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Presidents Day Reads

Click the box for books about the Presidents or As Always – Ask A Librarian

 

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Manage your holds in the Library Catalog

We know that books you place on hold do not always arrive at the most convenient time for reading. Did you know you may now track your holds better, suspend a hold, and reactivate it when you are ready to read it?

Manage your holds - keep a list of what you placed on hold

Manage your holds – keep a list of what you placed on hold

Log in to your library account and take a little time to explore the tabs that list your items checked out, renewals, holds and account preferences.  You can even see your hold history and check out history if you know how!   Now you can keep track of the last TV series episode you checked out or the Janet Evanovich detective mystery.  Just Ask!

 

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Do you speak Dewey Decimal?

We just re-organized our Language Learning collection to make it a little easier to browse.  We used to shelve these books in order by their Dewey Decimal numbers — long numbers that go something like 468.3421, and made little sense to anybody other than us librarians.

Our new system is much simpler; the books just go alphabetically by the name of the language, starting with Arabic and ending with Yiddish.  We’ve also re-labeled all the books in that collection, and added some new signage that should help you find your way as you embark on a voyage of discovering another language.

Shelves of books and CDs for language learners.  Materials shown are for German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Mixteco, and Norwegian languages.Language learners and travellers, be sure to let us know what you think of the new set-up!  And if you aren’t currently learning another language, try browsing through the section anyway; we’re pretty sure that something there will catch your eye!

 

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Everything in order

The library has a new system for ordering books!  Now you can see what we’ve ordered for the collection, even before the items arrive at the library!  Just look for titles in the catalog that list “On order” as their status.  If something catches your eye, you can always place a hold on it, and we’ll let you know when it arrives at the library.

on-order-record

We’re also happy about the new book ordering system because many of our purchase orders and invoices are now electronic, which saves us time. This means that we can devote more time to tracking down excellent materials to add to our collection!

As always, if there’s a title that you think we should purchase for the library, you can let us know.

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Reviews are back!

Sample review

Since you should never judge a book by its cover, our catalog now provides you with more than just a book’s cover.  We once again offer summaries, reviews and more in our catalog.

Thanks to a recent update to our system, you can now peruse professional reviews from Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus and Library Journal. Some items may also have links to online selections, such as opening chapters or table of contents.

To find these items, simply:

  • Search for a book and scroll down the page.
  • Find the blue strip reads “Summaries, Reviews, Notes, Etc.”
  • Click on the link to expand and read author notes, the catalog summary and reviews. Content will vary depending on what is available for a particular item.

novelistAlso, while you’re checking out our book reviews, also be sure to click on the Novelist button.  For most of our fiction books, a click on the Novelist button will take you to detailed information about the book, complete series lists, author biographies, and suggestions for what to read next.

Take a look in our catalog, and let us know what you think of this additional content!

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