August 31, 2015

Back to School Reminders

For the kids using computer room A after school:

  • You MUST have your Library Card with you to be in the room, whether or not you are using a computer.
  • No more than two people at each computer.
  • Please keep your belongings tucked under the desk, or on the rack provided so no one trips over them.
  • You are welcome to talk to each other but PLEASE keep your voices down.
  • No food or drink IN the computer room -- please go outside or at least in the hall to snack.
  • No outside language or behavior in the computer rooms. That is why we have outside.
  • Thanks, and have fun. And do your homework.

Posted by library at 03:26 PM

August 15, 2015

Mystery Pix

What do the little pictures mean? The images you see next in the "item type" box when you look up something in the library catalog. They give you a clue as whether you can renew a book, how long you can check it out, and so on.

main library catalog screen

Not to be confused - though they probably will be - with the little icons up near the book titles which give you a bit of the same information. Yes, we know there are little pictures all over the place in the new catalog. It's all a code.

You can also use these "item type" icons to narrow your search if you try an advanced search.

Now what do they mean?

print book Adult Book
3 week checkout; 1 renewal if there are no holds; 25¢/day overdue fines up to a 10$ max

new book New Book
3 week checkout; no renewals; 25¢/day overdue fines up to a 10$ max

juvenile book Kids or YA Book
3 week checkout; 1 renewal if there are no holds; 10¢/day overdue fines up to a 5$ max

magazine Magazines
1 week checkout; no renewals; 10¢/day overdue fines up to a 3$ max; newest issues can't be taken home

book on CD Books on CD
3 week checkout; 1 renewal if there are no holds; 25¢/day overdue fines up to a 10$ max

music CD Music on CD
3 week checkout; 1 renewal if there are no holds; 25¢/day overdue fines up to a 10$ max

e-book E-Books
2 week checkout, unlimited renewals if from Freading; available anytime if streaming. In either case there are no fines, nothing is ever overdue.

online resource Online Resources
Encyclopedias, dictionaries, practice tests, images you can use, etc. etc. No need to check anything out. Available any time.

print resource Print Reference
No checkouts. Explore them in the library. We have a great collection.

juvenile print reference Kids Print Reference
No checkouts. Explore them in the library. Don't forget to wander through the "adult" reference as well.

Note: a lot of the "item type" designations for the e-books and electronic resources are wrong and still need to be corrected. Hundreds of them. It may take us a while.

Posted by library at 09:43 AM

August 06, 2015

Tags and Comments

Help us make out library catalog a true community catalog. We want you to add tags and comments.

People often tell us "This was a great book" or "I just couldn't get past 10 pages" when they return books. Please share these opinions with other book lovers to help them choose books for checkout. Or, after they've finished reading a book, to see what their neighbors thought about it. (Local people, people without a vested interest in sales of the book.)

To comment, go to the catalog record for a book or recording. Find the tab that says "comments" and write a few words about why you liked, or didn't like, it. Who might enjoy it. That sort of thing.

To tag, you can click on the words "Add tag(s)" in the list of search results. Or go into the detailed record for a book and look for the place where you can tag. Tags should be single words that tell us something about what the book is about.

Tagging and commenting privileges are limited to library members. You have to be logged in to your account to tag and comment.

All tags and comments will be checked by someone on the library staff before they are posted. We plan to screen out just spam or inappropriate language. We certainly won't filter your opinions.

tags and comments

Posted by library at 03:48 PM

August 04, 2015

Extra Long Check-outs

Going on vacation? Need more time with your library books? At the time of check-out you can ask us to toggle on "automatic renewal" which means you don't have to remember to renew. An extra three weeks will be added on the day the books is due.

You can also renew your books yourself online. Just go to your account and look at what you have checked out. While you are there, be sure your e-mail notification preferences are set the way you want.

Remember, if someone has placed a hold on an book you have checked out, renewing won't work. So be alert.

Any questions? Call us at 301-891-7259

library account screen

Posted by library at 11:38 AM

August 01, 2015

Your Library Account

Please visit our new catalog. If you are a library member take a look at your account and adjust your preferences.

There are 3, three!, places on the main screen where you can log in.

main library catalog screen

If you are planning to place a hold, be sure you have toggled on the option to get hold notices by e-mail. Otherwise you will not be notified when your book arrives.

Posted by library at 12:40 PM
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