By Nancy Green, Library Director
LAFOLLETTE, TN (SPECIAL TO WLAF) – One of the newest things we have to offer you our patrons here at the LaFollette Public Library are Hotspots as well as Chromebooks. These hotspots allow you to have Internet access in areas where your signal is very weak, or sometimes non-existent. You must have a current library card, must be 18 years old and up, and your account must be in good standing (no fines, fees, or overdue items). Borrowers must provide a government issued photo ID at checkout.
A Chromebook is a laptop that runs Google’s Chrome OS (not windows 10 or Mac OS). It is a lightweight, portable alternative to a traditional desktop or laptop. They are designed to store information online or in the cloud. They do not have productivity software such as Microsoft Office installed, but can be used to access Gmail accounts and use Google Docs to create and edit documents. The hotspot is there so you can have Internet access while using the Chromebook.
Checkout for both or either of these devices is limited to one per household per week with NO renewals accepted. They are available on a first come, first served basis. No reservations are accepted.
Chromebooks are filtered in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and will be shut down if not returned on time.
You are encouraged to come by and take advantage of this service.
We are also changing our checkout policies. You may now keep DVDs for a 2 week period rather than 1 week. Also, the late charge for a DVD is changing to the same charge as a book; 10 cents per day. You may now check out 10 DVDs per card rather than 5, and children who have a current library card in good standing may check out their own DVDs from the children’s section. Book and audiobook checkout will remain the same; 10 books per card for a 2 week checkout period. The idea is that if everything is due back at the same time it will be much easier for our customers to remember the due date.
We currently check out jigsaw puzzles on the honor system. This will remain the same. We have added some board games to our checkout items. Included are games such as Chutes and Ladders, Life, and Monopoly.
Copies will remain at 10 cents per page for black and white and 25 cents per page for color, with students receiving 5 pages free of charge. The charge for faxing will change to 25 cents per page for a local or toll free fax and 50 cents per page for long distance.
It is hoped that these new additions to our circulation as well as the new checkout and pricing policies will encourage more use of the LaFollette Public Library, where all the services (except faxing and copying) are free to you, our customer! (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/24/2022-6AM)