The Kendall Young Library is looking at allowing renewal of Library materials, according to Library Director Angie Martin-Schwarze.
During the Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, Martin-Schwarze said she had researched how other libraries of similar size deal with renewal of materials. She said that of the Libraries she researched, the Kendall Young Library is the only that does not offer renewals.
"It's something that patrons and staff have asked me about in my time here that would be considered changing the policy," Martin-Schwarze said. "I think it would be a good customer service move to allow renewals."
Board members Michael Hames and Angie Martin-Schwarze stand in front of the ongoing book sale shelf at the Kendall Young Library. The shelf sells dozens of books every day for the cost of a donation. The shelf is in addition to books sold at the Fall and Spring book sales, which brought in about $62,000 for the Library this year.
No policy was set at the meeting, but Martin-Schwarze said it would be revisited at a later meeting. Members will likely be able to place holds on materials, which would allow them to supersede a renewal request. Renewals will not likely be allowed for DVD and other film materials.
Martin-Schwarze also reported on what she said was a very successful book sale. The Fall book sale brought in over $37,000 for the library. The combined total for the Spring and Fall book sale came in at about $62,000.
The Library also has an ongoing book sale shelf near the entrance on the upper level of the building. The ongoing sale shelf was the product of board member Michael Hames. The shelf sells dozens of books every day with a donation jar to pay for them. Martin-Schwarze said the shelf helps them clear out the backlog of books at the library and allows them to continue to take donations of books and other items.
The next part of the Library's upcycling series will be Dec. 3., where attendees will learn how to make an ornament from a magazine. Martin-Schwarze said the program has had good turnout and will probably continue into next year.
A tree decorated in recycled books and magazines will be present at the All Cultures Equal Festival of Trees and Tablescapes this year with the Library's entry. It is the first year the Library has participated in the event, now in its fourth year. The tree will highlight different library services and programs.
For this month's movie showing, the Library will play what Martin-Schwarze called a modern classic, "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." The film, starring Steve Martin and John Candy, will be shown Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. in the meeting room of the Library.
Martin-Schwarze said she was interested in sending out a survey to the community. The survey is planned to be sent out with Webster City utility bills in January, but will also be offered online. Martin-Schwarze said she is interested in offering an incentive to complete the survey in the form of two $50 gift cards. While the questions of the survey are not yet concrete, Martin-Schwarze expressed interest in asking why people who don't use the Library don't, the devices people use and if they access Library resources via those devices, opinion of the Library's customer service and more.