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June 2016 newsletter

posted Jun 1, 2016, 10:53 AM by Cutler Memorial Library
Parks & Museum Passes    
Summer Reading                    
a Big Shout Out to the Friends  
Donated Books

New Policies        
Quiz yourself!
Passport to Vermont Libraries
Digital Collection
Book Review Links
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Question: How Many Different Parks & Museum Passes Can You Borrow This Summer from the library?

Answer: SIX! Can you guess which ones?
From: Vermont State Parks, Vermont State Historic Sites, the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier, the American Precision Museum in Windsor, the Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock, and the ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center in Burlington. Are there other passes you’d like to see us get for next summer? Please give us your feedback! Passes can be reserved and are due back 4 days from checkout.

Resiliency Awareness Meeting Tonight

Interested in joining the Resilience Planning Committee? Meet Wednesday, June 1st, 6:30 pm at the Town Hall Opera House
The Town of Plainfield has been awarded a planning grant to develop a Resiliency Plan, a response, in part, to lessons learned during the May 2011 flood. Resiliency is a broadening of the social and civic networks engaged in emergency preparedness. It’s about being able, as a community, to recover quickly in times of collective crises and catastrophes such as severe weather events due to climate disruption, which are seen now as eventualities (not just possibilities) not only by climate scientists but also by planners and engineers. The library is represented on the committee forming to help shape the plan (with planning coordinator Sarah Corey McShane) by the librarian, Loona Brogan. Loona was one of several committee members who attended the 2016 Vermont Resilience Conference at Norwich University in May.

Anyone interested in Plainfield's Resiliency Plan should come to the meeting tonight6:30, Town Hall Opera House.
Summer Reading Challenge
The theme at public libraries all over the country this summer is “Ready, Set, Read!” We offer families three options for the best way to encourage their kids to challenge themselves this summer and read for the fun and even “the sport” of it. We invite teens grown-ups to “Get in the Game” too; choose from Personal Best (find out how much you can read in one summer!), Train your Brain (set a learning or literature-exploring goal, make a reading plan, follow through), or RACE! (recruit a couple of friends and family members to see who reads the most titles, the most minutes
or the most pages before August 30th).

We’re offering “I (Heart) BOOKS” re-usable bags and “Book Bingo” challenge sheets to borrowers this month. We’ve got stickers and bookmarks, too. Summer readers: come take your pledge and choose your challenge! Three people who meet their reading goals this summer will win a “definition of libraries” book browsing bag, and anyone who at least pledges* to take a reading challenge this summer will be eligible to form or join a team and enter the big “Book Lover’s Bingo” event slated for mid-August. The winning team will get first dibs at great (local) prizes! Check out our web site for any of the reading challenge tracking sheets or forms.

*Pledge deadline for contest eligibility is July 15th.
Thank you everybody for a successful Plant & Book Sale!

KUDOS to the Friends of the Cutler Memorial Library for hosting this year’s successful Plant and Book Sale. The Friends donate the funds they raise to the library for collection development and programming. Wow, we are so grateful to all of the Friends members who volunteer their time and energy for this important annual fundraiser, and the gardeners who provide the top-quality seedlings and plants! Also thank you to everyone who donates books throughout the year and to everyone who shopped and supported the library!

The plant sale brought in $1000 and the books sale netted about $500. Many people showed up to help prep for and set up/break down the sale: a special thank you to Tim Phillips, Addy Guth, Randall Meyer, Braden DeForge for helping with NINETY boxes of books! We are so fortunate to live in a community where it’s just natural for folks to pitch in for the collective good.
What do we do with donated books?
A gentle note to booklovers everywhere: some books will live in another’s hands, others have run their course because it is unlikely any more readers will read them. Approaches to topics become outdated. Great works of literature are printed in the hundreds of thousands of copies (at a time). And new, amazing books with the latest in thinking, creating and inventing are rolling off the press right now en masse; every WEEK. We can’t all just build new book shelves every year! Sometimes we have to “let go” of some books simply to make room for newer books. Of course, SOME of the “let-go-of” books that come our way do have lots of “shelf life” left in them; sometimes on the shelves of the public library in Plainfield, sometimes on the worldwide web-fueled book market, sometimes in a Little Free Library, or a free box at the Health Center, or a boxful addressed to the “Books for Prisoners” project, with shipping costs sponsored by willing library patrons.
We manage to get many donated books back into readers’ hands, and since we encourage reading, that’s a really good thing. Better World Books, our on-line bookselling partner, which uses part of the money they raise reselling books like ours to support literacy initiatives, pays our shipping costs to send them specific titles! And they send us three or four checks each year for between $45-65. We only send them titles they know they can resell; the rest get given away or sorted out for the big spring book sale.
Guess how many boxes of donated & discarded books went out in the sale this spring? NINETY!  We sold about one third of those. That’s after we’ve diverted the ones our online partner, Better World Books (BWB), confirms they want to sell online.
So how many went to BWB, and what happened to those? Well, in the last year, we shipped them 791 pounds of books (about 22 boxes).  They recycled a little less than half of that (which saved 4 trees, more than 1500 gallons of water and almost 900 kilowatt hours of electricity), and resold the rest. These resold products were not only diverted from the landfill, but saved 4 trees, almost 4000 gallons of water and more than 1000 kilowatt hours of electricity! In the last year, we’ve offset more than 1200 pounds of greenhouse gases by recycling and reselling these books with our partner, Better World Books. Since we began our partnership with them, we’ve sent them almost 2700 books (more than 3600 pounds, more than 100 boxes!); it’s saved 42 trees, more than 26,000 gallons of water, 5750 pounds of offset greenhouse gases, 8800 kwh of electricity and 5 cubic feet of landfill space! We’ve also earned several hundred dollars for collection development.
We are able to use these procedures only because of the many wonderful volunteers who scan and sort each donated or discarded book and process them (either for shipment, other redistribution, or storage for our book sale). A special shout out to Annabelle M., our youngest volunteer, who has done a lot of this work, and too many others to list. Of course, if we applied these metrics to the books resold or recycled from our books sales over the past five years, the totals would probably be doubled. So when the trustees ask the librarian if it’s worth it to accept donated books and hold a book sale, she answers “definitely yes; for more than one reason. People who love books want to know that their books are getting a decent chance of being read again (and again!).”  We understand; that’s how we feel about the books from our collection that we choose to “pass along,” too.  But if it’s a dozen or less recent bestsellers you’re trying to part with—check our catalog online or call us to see if we’ve got copies already. If we do, keep them in the neighborhood by donating them to the Little Free Library at the corner of Hudson and Mill Streets. If we don’t, by all means, bring them to donate when we are openPlease don’t put book donations in the book drop, or leave them on the porch or in the parking lot. And thank you for loving books, too! If you didn’t, you wouldn’t still be reading this. 
New Policies Go Into Effect
July 1st
There’s a new era dawning at the Cutler Memorial Library; policies that will enforce billing for lost items, assign late fees for overdue materials, and introduce “Full Access Guest Accounts” for folks not living in Plainfield or an adjacent town starting on July 1st. Valid identification and verification of a mailing address will be required on new accounts, but we’ll accept a (verified, local) personal reference in lieu of a picture ID for folks that don’t have one.

Out-of-town card holders can borrow from our print collection, and will be given free access to our physical space and our digital resources. But an annual fee of $15 will be charged for a “Full Access Guest Account.” Only local borrowers (living in Plainfield or neighboring towns: Barre, East Montpelier, Marshfield or Groton) and Full Access Guest card holders can request Interlibrary Loans or borrow movies, audiobooks, digital devices or the hands-on bins. However, we will still interlibrary-loan these items to other libraries requesting them for their patrons.
We’ll call or send email reminders when items are three days overdue; there is a five-day grace period. But for items more than five days late (ie returned more than 2 days after the courtesy reminder), the fine is .15 a day with a cap at $5 per item or $25 per account. People who have more than $5 in late fees will not be able to borrow materials, unless arrangements are made with the librarian. Items more than 5 weeks overdue will be re-categorized as “lost.” Patrons with lost (or damaged) materials billed to their account will be required to pay for (or return) the item/s before they can continue to use their library card, unless arrangements are made with the librarian. Volunteer hours can be credited (at $10/hour) towards late fines owed (but not to replace billed items), in most cases.

The late fine for digital devices, parks & museum passes and other physical objects such as the LCD projector (for public events use only), and the telescope will be much higher: $1/day (with a maximum fee of $25). We’re also setting stricter limits on borrowers who are extremely late returning materials on a routine basis: folks who keep items later than 6 weeks past the due date (and therefore billed for replacement cost), more often than 3 times a year, whether or not the item was returned and/or paid for) will have their account temporarily restricted. We know you tardy people don’t MEAN to be so irresponsible with library materials that you promised to return on-time, so we can’t stay mad at you. But getting mad at you hasn’t helped motivate you to try harder anyway. So perhaps these gentle nudges, these ‘natural consequences’… late fines, billed items, account restrictions… will inspire us all to be more organized (and considerate of others) when it comes to sharing collective resources. We also hope it results in more great choices available the next time you come to check stuff out at the library. We have a new “policies” page on our web site, for all the details:
We will be updating our patron records in the coming month to be sure we have up-to-date contact information and complete mailing addresses for everyone with an active account. If you use email, please keep your email record up-to-date so we can email you reminders when your materials are overdue.  We promise not to use it in any other way unless you’ve given us permission to receive this newsletter, too!  Thanks.
“Other than a Book”
Quiz yourself! How many other kinds of “things” can you borrow from the Cutler Memorial Library besides “the obvious” (books, movies, audiobooks and magazines)?
  1. (?#) Hands-on bins:
  1. Needlecraft
  2. Fiber Arts
  3. Rug Hooking
  4. Hand Weaving
  5. Jewelry Making
  6. Digital Media
  7. Wood burning
  8. Pencil, Ink and Brush
  9. Bicycle repair kit
  10. Paper Arts
  1. Household toolbox
  2. Telescope
  3. E-reader
  4. Mp3 player
  5. LCD projector
So how many did you know? What was the total # you came up with? The total so far: FIFTEEN ITEMS
In other words, not only can you borrow a great book about jewelry-making, but you can take home a set of tools and basic supplies too, and try your hand at it before you invest in your own kit. You can get inspired by library books which led you from exploring tree types to construction techniques to treehouses… and then borrow a bow saw, a drill, a level… you get the picture.
We’re still seeking out useful additions.  If you have any of these items kicking around, consider donating them: we would love to lend out:


A pair of fishing poles & a tackle box
A ukulele
A banjo
A guitar
A fiddle & bow
Cross-country skis
Passport to Vermont Libraries
Perhaps you've heard of the 251 Club. That’s the loosely-affiliated enthusiasts who document their visit in each of Vermont’s 251 municipalities in order to become official members. Well, last summer Vermont Librarians took the idea and, er, “drove” with it! And they’re bringing it back again, due to popular demand. Yes, you can keep track until you’ve visited all 183 of Vermont’s public libraries, if you don’t want to squeeze it all into one summer. But if you feel your passport might have the most visits logged this summer, ask your local librarian about putting your name in for 2016 champion. In the meantime, it’s a great excuse to stop in for a look-see in other small Vermont town libraries. What good, clean fun! Bring the family or fly solo; so many libraries, so little time… The Cutler Memorial Library is a participating library; pick up your passport at any participating location.
“Plainfield’s own” collection expands to digital:
Download library e-books and audiobooks!

Perhaps you are already familiar with the vast assortment of books available to download with your library card number from Listen Up, Vermont. At any time, there are thousands of titles available in e-book and/or audiobook format. We’ve got e-readers and an mp3 player we can lend you if you’d like to try this technology but don’t have a portable device such as a smart phone or a tablet. We can show you how, whether you bring your own device or use one of ours.
This isn’t news, though! All of the above has been true for years in Plainfield and around Vermont. But NOW the Cutler Memorial Library has started to assemble a digital collection that is exclusively available to our patrons, not shared by the entire consortium of libraries (GMLC) that split the cost of providing access to “Listen Up, Vermont.” In 2015, 12,822 Vermont library patrons borrowed 88,073 e-books and 86,206 audiobooks from Listen Up, Vermont. 62 of them were Cutler Memorial Library patrons.

When Plainfield was new to this service in 2015, 5134 Vermonters were using it to download library materials. But as more and more people acclimate to handheld digital technologies (i.e. smartphones, tablets, etc.), that number has more than doubled and the demand for popular titles via this shared collection has been hard for the consortium to manage. Members who attended the 2016 Vermont Library Association conference meeting of the GMLC this May were encouraged to include curated, specific digital collection development in our overall collection development budget. In 2015, Cutler patrons borrowed 915 digital titles from Listen Up, Vermont, representing around 13% of total circulation in 2015.

To that end, we’ve added 9 audiobook titles and 14 e-book titles we expect will be popular with Plainfield area library patrons.

All You Need is Love
A Cat Was Involved
Fool’s Assassin
I Saw Her Standing There
I Want to Hold Your Hand
The Iggy Chronicles, Volumes 1 & 2
Just Mercy
Midnight Crossroad
Santa 365
Strega Nona
Tuesday Nights in 1980
Cat and Jemima J
The Defenders and other stories
The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up
The Nest
Second Variety and other stories
Upon the Dull Earth and other stories
A World of Talent and other stories
NPR Book Review Links: Looking for a critically-acclaimed novel to borrow? Try one of these…
Joe Hill, “The Fireman”

“The Sympathizer,” Viet Thanh Nguyen

Louise Erdrich, “LaRose”

“Everybody’s Fool,” Richard Russo

“Maestra,” L.S. Hilton

Helen Simonson, “The Summer Before the War”

Elena Ferrante, “The Story of a Lost Child”

“The Widow,” Fiona Barton

Alvaro Enrigue, “Sudden Death”
“Raymie Nightingale” Kate DiCamillo
Sara Pennypacker and Jon Klassen, “Pax”
 “A Gathering of Shadows,” V.E. Schwab
Pierce Brown, “Morning Star”
Coming Up in July’s Newsletter:

2015-16 at the Cutler Memorial Library, by the numbers
How to Win Book Lover’s Bingo: Assemble a diverse team of readers
“Free Accessories Radio”
Local favorites: most-circulated titles in 2015-16 at the CML
Update on the Expansion Proposal
A Night Under the Stars
Google Search Box Tips & Tricks