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Check out the new Alta Community Library

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

More books, more videos, more room making the library very appealing

The Alta community is enjoying their new library located at the middle school.

The unique partnership between the school and the city is working out splendidly - school employees operate the facility during school hours (8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) and city employees come in to work from 3:30-7 p.m.

Though students at the elementary and middle school use the library during class time, it is important to note that the public is welcome to make use of the facilities at anytime. What a great place for students and parents or grandparents to bump into each other during the day and share a quick hello!

The partnership allows for more equipment and more books in the facility. Everyone wins in this situation.

Before the public library and the school library combined early this fall, Sue Pedersen, librarian for the public library, and school employees went through the many, many books. If each had the same book, they determined who had the better copy and the other was put into a discard box. This was necessary to prevent any overlapping of the book titles.

The community library is now about twice the size it was when it was located next to the Alta Community Center. Some people grew used to the compact building and knowing exactly where their favorite materials were located. Some of those people feel overwhelmed, Pedersen said, over the new spacious facility. She is confident they will grow accustomed to the larger facility in time and grow to enjoy the new library even more than the old library.

Shelving from the old library is being used for the adult books. New shelves display the books in the children's section. Glen Bauer and Alta Library Board President Harold Carstens constructed the shelves which are a perfect match to the old shelves. The library contains 12 computers for patron use as compared to the one computer that the old library had available. People are enjoying that change. A quiet computer room is available for adults to use who wish to escape any noise. The room gets a great deal of use.

One of the most popular areas at the old library was the video tape section. Numbers of videos have been increased greatly, Pedersen said, giving the patrons a great variety - from children's to adult's.

When a patron doesn't see a book at the library that they want a request can be made to locate the book through the inter-library program. Books can be loaned to the Alta library from another library at a small 50-cent fee to the patrons. Pedersen explained that many people take advantage of this special service throughout the year.

The reference materials have also increased. "That's great for the school kids," said Pedersen. She added that the library also offers services through Ebsco - a magazine service available over the computer. Patrons may use the service for free at the library or receive their own password and use the services at their own home. A subject is typed in and magazine articles pop up relating to the subject. The school has subscribed to the service for several years but this is a new and welcome service to the public.

Pedersen is seeing that the number of patrons has increased since the new library has opened. "It's amazing. I attribute it to the children who bring in their parents to see the new building."

Adult books may be checked out for three weeks and kid books can be kept for two weeks. Patrons may keep videosDVDs for four days.

If you would like to return your books or videos after library hours, you may deposit them in the new depository which is located outside of the library door. The books and videos go right into the warmth of the library. Remember to pull hard on the handle of the depository as the seal is very tight.

If you haven't been to the new library yet - check it out!

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