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How to See New Library Books, Movies, and Music

   Friday, February 10th, 2012 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

New Book AlertsWe now have an easy way to view all the brand new books, DVDs, and audiobooks that get added to the library catalog each week.

To see this list, just click the New Book Alerts button on our homepage. Once there, you can use the menus on the left to see just DVDs, or just Childrens books, etc.

Along the top, you can click to see previous weeks, or see more than one week at a time. These new items lists just started last week, so it'll take a few weeks to build up.

Speaking of book lists, did you know the library has a Reading Room webpage devoted to provided reading suggestions? From there you can find best seller lists and lists of award winners, "read-a-likes" similar to your favorite books and authors, staff picks, and also a list of places from which to download ebooks.

And if you'd like to have reading suggestions delivered to you automatically, via email or RSS feed, check out our Electronic Signups page. You can sign up to receive notifications of new items, best sellers, library events, our Twitter feed and more!

If you have any questions about these options, please contact the Reference Desk.

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Proper Care & Feeding of DVDs

   Friday, May 16th, 2008 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

DVDWe love our DVDs,
And we know you do too.
We’re sure you want to
take good care of them –
here’s what to do:


  • Press the center button to release the DVD from the case (you shouldn’t have to force the disk out)
  • Enjoy a snack or drink while watching (but not while handling the DVD or its case.)
  • Handle the disk by the edges only (you’d be surprised how easy it is to scratch the disk, and dirty/smudged disks don’t play right, either)
  • Keep the DVD in the case when you’re not watching it (cases get lonely when they’re separated for a long time, or brought back to the library without the disk.)
  • Teach your family the right way to handle DVDs.
  • Let us know if there’s a problem with the disk, so we can fix it for you and the next person who wants to borrow it, too.
  • Renew it, or bring it back on time (so someone else can love it, too)

Sorry, here’s one DON’T:

  • DON’T try to clean the disk yourself unless you have a disk-cleaning system – doing it the wrong way can ruin the disk.

These DOs and a DON’T will ensure that we can all love our DVDs for years to come.

These guidelines, along with the Proper Care & Feeding of books, are also available for printing as a bookmark [pdf, 90kb].

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