Earle A. Rainwater Memorial Library

Address:
124 9th Avenue SW
Childersburg, AL 35044

Telephone: (256) 378-7239
Fax: (256) 378-7287



DURING THE MONTHS OF JUNE AND JULY WE WILL BE FEATURING THE ARTWORK OF

THE VERY TALENTED LOCAL ARTIST, RUTH YOUNG

Library Information

  • Library Hours are Monday thru Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and
    Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  • Library cards are free. The only requirement is that the patron must have a drivers license or photo id.

  • Copies: .25 per page (black and white) 1.00 per page (color)
    Scans: 1.00 per page
    E-mails: 1.00 per page
    Fax # (256) 378-7287 - 1.00 per page to send and receive

  • E-books: Directions and tutorials for our e-book collection are on the website. There is no charge to access our e-book collection. A patron needs only to choose the respective library and enter their library card number.

  • To Use Our Fax Services:
    (1) Have a Correct Fax Number, Incorrect Numbers Cost the Library Money. A Dollar Fee for Numbers That Are Answered.
    (2) Fax Number Will Be Tried a Maximum of 3 Times.
    (3) Fax Will Be Resent Only 1 Time When Recipient Claims They Did Not Receive Information.

  • NO GAMES ON COMPUTERS. NO FACEBOOK OR OTHER SITES DEEMED INAPPROPRIATE BY LIBRARY STAFF. NO USING PERSONAL COMPUTERS NEAR THE LIBRARY COMPUTERS. WE DO NOT HAVE CHANGE FOR ANYTHING OVER A 10 DOLLAR BILL.



Library Policies

Meeting Room Application

Need to reserve one of our meeting rooms for an event or gathering? All renters are expected to familiarize themselves with the EARL Meeting Room Policies and Fee Schedule.

Books: Loan Period & Overdue Fines

  • Most books are loaned for two weeks.
  • Items may be renewed three times if not on reserve and if there are no outstanding issues on the patron account. (Call the Library to ensure items have renewed.)
  • The maximum loan period is six weeks.
  • EXCEPTION: Certain reserve books and books on school reading lists may be loaned for two weeks.
  • The Inter-Library Loan due date is as indicated on the book band.
    • A fee may be assessed if you request three or more books in a month.

DVDs

  • Most DVDs may be checked out by any patron with a valid library card.
  • The loan period is two weeks.
  • DVDs may be renewed three times if not on reserve and if there are no outstanding issues on the patron account. (Call the Library to ensure items have renewed).
  • The maximum loan period is six weeks.
  • Overdue fines are .10 per day for each DVD.
  • DVDs may not be returned using the BOOK DROP.
  • A $2.00 fine is levied on DVDs returned in the BOOK DROP.
  • Replacement costs are charged for DVDs that are lost, damaged or tampered with. Library privileges are suspended until the replacement charge is paid.
  • Duplication, reproduction, public performance, or commercial use is prohibited.
  • The patron is responsible for judging the suitability of material for home viewing.
  • The library is not responsible for damage to equipment resulting from use of library materials.

Newspapers & Magazines (for use in the library only)

  • The library currently subscribes to The Daily Home.
  • Back issues of the newspaper are kept for one month.
  • Magazines are kept for two months with the exception of Consumer Reports, which is kept for a year.

Reserves

  • To reserve a book that is checked out, either call or reserve it in person.
  • You will be notified by phone or email when the book becomes available.
  • The book MUST be checked out on the same library card that was used to reserve it.

Renewals

  • Books may be renewed in person or by phone.
  • A library card number or patron name is required.
  • A book cannot be renewed if it is on reserve for someone else or if it is more that seven days overdue.
  • Some books on school reading lists may not be renewed.

Print and Copy Charges

  • All printouts and photocopies are $.25 per page.

Computer Use and Internet Safety Policies

  • Computers may be used for one hour at a time. If no one is waiting when the first hour is almost finished, patrons may request additional time from the staff. Usage is limited to two hours per day. If longer periods of time are needed for test taking, etc., please contact the Library prior to the date and time needed so special arrangements may be made.
  • Earle A Rainwater Memorial Library provides computer workstations, all with Internet access, to assist community residents of all ages with free and equal access to information that meets their individual needs.
  • The Internet provides a means to access information far beyond the Library's own collections. However, the Internet is an unregulated medium. While most of the information accessed can be valuable and enlightening, the user may also find materials that are unreliable, personally offensive or illegal. Each user must take responsibility for his or her own activities while using the Internet, as well as all use by his or her minor children.
  • It is the policy of Earle A Rainwater Memorial Library to:
    • prevent user access over its computer network to, or transmission of, inappropriate material via Internet, electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic communications
    • prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity;
    • prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification information of minors;
    • comply with the Children's Internet Protection Act [Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 USC 254(h).] Key terms are as defined in the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). *

Inappropriate Materials and Computer Usage

  • Technology protection measures ("Internet Filters") shall be used to block or filter Internet access (as well as other forms of electronic communications) to inappropriate information.
  • Specifically, as required by the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), blocking shall be applied to visual depictions of material deemed obscene or child pornography, or to any material deemed harmful to minors.
  • Technology measures may be disabled by Staff for bona fide research or lawful purposes by those users aged 17 and older.
  • Among the uses that are considered unacceptable and which constitute a violation of this policy are the following:
    • Harassment of other users. [This includes standing behind other users' computers or asking when they will be finished.] Invading privacy of others.
    • Distributing advertising, or using computers for profit.
    • Gambling on the Internet.
    • Making unauthorized entry into other computational, informational or communication services or resources.
    • Damaging or destroying equipment, software, or data belonging to the Library or other users, including adding, altering, or deleting files on Library workstation hard drives or other Library computer equipment.
    • Violating software license agreements.
    • Violating computer system or network integrity, including attempts to bypass network security functions, obtain password, or alter the configuration of Library workstations in any way.
    • Using the Internet for any illegal activity, including violation of copyright or other rights of third parties, or in a manner inconsistent with the Library's tax-exempt status or its proper operation.
    • Wasting finite resources. [This includes printing without paying].
    • Accessing lewd or pornographic websites or material.
      Violations of Library Policy and/or Procedures will result in loss of computer access. Unlawful activities will be dealt with in an appropriate manner.

Inappropriate Network Usage

  • To the extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of all users, including minors, accessing the Library's online computer network when using electronic mail or other forms of direct electronic communications.
  • Specifically, as required by CIPA, inappropriate network usage includes:
    • Unauthorized access, including so-called 'hacking', and other unlawful activities;
    • Unauthorized disclosure, use and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors.

Supervision and Monitoring

  • It shall be the responsibility of Library Staff to provide and maintain all computer workstations, including the online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy and the Children's Internet Protection Act. Staff will not monitor an individual patron's Internet use, except for length of use in order to ensure equal opportunity of access for everyone. The patron, or the parent of a minor, is responsible for his or her Internet session at all times.
  • Procedures for the disabling or otherwise modifying and technology protection measures shall be the responsibility of the Library Director or other Staff designated by the Director.
  • The library reserves the right to terminate an Internet session which disrupts library services or that involves user behavior that violates the Library's policies. Parents are responsible for their minor children's use of all Library resources and facilities. As with all other Library resources, the Library affirms the right and responsibility of parents and/or legal guardians, not Library Staff, to determine and monitor their minor children's use of the Internet. (Minors are defined in this policy as children and young people under the age of 17 years.) Parents concerned with content their children may encounter when using the Library's Internet access are requested to monitor their own children's Internet use.
  • Library Staff, with approval of the Director and within Board adopted Policy, will develop rules and procedures necessary to ensure fair and reasonable use of computer workstations, including those with Internet access.
  • Print-outs are $.25 a page.
  • Use of Library computers is a privilege, not a right. Due to the limited resources available for provision of computers for public use and for public access to the Internet, the Library reserves the right to limit the amount of time an individual may use workstations, as well as which files can be downloaded and in what manner. The public must comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws, including laws governing the transmission and dissemination of information while accessing the Internet.

Disclaimers

  • While the Library endeavors to provide access to information of the highest quality, the Library specifically disclaims any warrant as to the information's accuracy, timeliness, authoritativeness, usefulness, or fitness for a particular purpose.
  • The Library will have no liability for direct, indirect, or consequential damages related to the use of information accessed through the Library's Internet service.
  • Having installed and enforced the operations of filtering software in compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act, the Library will have no liability for damages related to the operation of, or failure of, the filtering software, or for its circumvention by users. [Filtering software is not foolproof. It diminishes the likelihood that searchers will inadvertently retrieve text or images that they may find offensive, but does not eliminate that possibility. Filters often block access to sites that users would consider both inoffensive and useful].
  • Since software and information downloaded from any sources, including the Internet, may contain computer viruses, users are advised to utilize virus checking on their home computers and laptops. The Library is not responsible for damage to user's disks or computers or for any loss of data, damage or liability that may occur from use of the Library's computer.

*CIPA Definitions:

  • "Minor" - any child or young person under the age of 17.
  • "Harmful to Minors" - means any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that:
    • Taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion
    • Depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or lewd exhibition of genitals.
    • Taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors
  • "Sexual Act;" "Sexual Contact" - have meanings given such terms in section 2246 of title 18, United States Code.
  • "Technology Protection Measure" - a specific technology that blocks or filters Internet access to visual depictions that are:
    • "Obscene" - as that term is defined in section 1460 of title 18, United States Code; "Child Pornography" - as that term is defined in section 2256 of title 18, United States code: Harmful to minors.



Donations

Earle A Rainwater Memorial Library accepts:

  • Cash donations
  • New or gently used hardcover and paperback books
  • Media materials (DVD, CD, audiobooks) in good condition

The Library cannot use the following materials:

  • Cassette tapes
  • VHS
  • Encyclopedias more than 10 years old
  • Damaged or moldy materials
  • Used textbooks or materials with highlighting or handwriting (except author signed books)

Bringing Donations to the Library

  • Donations should only be brought to the Library during posted business hours. Please bring your donations in small boxes or bags that can easily be carried. Bring items to the front information desk inside the entrance of the Library. Library staff will be happy to assist you in unloading materials if you telephone us at least one day in advance (256-378-7239). We cannot guarantee the availability of staff without giving the appropriate notice.
  • DO NOT place materials in the book returns or leave them outside the Library's doors.

Donations are Tax Deductible

  • At your request, Library staff will provide you with a letter of receipt that you may fill out for tax purposes. The Library staff is not qualified to determine the value of your donation. It will be up to you to assign a value for tax purposes.

What does the Earle A Rainwater Memorial Library do with donations?

  • All donations are greatly appreciated. The library adds donated items to the collection, sells them at Library book sales, or donates them to other nonprofit agencies. The money raised through sales and cash donations goes to funding programs and/or the purchase of books.

What can I do with materials the Library cannot accept?

  • Recycle! Reuse!
  • Most thrift stores accept books and other materials as donations or you may decide to recycle the books.

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