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Mountain Cat to Reinstate Fines

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Mountain Network Catalog Consortium to Reinstate Fines

In an effort to keep library patrons and staff safe during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, the Mountain Network Catalog Consortium (the Wythe-Grayson and Galax-Carroll regional library systems) suspended all library fines in mid-March 2020.  As COVID-19 cases decrease and restrictions relax, the Mountain Network Catalog Consortium must reinstate library fines.  Items that have a due date of Thursday, July 1, 2021, or later, will begin accruing fines as they did before the COVID-19 pandemic.

All libraries in the Wythe-Grayson and Galax-Carroll regional systems ended the item quarantine period in early June.  All items returned to any library will be checked-in immediately upon return.

Library staff ask patrons checking out items to please pay attention to the due dates on the date due slip that is printed and given to patrons at each checkout.  This is the first notice of when items are due back to the library.

To avoid overdue fines, patrons may renew items online through their borrower account or call their local library branch to renew items.

Books, books on CD, and magazines have a checkout period of 3 weeks and can be renewed twice; DVDs have a checkout period of 7 days (1 week) and can also be renewed twice.

The Mountain Network Catalog Consortium libraries appreciate the community’s cooperation and understanding in this matter.  If questions, please do not hesitate to contact your home library.  For more information, please consult the Galax-Carroll Regional Library’s website available at  or the Wythe-Grayson Regional Library’s website at .  Also, don’t forget to check Library System’s Facebook page for the most recent updates on library happenings.

WGRL – Library Contact Information:

Grayson County Library 276-773-3018

Wythe County Library 276-228-4951

Whitetop Library 276-388-2873

Rural Retreat Library 276-686-8337

Fries Library 276-744-2225


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Rural Retreat Library Hours Expanding

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Library Hours Expanding at RRPL

RURAL RETREAT, VA – Rural Retreat Public Library (RRPL), a branch of the Wythe-Grayson Regional Library system has expanded hours of service to the community. Come any time during the Library’s current hours, Tuesday—Friday, 9:00 am—5:00 pm.

No appointment needed to come into the library. We do ask that you limit the time in the library. All regional libraries have been expanding their hours and services available over the past four months. Up-to-date information can be found on our web site:

New service available, the Public Access Computers are now available on a limited basis. Due to social distancing and building maximums, the number of computers available will be limited. There is a time limit of 1 hour on the public computers.

Business services are also available. Ask for assistance at the front desk for the following services: Faxing, Copying and Scanning.

Fines continue to be suspended as all printed material are quarantined for two days as per recommendation from the Virginia Department of Health.

Curbside or ‘Grab and Go’ book pickup remains available along with our concierge service. Not sure what you want your next read to be? Ask for suggestions or allow the library staff to make a selection for you.

The WiFi during pandemic was expanded to cover the parking lot at RRPL. WiFi is available 24/7 the select WGRL Public and enter password: 0123454321. As a courtesy to our patrons, curbside service and concierge service remain available. Call RRPL at (276) 686-8337. If you call after hours, please leave a message someone will return your call during the next business day at the library.

Face coverings are required for entry into the building and for your convenience RRPL has masks available at the front desk and hand sanitizer stations throughout the library. Due to social distancing and building limit protocols; visitors will be accommodated as space and safety allows. Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation together.

Please visit the WGRL website at for updated information on local and regional wide activities and ways to engage with the Wythe-Grayson Regional Library system. For information and circulation services at the Rural Retreat Public Library please call the RRPL at (276) 686-8337.

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Virginia Navigator E-Quicktips

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VirginiaNavigator Family of Websites E-QUICKTIP: April 30, 2021

Heed the Call: Volunteer! 

Today’s the last day of National Volunteer Month, but it can be the first day of a new volunteer commitment. Volunteering isn’t just a great way to serve your community. It also helps you stay active, introduces you to new friends, and provides an outlet for your unique talents.

Browse more than 370 volunteering programs and resources all over Virginia

Not sure which organization would be the best fit for your abilities? These resources can help.

  • Create the Good helps older adults find local opportunities that match their interests.
  • lets you search for exciting volunteer positions with the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and other government agencies.
  • AARP Experience Corps trains and connects people over 50 with children who need help learning to read.
  • Senior Corps places older adults with service organizations in roles such as senior companion or foster grandparent for a child with special needs.
  • Feeding America matches volunteers with local food banks, food pantries, and meal programs.

E-Quicktips are a service of VirginiaNavigator, a nonprofit that connects older adults, people with disabilities, veterans, and their families and caregivers with essential services. 

Sign up for E-Quicktips Go to page

E-Quicktips are a free informational resource for adults, caregivers, people with disabilities, veterans and their families, delivered twice a month via e-mail.

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