Keeping In Touch with the Library

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Mercer County Library System offers a variety of ways for you, our patrons, to keep up with all the news, program offerings and latest new releases in books, music, and DVDs at MCLS. Here is a list of ways you can connect to the library.

First, you may have seen notices around the library or a note on your checkout receipt regarding our email notification system. With email notification, patrons will receive an email notice when they have a hold available for pick-up, a courtesy notice three days before an item is due, an alert once an item becomes overdue and starts accumulating extended use fees, and a courtesy notice when the library card needs to be renewed. Signing up to use the service is simple: Just stop by your local branch and ask any circulation staff member to add an email address to your library account. If you currently do not have an address on file, we do mail overdue postcards, but will no longer be doing so after December 31, 2016 so make sure to give us your email address before then to continue receiving overdue notices, as well as take advantage of the other notices available via email only.

Another popular item with our patrons is the NextReads Newsletters. These are newsletters highlighting the latest releases in a variety of genres and media formats. Readers can subscribe to a newsletter showcasing anything from the latest mysteries to Christian fiction to what’s new in non-fiction or biography. Movie fans can select to see the new releases of the latest hits, documentaries, or our two newest newsletters, Foreign Films and Bollywood Hits. We also have newsletters featuring music CDs and audiobooks. Our website has an archive so you can get a feel for the newsletters and, if you wish to subscribe, you may do so by providing your name and email address, then selecting the newsletters you wish to receive via our sign-up form.

Our staff is currently busy creating a new set of newsletters, program highlights, which will be available through NextReads. You can check back in the fall to subscribe to newsletters featuring the programming highlights for the upcoming months. There will be newsletters covering the whole system as well as newsletters for your local branch. The newsletters will also feature books or media related to the month’s programs, as well as information on new databases or collections at the library.

If you are on Facebook, we invite you to follow us there for all the latest news and information about resources and events. Did you know we have a Wednesday book club on Facebook? We post information about something one of our librarians read or watched or listened to recently and invite you to share your thoughts on books, movies, or music in the comments section. Our Facebook page also features Tune In Tuesday music reviews, database spotlights, links to our latest blog posts, holiday- and weather-related changes in hours, featured programs and, of course, Throwback Thursday photo posts. Stop by and like us today! If you prefer Twitter, stay tuned and look for us there, starting in the fall.

Finally, you are already reading this so you have found our blog. If you are a new reader of this resource, do take the time to look at some of our older posts. There is a lot of useful, fun and sometimes thought-provoking information in our posts. We have plenty of staff sharing their expertise on a variety of topics, from cooking to computers, with genealogy and classic Japanese or Italian movies in between.

-Laura N.


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