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October 2, 2020 0 Comments

Bellaire Library Joins the Forces to ReOpen Safely

This photo courtesy of The Times Leader, Author Shelley Hanson
Bellaire Public Library Director Mary Roberts, left, and Assistant Director Mary DeGenova remove their masks momentarily while posing with the library’s new book sanitizer.

The Bellaire Public Library of Bellaire, OH joined the efforts to protect their patrons and their community as we all strive to reopen libraries safely. Library Director Mary Roberts stated that

“For the safety of the people who work here and the community, this is a good investment,” Roberts said.

Check Out The Article Here

Full article below taken from The Times Leader, and credited to Author Shelley Hanson

BELLAIRE — At first glance the contraption looks like a large microwave, one big enough to cook a very large turkey.

But it’s not that at all.

It is actually a device to kill germs — including the virus that causes COVID-19 — on books, DVDS, CDs and more, and it is being used at the Bellaire Public Library.

Library Director Mary Roberts said the library purchased the device for $4,575 from International Library Service Inc. of Potomac, Md. Several items can be placed into the device, called the Ultraviolet Ray Book Sterilizer, at one time.

The library uses the device on all its books and other materials that fit before putting them back onto the shelves for other patrons to use again. Prior to getting the machine, the library would quarantine the books for four days before wiping them clean. Patrons, however, did not like the wait time and the library did not want to use liquids on the books.

Roberts said the machine is a good investment as it is keeping patrons and workers safe. She believes long after the COVID-19 pandemic has ended the library will continue to use it, as library books can get pretty dirty, she said.

While the machine has a timer for various “cooking” times, the directions say 30 seconds is enough. Most of the books are hung on wire racks inside and some can be placed on the bottom as well. An air blower inside helps clean them, too. During the process, one person is designated the loader, while a second person handles only the clean books. Gloves are worn by each worker during the process.

“For the safety of the people who work here and the community, this is a good investment,” Roberts said.

During the statewide shutdown of businesses declared non-essential by the state, library workers did deep cleaning of the facility and some much-needed reorganizing and inventory.

September 8, 2020 0 Comments

See how Oneonta Public Library is protecting their Patrons as we #reopenlibraries

Oneonta Public Library might be a small town library but they are doing BIG things to serve their patrons and community in this Pandemic season. When PIKinc and International Library Services launched the very first Book Sanitizer offered in the US, OPL Director, Ricky Statham, jumped on getting one. The ILS Book Sanitizer is one of a kind in the industry right now, sanitizing up to 6 books in 30 seconds, with its compact design, simple counter-top set up and standard plug-in. This state of the art machine utilizes UV-C (UVGI) light along with high air pressure to remove dust and kill pathogenic germs.  Lamp positioning and high-pressure air circulation ensure that all parts of the book are sanitized to include the spine, pages, and cover. The compact design and quiet operation allows Libraries to place the unit wherever it is most convenient for use. On top of all that, books are not all that this Sanitizing Machine takes care of. Let Ricky tell you all about what he and his team are using the ILS Book Sanitizing Machine for. 

The ILS Book Sanitizer not only sanitizes books for quick recirculating, but it can also be used for Laptops, Tablets, Hot Spots, DVDs, CDs, Keyboards, Masks, and even Children’s Books, book bags, and reusable shopping bags. “The possibilities are really endless. Just put them in, close the door, push the button, and 30 seconds later, everything is clean”, said Ricky, the Library Director at Oneonta Public Library.

This Book Sanitizer goes the extra mile too with a deodorizing feature to help your books, etc. to smell great. The deodorizer compartment holds a standard 6.5 oz fragrance spray-can, easily picked up at most local stores. At Oneonta Public Library, they aren’t just keeping it safe, they are using this aspect of the machine to make it fun! Check out how they plan to use this feature to spice it up a little for the upcoming holidays.

With all that the ILS Book Sanitizer machine offers, it would be perfect for Public Schools, Private Schools, Daycares, and community service entities. Being community-centered, see how our clients are also reaching out to local First Responders and Health Care Workers to offer the use of the machine to sanitize their masks. Ricky, Library Director of Oneonta Public Library, said, “They do so much for us every day and this is just our little way of serving them.”

Not only did Ricky make sure his Library got one of the ILS Book Sanitizing Machines, but he “wants to make sure that other Libraries know about the machines, how much of a difference they are making, and how to get their own.

We took hours and hours of manpower and replaced it with 30 seconds.”

-Ricky Statham, Library Director Oneonta Public Library

July 30, 2019 0 Comments

Mount Vernon Public Library Brings First Media Box to New York State

PIKinc was honored to partner with Mount Vernon Public Library to bring the very first library media box to New York State. We unveiled the machine at this year’s annual American Library Association Conference in June. Checkout their press release.

Mount Vernon Public Library Brings First Media Box
to New York State
 
Ribbon Cutting Thursday, July 11 at 1:00 pm
Mount Vernon Public Library, 28 South 1st Avenue
 

Join us as we cut the ribbon on a state of the art loaning device that will make borrowing and returning movies and CD’s more convenient. Mount Vernon Public Library Trustee Board President, Oscar Davis, Jr. along with elected officials and dignitaries will cut the ribbon to officially open the newest Hi-Tech addition to the Library on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 1:00pm. The Library Media™ Box will be the first of its kind installed in the State of New York.Mr. Davis comments that, “The Mt. Vernon Public Library strives itself to provide the newest and most advanced products available for its Library Patrons.” Mr. Davis further states that “As the Central Library of Westchester County, the Mount Vernon Public Library focuses on developing unique and current collections that build on technological advances, and serving the diversity of patrons throughout the county. The Library Media Box™ is an example of these Technological Advances.”Library Director Evania Thompson shares, “We are the first library within New York State to offer this state-of-the-art device to our library patrons. We take great pride in continuing to offer elite services throughout Westchester County.”The Library Media Box™ manufactured by Public Information Kiosk, a Division of International Library Services of Potomac Maryland, is a Kiosk that will hold and dispense 750 of the latest DVD’s and Music CD’s. The collection will be visible on the Kiosk Monitor in the Library Main Lobby on South First Avenue and on the Libraries Web Site so that Patrons can browse and reserve DVD’s or Music Cd’s for pick up when they arrive at the Library.The Library Media Box™ was purchased with funds provided by a grant through the New York State DLD Construction Grant. The Mt. Vernon Public Library was built in 1905 with funds donated by Andrew Carnegie, it is the only remaining library in Westchester County operating in the footprint of the original building. It is a member of the Westchester Library System and the Central Library for Westchester County New York. The Library now houses more than 350,000 items including books, periodicals, streaming media, CDs, DVDs, movies, electronic content eBooks, eMagazines, digital audio books, online databases and more, as well as providing public-use computers, museums passes, literacy programs and special events and activities for every age.For further information, please contact: Evania Thompson, Library Director at Ethompson@wlsmail.org

April 13, 2019 0 Comments

Oliver Walcott Public Library Is Back For Another Lending Library!


The Oliver Wolcott Public Library in Litchfield CT installed a Lending Library in September of 2010 in a grocery store and they are back to upgrade their machine. (You can read about their first installation here.) After almost 10 years of standing relationship with the Wolcott Library, we are excited to be working with Library Director Anne Marie White and Audra McClaren to install the new Lending Library Machine at the Big Value in Bantam. The OWL Box responds to the busy life of working adults and families. “Libraries are essential and this allows even more residents that full and free access to essential information that entertains, enlightens, and informs,” said White about the first machine installation. The new machine will be funded by grant from a local foundation just as the prior one. Stay tuned for photos to come!

Lending Library’s Vending Machine Extending Service In Litchfield

This post taken from the Wolcott Newspaper.

Lending library’s vending machine extending service in Litchfield

BY JOHN MCKENNA REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN LITCHFIELD

Residents of Bantam no longer have to visit Oliver Wolcott Library to grab a book, an audio book, or a DVD.

Now they can do it at Bantam’s Big Value Supermarket.

The library, using two grants totaling $36,500, has installed a vending machine anyone with a library card can use to check out materials. Known as the OWL Box, it’s the first machine of its kind in the state, according to Oliver Wolcott Library’s director, Anne Marie White.

“We wanted to reach out to the people in Bantam and others in that area who can’t always get to the center of town,” White said. “Providing greater access to our materials is a goal, and we thought Big Value would be an ideal place to do it.” From the library in Litchfield to the store in Bantam is about 3.5 miles.

The machine, which is roughly the same size as a food or soda vending machine, is stationed at the entrance to the store. It is full of materials library card holders can check out by inserting their library card. Card holders from any library in the state can use the machine.

Mary Tetreault of Bantam has already dipped into the OWL Box and finds it convenient and easy to use.

“If I need something, it’s a lot easier to go there than into Litchfield,” Tetreault said. “I’m sure I’ll use it often.”

The machine has gone over well with Bantam’s senior citizens, Tetreault said. Big Value is close to Bantam’s two senior citizen housing communities and is a pick-up and drop-off point for the town’s senior citizen bus.

Grants of $25,000 from the Praxair Foundation and $11,500 from the Seherr-Thoss Foundation of Litchfield funded the purchase of the machine. Its contents are updated several times a week, White said.

The machine extends the library’s reach to Bantam at no cost to the town, which funds about half of the library’s annual budget.

“We’re offering more without adding staff and overhead,” White said.