Friday, January 17, 2020

Speculative Literature

Speculative Literature
January 21st at 5:30 p.m.

This month our Speculative Literature book club will be meeting on January 21st to discuss The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Drop by to share your thoughts or to pick up next months book Un Lun Dun by China MiĆ©ville! 

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Board Game Day!

Join us at the
Ottumwa Public Library for
Board Game Day!

Saturday, January 18th
Bring your family and friends to play games in the Children’s Library!
This is a free event for all ages,
no registration required,
just drop in and play!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Marshmallow Madness Event!

Kids! Join us at the Ottumwa Public Library for

Friday, January 17th

Join us for an afternoon of
Marshmallow Madness!
We'll be crafting with, building with and eating marshmallows!
Open to all kids and families,
no registration required.


Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Reader's Ink

Reader's Ink

January 8th at 5 p.m. 

Join us Wednesday January 8th at 5 p.m. for this month's meeting of the Reader's Ink book club. This month we will be discussing the book The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and we will be distributing February's book Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. 

Monday, January 6, 2020

Fines Policy

Ottumwa Public Library Goes Fine Free!

The Ottumwa Public Library is starting the New Year with an exciting new policy.  As of January 6, 2020, the library will no longer charge fines on overdue materials.  Current fines on accounts will be waived as the library staff adjusts their procedures.

“Sometimes patrons have challenges that come up preventing them from returning library books on time. It happens to us all at some point,” said Sonja Ferrell, Director of the Ottumwa Public Library.  “We don’t want to punish people. We just want to get materials back so that someone else can enjoy them too.”
This new policy applies to late or overdue fines only.  Check out time frames will remain the same. Items more than 60 days overdue are still considered lost by the library and patrons will be charged for lost or damaged materials. Patrons will not be able to check out more materials until any overdue items are resolved on their accounts. 
Many have probably seen stories from across Iowa as well as the rest of the country about libraries going fine free.  The Ottumwa Public Library can now join in this trend to better serve the entire community.
“Fines disproportionately punish lower income patrons and especially children for very little revenue in return,” Ferrell said.  “A pillar of our mission is to offer materials, programs, and services for everyone in our community. When you add up staff time sending out notices, postage on notices, and aggrieved conversations disputing fines, it really isn’t worth it.”
In libraries where similar policies have been implemented they have seen increases in active library card users and circulation. The Ottumwa Public Library Board of Trustees will be monitoring the usage numbers over the next year.