Frequently Asked Questions

1,000 Books before Kindergarten FAQs

  • How do I register my kiddo?

    Register in person at your local branch of the Latah County Library District or register online on our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten page!

  • How do we track reading?

    You can log each 100 book progress through a paper book log (available at your local library) or you can log your progress online on our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten page!

  • What are the different milestones?

    LCLD celebrates each 100 books read with a sweet and simple milestone incentive.  Incentives range from bookmarks to puppets and more! To obtain a milestone incentive, you must check-in at your library.

  • Can we re-read books?

    YES!  You can read the exact same book 1000 times if it is exciting to your kiddo!  Book choices are chosen to caregiver and child, not library staff.

  • Is there a minimum age for participation?

    There is no minimum age!

  • Is there a maximum age for participation?

    This program is ONLY open to kiddos before they enter kindergarten.

  • Can I count books we read before we signed up?

    Nope, books should only be logged AFTER registration.  So, parents shouldn’t count books they read before they joined 1000 books before kindergarten.

  • Employment FAQs

  • How do I know if you're hiring?

    If you’re interested in employment at the Latah County Library District, please keep an eye on this page.

  • I'm moving to the area, may I send you a resume?

    Please wait until we have a hiring posted on this page and apply according to the directions posted with the job.

  • Fine Free Library FAQs

  • Will my previous fines be forgiven?

    Yes! All overdue fines will be forgiven.

  • Does the fine free policy apply to other charges?

    We know you’ll try to take good care of your borrowed items! But no, fees still apply to lost or damaged items and will be applied to patron accounts accordingly.

    You will still be responsible for Interlibrary loan fees and due dates set by the lending library (“Interlibrary loan” materials are borrowed from libraries outside the Valnet consortium).

  • Without fines, how will the library get materials returned?

    The library will continue to issue reminders when due dates are approaching and when an item is overdue. Once an item is 5 or more days past the due date no other items may be checked out. Access to Overdrive/Libby, library computers, and Kanopy will be restricted until the item is returned, or paid for if lost or damaged. Holds and renewals will not be available on the patron side, but staff can still assist you if you contact us.

    If you’re late returning your library materials and feel the need to make up for it with a small monetary donation, we’re happy to accept your voluntary “fine” to put toward library collections and services! Our goal is to let you enjoy what you borrow from the library and then come back for more. We do encourage you to return your materials on time to allow other people to enjoy them as much as you did.

  • Are all Valnet libraries fine free?

    Most Valnet libraries are fine free.

    Items borrowed from, and returned at, Grangeville Centennial Library are subject to late fees.

  • Library Card FAQs

  • How do I fill out the online registration form?

    Please see our tech tip video or come into your local branch:

  • How much does it cost to get a library card?

    There is no charge for a library card.

  • How old do I have to be to get a card?

    If you are under the age of 18 a parent or legal guardian is required to accompany you to get a library card. They must provide their photo ID and proof of local address. We prefer but do not require them to have a card.

    • Parents can get cards for their children as long as the children are present.
    • Parents may determine at what age they deem appropriate for their child to get a card.
    • The library’s minimum age for a child to get a card is “old enough to come to the library with their parent.”
  • Who is eligible to get a library card?

    You must reside, or own property, within the boundaries of the Valnet service area or Whitman County, WA.

  • What if I don't live locally?
    • Those outside the Valnet service area may use obtain a guest pass for computer use with a photo ID.
    • Whitman County residents may obtain a Latah County Library District Basic card.
  • Does my library card expire?

    Library cards expire every 2 years. Just call your branch or come in when your card is close to expiring. Your expiration date can be found in the “Your personal details” tab when you log in to your account. You’ll also get an e-mail if you have an e-mail on file.

    Cards expire for a few reasons:

    • To make sure your contact information is up to date
    • To help keep our system current and accurate.
  • Do I need my library card every time I visit the library?

    Please bring your library card every time you visit or add it to an app like Stocard. See our tutorial below for information on how to add your card to your device:

  • What happens if I lose my library card?

    Call your branch and tell us you have lost your card. We will check to make sure it isn’t in our “lost cards” box  and then mark your account as “lost card” and add a note to your account indicating that the card has been lost.  Then next time you come in, bring your photo ID and we can issue you a replacement card for $1.

  • What information about me does the library save?
    • First name, last name, middle name (if given).
    • Birthdate and month. Year is only saved if under 18.
    • First and last name of guarantor for minors.
    • Mailing address (and physical, local address if different).
    • Phone number and email are now strongly recommended for library account notifications.

    What if I want less information saved about me?

    You can get a Computer Access Only card. It still allows you use of the computers and digital resources, but you cannot check out physical items. While we still need to see your ID and proof of address we save less information:

    • First and last name
    • Birth month

    If you decide to upgrade from a Computer Access Card to a full card, we’ll need to see your proof of address and photo ID again.

  • What does the library do with my info?

    The library stores your information in our integrated library system Koha.

    The information is only used by the automated system to contact you or by library staff to contact you if the automated system cannot, such as for hold arrivals, overdue items, or other library related business.

    Your information in never shared with other parties. With your permission, your email may be added to our MailChimp mailing list for our monthly newsletter when signing up for a new card or renewing your existing card.

  • What will my library card look like?

    You can pick one of these card options when you come in to get your physical card:

    Landscape photos by Alison Meyer.

  • What can my library card do for me?

    Access to:

  • I just moved -- what if I don't have my proof of address yet?

    Those without proof of address who have a valid photo ID can open a temporary card. This gives you access to:

    • Two print-material checkouts
    • Digital library resources
    • Computers

    After 30 days, your card will expire if you do not visit a library with proof of your local address.

  • Can I get a card if I don't have a fixed address?

    Yes! The library has a procedure for getting you a card.

    Your card is good for 60 days at a time and you can check out up to 2 print items.

  • Lost and Damaged Materials FAQs

  • If I damaged or lost a book, can I buy a replacement copy and give it to the library rather than paying the replacement fee?

    Please do not bring in a replacement copy for a book you lost. Cost is only one of several considerations for the Library in replacing lost or damaged materials; rather, our professional staff looks at collection needs in that subject area.

    In some cases the book is dated and can be replaced by a new edition, or the same title in a different format, or a new title by the same author that includes additional and/or more up-to-date content.

    It may be out-of-print. We may have received a recent donation of that title, and will use replacement funds to order another item that meets our collection needs.

    In addition to these considerations, librarians also look at the quality of the physical format to determine its suitability for long-term use.

  • Will I be charged for losing a library owned item?

    Yes, you will be charged either the listed price of the item in the catalog or request through library staff to have the item assessed.

  • What does this "damaged item" note on my account mean?

    It means that an item was returned to the library damaged beyond normal, expected wear and tear.

    This may include tears to the cover, spills, tears, severe odor, water damage, or other injurie to the item.

    For kits with cords or many pieces it may also mean a cord or piece is injured beyond repair.

  • What if the item had that damage when I checked it out?

    If you find damage in an item after you’ve taken it home, please call the library immediately so we can add a note to your account and place it on hold for repair.

  • What if I find the material after I pay for it?

    If you return the item within 90 days after paying for it you can receive a refund minus a $5 processing fee.

  • If I lost one part of a multi part item like a DVD, Audiobook, or Kit, why am I being charged the full replacement cost?

    We may not be able to replace only the lost or broken piece. Often with DVDs, Blu-Rays, and Audiobooks we are unable to buy individual discs.

    Additionally for kits we may not be able to buy just a single replacement piece depending on the kit.

    When charging for damaged items or incomplete items, the collection librarians do take this into account.

  • Materials Donation FAQs

  • What types of materials do you accept?

    We accept books, music CDs, Blu-rays, and DVDs.

    We cannot accept:

    • Textbooks
    • Computer books
    • Encyclopedias
    • Reader’s Digest condensed books
    • Cassette or VHS tapes
    • Home recorded CDs or DVDs
    • Magazines
    • Newspapers
    • Soiled or water damaged materials
  • What do I do if I have materials you won't accept?

    There are recycling bins for books, newspapers, and magazines at the Recycling Center located at 401 S. Jackson St. in Moscow.

  • Can I receive a donation receipt for tax purposes?

    Yes! Please ask staff when you are dropping off your materials for a donation receipt.

  • What if I can't drop off materials during the designated time or when the library is open?

    Please call the Moscow Public Library library during open hours to make arrangements.

    208-882-3925

  • What if I have more than 3 bags/boxes of materials to donate?

    Please call the Moscow Public Library library during open hours to make arrangements.

    208-882-3925

  • What happens to items I donate?

    We may select some donated items to be added to our collections. If not added to the library’s collection the Friends of the Library will add them to their semi-annual booksale to raise money for library needs.

  • Volunteer FAQs

  • What are the community service/school volunteer requirements?
    • Management of community service/school volunteer hours is entirely at the discretion of the supervising library staff member. The training and monitoring of community service/school volunteers must be manageable for library staff. The library supervisor may find it necessary to re-evaluate and adjust the community service/school volunteer arrangement.
    • All community service/school volunteer hours must be scheduled in advance.
    • As a community service/school volunteer, you are responsible for contacting the supervising library staff member in advance to notify them of any changes to your work schedule. Changes must be approved by the supervising staff member.
    • You are responsible for doing the work assigned to you to the standard expected by your library supervisor.
    • You are responsible for maintaining an accurate record of your hours worked, providing whatever forms or contact information might be required, and meeting community service/school volunteer or school deadlines.
    • Failure to comply with any of these expectations may be grounds for terminating the community service/school volunteer arrangement.
  • What tasks might volunteers be helping with?
    Some examples of tasks we need help with :
    • Helping with library events before, during, and after
    • Laminating and covering books with precision
    • Preparation of crafts for programs
    • Seasonal decoration of youth area
    • Facing and straightening items on shelves
    • Locating and pulling items that have been placed on hold by library patrons
    • Shelf-reading
    • Arranging magazine issues on shelves
    • Copying and folding brochures
    • Dusting shelves and plants; cleaning scuffed kick-stools, etc. These are examples of some tasks volunteers have performed for us in the past. There may be other tasks available.Examples of tasks performed only by our trained staff:
    • Reading to children
    • Checking out materials to patrons
    • Checking in returned materials
    • Shelving

    Please note: Some of our volunteer tasks rely heavily on regular attendance to keep our workflow moving smoothly. If you find that you are unable to maintain your regular volunteer commitment, we may suggest a different assignment for you.

  • Summer Reading FAQs

  • What are the community service/school volunteer requirements?
    • Management of community service/school volunteer hours is entirely at the discretion of the supervising library staff member. The training and monitoring of community service/school volunteers must be manageable for library staff. The library supervisor may find it necessary to re-evaluate and adjust the community service/school volunteer arrangement.
    • All community service/school volunteer hours must be scheduled in advance.
    • As a community service/school volunteer, you are responsible for contacting the supervising library staff member in advance to notify them of any changes to your work schedule. Changes must be approved by the supervising staff member.
    • You are responsible for doing the work assigned to you to the standard expected by your library supervisor.
    • You are responsible for maintaining an accurate record of your hours worked, providing whatever forms or contact information might be required, and meeting community service/school volunteer or school deadlines.
    • Failure to comply with any of these expectations may be grounds for terminating the community service/school volunteer arrangement.
  • What tasks might volunteers be helping with?
    Some examples of tasks we need help with :
    • Helping with library events before, during, and after
    • Laminating and covering books with precision
    • Preparation of crafts for programs
    • Seasonal decoration of youth area
    • Facing and straightening items on shelves
    • Locating and pulling items that have been placed on hold by library patrons
    • Shelf-reading
    • Arranging magazine issues on shelves
    • Copying and folding brochures
    • Dusting shelves and plants; cleaning scuffed kick-stools, etc. These are examples of some tasks volunteers have performed for us in the past. There may be other tasks available.Examples of tasks performed only by our trained staff:
    • Reading to children
    • Checking out materials to patrons
    • Checking in returned materials
    • Shelving

    Please note: Some of our volunteer tasks rely heavily on regular attendance to keep our workflow moving smoothly. If you find that you are unable to maintain your regular volunteer commitment, we may suggest a different assignment for you.