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Does your student have overdue library books? We can help.

It has come to our attention that one of the unintended consequences of the library dissolution is the receipt of overdue notices on student-checked-out library books that may have already been returned to the Pipestone school library.

Please do not ignore these notices or assume that they will go away. They will not, in large part because there are now two libraries instead of one, each operating on a different catalog system. Both the District and the public library need your help to clear up your student accounts and make those pesky emails go away.

In a nutshell, both the school and public library (then a combined entity) used the same catalog system (contracted through Plum Creek).

Sometime before the end of December 2022, your student checked out their books on this shared system with their public library card.

When the agreement between the city and school ended, the PCLS catalog system remained with the public library. The school board opted not to contract with Plum Creek for catalog and delivery services, thus ending their access to the system and all the accounts on it.

This divided catalog system is likely the reason you are receiving overdue notices on books that may have been returned to the school.

Even though your student may have checked out a District-owned book and returned it to the school library, it will continue to show up as still checked out on their public library card as the public library (and the PCLS catalog) has no way of knowing that the book was returned. Because the school no longer shares a space and a catalog system with us, books returned to the school are not getting checked in through the PCLS catalog system.

So, what do you do?

Please share this message widely with other parents. It will make everyone’s lives (and your inbox anxiety) run a little more smoothly!

~ jody

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