Thursday, August 27, 2009

Your "Virtual Library"

Did you know your library is also online? Through our website,, you can access an abundance of information! From what's going on at the library to entertaining your kids to browsing newspaper articles you can find it through our website.

By clicking the RSACat logo you can browse our catalogue, view holdings in other libraries, place items on hold, renew materials, see what you currently have checked out, material due dates and fines owed.

If you visit our "Calendar" link you can find information on upcoming programs and events that may be of interest to you and your family.

Not sure what's new on the library shelves? Check out our "New Arrivals" section. We have our newest materials broken down into 9 different categories, including fiction and DVDs, to make searching easier for you.

Our "Reference Center" is another great resource for our patrons. Are you doing genealogy research? The HeritageQuest database will assist you in finding ancestors, all you need is your library card number. Want to find an old newspaper article? America's Newspapers has editorials, articles, obituaries, announcements and more, including a direct link to the Journal Star. If you have children, Tumblebooks is great educational entertainment! We even have databases to help you choose books based on your favorite authors or genres. There are many more great databases for you through the library's website.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Going Green with Your Library!

Today, everyone is trying harder to “go green.” Our library is trying to be as green as possible as well. Currently, we participate in the Princeville recycling program, have a yearly book sale, have live plants in and around our building. We have florescent lighting, have tinted window film, and whenever possible we use both sides of paper before recycling it.

You can help the library go green by providing us your email address. No, we won’t send you a bunch of junk mail! We will use your email to send you overdue notices and hold available notices. As an added bonus you may request to be notified a few days before your materials are due (also via email) so you can either renew or return your items and avoid dreaded late fees!

To get your email address added to your library account, or those of your children, please send us an email at, call us at 309-385-4540 or talk to someone at the service desk during your next visit (you may add the same email address to multiple library accounts). Please do not post your email in a comment to our blog for your security.

*Note: If you sign up for email alerts, you will no longer receive overdue notices by United States Postal Service mail. Please ensure that you only sign up for this service if you check your email regularly.