September is the month to register for the National Library

During the month of September, the Owen County Public Library will be giving a freebie to anyone who signs up for a new library card and there will be freebies available each day for those checking out items.

This makes September a good time to remind the public that there is no charge for Owen County Public Library cards; they are free for residents of Owen County and for children attending Owen County School, even if they live in another county.

The only requirement for adults in Owen County is to bring proof of current address and photo ID. We accept state issued driver’s licenses, school ID, military ID, or work badges.

If your photo ID includes your current address, that’s all you need. But if it doesn’t show your current address, just bring a postage stamped mail within the past 30 days with your current address in addition to your photo ID.

Children can open a library account from the age of six (or kindergarten). Parents must be physically present to register for the child, assuming legal responsibility for returning items and replacing any lost or damaged items. Children can view up to 10 books and can also view music CDs (up to 4), audiobooks (4) and magazines.

At age 14, a child can receive an intermediate card that extends privileges to include playing DVDs or video games in addition to books, music CDs, audiobooks, and magazines. Parental responsibility is still required until the age of 18.

The library does not charge overdue fines. We issue recall notices on overdue items by mail. We still have to collect the cost of replacing and handling lost or damaged items.

Lost cards can be replaced for $ 1.00.

If you don’t have a library card, there are still many services available to you: anyone can use the computers in the library, anyone in the library or around most of the perimeter can log on. to the library’s wi-fi. Everyone is welcome to find a comfortable place to read books, magazines and newspapers in the library. We offer copy, fax, laminating services, all at a low cost, and our staff are always ready to answer your questions and assist you. Everyone is welcome to visit the genealogy room and we also offer help with the resources there. The Youth Services floor is full of constantly changing fun things that don’t require a library card. A library card is not required to attend children’s programs, or any of the programs or events organized by the library, hosted by the library, or held in the library.

But if you have a library card, it allows you to borrow library materials including books, DVDs, audiobooks, music CDs, video games, and more. They also grant you privileges to use virtual materials: a library card allows you to download e-books, audiobooks and more from Libby and Cloud Library on our website. A library card is also necessary to use some of the databases offered on the OCPL website. A library card will be needed to download the streaming Kanopy movies that we will be offering very soon, and to view Internet hotspots and laptops, also available from September at the OCPL.

A library card allows you to use the interlibrary loan system: if the book you want is not here at the OCPL, we can most likely borrow it for you from another library at your request.

And of course, your library card allows you to consult the documents that we bring to you on the OCPL bookmobile.

If you don’t live in Owen County, there are still options that may allow you to view most items in the Owen County Public Library:

Teachers at Owen Valley School who do not live in Owen County are encouraged to view OCPL as a resource. We have a special card for you, especially for checking out items for educational purposes.

If you live in an area not served by a home library (Clay County other than Brazil, or central Greene County in areas not served by other libraries, for example), you can purchase a non-home library card. resident. The state of Indiana requires us to charge $ 55 per year for this card.

If you live in an area served by another library, but choose to use the Owen County Public Library, please check with us, we may have a reciprocal agreement with your home library that would allow you to ” use OCPL if you are a good customer with your home library. In this case, the reciprocal library card is free.

And finally, some people find it convenient to buy a PLAC card. A PLAC card allows you to use any public library in Indiana. You must have a library card in good standing with your home library. The cost is $ 65 per year and does not remain with the OCPL. These fees are state-mandated, and we send a quarterly report to the Indiana State Library that includes all PLAC card payments we’ve collected. PLAC cards are especially useful for people whose jobs require them to travel statewide or who must be out of town during regular library hours.

The idea of ​​a free public library is an amazing concept that has impacted the culture of our country and has spread around the world. We owe it in part to Benjamin Franklin, who loved to read so much that he at one point became a vegetarian just so he could buy books with the money he would have otherwise spent on meat. The idea of ​​publicly shared books took root in his mind, and he was responsible for establishing at least five different lending libraries in Pennsylvania. These libraries were subscription libraries: that is, one paid a subscription or donated books for the privilege of borrowing books.

In 1833, in New Hampshire, the first city-wide library was established with the goal of providing a free library to all classes in the community. In 1848, a library was established in Boston, which is also sometimes mentioned in the list of “first” free public libraries in the United States.

We have records that mention a library in Owen County prior to 1884, shortly after the other “first” libraries in the United States. of such importance that they made it a priority to start a public library here during such an early stage in the establishment of county and local towns.

Hats off to Owen County, Benjamin Franklin, and all of you! Do you have an active library card?

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