From: Seattle Public Library <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mar 22 2021, 11:07am
Thanks for reaching out to officially get on the list for bookmobile delivery at Arrowhead. I've updated a couple of codes in the system so that we know which day to deliver to you, and you are all set. I see that a copy of the book group book is already in transit to us downtown to await delivery on April 9 -- everything looks good.
Let us know if you have any questions.
The Seattle Public Library
Mar 19 2021, 08:29am via System
Thank you for your question about putting a book on hold for delivery to Arrowhead Gardens.
First, if you have never used the bookmobile before, please contact the library so that we can update your library card. After your card is updated, your holds will all be delivered by Mobile Services. To request to become a Mobile borrower, please contact the library the following ways. Be sure to tell us that you live at Arrowhead Gardens.www.spl.org and click 'Go to catalog'. Be sure to select 'Mobile Services' as your pick up location. The book will be routed to our offices and held until the next delivery day to Arrowhead Gardens.
As you know, we make no-contact deliveries in the morning on the second Friday of each month. The next delivery will be April 9.
I hope this information is helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions. And the best of luck launching your book group!
I just checked out the link you provided to The Gardens Gazette. I noticed the comment from Judi regarding e-readers. While the larger library does not have e-readers to loan, Mobile Services has a collection of iPad Minis that can be used as e-readers. These devices are part of a program to promote access to technology and digital literacy for older adults living in low-income communities like Arrowhead Gardens.
To request an iPad and have it delivered by Mobile Services, your neighbors can call the library (206-386-4636) or email email@example.com. If they are not already set up to receive their holds through Mobile Services, we'll need to do that, too.
Please let me know if you have or if you hear of any questions.
Fyi. My report for today......contacted the library and they are not giving out e readers now.
I live at Arrowhead Gardens with 500+ senior residents. We are looking to start a Zoom book club. The SPL Bookmobile visits us once per month on 2nd Fridays at 9:15am Is there a way to reserve 5-10 books and have them delivered at one time via Bookmobile?
Thank you for your question about starting a book group at Arrowhead Gardens. I am from Mobile Services and will do my best to provide an overview of how book groups work with the bookmobile. Please send any follow-up questions and replies to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Books will be delivered on the same day that Mobile Services visits your building. Depending on your preference, they will be checked out to a single library card or each member of the group individually. I suggest that each book group member check their own book out on their personal library card so that no one person is responsible for all of the books. Books are due the next visit.
Please plan to request your group’s next title at least three weeks before each visit. If going the individual route, each member will need to contact the library to reserve the book on their library card. Books are pulled from circulating copies in the library’s regular collection and it takes time to secure all of the copies we need.
Since we’re using books from the library’s regular collection there is no set list of books to choose from. Availability is dependent on the library’s holdings. We have a handy, preset catalog search for books with multiple available copies that makes this process easier. Check it out here: Instant Book Group.
In general, I find it is useful to think about books that were popular or had a lot of buzz about a year ago – these are titles we probably purchased a lot of copies of, interest has waned so they are available, and we have not yet weeded surplus copies.
I hope the information above gives you some background and a starting point. Please let me know what additional questions you have.
The Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
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