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Digital Content now searchable within library catalog

Search results in the Enterprise library catalog now include digital content that can be accessed directly from the Overdrive website with one click.  Ebooks, digital audiobooks, and streaming movies can be checked out (or placed on hold) without having to make a separate visit to the Digital Download Center found under the "Find an Item" tab on our homepage.

Digital content will be clearly identified as "Electronic Format" on the results page.

Another new feature is the "Buy It Now" button.  This allows you to purchase titles if you so desire - a portion of the sale will go to benefit  our library system.  Something to think about if you have to read (or listen to or watch) it right now!

Changes to Overdrive

Overdrive, our content provider for e-books, digital audio and video, has recently updated its features.  Following are the options you'll see next time you sign in to your account:

Hold suspensions - You can suspend your hold on the waiting list for a title.  This keeps you advancing on the list but does not make the title available to you until you're ready for it.

Auto checkout - When a title becomes available, it will be automatically checked out to you, and you'll get an email indicating so.

Maturity levels - Search results can be limited by Children, Teen, and Adult reading levels.

Changes in the website include a new "Recommended for You" feature that displays as soon as you sign in.  Boolean searching has changed from "OR" to "AND".  That means your search results will become more relevant since all the keywords you type in must appear in the resulting list of titles.  Minor bug fixes have been added, too.

New Nook Titles

FYI - we've refreshed the content of our eReaders.  Check one out soon and you'll find dozens of bestsellers and classics pre-loaded without the hassle of downloading.  Is there travel in your near future?  Are you stressed out about what book to take with you and want to avoid the dreaded baggage check-in?  Stuff one of these little beauties in your carry-on!  These Nooks are the perfect way to carry an entire library along with you.  Don't take the risk of dragging along a hardcopy bestseller that might turn out to be a dud - give yourself options so you aren't left empty-handed and take some of the stress out of traveling!

Remember, if you currently have a Nook checked out, refresh the Library content when you are connected to the internet.  Enjoy! 

New titles on Nooks

We've just added more bestselling titles to our eReaders.  So if you find yourself waiting and waiting for a new release, why not take one of our Nooks out for a spin?  On them you'll find The Fault in Our Stars, Little Failure, One More Thing, and more.  With over 80 titles on each Nook, you're sure to find something to suit your taste.  (And if you currently have one checked out, be sure to click on the refresh button in the Library view while you are connected to the internet so that you can see the new additions).  Please do us a favor and fill out the survey at the address listed on the inside of the cover of the Nook when you check it out.  We want your feedback!  

Shout out to volunteers

If you've been to the library recently, you will have noticed that we've moved things around quite a bit.  We've begun the process of preparing for a renovation that is being partially subsidized by a construction grant from the New York State Department of Library Development.  The very first step involved moving collections to new locations both temporary and permanent.  We could not have accomplished this Herculean task without the help of volunteers who braved both dust and the Dewey Decimal System.  And so a very big thank you to:  Eve, Danielle, Vanessa, Taylor, Stan, Jenna, Jacob, Amal, Grace, Tara, Christopher, Thomas, Abigail, Naomi, Daniel, Laura, and Alexandra.  We truly could not have done this without you!

Following are the new locations of those collections affected:

Large Print Books have simply shifted back towards the Rockland Room.  This is their permanent location.

International Language Books and Periodicals are temporarily located in a standalone bookstack right under the red exit sign in the middle of the main level.

Nook eReaders Recharged

We've freshened up the content of our adult eReaders with dozens of current titles from The New York Times Bestseller lists as well as some favorite classics.  And now you can reserve them in our online catalog or at the reference desk.  Take a look at the selection of fiction, nonfiction and classics.  You're sure to find something to suit your reading tastes.

Our eReaders are perfect for travel, great for weekend read-a-thons brought on by wintry weather, and a godsend for those of us struggling with small print.  Drop by the reference desk soon and check one out.  Or go straight to the catalog and reserve one now.  eReaders are available for New City and West Nyack patrons.  See the entire lending policy here.

New quiet area

I have often lamented that we cannot close our ears with as much ease as we can our eyes.  ~ Sir Richard Steele, Irish politician and author, 1672-1729.

The Pew Research Center recently conducted a survey of library services for their Internet and American Life Project. One question asked of a sampling of Americans was, "What services and programs do you find very important for libraries to offer?"  When we examine the answers, we find that the New City Library scores pretty well with fulfilling these wishes.  Librarians?  Check! Books?  Check!  Free access to computers and the internet?  Check!

Summer Newsletter

The Summer 2013 newsletter is out!  Hard copies are available at the library, and you can also access it online here.  We're using a different email manager to distribute the newsletter now, so if you have not received yours, please be sure to sign up for future mailings.  As always, any questions, please call the reference desk at x125 or x126.

Updated Mobile App for Overdrive

Overdrive Media Console, the app that enables you to check out our e-books, has been updated to v2.6.5.  Due to a change in Apple's privacy policies, iOS users will be asked to re-authorize with their Adobe ID.  After you have updated the app, you will be prompted to enter your Adobe ID and password.  Android users are not affected by this update.  Any questions, please call the reference desk at x125 or x126. 

With a little help from our Friends....

Have you noticed those new blue and white road signs directing drivers to the New City Library?  Thanks to the FRIENDS of the New City Library, annual membership dues offset the cost of purchasing the seven directional signs placed at key intersections throughout Clarkstown.

Please help FRIENDS with other projects on the Library's wish list and join us today or renew your membership.  Applications are available at the Library and there are several membership levels to select from.

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