March 2017

Donation Guidelines, Library Programs and New Hours here at Spanish Fort Public Library

Spanish Fort Public Library (SFPL) opened its doors on October 19, 2015. On opening day the library held just over 8,000 items, 4,000 of which had been donated by the community and neighboring libraries across the county. Some donations came from as far away as Scottsboro Public Library, five hours to our north, and even the esteemed Library of Congress, in Washington, D.C., under the recommendation of area State Representative, Mr. Bradley Byrne, donated books during SFPL’s first year of operation. Donations are just one of the many ways that the community is already working to assist SFPL and neighboring libraries in expanding library collections.

In a continuous effort to keep the SFPL collection current and organized all items that are donated to the SFPL go through a rigorous screening process. It is critical to maintain a clean and quality selection for the enjoyment of our library customers. Being aware of the SFPL donation guidelines as to what the library can and cannot accept will ensure that the collection remains vibrant for all patrons. Issues such as physical space for growing materials and volunteer time are things to consider when donating materials to the library. If you have donations you would like for the library to consider, calling the library in advance, to inquire about the donation policy is a good rule of thumb. Library staff are happy to answer any donation questions you have. If materials are acceptable for donation, setting up a scheduled drop off date will work to ensure a more efficient drop off exchange.

“This is a library, after all, not a museum. Times change, and so do people’s needs. We have to change as well to remain responsive to those needs. The key is being sensitive to what must be altered, updated, or—sometimes—left behind.”[1]

Meanwhile, if you are looking for a John Grisham title, or a vintage Danielle Steel, it is almost guaranteed you will find one at our book sale table. Typically, donated items that can’t be used in the lending collection will be added to our ongoing book sale table here at the library, however it is still vital that these materials are also in good condition.

Do you have some materials to donate but not sure if the library can use them? Here are some quick guidelines to consider as you are culling through your own personal collection.

We accept the following:

  • Clean, new and like new hardbacks with the jackets still intact.
  • Clean, new and gently used DVDs in cases
  • Clean, new and gently used children’s books

 We do NOT accept:

  • VHS tapes or cassette tapes
  • Hardback books with no jacket
  • Textbooks
  • Encyclopedias over five years old
  • Medical or Reference materials over five years old
  • Dirty or damaged materials
  • Molded or Smoke Damaged items
  • Diaries or personal journals or notebooks

The Spanish Fort Public Library collection expands beyond simply what we hold here at our physical location. SFPL shares materials with the 13 additional libraries that fall under the Baldwin County Library Cooperative (BCLC) umbrella. This cooperation allows all library patrons, from all over Baldwin County, a wealth of materials to choose from. The quality donations that the community provides can assist in helping to expand library collections to be the best they can be.

Just a reminder that SFPL has expanded our hours to better suit patron needs. As of February 6th, 2017, the library will be open the following days and times.

  • Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lastly, please mark your calendars for Thursday March 9, 2017 at 6 p.m.

Spanish Fort Public Library and Historic Blakeley State Park have partnered and received an Alabama Humanities Foundation Grant, and will be presenting a year-long series of educational programs, titled, The Eastern Shore: The Place and the People. Thursday March 9th, 2017 at 6 p.m. will be the kick-off event, held here at the Spanish Fort Public Library and Community Center Multipurpose room. Speakers will include, Dr. Greg Waselkov, University of South Alabama on “Native Peoples of the Eastern Shore” and Dr. Kathryn Braund, Auburn University, on “William Bartram’s Visit to the Mobile-Tensaw Delta”

This event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is not required. We hope you will make plans to attend this significant event.

Questions? Just give us a call. 251-410-READ (7323). See you at the library!Lecture 3_9_2017(2)Lecture 3_9_2017 (3)

[1]  Public Libraries Online Sept/October 2016 http://publiclibrariesonline.org/2016/11/new-directors-reflect/ (accessed 1/27/17)

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