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Important Dates to Remember

Online Resources

Checking out items at local libraries

Computer usage policies at local libraries

Auction of Old Library Furniture and Equipment

Important Dates to Remember:

Saturday, December 3: Last day to request material from out-of-state libraries.

Tuesday, December 28: Last day to request materials through Inter Library Loan from libraries outside of the PrairieCat System (Prairie Area Library System). Also, Inter Library Loan items from outside the PrairieCat System will not be renewed after this date.

Sunday, January 2: Last day to check out the library's Sony e-Readers.

Sunday, January 9: Staff will begin placing patron holds to be picked up at other libraries. Patrons will be asked where they would like their holds sent.

Monday, January 10: Due dates on items checked out from the Bookmobile will have their due dates extended to after March 7 to coincide with the opening of the new library.

Sunday, January 16: Due dates on all Fountaindale items checked out from this time forward will have a loan period of seven weeks to coincide with the opening of the new library. Materials borrowed from other libraries, but checked out at Fountaindale, will receive the regular loan period. Patrons will not be able to renew their items through the patron access to PrairieCat. Patrons are asked to call the library to renew their materials.

Sunday, January 23: All patron holds with a pickup location of Fountaindale or Bookmobile will be changed to Des Plaines Valley Public Library in Romeoville. Patrons will be notified by e-mail, if a valid e-mail address is on file, or by phone. Patrons can choose to have their holds suspended during the time the library is closed. The holds will then be reactivated after the library is open in the new building.

Tuesday, February 1: Last day for patrons to submit an intensive reference or research request.

Sunday, February 6: Last day the current library will be open.

Monday, February 7 through Sunday, March 6: Library closed for move from old building to new building. Bookmobile will not run during this time. Book drops will still be available Monday through Friday for patrons to return items. Fines will not accrue for the time between February 7 and March 6.

Saturday, March 5: Public auction of old library furnishings and equipment. Preview begins at 7:30 a.m. and the auction is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m.

Monday, March 7: New Fountaindale Public Library will open for business!

Saturday, March 26: Public Grand Opening Celebration from 12:30 to 5:00 p.m.

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Online resources through the library website

Be sure to use the various resources available through the library website. The library offers a wide variety of subscription databases for patrons to use. Explore everything the library has to offer by clicking here.

Looking for homework help? Go to the library's homework help pages or access Tutor.com to talk to a live tutor (Monday through Friday, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.).

Patrons can still access the library's catalog and place holds on titles, however, they will need to choose a pickup location other than Fountaindale. The closest PrairieCat libraries are Des Plaines Valley in Romeoville, Lockport or Crest Hill; Lemont Public Library; or the Joliet Public Library.

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Checking out items at local libraries

Check Outs

Patrons can check out at neighboring PrairieCat* libraries as long as their fines are under the $5.00 limit.  Outstanding fines (including lost items) can be paid at any PrairieCat library.  If a patron's card is expired, any neighboring PrairieCat library will be able to do a "courtesy extension" for one month to allow patrons to check out.  Proper identification must be presented at that time.
** Non-PrairieCat libraries will not be able to accept payments or renew expired library cards.

New or replacement Fountaindale Library Cards

While the library is closed, Plainfield Public Library, located at 15025 S. Illinois Street in Plainfield, will be issuing replacement and/or new Fountaindale Library cards. For more information on what is required to obtain a Fountaindale Library card, please visit the Library Card page on the Fountaindale website.

Renewals

Patrons can renew their items while the library is closed by logging into their accounts through the library website or by calling any PrairieCat library; calling the PrairieCat SVA number 1-888-542-7259; or signing up for the Shoutbomb text message service.  Restrictions will apply if renewal limit has been reached or if there are pending holds for the item(s).
** Non-PrairieCat libraries do not have access to the library patron database.

Returning materials

Fountaindale & Bookmobile materials can be returned at any PrairieCat library.  Materials will be checked in from the patron's card at the time of return.  The library’s outside bookdrops will remain open from Monday through Friday, closed on the weekends, while we are transitioning to the new building.
** Non-PrairieCat libraries can accept Fountaindale materials, but item(s) will not be checked in at the time of return.

* Note: The closest PrairieCat libraries are Des Plaines Valley (Romeoville, Lockport & Crest Hill); Joliet; Plainfield; Lemont; and Shorewood-Troy. The closest non-PrairieCat libraries include Woodridge, Naperville, Downers Grove and Indian Prairie (Darien/Willowbrook).

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Computer usage policies at local libraries

Woodridge Public Library: Have 5 Internet express computers for anyone to use, web browser and Open Office software. Black & white prints are 10 cents per page. There is a 15 minute time limit unless no one is waiting. There is one computer anyone can use, it has no Internet access but has Microsoft Office on it. 630-964-7899

Naperville Public Library (95th Street, Naper Boulevard and Nichols Downtown): Registered reciprocal borrowers may use the computers.There is a three hour time limit Monday through Saturday, one and one-half hours on Sundays. Also, the libraries have Internet Express terminals with a time limit of ½ hour. 630-961-4100

Des Plaines Valley Public Library (Lockport, Crest Hill & Romeoville): Open to anyone with a valid library card from any Illinois library, but card must have less than $5.00 in fines and/or fees. Time limit is one hour, extendable to two hours if no one is waiting. 815-838-0755

Plainfield Public Library: Open to valid library card holders, but card must have less than $10.00 in fines and/or fees. One Internet Express station for use; the limit is 15 minutes per day. 815-436-6639

Joliet Public Library: Use is for two hours, one time a day. Open to anyone with a valid Illinois library card. A valid ID can be used for a one time use. 815-740-2660

Lemont Public Library: Open to anyone with a valid library card from any Illinois library, but card must have less than $5.00 in fines and/or fees. 630-257-6541

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Auction of Old Library Furniture and Equipment

At the meeting of the Board held August 19, 2010, the Board approved using DeBolt Auction Services for the disposal of all of the existing furniture and equipment. DeBolt will come in and tag all of the items for sale. The items will be identified on a master list and be up for auction. DeBolt Auction Services has years of experience in this kind of situation where a school or municipality is disposing of old furniture and equipment and replacing with new. Trustee Bob Kalnicky made the recommendation that proceeds from the sale of the furniture and equipment through the auction be donated to local non-for-profits, especially those that help children and education. This idea was well received by the board.

Update January 20: The Board of Trustees approved the recommendation that all auction proceeds go to the Friends of Fountaindale Library to help the library provide additional classes, events and resources to the local community.

Update January 31: Interested persons can visit Debolt Auction Services website to see some details about the auction. Please note that this is not a complete list of items to be auctioned. A complete inventory will be done once library materials and items have been moved into the new building.

The auction is open to members of the community as well as local organizations, schools and other local businesses. Payment is made to the auction services, which means that the library is not directly involved in this aspect. The auction will be held on Saturday, March 5. Preview will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the auction scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. It is likely to take all day to auction off all of the items.

Parking Day of the Auction:

Parking at the library site is extremely limited. Additional parking is available about 1/4 mile north of the library at Brooks Middle School, 350 Blair Lane, or across the street from the library at the Bolingbrook Village Hall, 375 W. Briarcliff Road.

This is an important aspect of the auction: furniture and equipment must be removed by the buyer without delay and at their own cost, because the building will be demolished shortly after the auction and must be vacant.

Books and other library materials are not part of this auction. The Library plans to move the entire collection to the new building.

What does this mean to you? Well, if you have been thinking you would like something from the old library, this would be an opportunity for you to attend the auction and bid on these items.

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