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Hamilton Public Library launches new service that will come as surprise to book lovers



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Hamilton Public Library launches new service that will come as surprise to book lovers

Hamilton Public Library handout photo of a team member preparing one of the loot bags.

The Hamilton Public Library (HPL) is launching a new and surprising service that is bound to keep bibliophiles on their toes.

Grab and Go bags are HPL’s version of a surprise loot bag: you never know what you’ll get each time you request one and the mystery element is part of the fun.

“Grab and Go could introduce you to a new favourite artist, author or genre,” a press release issued Tuesday (Jan. 12).

“Great for adults, teens, children and anyone looking to try something new.”

Starting Wednesday (Jan. 13), participants can sign up for the service online or by phone.

Here’s how it works:

  • Visit or call 905.546.3200 starting January 13.
  • Tell us a bit about you – age group, preferred genres and formats (CDs, DVDs, Audiobooks, magazines, Large Print books.) Choose anything from dinosaurs to Swedish mysteries, gardening magazines to classical music.
  • Pick a branch for pickup.
  • HPL Staff will get to work browsing on your behalf and have your Grab and Go bag ready within three days. (Staff know our collections inside out.)
  • We’ll package 10 library items and put them in a bag with your name on it.
  • HPL Staff will contact you when your Grab and Go Bag is ready.
  • Pick it up at your chosen branch.
  • Keep the items for 28 days.

This new service comes as lockdown measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 across Ontario.

Last year, in response to the pandemic, HPL launched a new take-out service to keep content flowing to residents.

Also, in October 2020, HPL revealed that they’d reached a record-breaking one million digital book checkouts in 2020.

For more information, visit HPL’s website.

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