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Stop by the library and check it out

Staff reports

It’s National Library Week, and residents are invited to the Douglas County Public Library to check it out – literally.

Sponsored by the American Library Association, the week is designed to bring attention to the library, said Librarian Linda Deacy.

“We’re just bringing our new system on-line,” she said, encouraging people to stop by.

The new system includes a self-checkout machine for use by patrons, and Deacy said classes are planned to show people how the new system works. The self-checkout machine was funded by a donation from the Smallwood Foundation.

“We don’t want to leave people behind who aren’t comfortable with it, but, at the same time, we don’t want to become an automatic teller machine,” she said.

n C’mon-line. She said several on-line services will be available to patrons.

“People who are really will be able to log-in to our catalog system from home, place holds on books and check on their accounts. For some people, coming to the library is the part they don’t like and we need to find a way to serve their needs. For people who do enjoy the social aspect of coming to the library, there will be more of us to go around,” Deacy said.

She also asked patrons to be patient with the Minden library’s “growing pains” as the expansion progresses.

“We’re finished with the roof,” she said. “We hope to go to bid on the expansion the first part of May,” she said.