2006-11-30 / News

Library introduces a new e-mail service to deliver news about books

The Jamestown library knows it is hard for book lovers to keep track of titles they might enjoy - whether newly published or older classics. That's why the library has added a service that delivers news about books and library events directly to subscribers' e-mail boxes. Newsletters range from bestseller lists to new fiction and nonfiction to genre fiction, such as mystery, romance, and science fiction. Newsletters devoted to children's books and authors are also available. Community members can sign up for as many newsletters as they would like at no charge. Most newsletters are sent monthly. To see the full list of e-newsletters available from the Jamestown library and to subscribe, visit the library home page and click on BookLetters.

Reference librarian Deborah Homer said,"It's a great way to keep up the with the latest new books in your area of interest.

"Books are selected by professionals with more than 100 years of combined book-industry experience. Each newsletter presents about four to six titles with a brief description of each. Subscribers can link directly from the description

of the book to the library's catalog, where they can place a reserve on the title. So in a matter of minutes, subscribers can learn about a book they might like to read and make sure the library notifies them when it becomes available." she added.

"There's no easier way to keep up with what's going on at the library and find books in your specific areas of interest than to subscribe to BookLetters," Homer said.

The BookLetters newsletters are also available on the library's Web site www.jamestownri.com/ library for viewing at any time. According to Homer, using Web and e-mail technology to reach out to book lovers is a logical extension of library service. "We need to make it easy for people to take advantage of the library's resources," she said. "E-mailing our patrons with news about books in their areas of interest is free to the patrons, easy, and meets the needs of today's busy information consumers. I encourage everyone to visit our Web site and sign up for their BookLetters today," Homer said.

Among the several types of newsletters offered by BookLetters are: Audio, new audio books (monthly); Book Sizzle, books in the news on timely topics (monthly); BookLetters Daily, a single book reviewed every day; Books on the Air, hot new releases being talked about (weekly); Business, new business titles (monthly); Chapter A Day, listen to a book in daily installments; Children's Chapter Books, new fiction and nonfiction for young readers (monthly).

Other offerings include Children's Picture Books, a monthly preview of what's new; Fiction Bestsellers, the top 15 from the New York Times (weekly); Fiction Preview, see what's coming out (monthly); Large Print, fiction, nonfiction, mystery, and romance (monthly); Lifestyles, cooking, gardening, home decorating and more (monthly); Meet the Author, behind the scenes with today's hot authors (weekly); Meet the Children's Author, profiles of leading authors and illustrators (bi-monthly); Mystery, new titles, new series, profiles of authors. (monthly); New Fiction, the best of new fiction (monthly).

The library will also create a newsletter for both of its book discussion groups. Library staff will modify and add to some of the above newsletters.

Call the library at 423-7280 for more information.

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