PPL: More Than a Library
by: Nathan Mayer
With the conclusion of Summer Discovery, and the “break” before school starts on August 7th, PPL thought it would be a good time to remind/inform the community about some of the lesser known offerings and services they provide.
- Notary services. PPL has 11 notaries on staff and tries to ensure that one is available during operating hours. The cost for a notary is $2 per stamp. To have something notarized, bring your document with a valid government issued photo ID and then sign it in front of the notary. Any item with a signature already on it will not be notarized. Items must be signed in from of a notary in order to be valid.
- Faxing and copying. PPL offers faxing at the cost of $1 per page to send and $1 total amount to receive (not per page). The fax machine is located in the Computer Lab and staff members will send faxes for you. Two black and white/color copiers are located in the Community Workroom adjacent to the Computer Lab, and are available for public use at the cost of fifteen cents per page for black and white and fifty cents per page for color. Printing from any of the 18 computers in the Computer Lab is the same cost.
- PPL is a Severe Weather Shelter. During operating hours, should you find yourself in Downtown Plymouth when the tornado siren sounds, PPL offers a safe space downstairs.
- Heating and Cooling Center. On Heat Advisory days in the summer and Winter Advisory days in the winter, PPL is open to the public to either come cool down or warm up during operating hours.
- Free WiFi. There is an available WiFi network throughout the building, with no login required. Simply connect your device to PPL’s network and click “Agree” to the terms and conditions.
- Friends of the Plymouth Public Library Book Sale. Located near the south entrance, there is an ongoing book sale taking place. A long, dual-sided bookshelf is filled with various books, movies and CDs. Paperbacks are twenty-five cents, hardcovers are fifty cents, music CDs are twenty-five cents and DVDs are $1. Some items are specially prices at higher levels and are marked to signify this. All proceeds from the book sale go to Friends of the Plymouth Public Library. This group helps the library throughout the year in purchasing various supplies and equipment for the library.
- Open Computer Lab. Computers are available for use, regardless if you have a library card or not. No sign-up is required, simply come in and hop on whatever computer is available.
- Public meeting rooms. Two small conference rooms are available on a first come, first served basis with two hour time limits. Larger meeting rooms are located in the Children’s Department and can be reserved for free by non-profits and for a fee for for-profit businesses.
- Bike locks. Bicycle locks are available in the Children’s Department, should you find yourself at PPL with your bike and want to lock it up safely. Ask at the Children’s Desk and a staff member will go outside with you and place the lock on your bike for you. They will also remove it when you’re ready to leave.
- Video calling. Technology is available for video calling to help assist deaf and/or hard-of-hearing patrons who wish to contact someone via phone.
- Visually impaired services. Magnifying glasses are available to any patron wishing to use one while browsing. Also, two large-screen monitors are available in the Computer Lab that have large print keyboards with them.
- Board games. The Children’s Department offers many board games of various skill levels and age ranges that can be checked out.
- Streaming services. Hoopla is a digital streaming service filled with e-books, e-audiobooks, music albums and movies. com offers online learning courses and e-magazines. Overdrive allows you to “checkout” e-books and e-audiobooks on whatever smart phone/tablet device you have. Contact the library for more information.
- Homebound services are available to patrons who want to use the library, but can’t physically make it in to do so. To set up homebound services for you or a loved one, simply contact Barb or Janis at 574-936-2324.
- Free exercise classes. Various exercise classes are offered for the public, regardless if they are a library patron or not. Check the calendar of events at MyPlymouthLibrary.org to see the most current schedule.