The John Trigg Ester Library is a do-it-yourself kind of library, safe for technophobes who yearn for the days of library cards. Guess what? We’ve got card pockets with good old-fashioned library cards in every book. No electricity or beeping gizmos required!
To check out a book, take the library card out of the pocket of the book you want, write your name and the date on it, and put the card in the box for the purpose on the shelf by the door. The cards are arranged by last name of author (this makes it easier for you or the library volunteers to find when you bring the book back).
To check out a video or a CD, the procedure is the same, except that the cards may be in a card catalog next to the return box (there being no inner cover on many videos). Check the inside of the DVD cover or, if the video has one, the oversized plastic library jacket. If there’s no card pocket, then it’s in the video card catalog.The cards go in the box by the door, too. The librarians will file them back in the video card catalog when you return the video.
To check out an audiobook, proceed as with a regular book. The card pocket may be on the front cover, the back cover, or inside, depending on where there was space and where the description of the contents lies.
To check out a jigsaw puzzle, proceed as with a book. The card pocket should be on the top of the puzzle box.
Return all items to the shelf next to the check-out box on the shelf by the door. Please don’t check out items for longer than six months. If the dog ate the book, please replace it with one of equivalent interest or tastiness, in hardback, and–this is important–let the librarians know what happened. Preferably you’ll be able to get the same title, but if not, we’ll understand.
If you would like to have a particular title in the library, please let the librarians know (library [at] esterrepublic.com or 479-3368 or 479-2979). We may be able to get it for the library using the used book credit account at Gulliver’s or, if we receive enough donations, from a new book fund.