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The Norma Anders Public Library was established for the purpose of providing the residents of the community and surrounding area access to books and other resources and services for information, continuing education and recreation.  It seeks to build knowledge, understanding, appreciation and wisdom in those it serves.




The Norma Anders Public Library Board of Trustees meets the second Monday of each month at 3:45 p.m. at the library.





The Norma Anders Public Library is open 35 hours per week with the following schedule:  (12/16)


           Monday           9 a.m. to 6 p.m.               Thursday          9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

           Tuesday          1 a.m. to 5 p.m.                Friday              1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

           Wednesday     12 p.m. to 6 p.m.               Saturday          9 a.m. to 12 p.m.




New Years Day                       Independence Day                    Christmas Eve Day

Good Friday                             Labor Day                                Christmas Day

Memorial Day                          Thanksgiving Day                     New Years Day




There will be no smoking in the library.


Patrons will not be allowed to eat or drink in the main library, other than during supervised activities. Food will be allowed in the learning center if Learning Center Policy is followed.


The Learning Center is available for use of groups of 50 or less for the purpose of civic,

Cultural, educational, and public information programs and meetings.  Library programs will receive first consideration in scheduling of the room.




The building will not be used for storage of materials not belonging to the library.





A high school diploma shall be required for all staff members.


Must enjoy and work well with people of all ages and make the resources and services of the library known and easily accessible to all current and potential users.


Confidentiality must be maintained between the staff members and the patron in all requests.


Attitude toward the public, staff and superiors shall be courteous and cooperative.


 A business casual dress code and good manners are expected of all staff members.


Work performance should be the best possible each day.




Library staff will be paid mileage comparable to city employees.  Librarian will be paid regular hourly wage port to port to attend library related meetings and continuing education classes.




Vacation time will be based on the average work week. 

Library Director shall receive one (1) week of paid vacation after two years of employment. This period may be extended by board approval.


There will be no paid sick leave for any staff member.




Performance reviews of each staff member shall be made at least once each year (preferably in October).



If there is a conflict between the director and another staff member that staff member is to first try and resolve the issue with the director.  If the issue isn’t resolved after meeting with the director, then the staff member must bring their complaint to the entire board at a board meeting.  Employees are not to contact board members or take their complaints to the public. (2/10)







A new patron will be restricted to only two (2) items per patron for a period of three (3) months.  If the patron shows they are following our circulation policy, then this period may be shortened at the discretion of the staff.  If at any time a patron becomes habitual with overdue books and late fees then this person may be put back on the probationary period limits again.  (9/10)




Library cards are issued to all patrons free of charge.

Children may apply for a library card with parental consent.

Non-residents may use the library upon proper identification.

To obtain a library card a person must show a valid drivers license and also a piece of business mail showing a Dysart address. (2/10)




All books and cassettes may be borrowed for a period of two (2) weeks.

Those items may be renewed in person or by phone for no more than six weeks.


Magazines may be borrowed for a period of one (1) week and may not be renewed.

Music CD’s maybe be borrowed for a period of one (1) week.  (5/06)

Videos may be checked out for no more than 1 day unless prior arrangements are made with the librarian for an extension of this period. (4/04)




Any available materials may be reserved.  The patron will be notified when the materials become available.




Interlibrary loan service is available to any patron for a $1.00 per loan fee. (1/06)

Interlibrary loan materials cannot be renewed.




Fines will be assessed on days the library is open as follows:


The fine for overdue hardback books, periodicals and cassettes is ten (10) cents per day.


The fine for overdue paperback books and magazines will be (5) cents per day.


The maximum fine for all books will be five dollars ($5.00) per book.


The maximum fine for magazines will be the price of the magazine.


The fine for overdue movies is one dollar per day ($1.00).


Patrons accumulating more then one dollar and fifty cents ($1.50) in fines will not be able to check out library materials until said fine is paid.  If a person has overdue books that have not been returned for longer than one month that person will not be allowed usage of the computer until all materials are returned and fines are paid for (1/06)




Patrons are expected to pay replacement cost of lost articles.  If the price cannot be ascertained, the replacement cost will be five dollars ($5.00).






The librarian will use her own discretion in determining the cost of the damaged materials.  If the material is newer it will be the full replacement cost of material. 




The Norma Anders Public Library Board of Trustees, recognizing the pluralistic nature of this community and the varied backgrounds and needs of all citizens, regardless of race, creed or political persuasion, declare as a matter book selection policy that:


Selection of books and/or library materials shall be made on the basis of their value of interest, information and enlightenment of all people of the community.  No book and/or library material shall be excluded because of the race, nationality or the political or social view of the author.


This board believes that censorship is a purely individual matter and declares that while anyone is free to reject for himself/herself books which he/she does not approve of he/she cannot exercise this right of censorship to restrict the freedom to read of others.


If a request for removal of material is made, a consideration form will be provided.




Weeding is a continuing process which will be done as deemed necessary by the librarian following acceptable library guidelines.  Book sales will be at the librarian’s discretion.




The Norma Anders Public Library will accept gifts and memorials only if there is no condition imposed on their use, location or disposal. This also includes donations of used books.  Each memorial book will be given a memorial label with the donor’s name and the name of the person in whose memory the book is being donated. (8/09)





The copy machine is provided as a service and convenience to the public as well as the library.


Cost of copies to the public shall be: (11/07)

            Fifteen cents (.15) for letter size for each printed side.  Color is twenty-five (25)

            Twenty cents (.20) for legal size

            Thirty cents (.30) for 11” X 17”

            Nor more than 30 copies per patron per visit


The copy machine shall be operated only by the library staff and the board of trustees.


The library shall post and comply with the warning concerning copyright restrictions.






Librarians are not obligated to instruct in usage beyond a basic introduction and to answer questions.


A parental permission slip will need to be signed by a parent or guardian before any child under the age of 18 will be allowed to use the computer.  (1/07)


The computer will be available for patron use for a one hour (60 minute) time block unless there are people waiting to use the computers.  In such circumstances,  patron will only be allowed a thirty (30) minute time block.  Waiting patrons will sign a sign-up sheet and wait their turn.  If there is no one waiting to use the computers then patron may extend their usage beyond the one hour time block. (4/04)




The Norma Anders Public Library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the internet and cannot be held responsible for its content.   The internet and its available resources may contain materials of a controversial or mature nature. The Norma Anders Public Library does not protect the internet user from information they may find offensive.  Library users access the internet at their own discretion and they are responsible for any access points they reach.  Parents and guardians of minor children, not the library staff, are responsible for their children’s use of the internet through the library’s connection.


OBSCENITY and CHILD PORNOGRAPHY ARE ILLEGAL!  According to the U. S. Supreme Court:


Obscenity must be determined using a three part-test.  To be obscene, (1) the average person, applying contemporary community standards, must find that the work, taken as a whole, appeals to prurient interests; (2) the conduct as specified in the applicable statues; and (3) the work taken as a whole, must lack serious literacy, artistic, political, or scientific value.


CHILD PORNOGRAPHY may be determined using a slightly less rigorous test.

To be child pornography, the work must involve depictions of sexual conduct…and use images of children below a specific age.


The Norma Anders Public Library computers are not to be used for illegal activity.  If a patron has violated the above stated Computer Policy, they will be denied use of the computer for one month.   If after that month of denied use, they violate the Policy again, they will be denied future use of the computer.


Only one (1) patron may be using the computer at a time.








The library phone is for library business only. 


Loud, disruptive behavior will not be allowed.  After one warning you will be asked to leave the premises.


Use of the library is a privilege and not a right!


The bathrooms are for public use.  Any misuse will not be tolerated.


The library building and its furnishings will be respected at all times.


If any vandalism of library property occurs, restitution will be made by guilty party if that party can be established.  If the patron is a child, the parent will be notified and a meeting with the child, the parent, the library director and the board of trustees will be scheduled to access the value of the damages. At this time it will be determined if the patron will lose their library privileges and if so, for what period of time.




The Norma Anders Public Library is a public facility that offers services to a wide variety of citizens.  The library strives to maintain a safe environment for every patron who is appropriately using its services and facilities.  Children and young adults are expected to adhere to the same rules of conduct as the adults.  Parents, guardians and assigned chaperons are responsible for the behavior of their children while in the library.


Children 5 years of age and younger should never be left unsupervised in any area of the library.  If a parent cannot be located the staff will contact the proper authorities and report the child as abandoned.


Older children who repeatedly cause problems will be asked to leave the library.  Children who have not been picked up when the library closes will be allowed to phone a parent.  Children who have not been picked up within 15 minutes after closing will be left in the care of the proper authorities.  Under no circumstances will the staff transport children in a vehicle or accompany them home. (5/06)




Amendments to these policies may be adopted at any regular meeting of the board. (6/97)


(Revised February 2010)






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