Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Library memberships promoted as gift idea

Many local residents already know the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre is a hub of resources and social activities.
This Christmas, how about sharing the “gift” that is the library with those who live outside Fort Frances?

That’s the idea behind the public library’s recent campaign to sell annual household library memberships as gift certificates.
For the cost of $77, anyone can get a gift certificate for a non-resident household, which will give them usage of the library for one full year, explained library assistant Penny Shumaker.
For example, grandparents could buy it for their grandchildren in a particular household and everyone in that household, parents included, will benefit, she noted.
The year begins when the household that receives the certificate activates their library membership.
The membership allows anyone in that household to borrow books, movies, music CDs, and video games, as well as access online resources like audio books, e-books, downloadable music, online language learning tools, and more.
And while they’re at the library, they can access its many services—ranging from its computer lab to children’s activities.
Giving a gift certificate not only is a good way to give a gift that keeps giving all year, but also a way to support the local library, Shumaker said.
The gift certificates will be available year-round but changed a little each season.
For example, after Christmas, the gift certificates will be re-designed with hearts for Valentine’s Day, Shumaker noted.
Another way for patrons to support the library this Christmas is to pay $125 and be “fine free” for the year.
Not only will this get you a tax receipt, but you (or whomever you want to buy for) won’t have to worry about being fined for returning books, movies, or games to the library after its due date.
“It really pays off for a lot of people,” said Shumaker.
This “fine-free” status applies to an entire household, so neither parents nor kids will have to fret about overdue items for a full year.
In related news, the library invites everyone to an “Old-Fashion Christmas Party” on Sunday, Dec. 15 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
A fun-filled afternoon is planned with the Rainy River District Youth Choir, refreshments, stories, and a visit from Santa.
As well, children’s author Mary Casanova will be on hand selling and signing copies of her book, “One-Dog Sleigh” ($20).
And remember to bring along your camera to take a photo with Santa.

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