The Tuscarawas County Public Library System is now offering a new service that will send text message alerts to registered patrons’ cell phones.
Patrons will receive short text messages that will notify them when a requested item has arrived for pickup, when checked-out materials are approaching their respective due dates, and when checked-out items are overdue.
“We are so pleased to offer this new and convenient notification service to our patrons,” Adult Services Manager Debbie Tristano said. “We realize that we’re living in an era of technology that has created a heavier reliance upon mobile devices like cell phones and smart phones. We want our library services to be a reflection of the technological trends our patrons are using.”
Extension & Technical Services Manager Andrea Legg agreed. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our patrons who are constantly on the go and trying to make the best use of their time away from home. With our text messaging service, registered patrons will receive up-to-the-minute notifications so they can pick up or drop off library materials while they’re already out and about.”
Interested patrons may sign up for the text messaging service by visiting or calling any location of the Tuscarawas County Public Library System and requesting that the method by which they receive library notifications be changed. Patrons who currently receive email notices from the library will no longer receive email notifications once they opt in to the library’s text messaging service.
The library’s text messaging service is free. Standard rates may apply to cell phones not covered under a text messaging plan. Normal fees from AT&T and other service providers range between 20 and 25 cents per text message.