News from the library.

November’s movie night was early due to Thanksgiving. December’s movie night will be Dec. 29 at 6 p.m., showing “Despicable Me 3.” As always, this is a free event and there will be popcorn.

The library hosts many exciting events for children throughout the month. To see what’s happening go to the library’s Facebook page or stop in and get a schedule.

I often get the question of when and how new items arrive at the library. With the exception of donated items, most items in the library are ordered online. Books usually come from a company called Ingram, which has been supplying libraries for decades. Movies come from Amazon. With the exception of a few authors and movies, new books and movies are released on Tuesdays. The library typically gets its shipment of new books on Monday so we can have them out and ready for check-out on Tuesday morning.

The library’s catalog can be accessed online at http://tds-mt.iii.com. Not only can you search through Dyckman’s items here, but you can access all of Traverse de Sioux’s libraries. You can place holds on items and they will be at Dyckman within a week. You can also renew items online, or you can call the library to do this—all you need is your library card number. The system will walk you through set-up to create a password or pin.

Another great resource is MNLink. MNLink allows you to request materials from all over the state of Minnesota. So if Dyckman, or another library in the TdS region, doesn’t have what you are looking for MNLink might have it. This connects all the libraries in the state, even those at universities. Just go to mnlink.org to start searching. These items do take a little longer to get to Sleepy Eye.

Not many people may know this—but library cards do expire. If you don’t use it for two or more years, the card goes into expired status. A simple visit or call to the library can get you unexpired. Librarians typically run reports to get a list of all the patrons that use the library. Expired accounts show that a person has unfortunately passed away or has moved to a different place. Please remember that expiration doesn’t mean you are banned from the library.

Remember there are fines for overdue items. DVDs are $1 per day overdue and everything else is $0.10 per day. Keep in mind that there are others who want to view the same items you do, so please get them back in a timely manner.

The library will be closed Thanksgiving Day.