Beloved Redding Library Book Sorter to be Retired

The beloved book sorter has become somewhat of an attraction for visitors over the years.

Posted: Nov 27, 2018 6:48 PM

Brothers Logan and Grayson Cable return their books to the Redding Public Library Tuesday afternoon.

In fact, dropping their books and betting on where they’ll land is one of the highlights of their trip.

“We like looking in and then trying to decide on which slot it's going to go in,” Logan Cable said.

A TV screen connected to a camera on the other side of the wall shows them exactly what happens after dropping their books through the slot.

“Instead of looking on the screen, we like to look through the thing,” Grayson Cable said. “So we like to pick it up and then we look in there and we just have lot of fun doing it.”

It's something that over the years has become sort of an attraction for visitors.

“The kids cheer when they see it going down the chute,” library marketing coordinator Tom Ramont said. “They love it. And you think maybe one or two times, no every kid and every adult.”

But Wednesday morning, the book sorter will be decommissioned as part of a $200,000 library upgrade.

“So the city of Redding is working with us by giving us $200,000 to upgrade our technological infrastructure,” Ramont said. “That's our materials handling, checking books out, checking in, sorting them.”

That upgrade will include a new sorter which will have an enclosed housing.

And it's not known at this time how well it will lend itself to the current TV setup.

Other upgrades will include new, smarter self-check stations and door sensors which will provide library staff with realtime information on library traffic.

And at a time when everything is going digital, staff hopes these small changes will enhance the level of service they can offer.

“You can get a lot of stuff online but you can't get the level of information and the trusted resources that were able to offer at the Shasta public libraries,” Ramont said.

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