Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New DVD Checkout Limits Now In Place

As of today, the library has instituted a new procedure for lending its most popular materials, feature DVDs. Circumstances have now forced us to limit the number of DVDs that may be checked out by an individual library patron to two DVDs from the new materials shelf and five DVDs from the regular shelves. These more restrictive borrowing limits have been neccessitated by the unacceptably high rate of loss from this collection to patrons who borrow large numbers of DVDs and fail to return them. Despite our best efforts to recover these materials, including the use of a collection agency, we continue to lose a significant number of DVDs. This is a problem encountered by public libraries throughout the country.

Like other public libraries throughout Michigan, Mount Clemens Public Library is addressing a significant decrease in funding due to current economic conditions and a number of budget cuts have been implemented. Our budget for DVDs simply cannot be stretched far enough to continue to replace -- sometimes more than once -- our high demand movie titles and still continue to purchase the new releases that our patrons want to see.

By limiting DVD checkouts, we hope also to limit our exposure to loss and make the DVDs you want to see available to all. Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier


The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Army Specialist Shane H. Ahmed of Chesterfield Township, Michigan, who died November 14 while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Army Specialist Ahmed, age 31, died on November 14 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, along with four of his comrades, when insurgents attacked their unit with small arms fire. Spc. Ahmed was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Library Holiday Hours

The library will CLOSE at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24 and all day on Thursday, November 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Regular library hours will resume on Friday, November 26 at 9:00 a.m.

While we are closed, outdoor book returns will be available near the north (parking lot) entrance to the building and will be emptied by library staff. As always, electronic library services such as our online catalog, media download center and databases will be available 24/7 through the library's web site.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Army Private First Class Shane M. Reifert of Cottrellville, Michigan, who died November 6 in Kunar province, Afghanistan.

Pfc. Reifert, age 23, died from injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky.