Sometimes the week between Christmas and New Year's Day can be somewhat of a blur at the Cherokee Public Library. It's usually a busy one with kids out of school and adults deciding they can take time to read again after the holiday.
There's also is a big movie checkout. It's one of the times of the year that we see empty spots in our DVD racks.
We own over 2,000 DVDs so there is a good variety available. We have them sorted by categories which include documentaries, entertainment, Hallmark, westerns, classics, family, kids, travel and series. The latter really helps when it comes to Batman, Spiderman, Star Wars etc. We also have a large selection of what we call general movies.
I know many people directly stream movies into computers and televisions, but we still do a great checkout with DVDs to the tune of 1,200 plus in a month's time. Our movies go out for one week with a renewal possible if no one is waiting for the film.
Fines are on the hefty side at $.50 a day per item, but the revenue helps purchase new movies. And (no brainer) they are easily avoided by returning things on time.
We are always open to ideas for purchasing movies although our budget dictates that we can't buy everything people ask for. Purchase decisions are based on how much I think a movie will be checked out. After several years at this, I have a pretty good feel for what goes the best. The Friends of the Library are to thank for providing funding for many of the DVDs we buy.
We have also had some luck at borrowing movies from other libraries through our inter library loan system. We have a $3 postage charge for that, but many times it is worth it to a patron who is looking for an obscure or old movie.
Come in and take a look at our DVD racks. You may find a movie you haven't seen for a long time like an old Shirley Temple title or a new one that you missed when it was at the theater. Hope Springs and The Dark Knight Rises are here. Trouble with the Curve, Arbitrage and Pitch Perfect soon will be.
Curling up with a cup of tea or hot chocolate and settling in on a winter evening always sounds good to me. I think I'll go check out a movie before I head home.
The library will be open from 10 a.m. -- 5 p.m. on Monday, December 31 and closed on Tuesday, January 1. Happy 2013!