Sharyn Smith
Eagle Public Library

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July 18, 2012
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Five things everyone should know about the library's website

There are five things I'd like you to be aware of on the Eagle Valley Library website ( to make your library transactions easier.

First is your personal account. You can access the account with your name and library card number. Once connected you can review what is checked out and the due dates. You can renew even when you're out of town. You can also update your mailing and email addresses and phone number. If you include your email address, you'll receive courtesy email notices shortly before the items are due or notices when materials become overdue. Immediate notification is generated when items you've requested come to the library. An additional benefit in your account is your reading history. When activated by you, a list of titles you've checked out is automatically generated. You can keep or delete titles as you choose.

Second, the numerous databases offered contain a variety of information from "Consumer Reports" to "Chilton's Automotive Manuals," from health databases to homework help. Learn a language, practice for tests, or check the stock market. Download audio books, music, or e-books.

Third, the historical section includes a treasure of local information. Early census, land and marriage records list some of the early pioneers. Biographies, obituaries and cemetery records offer more details of county residents. The photos show where they worked, lived and went to school. The blog written by historical librarian, Jaci Spuhler, offers interesting tidbits of local history and lore.

Fourth, a readers' advisory is found in the "books, DVDs and more" section. It highlights the newest additions to the library collections. The best sellers show hottest titles in both fiction and non-fiction. Staff members suggest their favorite titles under "staff picks." "Indie Next" section offers suggested titles compiled by independent booksellers. This group often discovers new authors or recommends books that become best sellers. Colored covers of the books make this section enjoyable to browse. You can also choose from over 20 newsletters to receive via email listing new books from your favorite genres.

Fifth, the website shows programs and hours for each library. "Prologue" the quarterly newsletter, shows upcoming programs for adults, teens, and children including movies and book clubs. Eagle Valley Library District is also on Facebook.

Become familiar with the website and make your library experience more efficient and enjoyable.

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