Computer Policy Update

Recently the library’s Board of Trustees voted to update our computer use policies.  They had not been revised in some time and did not adequately serve their purpose of ensuring safe, equitable access of our computers to all our users. Technology and our users’ needs are constantly evolving, and our policies and procedures must change accordingly.  The bulk of the update involved removing some outdated language restrictions that were no longer needed.  We removed a line that prohibited the use of our computers for commercial business and some provisions that were no longer necessary due to the unattended minor policies we updated earlier this year.  We also clarified the language that described the various laws that dictate which content our Internet filters must screen out.  We updated some of the language about minors to reflect our overall building policies about unattended minors, which were updated earlier this year.  

Most of these updates will not result in noticeable changes to our service and the bulk of our procedures remain unchanged.  However, we have implemented one new policy that will affect patrons who use our computers during our busiest times, which are typically late afternoons, Fridays, and Saturdays.  Our policy has always been to limit computer use sessions to one hour if all computers were in use and other patrons were waiting.  The policy contained no provision specifying how many sessions one patron could have.  This would result in some issues as some users would get several hours while other patrons would have to wait or leave and return another day.

As a result we have added a new limitation.  This limitation, like our one-hour limit, only goes into effect at times when the computers are busy and we do not have enough to serve all patrons who wish to use one.  The new limitation restricts users to two sessions per day with a one-hour waiting period in between.  We hope that these limits will ensure no patron has to wait for an extended period before accessing a computer.  

The library recognizes that many of its users may need more than one or two hours to complete their work.  We would encourage anyone who needs extended computer time to visit us during our non-busy hours.  We are open Tuesday through Friday 9 AM to 6 PM and Saturdays 9 AM to 1 PM.  Our busy times are Tuesday through Thursday beginning at 4 PM and all day Friday and Saturday.  By avoiding these times, you can greatly reduce the chances of encountering a waiting list or time limits on your computer sessions.  In addition, WiFi, tables, and power outlets are available throughout the building, and patrons may use their own devices for as long as they wish.  

You can view the full policy here.

We hope that these new policies will alleviate some of our issues with overcrowding and waiting lists and offer a better experience to all our users.  As always, we appreciate your feedback.  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please call us at 918-367-6562 and speak with our director.

We’re hiring!

Are you great with kids and teens?  We want to hear from you!

The library is looking for a creative and energetic person to join our team as a Youth Specialist.  This is a hands-on job that requires lots of people skills, learning how to use a constantly-evolving set of print and technological tools, and keeping up with trends in literature and library activities for children and teens.

This is a part-time, hourly position.  The successful candidate will hold a high school diploma or G.E.D., have a valid driver’s license and a functioning personal vehicle, and have experience working with children or teens.  Please visit our jobs page for a complete description and instructions on how to apply!  Résumés will be accepted through Saturday, February 18.

NEW Online Book Request Form

Want to request the library purchase a title to add to its collection?  We’ve made it easier than ever!  Now you can submit your request for a book, movie, or magazine online.  Please include as much information as you can to help us locate your requested item.  We do our best to accommodate requests, but cannot accept all requests due to our collection criteria, budget, and other considerations.  Click here to start requesting!

Happy National Novel Writing Month!

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November is National Novel Writing Month, a.k.a. “NaNoWriMo”!  The challenge is to write 50,000 words in a month.  Click the logo above if you want to take the official plunge.  But don’t worry – you don’t have to knock out 50,000 words in a month to be a writer.  Check out some of these great books to help you on your path to becoming an author!

  1. On Writing by Stephen King
  2. How to Grow a Novel by Sol Stein
  3. The Everything Get Published Book by Meg Elaine Schneider
  4. Indie Writer: How to Publish & Market Your Book (The Hard Way) by Michael Frederick
  5. The Novel Writer’s Toolkit by Bob Mayer
  6. Times of Our Lives: the Essential Companion for Writing Your Own Life Story by Michael Oke
  7. Living to Tell the Tale: a Guide to Writing Memoir by Jane Taylor McDonnell
  8. The Business of Writing for Children by Aaron Shepard
  9. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books by Harold D. Underdown
  10. Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul compiled by Jack Canfield

Don’t have time to stop by the library?  You can check out these downloadable ebooks and audiobooks from our digital download service, OverDrive!

  1. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (ebook)
  2. Writer to Writer by Gail Carson Levine (ebook)
  3. Writing Fiction for Dummies by Randy Ingermanson
  4. Draw Out the Story: 10 Secrets to Creating Your Own Comics (ebook)
  5. Elements of Eloquence by Mark Forsythe (audiobook)
  6. Word by Word by Anne Lamott (audiobook)

When you publish your book, be sure to donate a copy to the library so we can add it to our local authors collection. Happy writing!

Holiday Closures

The holiday season is upon us!  Please mark your calendar for the upcoming library closures.

In observance of Veteran’s Day, the library will be closed Friday and Saturday, November 11-12.

In observance of Thanksgiving, the library will be closed Thursday through Saturday, November 24-26.

In observance of Christmas, the library will be closed Friday and Saturday, December 23-24.

Please be aware that the library is always closed Sundays and Mondays.  You can find a full list of our holiday closures at http://www.bristowlibrary.okpls.org/holiday-closures/

Genealogy @ the library

The library has a variety of ways to help you connect with your family and community history.  Our genealogy room has a microfilm reader with a collection of back issues of local newspapers, as well as local yearbooks and family histories, a collection of books on genealogical research, Native American history, and Oklahoma history, and much more.  You can also access our Ancestry and Fold 3 databases from any library computer.

Need some guidance?  The Bristow Genealogy Society meets the first Thursday of the month in the library’s large conference room from 6 PM – 8 PM.  Members will share their discoveries and can help you get started on your own family research.  It costs $10 for an individual membership or $12.50 for a family membership, but you can try a meeting for free to see if you want to join!  The membership fee includes a research notebook to guide you and help you keep your information organized.

Bristow has a rich history, and you never know what you might find.  Check out these pictures that were recently donated to our Genealogy Room!

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OUR HOURS ARE CHANGING!

Ever wish you could visit the library on Fridays?  Good news!  Our hours are changing and starting next week, we’ll be open on Fridays.  

Beginning Sunday, August 14, our new hours will be:

Sunday: CLOSED
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM


If you have any questions, call us at 918-367-6562 or email us at help@bristow.lib.ok.us  

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