Category: Library Happenings

We Are Now Fine Free!

We Are Now Fine Free!

The Mulberry Public Library is now a FINE FREE library! What does that mean for you? Read through our frequently asked questions to learn more. If you have additional questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

Fine-Free Policy FAQ’s

  • What is fine-free?
    • The Mulberry Public Library will no longer collect overdue fines for Mulberry owned items that are returned after the due date. 
  • Why is the library going fine-free?
    • We want to take down any barriers that are preventing our patrons from using the resources we have available in the library or digitally.
  • Will there still be due dates?
    • Yes, we will have due dates to ensure everyone has access to our physical items.
  • What happens if I don’t return by the due date?
    • An item will be considered late/lost if it is 30 days past the last renewal date. Items are renewed automatically up to two times (6 weeks maximum time for checkout) if there are no holds on the item.
    • Final late notices, then lost item notices will be mailed to patrons as a reminder.
    • After an item is considered lost, it is moved to the lost report. The cost of the item will be charged to your account.  If the item is more than $10 then your account will be suspended/blocked until the item is returned.
    • When the item is returned, the cost of the lost item is removed and your card is unsuspended/unblocked.
  • What if I have outstanding fines on my account?
    • The computer should remove the fines, but it is not a perfect system. Call, or visit us and we will remove any overdue fines that are associated with a Mulberry owned item. Mulberry owned items begin with 30393 on the barcode.
  • What about other fines or fees?
    • $5 for hotspot checkout still applies.
    • If an item is damaged, then there is a fee for the damage.
    • Lost items will be charged a replacement cost depending on the item.
Author GEMS

Author GEMS

We are honored to be hosting a local author spotlight series beginning in August, 2021! We have authors from Polk County, Florida coming to our newly renovated GEM Theater here in Mulberry, Florida!

Save the dates for these exciting events today. Author talks, question & answer sessions, book signings and more! Support local authors from your community, enjoy an afternoon or evening out, and see the inside of our gorgeous theater!

August 14, 2021 at 1 PM Kimberly C. Moore: Star Crossed: The Story of Astronaut Lisa Nowak

August 26, 2021 at 5:30 PM Teresa Vazquez Martinez: Éxito en el Exilio – Cinco décadas de historias cubanas & ¡Viva Polk!

September 2, 2021 at 2 PM Teresa Vazquez Martinez: Success in Exile: Five Decades of Cuban Stories & ¡Viva Polk!

October 12, 2021 at 6:30 PM Robert G. Fegers: Grant Justice: The Untold Story of the Finest Attorney of a Generation

November 10, 2021 at 6 PM Mika Altidor & Victor Munoz: Chasing Vegan: Baking Vegan Fun

Contact us if you have questions, or for additional details. (863) 425-3246

Adult Book Clubs: 2021

Adult Book Clubs: 2021

The Mulberry Public Library offers 2 adult book clubs; open to adults 18 years and older.

Whether you are looking to socialize, read outside your comfort zone, or you simply see one of your favorite books on our list, we welcome you to join us!

Titles may be requested in physical format through the Polk County Library Cooperative and most can be found in digital format (eBook & eAudiobook) on the Libby and Hoopla apps as well. If you need assistance requesting a copy, please contact us at 863-425-3246 or stop by and see us!

2021 Title Lists

Chapter Chats: Second Tuesday of the month at 1 PM

January: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

February: In the Woods by Tana French

March: Killing Floor by Lee Childs

April: Still Life by Louise Penny

May: Virgin River by Robyn Carr

June: American Assassin by Vince Flynn

July: A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

August: The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley

September: Mallory’s Oracle by Carol O’Connell

October: Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

November: The Black Echo by Michael Connelly

December: The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

WHO PICKED THIS BOOK?!: Third Thursday of the month at 5:30 PM

January: The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs

February: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

March: Double Whammy by Carl Hiaasen

April: Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

May: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

June: Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

July: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

August: The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

September: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

October: At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon

November: There, There by Tommy Orange

December: The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

“Sometimes you read a book so special that you want to carry it around with you for months after you’ve finished just to stay near it.” ― Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief

Electronics Recycling at the Library!

Electronics Recycling at the Library!

Is your New Year’s resolution for 2021 to clear the clutter?

Did you receive new, updated electronics during the holidays?

If so, take part in our SPECIAL JANUARY EVENT and responsibly recycle those unused electronics!

We are excited to be partnering with Urban Recycling of Tampa, FL for the ENTIRE month of January 2021!

This mean you can bring your RECYCLABLE ELECTRONICS to the Mulberry Public Library from January 4th – January 30th, 2021. There will be a recycle bin located INSIDE the library waiting for you!

Urban Recycling will pick up our items and responsibly recycle them. This process INCLUDES data destruction! Yes, they even shred hard drives! A certificate from Urban Recycling for our event is available at our circulation desk if you require proof of recycling.

Items Accepted for Recycling

Computers (desktop & Laptop)

Servers

Hard Drives

All Circuit Boards

UPS Battery Backups

Monitors (Flat Screen Only)

Printers

Copiers

DVD players

VCRs

Modems

USB Cords

Routers

X-Ray Film

Cell Phone/ Mobile Phones

Telephones

Telephone Systems

Phone System Hardware

Insulated Cable & Wire

Video Games/X-Boxes

Laptops

Ipads & Tablets

Cable Boxes

Batteries

Items NOT Accepted for Recycling

Glass Bulbs

Large Home Appliances

Household Batteries

CRT Monitors

Televisions

Paint, Varnish or other chemicals

Do NOT miss this chance to get those old & unused electronics out of your house!

Happy New Year to you and yours from the Mulberry Public Library!

*Items may not be removed once placed in the recycle bin.

Summer Reading 2020

Summer Reading 2020

Hello friends!! Summer is here and it is time to IMAGINE YOUR STORY!

Summer is our favorite time of year and we look forward to celebrating with all of you.

Sign up the whole family for this ALL AGES activity. Complete & log the weekly challenges to automatically be entered in our prize drawings! You can accomplish your reading time at the beach, on the couch, alone, or even reading aloud as a family… As long as you remember to log them!

2020 Reading Goals:

Age GroupMinutes per dayTotal minutes read
Kindergarten & Under201120
Elementary – High School301680
Adults (18 and over)603360

Please note: You must be a Polk County Florida library card holder to qualify for weekly prizes.

Registration is currently open, so sign up now! You may begin logging your progress on June 1, 2020! Follow the links below to our Happily Ever After Summer Reading registration page to get started!

Kindergarten & Under

Elementary/Middle School/ High School Ages

Adults (Age 18 and Over)

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