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Book shots: Did you know these 5 things about your library?

I work in a library each day, so I am immersed in all the ins and outs of how things work. But I can’t assume everyone else knows these things about the library. It’s important to explain how the library works and share about the great things we have to offer. Here are 5 things that have changed a bit this year that you ought to know:

1. Temporary hours of operation: Our hours are slightly different since March of this year. We are open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in the morning, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and then in the afternoon from 1 to 4:30 p.m. On Fridays, we are open from 3 to 6:30 p.m. We are closed on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

2. Weekly library newsletter: I started a weekly library newsletter this year that gives you the latest news and information about the library right in your inbox. We have more than 100 subscribers who get to read book reviews from staff, see photos and videos of things happening at the library. It also allows you to make a donation to the library in less than two minutes. Visit our website to subscribe.

3. More eBooks: Santa has brought many of you new e-readers and tablets and we can get you free eBooks on your new device. Overdrive, who we get our eBooks and eAudio titles from, acquired RBdigital, a service that provided us eAudio titles. With your library card, you can now get nearly 20,000 titles from Overdrive for free — no need to pay for a costly subscription; use your library card with the Overdrive or Libby app on your device and start reading today.

4. Be on the list to get a book once it releases: We have many avid readers who are always looking forward to their favorite author’s next release. We now offer a feature where you can place a hold (also called request) on a book that has not been released yet. You will be on the list to get it once it releases.

5. More hotspots and now borrow Chromebooks: The Center for Community Action (CCA) provided funds to the library for us to purchase more mobile hotspots. The hotspots are in high demand due to more and more people needing internet outside of work and school. For a small fee you can borrow one of our 23 hotspots and take the internet with you. In 2020, we also began lending out Chromebooks at no extra charge. Chromebooks are essentially laptops but very simple and easy to use, giving you a full-screen experience that many of us need for daily tasks.

A year-end note on donating to the library

2020 will soon end and now is the time to get organized with your tax write-offs for charitable donations. We send in the mail to you a letter acknowledging your donation to the library that you can file for your taxes. If you did not receive such a letter and you gave to the library in 2020, contact us. You can make a donation to the library in under two minutes on our website.

Regardless of the time of year, it is always a good time to donate to the library. Planned giving and recurring donations ensure your gift keeps on giving. During this season of thankfulness and cheer, remember or honor a loved one through a gift to the library.

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Vince Giordano has been the director of the Juniata County Library since 2015. Be a library champion and subscribe to our weekly newsletter: Visit https://www.juniatalibrary.org/contact-us/newsletter.

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