (i.e. no admission costs are charged) and no profit is made from the screening.

Access For All: All films have closed captions, subtitles and transcripts that are fully ADA compliant. They can be watched using screen reader technologies like JAWS.

Exciting News! Lynda.com Online Courses Are Now Available!

Self paced tutorials on software and computer skills, web design, computer programming, video editing, project coordinating, business management, job and career paths, marketing, and so much more!  Please note that you need to be a resident of Washington to gain access to Lynda.com.  To log in, you will need your library card number and a PIN.  Your PIN is your last name.  Log in to Lynda.com here.   For an introduction to Lynda.com, view the Asotin County Academy tutorial here or take a look at the how-to video produced by Lynda.com.