The black box outside of the Silver Grove Fire Department on Rt. 8 has nothing to do with fires. It’s the Silver Grove Library Express, a convenient new way to get library materials.
On Tuesday (May 16), a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony took place at 11 a.m. at Silver Grove, and then again at 1 p.m. at St. Philip Parish Center in Melbourne, where a second Library Express will be located.
Library Expresses are secure, locked boxes that can be accessed with the last five digits of a patron’s library card number. Users can request library materials through the website or library app, or call a branch to request items and asked that the items be sent to Silver Grove or Melbourne. Easy-to-follow directions on how to retrieve the items are located on the front of the Library Express boxes.
Philanthropist Tom W. Jones, an avid supporter of education, donated the funds that allowed the library to purchase the Express boxes and return bins for Silver Grove and Melbourne. Mr. Jones, a 1963 graduate of Highlands High School who retired from P&G, has made generous donations to support his alma mater and other causes.
“We are very thankful Mr. Jones supports the work of libraries. Because of his donation we are able to deliver books and DVDs to make the library more accessible for people along Route 8,” said Library Director JC Morgan. “This will make getting and returning library materials much more convenient for the people of Silver Grove and Melbourne.”
Deliveries and pickups to the Express locations will occur on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.