Giving Back to Your Library

Donations to the library are a wonderful way to give back to your community. As a non-profit all donations made to E.G. Fisher Public Library are tax-deductible. If you are looking for ways to give, consider the options from the list below.

  • Donate books for our annual Friends of the Library Book Sale/ongoing book sale
  • Give prizes for our Summer Reading Program
  • Put your spare change in our donation jar at the front desk.
  • Put your spare change in our “raise money for a specific item” donation jar at the front desk.
  • Donate crafting supplies for programs.
  • Purchase one of our Amazon Wish List Items.
  • Help us while you shop at Amazon.com. Use the Amazon Smile Program to help give back with every purchase. Simply select E. G. Fisher Public Library from the list of charities.  After selecting E. G. Fisher as your charity you will sign into amazon through the Amazon Smile Homepage to do your shopping.
  • Give a monetary donation in honor or in memory of a loved one. To be sure they receive acknowledgement, please fill out this form.

You can also give back to the library by Volunteering!

Thank you for your continued support of our library!

Visit our Amazon Wish List!

Sponsor one of our recurring or one time programs for children and adults. To learn more of our sponsorship packages or apply, you can view the application form.

Mayfield Family Art Gallery

Mayfield Family Art Gallery

The Community Artists League maintains rotating exhibits in the Mayfield Family Art Gallery, an area of the Library given by the Mayfield family to showcase the work of local artists. Visit the Mayfield Art Gallery any time during the Library’s hours and view the variety of works from these talented individuals.

Circulation Policy

Checking Out

The patron must check out using their own library card. Patrons receiving a first-time library card may check out only 2 items when the card is issued. You must present your library card to check out any items. In order to checkout materials, patron account and linked household accounts must be in good standing, requiring the household to not have outstanding fine balance equal to or exceeding $1.00 or unpaid lost items. Library accounts must be renewed annually at which time a valid photo ID will need to be presented to library staff for adult accounts. Juvenile patrons may renew accounts without photo ID.

Patrons may borrow the following library materials: 

 

Material

# of Items

Loan Period

Fines

Books

20

3 weeks

$0.20/day

Audios

5

3 weeks

$0.20/day

Magazines

5

3 weeks

$0.20/day

DVDs

5

3 weeks

$1.00/day

Golf Putter & Ball

3

3 weeks

$1.00/day

Chromebooks

1/household

3 weeks

$1.00/day

Hotspots

1/household

3 weeks

$1.00/day

Note: Magazines for circulation must be back-issues.

 

Renewal

You may renew an item two times if there is not a reserve for that item. It is not necessary to bring items into the library for renewal. You may renew by phone by providing your library card bar code number when you call. Items can also be renewed in your online VERSO account. New adult fiction, adult non-fiction titles, and inter-library loans are not eligible for renewal. 

 

Returns

A book drop is available to the left of the front door of the library to return borrowed items. Laptops, hotspots, golf putters, and golf balls must be returned at the circulation desk. There is also a second book drop located inside the library at the front desk side. When items are returned, the covers of items are sanitized.

 

Online library catalog

Patrons may use our web-based library catalog to search for materials in our collection and to determine whether an item is on the shelf or checked out.

 

Holds

Patrons may place a title on hold by calling 423-745-7782, using their VERSO online account, or at the library. Patrons receive three free holds, additional holds cost $1.00 per item per day. Holds may be picked up via curbside upon request or at the circulation desk during normal hours. For curbside pick-up please call 423-745-7782 from the library parking lot. All holds should be placed one business day prior to expected pick-up.

 

Lost and Damaged Item Policy

Items that are lost or damaged cannot be replaced by patrons under any circumstances. The cost of the item must be paid in addition to a $10.00 processing fee. If lost items are located and returned in good condition within 6 months of payment the item cost will be returned to the patron. The $10.00 is non-refundable.

Item damage is determined at the discretion of the Library Director and/or Circulation Manager. All library items determined or suspected to be impacted specifically by pest infestations will be treated as damaged items under the library’s Circulation Policy and will either be treated or discarded at the Library Director’s discretion. Any material returned by a patron which shows evidence of live or dead bugs will result in immediate suspension of Library privileges for that patron and any patrons in the same residence. Suspension will be lifted after the patron presents proof that the residence has been successfully treated for and eradicated of the bugs in question by a licensed and accredited pest control company.

The parent/guardian signing for the juvenile card accepts financial responsibility for the child’s materials. Ask the front desk about the process for partial payments toward lost/damaged items. Refunds will only be issued to the parent/guardian who signed for the juvenile account. Parents/guardians who did not sign for account may receive refund if they present the receipt for the item payment.

 

$5.00 fee applied to repairable damage to materials. Technology repairs based on actual repair cost.

 

Overdues

Overdue alerts will go out at 7 days overdue, 14 days overdue, and 25 days overdue. At 25 days the item will be switched to Lost. First and second alerts will be via call or email, third notice will be via mail. Patrons encouraged to set up email for prompt alert.

 

Technology Devices

Patrons must have a history of borrowing materials for one month prior to checking out technology. Technology that has been disabled due to being overdue will count toward “three strike” count. Patrons returning devices 14 days or more overdue would have six months ban from checking out technology.

Library Information

  • Checkouts are limited to 20 items total
  • Curbside pick-up is available upon request by calling 423-745-7782.

Computers for public use

The library is pleased to offer computers for the public.  We will be happy to assist you as time permits.  You must present your library card or a valid ID.

 

Copying & FAX charges

We have a coin-operated copier for the public to use.  Costs of printing and copying are $0.25 for black and white per page and $0.50 for color per page.  We offer fax services as well. It is $1.00 per page to send a fax and $1.00 per page to receive a fax. Our fax number is 423-745-1763.

 

Credit/Debit Card Payments

A $0.10 service fee will be added to all card transactions. Minimum credit or debit transaction is $1.00.

 

Holds

You may place an item on hold from our collection. Patrons receive three free holds, additional holds cost $1.00 per item per day. Please place all holds at least one business day prior to expected pick-up.You may also now place a hold on an item through our Online Catalog.
 
 

Curbside Service

Please reserve items no later than one business day prior to pick-up. Once in the parking lot, call 423-745-7782 for curbside service.

 

Inter-library Loan (ILL)

Books not found in our collection may be borrowed through the Interlibrary Loan program.  You may request an item by author, title, or subject. You are currently limited to three request at a time.

 

 

Meeting Rooms

BOARD ROOM: Our board room  is free for groups of 12 and under. Reservations may be made no more than TWO WEEKS in advance. No food or drinks are permitted in the board room. Care must be taken to leave the Board Room clean when the meeting is over. IMPORTANT: A protective cover must be used on the table if any crafts ( cutting, pasting, etc.) take place.

COMMUNITY ROOM: The community room is available to be rented out. The room seats 50 – 75+.

$20 deposit required to reserve space (counts toward full payment). All payments, including deposit, are non-refundable.

      Rates for general public use :

0 – 2 Hours ———-$40

2 – 4 Hours ———-$ 50

4 – 6 Hours ———-$ 70

6+ Hours ———-$ 90

Use of Zenith flat screen TV and Google Box $25

 

–The community room is also available for ongoing non-profit and community organizations. —

 Rates for ongoing groups:

weekly for 6 months —–$200 ($7.70 per meeting)

weekly for 1 year —–$400 ($7.70 per meeting)

Monthly for 6 months —–$90 ($15 per meeting)

Monthly for 1 year —–$180 ($15 per meeting)

*Ongoing fees MUST be paid in either 6 month or yearly payments, otherwise groups will be assessed the daily meeting rates.

 

General Rules for the Community Room:

  1. Meeting rooms may be used for private party use.
  2. Sales may not be conducted on the premises without prior consent from the Library Director.
  3. tobacco products and alcoholic beverages may NOT be consumed on the Library premises.
  4. Flammable materials are prohibited (i.e. candles,incense, light strips, etc.)
  5. There will be no reservations allowed before 9:30 am(Monday through Friday), 10:00 am (Saturday).
  6. All reservations must end 30 minutes before the library’s closing time. Groups should clean up and exit the room by this time. Please notify the front desk that you are leaving.
  7.  All payments for meeting rooms are non-refundable.
  8. Each organization is responsible for setting up chairs and tables. (There are approximately 75 chairs and 7 tables).
  9. Food and drink are allowed in the community room. Avoid staining drinks (i.e. Red kool-aid and other red drinks).
  10. Leave meeting room in the condition it is found: trash picked up, spills cleaned up.
  11.  Kitchen use: coffee pot, microwave, refrigerator, and stove are available. Dishes, garbage bags, and supplies are not provided.  Surfaces and equipment should be left clean and trash placed in containers.
  12. All audio-visual needs should be planned for at least 7 days prior to the event and specified as part of the rental agreement. The primary contact person will be shown how to use the equipment. Any damages will be the responsibility of the lessee.
  13. Meetings of large groups which may disturb or interfere with the general use of the library will not be booked.
  14. No governmental agencies (local, state, or federal)shall be charged unless they are charging an admittance fee.
  15. Any usage of library space must be made within the context of local, state, or federal laws or regulations. Access may not be denied on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, or physical or mental disability.

Additional Resources

Circlulation Policy
How to Get a Library Card
Programs
Your Library Account

Employment Opportunities

Current Job Openings: Digital Navigator Grant Contract Position

DIGITAL NAVIGATOR GRANT CONTRACT POSITION

4 hours per week

$15.00 per hour

200 hours total contracted through June 16, 2023

E.G. Fisher Public Library is seeking a Digital Navigator to meet the needs of McMinn County residents by providing free, holistic instruction and support to those lacking digital literacy skills and by assisting low-income residents with accessing resources for low cost technology and internet access.

The Digital Navigator will be contracted to work an average of four hours per week between July 5, 2022 and June 15, 2023 (200 hours total). The Digital Navigator will work regularly scheduled hours weekly during which they will have scheduled one-on-one instruction with patrons, offer walk-in appointments to patrons, offer technology assistance via phone, follow-up with existing digital navigation patrons/clients, connect with potential digital navigation patrons who have been identified, build connections with resources for low cost device and internet access, and promote the Digital Navigator program.

The final month of the grant funding period will be reserved for completing final patron instruction that was rescheduled due to schedule conflicts. This time will also be used to ensure all grant eligible expense invoices are submitted during the allowed time frame. 

The project will aim to achieve three goals:

1.)           The project will meet the digital needs of the community in a robust and through manner that is outside the limitations of the library’s standard reference assistance and technology instruction classes.

2.)           Patrons will build their skills and confidence using technology, while accomplishing the tasks they need that require the use of technology, including tasks like bill payment, job searching, communication, and accessing social security programs.

3.)           Patrons will be connected to and receive guidance navigating resources that connect patrons to affordable internet access and technology devices.

Responsibilities of the position include:

  • Offer one-on-one technology instruction to patrons
  • Offer walk-in digital navigation appointments to patrons
  • Offer technology assistance via phone
  • Follow-up with existing digital navigation patrons
  • Identify and connect with potential Digital Navigator patrons
  • Build connections with resources for low cost device and internet access
  • Promote the Digital Navigation program
  • Maintain the confidentiality of all patrons
  • Complete regular reports to be submitted to the Library Director and the Grant Monitor

Requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent required
  • Previous experience in customer service preferred
  • High level of technological proficiency, including creating digital content
  • Strong grasp of the English language
  • Ability to initiate, organize, and follow through on services and programs
  • Ability to travel to community outreach events
  • Considerable ability in oral and written communications

We will be accepting applications until the position is filled. Applications for interested applicants can be found and turned in at the library’s circulation desk.

Send resume and cover letter to director@fisherlibrary.org by July 22, 2022.


LIBRARY CLERK

Library Clerk applications are always accepted and will be reviewed when a vacancy occcurs.

20-30 hours per week

$8.10 per hour

Responsibilities of the position include:

  • Perform searches and update patron and/or item records
  • Check in, check out, reserve, and request library items in accordance with the library’s established policies and procedures
  • Clean, reshelf, shelf-read, and shift physical collection as needed
  • Administer new library cards in accordance with established policies and procedures
  • Answer telephone calls, take messages, and notify patrons by phone when appropriate
  • Use register system to collect fines due on patron accounts
  • Inspect materials returned for damage and/or missing components
  • Maintain the confidentiality of all patrons
  • Assist in opening or closing the library as needed
  • Clean any and all rooms of the library
  • Other duties and/or projects as assigned

Requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent required
  • Previous experience in customer service preferred
  • Prior experience working in libraries a plus
  • Strong grasp of the English language
  • Ability to handle money and credit card transactions

Applications for interested applicants are available at the library or downloaded. Return applications at the library’s circulation desk or send to fisherpubliclibrary@gmail.com

Wetlands

The Wetlands at E.G. Fisher Public Library was created to serve several functions: flood mitigation, wetland reclamation, stream bank restoration, and outdoor classroom space. In this educational environment, wetland visitors have the opportunity to become more environmentally aware and to gain a new appreciation for natural areas.

 

 

Wetlands - E. G. Fisher Library

Wetlands - E. G. Fisher Library

Wetlands - E. G. Fisher Library

Wetlands - E. G. Fisher Library

Wetlands - E. G. Fisher Library

Wetlands - E. G. Fisher Library

The pictures above were taken in 2014. Hopefully some day soon we will be able to do some much needed landscaping to our wetlands and update our pictures.