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Local libraries spruce up Web site

Connie Steiert

EAGLE COUNTY – The Eagle Valley Library District has had a Web site for a while. But, it hadn’t been updated for three or four years until the organization decided to catch with the times. Log onto http://www.evld.org and you will find, among other features, a menu with the following choices: Catalog, Espanol, Birth to Six, Teens, Seniors and Literacy. Clicking on anyone of the tabs produces a pull-down menu with a multitude of additional selections. Underneath the top tabs is a sub-menu of things like Research Tools or Events and Classes. Click on the “Books and Reading” tab, and then scroll down to “Book Lovers.” From here, you can read book reviews, find out the latest scoop on your favorite author, get a list of bestsellers or what’s hot in your favorite genre. You can also search for used books. These are just a few options.”This new Web site with all the tabs and bells and whistles is only a month old,” notes Charlyn Canada, library district director.”I think one of the biggest goals was to add a teen section,” added Anne Johnson, assistant director of systems . “We also wanted to make (the Web site) more user-friendly and add more color.”The teen section includes “What’s News?” It has newsletters such as the Gypsum Teen Advisory newsletter. Another section titled Upcoming Events has information about seminars or book club discussions of interest to teens in our community.The Web site also has a Message Board for teens. The message board is moderated, and teens are also encouraged to post their poems and short stories on the site. “That idea came from a group of teens in Gypsum,” Johnson said. The teen group acted as advisers for creating the teen portion of the Web site. The Web site also has a comment forum for patrons. “I appreciate hearing from them about the Web site, or anything, if they have a question,” Johnson said. “It’s interactive. That’s what we’re really going for.”Under the Library Info tab users can request a book online (which will be waiting at the library), check out inter-library loans or book a meeting room. Members can sign up under their favorite genre and receive a list of 10 new books each month.It’s in the Bag is an area where book clubs can reserve 10 copies of a book, reviews and sample discussion questions. There are at least 40 book clubs in the valley, Canada said. “It makes it so easy to put on a book club,” she added.For the youngest readers, Read it Again has 30 different kit bags filled with story time goodies, including books and activities such as hand puppets and songs. “Anybody who has child care in this valley can check this out,” Canada said.This article first appeared in the Eagle Valley Enterprise.Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado

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