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High-tech help for ‘holds’ and other messages from your library

Thanks to our new computer system, many routine chores that previously required the time of our staff are now done automatically by a computer.

Those of you who enjoy putting books on hold, now receive your notification that the book is ready for you via email rather than a phone call. So please check your email service regularly to see if a book is waiting for you. Of course, if you do not have email, you’ll still get a phone call from one of our friendly staff.

Another time-consuming and expensive chore was sending out overdue and lost book reminders using paper and postage. The money saved by having those reminders come via email will go to purchasing more new books.

A new service now available through the new system is an automatic reminder that a book is coming due that comes to you via e-mail two days before the book must be returned to the library or renewed (unless someone is waiting for it). Then on the date the book is due, you get one more email reminder. For our patrons who come to town only once a week, we can personalize that reminder to a longer period like seven days if that works better for you.

Another wonderful advantage of the new system: When you’re looking for a book, CD, DVD or other item, the computer now automatically checks whether it is available not only here at our own Sisson Library, but also at 14 other Colorado libraries as well — among them Akron, Bethune, Burlington, Dolores, Ouray, Stratton, Yuma, Manitou Springs, Wellington, Silverton and Nederland. Currently, you have access to more than 220,000 items, and the system is expected to add more libraries offering a total of 500,000 items by the end of 2010. Of course, you still have the statewide Interlibrary Loan paper system to fall back on if you want to expand your search or you don’t like reserving books via computer.

As with any change, it will take all of us a while to get used to the new system. But we hope you agree that it is a good example of technology offering you and your library a lot of advantages.

Craft Circle tomorrow

Needlework artists are invited to join our new monthly get-together tomorrow (Friday, May 21). Bring a knitting, crocheting or needlework project to work on.? No registration is necessary.? Light refreshments are provided. ?Note that this not a learn-to-knit class.? However, attendees are welcome to trade advice and share their opinions and experiences.

New novels

“The Heretic’s Wife” by Brenda Rickman Vantrease is an adventure about booksellers set in Henry VIII’s England. “The Lady and the Poet” by Maeve Haran explores the forbidden love affair between poet John Donne and the woman who became his wife. “If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This” by Robin Black is a collection of stories about love, loss and hope. “Of Flesh and Blood” by Daniel Kalla is the story of the new founding families of a hospital in the Pacific Northwest. “Matterhorn” is the story of a second lieutenant and his comrades in Vietnam in 1969.

Mysteries and suspense

“The Memorist” by M. J. Rose is about a woman who follows the lure of a letter to a strange journey. Two other psychological thrillers now available by the same author are “The Reincarnation” and “The Hypnotist.” “The Swimming Pool” by Holly LeCraw starts with the finding of a woman’s bathing suit hidden in a closet. “Evil” is a thriller by David Baldacci about a depraved man who is willing to buy and sell anything and anyone. “The 9th Judgment” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is the latest in the Women’s Murder Club series. “Lucid Intervals” by Stuart Woods is the latest in the Stone Barrington mystery series. “Wrecked” by Carol Higgins Clark is the latest in the Regan Reilly mystery series.

Recipe books

“Now Eat This!” by Rocco Dispirito offers recipes for 150 comfort foods all under 350 calories.

“Giada At Home” by Food Network’s Giada de Laurentiis provides family recipes from Italy and California. “Jamie’s Food Revolution” by Jamie Oliver helps you discover how to cook simple, delicious, affordable meals. “Hungry Girl 1-2-3” by Lisa Lillien gives you what the author says are the easiest, most delicious guilt-free recipes on the planet. “Home Cooking” by country music star Trish Yearwood is her encore cookbook, with stories and recipes from potlucks and other gatherings.

Books about real people

“Spoken from the Heart” by the autobiography of First Lady Laura Bush. “Oprah” is the unauthorized biography by Kitty Kelley that has been generating headlines across the U.S. “Beyond the Cleavage” is the autobiography of actress Raquel Welch. “This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection” is the autobiography of comedienne Carol Burnett. “Mom,” edited by StoryCorps founder Dave Isay, is a celebration of American mothers. “Not Without Hope” by Jere Longman is the story of a February 2009 fishing trip of NFL players and their friends that went horribly wrong. “Life, Sex, and Prostate Cancer Surgery: How One Man Healed and Was Made Whole” is a memoir of his illness by business journalist John C. Hallenborg. “Mount Pleasant” by Steve Poizner chronicles the author’s journey from creating a billion-dollar technology company to teaching at a struggling public high school.

History

“The War Lovers” by Evan Thomas is a portrait of some fascinating Americans, including Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge, William James and Thomas Reed. “Arctic Labyrinth” by Glen Williams tells the stories of the many explorers who have tried to find the Northwest Passage. “Making Haste From Babylon: The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World” by Nick Bunker explores the Mayflower project and the first decade of the Plymouth Colony. “Henry Clay: The Essential American” by David S. and Jeanne T. Heidler documents the epic life and times of one of the most important political figures in our history.

Other nonfiction

“Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang” by Chelsea Handler is an irreverently witty collection of her original essays. “American Conspiracies” by Jesse Ventura is an account of many wrongful acts and ensuring cover-ups by the government. “Conservative Victory” by Sean Hannity outlines the author’s proposal to stop President Obama’s agenda. “No One Would Listen” by Harry Markopolos is the behind-the-scenes story by the man who tried to warn the government about Bernie Madoff. “Saddled” by Susan Richards is the true story of a spirited horse and the author.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Diane Bower, Joan Cortright, Max Ferraro and parishioners at the Pope John Paul II Catholic Church.

Website

For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books from the comfort of your home — visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.