Voilà! The library’s new library card and key fob!
The new cards (and fob) have been a long time coming. The library hasn’t changed their card since the early ‘90s when they upgraded their system to add the barcode. (Back in the day when the Internet was still catching on…)
This card is definitely different, but libraries today are different than they were 50 years ago. Before, libraries were a place of seriousness, absolute quiet, and exhaustive research and study. Librarians wore thick glasses, had their hair wound up in tight buns, and shushed you with every breath. Basically, libraries of yore were no fun. Not true for today’s libraries! Today’s libraries are a place for everyone! They’re fun, welcoming, and friendly. They’re made for everyone from infants to seniors. They’re about being social and connecting with others, entertainment and pleasure, self-exploration and growth, job hunting and business development. Are we still a place of quiet study and research? Absolutely! (In fact, the entire upper level of the Revitalized St. Thomas Public Library will be just for quiet study and research!)
This card reflects that change. Sure, it’s a little silly, but it shows that kind of fun and entertaining attitude the library has become synonymous with. Libraries are far from boring and it was time that our card wasn’t either! Actually, this kind of different and silly card seems to be the way libraries are trending! Edmonton Public Library started the ball rolling with a “crazy” campaign that turned out to be an award winner. Libraries as close as Cambridge Public Library are doing the same kind of idea.
You might be asking yourself, “Why is the library like a super hero?” Well, think about this…
With one library card you can not only check out the best-selling book, you can download it to your eReader, listen to it on CD in your car, find out the show times for the book-turned-movie version in the paper, read the reviews (both book and movie) online, find out what shenanigans the author and actors are getting into in the magazines, listen to the soundtrack, and check out the making-of documentary on DVD, after which you can check out the biography of the author, research the location where the book took place, and book a trip online to visit it.
In one library visit, you can take your toddler to a preschool reading program, attend a program yourself, check out books, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, magazines, and material in other languages, research in our local history department, use the public-access Internet computers or bring in your own laptop to use our free Wi-fi, have a one-on-one computer training session, ask our Information Desk staff any question under the sun, have our Children’s Department staff recommend what material your other children can use for a project, relax in the library to read a newspaper or publication from over a dozen subscriptions , request material from another library, and sign up your elderly mother for Home Library Service. (And that’s not even scratching the surface.)
Sounds pretty super to me!
You can pick up this new card and key fob (they’re a two-for-one kind of thing) at the service desks in the Adult Department and the Children’s and Teens’ Department of St. Thomas Public Library, Elgin Mall location. For October and November 2011, you can exchange your old card for this fancy new one for free. (There’s usually a $5 replacement fee, but because the library is like a super hero, we’re waiving that fee for two months. That way, everyone can get in on the action!)
Our Marketing lady is anxious to hear what you think of the new cards! Please leave a comment or answer the poll.