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Treasure Hunt – Clue 1

June 22, 2020

It’s time for another TREASURE HUNT! There will be a treasure hidden somewhere in New Carlisle today. Here is the first clue. A new clue will be posted every hour until the treasure is found. Today’s treasure is a game pack. It includes Crocodile Dentist, Avocado Smash, and Let’s Go Fishin’. Happy Hunting!

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Library Updates

So much has been going on behind the scenes here at the Library! In addition to doing the work to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, our renovation project has continued. Here is the latest news.

  • The interior renovation was slowed due to Covid-19 shutdowns, but it never stopped. It is nearly complete! New furniture is slated to arrive on June 22 and because it takes about a week to get all the furniture put together and in the right spot, we will not be re-opening for browsing until that is complete. We will put out more information on what that re-opening looks like next week.
  • To make room for the new furniture (all of which is bleach cleanable), we will be having an online auction of existing library furniture June 12-20. Check out the Wainscott Auction website to bid.
  • We continue to offer programs on a limited basis. You can find the Harry Potter Kahoot trivia quiz this week. Join our virtual walking club. Storytime will continue on Facebook for the summer. We plan to offer some in person programming in July, limiting the size of the groups, so that social distancing can be maintained. Because the situation continues to be so fluid, check our library calendar of events regularly to see what’s going on.
  • You can use our website or give us a call if you’d like to pick up books, movies, CDs on the porch. Give us a call and make an appointment if you’d like to make copies, fax, use a laptop, or if you need a notary.
  • You’ve probably noticed a lot of work on outside of the Library, as well. The new roof is complete and our roofing issues have been resolved! Work has begun to make a circle drive at the front of the building and to add additional handicapped parking and an accessible entrance at the back of the building. Coming soon is a reading garden and a children’s outdoor classroom.

We are so excited about the changes happening around here. We appreciate your patience as we prepare to re-open.

Porch Pick Up Details

UPDATED HOURS
Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
Friday – Saturday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

PICK UP MATERIALS

  1. Place requests 3 ways: Place holds in the catalog, Call 574.654.3046, or E-mail porchpickup@ncpl.lib.in.us
  2. Requests are limited to 15 items per pick-up.
  3. Wait for a notification that your items are ready.
  4. Drive to the library
  5. Text 574.281.6008 or call 574.654.3046 and tell us you have arrived.
  6. Library staff will place your items in the designated bin on the porch.
  7. Return your materials in the bookdrop. All returns will sit for 24 hours before being checked-in.

NEW SERVICES ADDED
Appointments for Fax, Copy, Notary, and Laptops

  1. Call 574.654.3046 or email porchpickup@ncpl.lib.in.us for an appointment time.
  2. Come to the library at your appointed time and call or text us that you have arrived.
  3. Wear a mask for your appointment.
  4. Laptops will be checked-out to you for use on the porch. You must have a valid library card and be 18 years or older. You may use the laptop for up to an hour. If you print any documents, they will be ready for you when you return the laptop.
  5. If you have any tech questions call us.
  6. You can schedule up to a week in advance.

Treasure Hunt

There will be a treasure hidden somewhere in New Carlisle.

The 1st clue will be posted on Facebook and this page at 10 a.m., Monday, June 1st.  Each hour a new clue will be posted until the treasure is found.

This week’s treasure is a $25 gift card to Black Cat.  Happy hunting!

Update

While we were hoping to start appointments this week for faxes, copies, notary, etc., life sometimes gets complicated. For example, our sneeze guards arrived just yesterday and still need to be installed. Thank you for being patient with us while we make sure all safeguards are in place to protect the health of our staff and the community. In the meantime, enjoy porch pick up. If you don’t know exactly what you want, give us a call. We love picking books and movies for people!

Service Updates

Today, the Governor reduced the number of corona-virus related restrictions in our state. We have been working hard over the last couple of weeks to prepare a plan to provide services while respecting guidelines for social distancing and cleaning. We will have staff back in the building on Monday, May 4 getting ready to implement those plans. Our drop boxes will open on Monday, May 4 for returns.

We plan to offer porch pick up of library books, movies, audiobooks, and CDs beginning Monday, May 11, Monday thru Saturday from 9-6:30pm. You can request materials for pick up through the regular reservation system in our online catalog. You can also request items by calling us at 574-654-3046 or emailing porchpickup@ncpl.lib.in.us. Even if you don’t know exactly what you want, you can give us an idea of what you like and our staff will make selections for you. When you arrive at the library, look for our signs and call or text us to let us know you’ve arrived.

Beginning Monday, May 11, we will also be taking appointments for half hour time slots for computer use. A limited number of computers will be available in order to maintain social distancing.  We will also provide printing, fax, and notary service by appointment only.

All due dates were extended to May 15.

We do ask that if you, or a member of your household, have been diagnosed with coronavirus, that you keep your library materials until you are no longer contagious. We are an overdue fine free library, so no fines will be charged.

Library Renovations Continue

Last fall, the New Carlisle-Olive Township Public Library, bid out for the interior and exterior renovations. As a public project, the work on the interior has been able to continue in spite of the coronavirus restrictions. In fact, work slated for the circulation and office areas that would have been disruptive to patrons will be completed before the library reopens the building. Critical repairs to the roof are also making good progress.

Other exterior improvements are slated to begin on May 1. Drainage issues in the front lawn will be addressed. A circular drop off lane will be added to the front of the building. Behind the building on the adult side will be a reading garden and additional handicapped parking close to a new entrance. On the children’s side of the building will be an outdoor classroom that includes a stage and an art area. Native plants and grasses will be used in all new landscaping.

Renovations done at the library are being paid for with a combination of savings and a bond that is significantly smaller than the current library bond, decreasing the library portion of property taxes beginning in 2021.

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