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RENTAL BOOKS or, “What is everyone reading now?”

What?  The Middletown Public Library has a rental collection of BEST SELLERS to enhance the regular collection.  The rental book collection provides library users with an option for obtaining popular fiction and non-fiction titles.  Some titles are so popular that a lot of people reserve them.  If you do not wish to put a book on reserve and wait….the RENTAL BOOKS are for you!

Why?  Many libraries have added a non-reserve rental collection to add to the choices available for customers.  The serendipity of finding a best seller on the shelf instead of waiting for weeks or months appeals to some people. 

How?  Find a book on the rental book cart, and rent it for $2 per week.  Pay the rental fee when you borrow the book.  Rental Books are available on a first come, first served basis.  They cannot be reserved.  The Library will continue to purchase free copies that may be place on reserve (HOLD)

Where?  The collection is located on a book kiosk directly across from the Circulation Desk.

Questions?  Our staff is always available to help!

 

rental books

About 20 able-bodied people are needed to pack up the remaining books at the now closed Bayshore Branch on Main Street in Port Monmouth.  Volunteers must be able to bend and pick up books that are shelved from about eye level to the floor, and pack them into boxes.  Volunteers must be 14 or older.  You do NOT need to make an appointment- just show up!

Library staff will be on hand to provide instruction and supervise.  The hours needed are:

Friday, March 15 from 2- 5 pm

Monday March 18, from 11 am – 5 pm.+

FYI: Already,  teachers in the public schools in the bay area have chosen several thousands of books for their students.  The remaining books will be going to storm-damaged libraries in NJ and to a national charitable organization that distributes books to needy children, through libraries and schools.

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