Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Getting more out of MORE, Lesson One

Getting more out of MORE: Lesson One
Opt Into Reading History!

One of the things we're frequently asked at the library is, "Can you tell me if I've read this before?" or some variation of "What was that book I checked out last month about..." --and our answer is: "Did you opt into your reading history?"

Unlike some of our previous library software, we actually keep a record where we can see what you've read, but it's easy to opt into using the MORE Catalog!

Step 1: Visit the MORE website URL, printed on the front or back of your library card.

Step 2: Click on the  "My Account" button located at the top of the page.

 Step 3: Log in using your name and library card number (found on the back of your card --yes, that whole long string of numbers!)
 *Pro Tip 1: You only need to use your last name. 
 *Pro Tip 2: Memorizing your card is EASY! "20" designates a patron, "286" is an Augusta phone number, followed by "000". The last 6 digits are what are unique to you!
 *Pro Tip 3: If using your home computer, you may want to have your computer save your log-in information. But DO NOT do this on library or other public computers!

Step 4: On your account screen, select "Reading History"

Step 5: You will be on a page SIMILAR to the one below, with a button that says "Opt In". Click the button --and you're all set!

Once you've opted into your reading history, it will be easy for you to keep track of what you've read. This is particularly helpful for people who read series, parents who want to track reading habits, and those who like to re-read books.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Place Your Holds Now!

Did you know a wide variety of titles are often available for hold before their publish date? Getting on the list early for popular authors, like James Patterson, Danielle Steel, and Janet Evanovich, means being one of the first in line to read a new book. Here's a current look at what's upcoming and available for holds today!

Alert --James Patterson
Expected Release: August 3, 2015

Badlands --C.J. Box
Expected Release: July 28, 1015

Blood on Snow --Jo Nesbo
Expected Release: April 7th, 2015

Country: A Novel --Danielle Steel
Expected Release: June 16th, 2015

Day Shift --Charlaine Harris
Expected Release: May 5th, 2015

Eighth Grave After Dark --Darynda Jones
Expected Release: May 19th, 2015

Go Set a Watchman -Harper Lee
Expected Release: July 14th, 2015

The Jesus Cow --Michael Perry
Expected Release: May 19th, 2015

A New Hope --Robyn Carr
Expected Release: June 30th, 2015

P.S. I Still Love You --Jenny Han
Expected Release: May 26th, 2015

Saint Anything --Sarah Dessen
Expected Release: May 5th, 2015

Summer Secrets --Jane Green
Expected Release: June 3rd, 2015

Wicked Charms --Janet Evanovich
Expected Release: June 23rd, 2015

Your Next Breath -Iris Johansen
Expected Release: April 28th, 2015

Cover art via GoodReads. Links lead to the MORE Catalog entry for regular print editions. Large Print and Audiobook additions may be available as well. Visit the Catalog or see a librarian to place your holds.

Pardon our dust!

It's spring once again which means it's cleaning time at the library. Don't be surprised to see us staring at shelves with vacant looks (we're working, I promise!) or noisily shifting books from shelf-to-cart-to-shelf again while we're getting rid of last year's dust accumulation.

Behind the desk, we're still working on bringing you some great programing. We'll be closing out March with a special movie on March 28th at 1 PM.  

April 8th will be Science Night at the Library --keep an eye out for flyers here and on our Facebook page.  

April 11th will be our American Folkart Music program, "Singing Through History", with Adam Miller at 2 PM.

We also are continuing to host Monday Night Social Needleworking from 4 PM - 6 PM. Regardless of your skill or craft, we'd love to see you there! It's never too early to get started on birthday or holiday gifts!

Spring Storytimes are also running, Friday Mornings at 9:30 --but a reminder that the Library is closed April 3rd, which means no Storytime that morning.

We hope to see you in the library!