Curbside Convenience

At the library, we are always trying to update our services to meet the needs of our patrons. Not too long ago, one of our favorite patrons called because he wanted to purchase a statewide library card as a gift for his wife.  He was using an oxygen tank, and it was not easy for him to get out of the car and enter the library, and I said that I could meet him out in the parking lot.  We'd get it figured out.  And, we did.  It just took a little more effort, but it was totally worth it because a statewide library card is great gift idea, and I wanted to make it happen!

This got us thinking about several of our patrons who struggle to get out of their cars and enter the library to pick up a book or DVD.  So, we decided to launch curbside service to make their lives a little easier.  Patrons wishing to utilize curbside pickup may select "Curbside" as the pickup location when placing items on hold online.  In the notes field of the request, you may indicate your preferred pickup date and time.  For same day pickup, please call the library by 10:00 a.m.  Pickup services are available Monday and Wednesday, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

When you arrive at the library to get your items, please park in the front lot, by the children’s patio and call 778-7527 to let us know you are here.  At that time, we will check out your items and walk them out to your car.  Please have your library card or ID ready when we hand you the items so we can verify the account.  And, that's all there is to it.

Lynn Hobbs
PCL Director

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The Magical Mystery of Interlibrary Loan

I worked at my local public library when I was in high school.  I did lots of things there, including shelving, basic reference, checking items in and out, and registering patrons.  One thing I didn't do though was interlibrary loan.  I filled out the form and dropped it in the back to Vivian who made the magic happen.

I had no idea what Vivian really did.  She was one of the few staff members who had a computer at her desk, and yet she spent a lot of time at the typewriter.  However she did it, Vivian was able to get pretty much any book you asked for.  They would come from all over the country, filling patron requests for titles so rare that they surely weren't held at the Rhinelander District Library.

Here in Pendleton, we do the same thing.  And honestly, it still blows my mind when our reference librarian, Christine Bellessis, gets books from all over the country.  The intricate network of borrowing and lending orchestrated over a computer database is a thing of beauty.  Or maybe I'm just a big library nerd.

Either way, the materials on our shelves merely scratch the surface of all that is available to you via interlibrary loan.  All you need to do is fill out a request form, and we'll handle the rest.  Don't be shy.  Give it a try, and let Chris do her magic!  

Lynn Hobbs
PCL Director

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The Magical Mystery of Interlibrary Loan

I worked at my local public library when I was in high school.  I did lots of things there, including shelving, basic reference, checking items in and out, and registering patrons.  One thing I didn't do though was interlibrary loan.  I filled out the form and dropped it in the back to Vivian who made the magic happen.

I had no idea what Vivian really did.  She was one of the few staff members who had a computer at her desk, and yet she spent a lot of time at the typewriter.  However she did it, Vivian was able to get pretty much any book you asked for.  They would come from all over the country, filling patron requests for titles so rare that they surely weren't held at the Rhinelander District Library.

Here in Pendleton, we do the same thing.  And honestly, it still blows my mind when our reference librarian, Christine Bellessis, gets books from all over the country.  The intricate network of borrowing and lending orchestrated over a computer database is a thing of beauty.  Or maybe I'm just a big library nerd.

Either way, the materials on our shelves merely scratch the surface of all that is available to you via interlibrary loan.  All you need to do is fill out a request form, and we'll handle the rest.  Don't be shy.  Give it a try, and let Chris do her magic!  

Lynn Hobbs
PCL Director

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Part of Our Story

May 27, 2019.  It is now a part of our story.  

I have no doubt that in a few years, the Pendleton Historical Museum will have space dedicated to the Memorial Day tornado.  Photos, news articles, artifacts, and documented tales of a community coming together will live among the war uniforms, Mary Aherns paintings, and school memorabilia. All of these pieces put together help us tell our story, the story of Pendleton, Indiana.

On the Wednesday after the storm, I headed to Falls Park to listen to the local press conference.  Walking through muddy tire treads, and carefully stepping over power lines and tree limbs, I made my way to the gazebo where I saw lots of familiar faces.  I asked after their families and homes.  Everybody had a story to share, their accounts of rattling garage doors, trembling children, and stubborn pets.  We will all remember May 27, 2019 and the days that follow.  Because it is now a part of our story.

At the library, we collect stories.  Lots of them. And on June 1st, we are kicking off our summer reading program with the theme, "A Universe of Stories."  At the library, you can find stories of adventure, romance, and triumph. You can find stories of treacherous journeys through fantastic lands and biographies of war veterans, movie stars, and politicians...all rich narratives of hard-fought victories, humbling defeats, and improbable heroism.  

The story of Pendleton, Indiana is still going, and I am certain that the best is yet to come. But, May 27, 2019 will remain a significant chapter.  It is now a part of our story.

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spreading the news

A few weeks ago, I was at a local salon for the first time.  The stylist asked me if I lived in Pendleton, and I told her that I worked at the library.  To that, she sheepishly responded, "Well, I can't say that I spend a lot of time there." I laughed and said that we didn't judge. But, I suggested that she stop in sometime to see what we offer these days.  I happened to mention that she could check out a free power washer from our Library of Things, and she was pretty surprised. 

When I went on to mention that virtual reality goggles, a metal detector, ukulele, and TV antenna were all available, she hollered over to another stylist, "Are you hearing this?" Before she could respond, the woman sitting in the other stylist's chair yelled back, "I'm sure hearing it, and I had no idea!"  And, just like that, I had slyly promoted the public library to three people, all while getting an eyebrow wax.

Sharing news about the good work of public libraries is a never-ending job.  There will always be somebody who just doesn't know what the modern library offers, and we'll take opportunities to let people know every chance we get. 

Last month we embraced National Library Week with our Friends of the Library.  The outpouring of support from our community was reaffirming. We always love the opportunity to share information about the importance of libraries, even with those who visit on a regular basis.  Whether you are a regular user or somebody who hasn't visited in a while, we invite you to stop in and take a look around.  Check out a ukulele while you're at it.

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