Catalog Gets New Look
We have recently implemented an upgrade to our catalog which makes it more interactive for our patrons. The new interface, which is reached by clicking on "LS2PAC" from our catalog (www.templelibrary.us
) allows you to put in your own reviews of library books you have read, and to add tags to the library records. It also features a "book river" which consists of book covers which float by, stopping if you put your cursor on one. The book river will be changed regularly to fit the season or a particular theme. In addition you can click on the bestseller or new book lists to see what we have available in these areas. Take a look, and see what you think!
If you prefer the current look, you can still click on "Classic Search".
Library Joins Facebook
The library has set up a Facebook Page to help us communicate more regularly with our patrons and supporters. If you haven't already done so, please go to http://www.facebook.com/templepubliclibrary
and check us out. Then if you like what you see, "like" us, and maybe even "share" the page with your friends. We'd like for it to become more interactive, so feel free to comment as well. Some of the recent news includes holiday hours, pictures of the Gingerbread House event, and an offer to display your collection in our new display case which we recently purchased courtesy of the Friends of the Library.
Cleaning out your book shelves?
If you are looking for somewhere to donate your used books, the library is happy to take donations year round. Donations can be brought to the main desk in the library. If you need help bringing them into the library, just ask at the desk. All book donations are examined by the library staff, and if they are needed by the library they are added to the collection. If not, they are passed on to the Friends of the Library for their book sale. Proceeds from the Friends' book sales are spent to benefit the library and its patrons, so your donation will help the library either way.
A new feature which can be accessed from our catalog (www.templelibrary.us) is a service which allows our patrons to sign up to be notified of new books as we receive them. This service was also purchased courtesty of the Friends of the Library. What would we do without them?
Downloadable E-books and Audio Books
Thanks to the Friends of the Library, Temple Public Library is part of a consortium of area libraries which allows our patrons to download e-books and audio book and check them out. Just go to the bottom of the catalog screen (www.templelibrary.us) and click on "Down Load Audio/E-books". You will be given step-by step instructions, but basically you will download a free program to your computer and then select and check out your items to be downloaded. Then you can transfer them to your reading or listening device. The latest news is that they can now be transferred to a Kindle, as well as the other systems such as Barnes and Noble's Nook, the Sony Reader, and the I-Pad, which patrons were able to use before. This is a very popular service, so if the book you want to download is not available, just reserve it and you will be notified when it is available for you.
Coffee Shop and Patio
For those who haven't noticed yet, you can now purchase pods of gourmet coffees and teas (for a mere dollar) at the main desk, and then take them into our new reading lounge to brew in the Keurig machine there. You are welcome to drink it there, but we also have a patio just outside that room which might be a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee and a book. Just be sure to check out the book first, so the security gates don't go off!
We have started a library sponsored book club here at the library. They are meeting the first Monday of the month (except when the first Monday is a holiday, when they will meet on Tuesday) at 6:00 in the library board room. Members are taking turns selecting the book to read each month. Everyone is welcome!
We are also hoping to start a daytime book club, so if you are interested in this, call the library secretary at 298-5559.
The books we are reading for the next few months include:
May: An American Plague by Molly Caldwell
June: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
July: The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Looking for a good book?
To check out our "staff picks" look under Recommended Reading on the menu to the left, and you'll be able to select the most recent favorite reads of many of our staff members. Each person has done their own annotation so you can get a flavor of the books they are featuring. If one looks good to you, you can search for it in our catalog by clicking on the title and you'll be able to see if it is available. If it's checked out, you can even place a hold on it.
To find out about selected new books at the library we have newsletters which highlight different types of books. You can sign up to have the newsletters in the subject areas of your choice e-mailed to you once a month. Or, you can just look at them on our website. If you see a book you'd like to read you can search our catalog directly from the newsletter. If the book you want is out you can always put a hold on it and we'll mail (or e-mail if you've given us an e-mail address) you a notice.
You can also sign up for our online book clubs, and read a portion of the book each day for a week. At the end of the week if you want to finish the book, look for it at the library. There are a number of different types of book clubs to suit every taste.
Choose the icons below to sign up. You can sign up for as many book clubs and newsletters as you like, and there's no charge to you because the Friends of the Library are sponsoring this service for us.