Curbside Service Update

By Winnie Logan,

Curbside Pickup

The New Castle-Henry County Public Library is open and providing all of our regular services and continues to provide the convenience of curbside pickup.

To get library materials for curbside pickup, you first need to place a hold on the books, DVDs, or other library materials that you would like to check out.

You can place holds by phone. Call the Main Circulation desk at 765-529-0362 x1341 and tell a staff member which library materials you would like to place on hold. Even if you don’t know the exact title or author, our staff will be glad to help you find your next favorite book or movie.

To place holds online, click on the Evergreen Indiana link on the library’s homepage. Login to your account, select the materials you would like to check out and place them on hold. Be sure to indicate your pickup location as New Castle-Henry County Public Library. Your PIN is the last four digits of the telephone number you used to sign up for your card.

Evergreen Indiana has a new app that is a quick and convenient way to place holds. 

You will be notified by phone, text or email, depending on which option you choose while placing your hold.  Once you receive the message that your hold is waiting, you can come to the library anytime we are open to pick up your library materials.

Bring your library card and photo identification. If you are having someone else pick up your materials for you, that person will need to have your library card and their photo identification.  

Park in the “Curbside Pickup” spot located in the parking lot near the north side of the building.

Call the number on the sign and tell the staff your name. Staff will double-check your library card number through your vehicle’s window. There is no need to roll down your window.

You can return books in the book drop. Staff will not be able to take materials directly from you.

Library materials will be placed in the trunk of your car in a plastic bag. In order to operate as safely as possible, our staff will be wearing face coverings.

If you have any questions about this service or have problems accessing your library account, please call 765-529-0362 ext. 1341 or email the library at info@nchcpl.org. 

Beyond Books: New Castle-Henry County Public Library Offers ‘Library of Things’

By Winnie Logan,

The New Castle-Henry County Public Library is rolling out a new collection for patrons to borrow. The library is broadening its selection far past books, movies, and music. The “Library of Things” will offer a variety of items that can be used to assist in many situations.

For those performing home projects, there is a stud finder, moving dolly, and energy meter. Items for curious minds include a metal detector, telescope, and mini projector. There are also museum passes for Minnetrista, Eiteljorg, and the Indiana Historical Society available for use.

“We try to get items that are fun to use or items that you need every once in a while, but don’t want to buy,” Leann Wilson, Circulation Supervisor, explained. “We are always open to ideas from the community on things they would like to see available.”

The display across from the main circulation desk will show the items available to check out. Patrons can search the New Castle-Henry County Public Library’s catalog under “Library of Things” to place holds on items. These items will be restricted to those over the age of 18 and can only be borrowed for a week at a time.

For more information about these new items, please reach out to the main circulation desk at info@nchcpl.org.

The Bookmobile is Back on the Road

By Winnie Logan,

The New Castle-Henry County Public Library has announced that the Bookmobile is getting back on the road. Beginning Monday, July 6, the mobile library will run its summer schedule through Friday, August 14. The schedule can be found at here, and print calendars are available at the library.

In order to adhere to proper social distancing, there will be a maximum of two patrons or one family allowed on the bus at a time. Library staff be wearing face masks and there will be sneeze guards at both desks. High-touch areas will be disinfected frequently, and library materials will be quarantined for 72 hours prior to being checked in and shelved.

Free wi-fi will be available in and around the bookmobile. Books, DVDs, magazines, and audiobooks can be checked out by patrons with a valid library card. Patrons may also call ahead and request to pick up holds on the bus. Those items will be checked out and handed to guests to avoid entering the bus.

For more information regarding the Bookmobile and general library services, visit nchcpl.org/bookmobile or follow New Castle-Henry County Public Library on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

Library Building Open June 15

By Winnie Logan,

Flexibility, patience, and resilience – these are the words that come to mind when I think about how we have needed to navigate these unprecedented times in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. As Indiana moves into Stage 4 of the reopening plan on June 14, the library also plans to move into the next phase and reopen our doors on Monday, June 15. We will continue to offer curbside and delivery service.

As we all know, the world is a different place now than it was in March when we initially closed the library building. While we are excited to be able to open the library and allow patrons to come back to our building, we remain committed to providing access in a safe manner for both our patrons and library staff. Because of this commitment, you will notice some changes when you visit us starting June 15.

Here’s what is different:

Here’s what is the same (or better):

As we move through the reopening phases, be sure to check our website and blog for more detailed information on our services (nchcpl.org/news) and follow us on social media for information and service updates. You can find the library on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and now YouTube.

Library Offers Services By Appointment

By Winnie Logan,

The New Castle-Henry County Public Library is excited to offer some additional services including access to computers, faxing and copying services and distribution of tax forms by appointment. 

“We know many of our community members rely on the library for access to computers, printing services, faxing, and tax information,” notes Janet Twigg, Reference Librarian. “By offering these vital services by appointment, we hope to continue to meet that need.”

Beginning May 20th there will be limited access to computers.  A few computers will be available by appointment for 1 hour sessions. Appointments will be available from 1-6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and 1-5 p.m. on Saturdays. Library staff will be available to assist patrons as needed.The computers are located at a distance from each other and will be cleaned between each use.There will be hand sanitizer available for patrons to use before and after a session. 

To make an appointment, contact the Reference Staff at 765-575-4550 or email at reference@nchcpl.org. Once you arrive for your appointment, call the curbside phone number (on the signs in the parking lot) to let us know you are here. A staff member wearing a facemask will greet you at the North entrance. All patrons using this service are asked to wear a facemask and hand sanitizer will be available. If you do not have a facemask, we will have masks available for you. 

Faxing, copying and printing services will also be available by appointment. Call the Circulation department at 765-529-0362 ext. 1341 to schedule an appointment. Tax forms may be picked up during Curbside Pickup hours. Restrooms, meeting rooms, and the library collections will remain closed to the public.

In addition to service appointments, New Castle-Henry County Public Library is also offering delivery and curbside services of library materials. Find out more about these services by visiting nchcpl.org and clicking on the “News” link. 

For questions regarding service appointments, please call 765-575-4550 or send an email to reference@nchcpl.org

Delivery Available Through Outreach Services Department

By Winnie Logan,

New Castle-Henry County Public Library recently began offering curbside pickup for library materials. Anyone who is unable to get to the library to use curbside pickup can request delivery service through the library’s outreach department. 

Those who may use this service include those without transportation or cell phone. The Outreach Department encourages older adults and those experiencing health challenges to utilize this service.

“We cannot run our regular bookmobile routes at this time, but we will deliver holds to any of our Bookmobile patrons, as well as our regular Outreach patrons,” noted Marcia Eichel, Outreach Services Supervisor.

The team will deliver holds, including those placed online or over the phone, to people living within the library’s service area. Patrons will need to have an active library card.

Depending on the volume, Outreach Service will aim to have items delivered within two days. There will not be deliveries on Saturdays or Sundays. Staff will call those receiving materials as they are leaving the library building. If patrons have items to return, they should be put in a bag on the porch or doorstep.  Staff will place the newly checked out items on the porch or doorstep and then will knock or ring the doorbell. They will go back to the van and watch to see that someone comes to the door and picks up the books. This will be a contact-free service.

For more information, contact Marcia Eichel at marciae@nchcpl.org or call 765-529-0362 ext. 1351. 

Curbside Service Begins May 11

By Winnie Logan,

Curbside Pickup

The safety and wellness of our staff and patrons remains central as we enter our phases of reopening. Our first phase of reopening involves offering curbside service to our community. Beginning May 11, we will be open for people picking up library materials. We are looking forward to helping our patrons get the materials they need. 

What you can do now: Visit nchcpl.org and click on the Search the Catalog  link under the Evergreen logo.  Login to your account, select the materials you would like and place them on hold. Be sure to indicate your pickup location as New Castle Henry County Public Library. (Please note that we are currently limited to items that our library owns. We cannot circulate materials from other libraries at this time.)   

Need a library card? You can sign up for one here https://evergreen.lib.in.us/eg/staff/circ/patron/register 

If you have any questions about this service or have problems accessing your library account, please call 765-529-0362 ext. 1341  or email the library at info@nchcpl.org

What will happen starting Monday, May 11: 

If you have holds from before the library’s closure, the library staff will call you to make arrangements for pickup.

For new holds, you will receive a phone call from a library staff member scheduling a time for you to pick up your library materials. Please note that due to volume, it may take a while to receive the notification that your items are available. 

Staff will be available starting May 11th from 9am to 6pm Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm Saturday to take library material requests over the phone or you can email your requests to info@nchcpl.org

Please do not come to the library until you have received a call from the library. Walk-up service is not available at this time. No one from the public will be able to come into the library at this time.

Here’s how curbside service will work: 

1.  Head to the library to pick up your materials at your scheduled time.

2. You’ll need your library card and photo identification. If you are having someone else pick up your materials for you, you’ll need to tell library staff when scheduling your pick up time. That person will need to have your library card and their photo identification.  

3. You will pull into one of the marked parking spots on the north side of the building.

4. Call the number on the sign and tell the staff your last name and your library card number and which spot you are parked in. Staff will double-check your library card number through your vehicle’s window. Please do not roll down your window.

5. You can return books in the book drop. Staff will not be able to take materials directly from patrons. Please note that all books that were originally due in April are now due July 1. 

6. Library materials will be placed in the trunk of your car in a plastic bag. 

In order to operate as safely as possible, our staff will be wearing protective gear.

Our staff is working hard as we prepare to roll out this new service. We are exploring how to continue to expand services while helping the community maintain healthy social distancing. Thank you for your patience as we continue to work hard to serve you.

Update on Library Services

By Winnie Logan,

As we look forward to the day when we are able to reopen the library facility, library staff continues to monitor guidance related to COVID-19 from state and local government and public health officials.

We are currently working on a phased reopening plan. We are looking into ways that we can be in compliance with state and local health guidelines and be able to provide increased services to our community. We are very eager to return to the building and serve our patrons and will do so as soon as possible while ensuring the safety and health of our patrons and staff.

Due dates on all physical items have been extended to July 1 and cards which were set to expire have also been extended through this date as well.

We encourage patrons to explore our virtual programming opportunities available on our Facebook page and our new YouTube channel and our downloadable collections. For more information on these offerings and up to date information regarding library services, please continue to visit our website at www.nchcpl.org.

Please keep watching our social media for updates as we move toward reopening. We appreciate your trust and support as we navigate these challenging times.

Find Thoughtful Entertainment Through Unique Films in Kanopy

By Winnie Logan,

Are you looking for an entertainment experience beyond Netflix? New Castle-Henry County Public Library resident card holders can access more than 30,000 films through Kanopy. Kanopy is an on-demand film streaming service for quality, thoughtful entertainment. 

While similar to Hoopla, Kanopy is solely composed of video content. It is app-based and can be streamed on computers, smart televisions, and mobile devices. The Kanopy app is available for iOS, Android, Apple TV, Fire TV, Android TV, Chromecast, or Roku. 

Kanopy provides access to popular movies, Indie films, classic movies, award-winning documentaries, and more. Kanopy is simultaneous, which means the same title can be borrowed by multiple users at the same time. 

In addition to the movies and documentaries available, Kanopy also offers access to educational content from “The Great Courses.” Learn how to play guitar, practice photography, and much more through courses available on Kanopy. 

Library card holders begin each month with 10 play credits. Every video checked out will use 1 play credit. Once a video begins, and that play credit has been used, there will be 3 days to view it as many times as desired. At the beginning of the next month, play credits will reset. The Great Courses and Kanopy Kids do not require play credits to view.

One unique aspect of Kanopy is the programming available through Kanopy Kids. Kanopy Kids is a collection of movies and shows. This includes several PBS shows, story times, and educational programs for kids. New Castle-Henry County Public Library offers unlimited access in Kanopy Kids. 

New Castle-Henry County Public Library director, Winnie Logan, finds Kanopy to be a great resource. “If you have a smart tv, you can stream it right to your tv. You don’t have to watch on a small screen. It’s just like renting a movie, and you can watch interesting, unique films that you might not find in other places.” 

Access Kanopy here-  https://nchcpl.kanopy.com/

Don’t have a library card to access Kanopy?

You can get a temporary digital card here: https://evergreen.lib.in.us/eg/opac/register 

Enter “New Castle-Henry County PL–New Castle” as your home library. A staff member will be in contact with you.

Interactive Reading Experiences Available Through TumbleBooks

By Winnie Logan,

Looking for a fun, unique way to entertain the kids? Check out all that TumbleBooks has to offer. Through TumbleBooks, New Castle-Henry County Public Library card holders can access over 1,100 titles. 

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books for children. They help inspire the joy of reading through an exciting, kid-friendly format. TumbleBooks adds animation, sound, music, and narration to already existing books.

TumbleBooks have even more to offer, including National Geographic videos and games, chapter books, read-along books, graphic novels, videos, puzzles, games, language learning, and more! Throughout the year, new titles are automatically included. 

While TumbleBooks does not include the ability to download materials, it is possible for subscribers to have unlimited access to all of the books. This allows for opportunities such as having every student in a class read the same book at the same time. 

An app is available for devices. Search for “Tumblebooks” in the App Store or on Google Play. It is tested and approved by Children’s Librarian, Lynn Thomas. She also expressed, “It’s a great way for parents to allow screen time because their children will be learning at the same time. The games and quizzes help to make learning fun!”

TumbleBooks is an excellent resource for parents and students during this time of learning at home. Discover more about it by following this link https://www.tumblebooks.com/.

Don’t have a library card? You can get a temporary digital card here: https://evergreen.lib.in.us/eg/opac/register 

Enter “New Castle-Henry County PL–New Castle” as your home library. A staff member will be in contact with you.

Access Ebooks and More With OverDrive

By Winnie Logan,

New Castle-Henry County Public Library offers access to thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and even videos through OverDrive. What’s the best way to access OverDrive and how can you start enjoying this resource today?

Videos- The best way to access videos is directly through OverDrive. Download the app through your favorite app store or access it online through this link. Once you enter your account information, you’ll be directed to the Indiana Digital Download Center, where you can go to the Collections section and look for the “Videos” menu. Choose a video to check out and view.

Ebooks, magazines, and audiobooks- The Libby app is the best way to use OverDrive’s vast selection of ebooks, magazines, and audiobooks. Libby allows you browse titles, make wish lists, and sync usage between devices. For example, if you want to start listening to an audiobook on your smartphone and finish listening to it on your tablet, the Libby app will keep track of where you left off within the book.

Since titles are shared among many libraries, it’s important to place a hold on items you’d like to check out. If the item you’re waiting for becomes available when you’re not ready for it, you can suspend your hold and keep your place in line.

Should you have any questions on how to operate OverDrive or Libby, please don’t hesitate to email us at info@nchcpl.org

Don’t have a library card to access OverDrive material?

You can get a temporary digital card here: https://evergreen.lib.in.us/eg/opac/register 

Enter “New Castle-Henry County PL–New Castle” as your home library. A staff member will be in contact with you.

Library Now Offering Digital Library Cards

By Winnie Logan,

Are you running out of activities and tasks to do while you’re stuck at home? Why not get a head start on that reading list you’ve been ignoring for months? Rather than spending your time binge watching the same TV show, find an audiobook to listen to. Watch an interesting documentary. Download an ebook. Test drive some new music. We even offer graphic novels. The possibilities are endless with a digital library card.

The New Castle-Henry County Public Library is now offering digital library cards! The application process is simple and takes less than a minute. Visit https://evergreen.lib.in.us/eg/opac/register, fill out your information and a staff member will contact. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at info@nchcpl.org. Happy reading!