This September, Burlington Public Library is joining with libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-up Month, to encourage parents, caregivers and students to obtain a free library card that will save them money while reaping rewards in academic achievement and lifelong learning. Any person signing up for a new library card at the Burlington Library in September can enter a drawing for a $25.00 Wal-Mart gift card.
The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin has published a new Internet Discount Finder.
Digital equity has become an urgent issue as schools provide more and more of their students with mobile devices to take home, while 20% of Wisconsin households do not have access to the internet. For many children and adults, the public library is the only source of internet access.
The Internet Discount Finder, created by the Wisconsin Public Services Commission, can help low-income households find discounted internet service. Discounts are as deep as 80%.
Note—the The Internet Discount Finder is not just for households with students. It is designed to help *all* Wisconsin families and residences get internet access.
Burlington Public Library Eliminates Overdue Fines for Children’s and Teens’ Materials
Burlington Public Library will no longer charge overdue fines for Children’s and Young Adult (Teen) materials. Existing fines on these items have been cleared.
This policy is effective immediately. All existing unpaid overdue fines on Children’s or Young Adult materials have already been cleared.
We are committed to increasing reading and literacies, and combating the “summer slump” that causes students to lose skills between grades. We have a comprehensive Summer Reading Program to encourage use of the library and reward children for reading.
Overdue fines stop kids and their parents from using the library. Forty-nine percent of registered library users have fine balances, and twenty-four percent have fines so high that they are blocked from using their library cards. Youth users whose cards are blocked stop using the library.
This policy change was approved unanimously by the Library Board of Trustees. The contact for this change is Library Director Joe Davies (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Materials belonging to other libraries will still have overdue fines assessed.
- Fines are based on the material type, not the age of the borrower. An adult checking out an Elephant & Piggie book for their child would not be assessed overdue fines. A child whose card is used to check out a James Patterson novel for their parent will be assessed overdue fines.
- All items that are damaged will still be charged for repair or replacement.
- All items that are long overdue will be assumed lost, and a bill will be sent for replacement.
The regular hours of the Burlington Public Library are:
Monday – Thursday: 9am to 9pm
Friday & Saturday: 9am to 5:30pm
In addition, BPL is closed for the following holidays:
- Monday, January 1
- Monday, May 28
- Wednesday, July 4
- Monday, September 3
- Thursday, November 22
- Monday, December 24
- Tuesday, December 25
- Monday, December 31
- Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Burlington Public Library has lots of great ways to get exciting digital content to you at all hours of the day or night, with just your library card and PIN.
- Overdrive has e-books and audiobooks
- Zinio has loads of digital magazines
- Gale Courses provides lots of great learning opportunities
- SHARE Catalog lets your reserve materials for pickup
Burlington Public Library is here to serve the community. We provide interesting and enlightening materials for education and personal enrichment. Whether you come here every day or haven’t stopped in years, we are here for you. We answer questions big and small, and even when we’re closed, our digital content is always available.
Need help? Call us at 262-342-1130 or email us at email@example.com. We’re happy to help!