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The library will be closing at 3 pm today, October 17, due to a construction issue.

We will re-open on Monday, October 19, at 9 am.

 

The Midlothian Public Library Board of Trustees will have three seats up for election in April 2021, with no incumbent running for one of those seats, creating a great opportunity for new candidates to throw their hat into the ring. 

On October 8, 2020, the Library hosted a webinar entitled “How to Run for Local Public Office,” during which Midlothian Village Clerk Allen Moskal gave a presentation on the legal ins and outs of filing candidacy papers, and Library Trustee Brenna Baker and Village Trustee Sandra Crowley reflected on their experiences of both running and serving on a public Board. If you missed this webinar, you can view it on the library’s YouTube channel here: How to Run for Local Public Office - Library Webinar: October 8, 2020 

Additionally, Clerk Moskal’s informative PowerPoint presentation can be viewed here: How to Run for Local Office PDF and the State of Illinois Board of Elections 2021 Candidate’s Guide may be accessed here: Candidate Guide PDF 

Individuals interested in running may pick up printed packets of the required paperwork at the library Help Desk. While the library has suspended Notary services to the general public during the pandemic, notarization of candidacy forms for Library Trustee candidates is a free service the library has always provided and will continue to provide. If you come to the library to have your candidacy papers notarized, please specify that you are a Trustee candidate. 

While candidates for Library Trustee may not solicit petitions inside the library building itself, per library policy, “Circulation of petitions, …[is] permitted outside the library on library sidewalks at a distance of 15 feet or more from any library entrance, as long as they do not block or interfere with the passage of library patrons or vehicles and do not otherwise conflict with this Patron Behavior Policy.” 

The best way to get a feel for whether you would be interested in serving as a Library Trustee is to sit in on a Library Board meeting. The Library Board meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM. Currently, we are holding hybrid meetings, meaning that attendance is permitted in person (with social distancing and masks) or online via Zoom. The link to join the Zoom meeting is posted at the top of the agenda for each meeting which is posted the Friday before each Board meeting no later than 5:00 PM here: https://www.midlothianlibrary.org/about-us/library-board/agendas-minutes  

For more information about the Library Board, the time commitment, and other expectations, you can also call Library Director Jennifer Cottrill at (708) 535-2027 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Dear Library Patrons,

Starting Monday, September 28, Midlothian Public Library will resume its regular hours of operation:

  • Monday-Thursday, 9 AM - 8 PM
  • Friday-Saturday, 9 AM - 5 PM

As is the case currently, the library doors will be unlocked during all open hours for most library services, and appointments are not required.

Curbside pickup will be available 10 AM - 4 PM daily. Call or order online to place your order. Walk-in pickup (at table near door) for pre-ordered materials will be available during all open hours.

Homebound delivery for individuals confined to their home or vulnerable to the Coronavirus due to age or medical condition continues as well.

Delivery of materials from other SWAN libraries and the option to pick up materials at the SWAN library of your choice have resumed.

As computers and WiFi tables are limited, appointments are recommended but not required. Please call (708) 535-2027 up to two business days in advance to book an appointment.

Masks are required at all times, and children under age 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult age 18 or older. For more information about library services during our reopening period, please visit www.midlothianlibrary.org/curbside.

Wishing you safety and wellness,

Jennifer Cottrill,

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Dear Library Patrons,

Starting September 1, Midlothian Public Library will join the growing number of libraries across the country that have gone "fine-free."

What does this mean?

When you check out an item at Midlothian Public Library and return it late, you will no longer be charged a fine. In addition, all fines for overdue materials you've already returned will be forgiven. Also, if you have an item in your possession that has been overdue for so long that it has been counted as "lost," if you bring back that item in good condition, the lost charge and processing fee will be waived.

Why are we doing this?

Library fines have been shown to create a barrier to access to library resources for those who can least afford it. Individuals who cannot pay their fines sometimes give up on library use, which runs contrary to this library's commitment to encouraging lifelong learning. Also, research shows that fines don't really work as a motivator to return materials on time. Fines or no, people return items to the library at about the same level of timeliness.

Does this mean I never have to return what I borrow?

Well, no, it doesn't mean that. We still ask that you return your items in a timely manner so that others may use them. And we have certain safeguards in place to remind you to do that:

  • When an item becomes 14 days overdue, your account will be blocked until the late item is returned.
  • If an item is 42 days overdue, the item will be counted as "lost," and you will be billed for the cost of the item plus a processing fee until you return it.
  • If an item is 60 days overdue, your bill will be sent to a recovery agency, who will send you notices until you return the item. The recovery agency charges us a $10 service fee, which we will pass on to you and require you to pay.
  • If you damage or lose a book, you will still be responsible for paying the replacement cost of the book plus a processing fee.
  • If you have $10 or more of unpaid lost or damaged charges, processing fees, or referral agency fees, your card will be blocked, and you will have to pay down your balance to under $10 to use your card again.
  • If you check out materials at another library that does charge fines, you can still accrue overdue fines at that library.
  • For complete details, please see our Circulation Policy.

So, on September 1, we hope you will join us in celebrating our new fine-free status by checking out some library materials--either by curbside pickup, homebound delivery, or in the building by appointment or by walk-in at one of our one-hour time slots. Please see www.midlothianlibrary.org/reopening for further details.

Wishing you safety and wellness,

Jennifer Cottrill, Library Director
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Libraries are committed to following the values of our profession as set forth by American Library Association (ALA). These values include equity, diversity and inclusion, social responsibility, and lifelong learning. At this moment in history, Midlothian Public Library follows the example of the ALA and the Illinois Library Association in declaring that we stand against racism and systemic injustice in all forms. In the words of the ALA, “Wherever it resides, racism leads to degradation. It weakens our institutions and destroys our communities and is one of the greatest obstacles to the American Library Association’s mission ‘to enhance learning and ensure access to information to all.’”

Midlothian Public Library is committed to creating a library environment where all are welcome and treated with dignity and respect. We endeavor to provide educational resources to assist members of our community of all ages to learn about the realities of racism and injustice and to build a library collection that reflects the diversity of human experience. We pledge to engage in ongoing self-examination to ensure that bias and discrimination have no place in the practices, policies or procedures of this institution. In doing so, we aspire to do our part to eradicate racism from society and create a more just world.

Jennifer Cottrill, Library Director and the Midlothian Public Library Board of Trustees