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Search the New Catalog

After months of work and preparation, we are proud to announce an updated online catalog with improved search functions and account features.  The catalog has new and improved ways to narrow your search and find exactly what you need.  In addition, there are some great new preview functions and discovery tools.  When you log in to your account you will find improved and new features, including the ability to remove items from your reading history, estimated fines for overdue items, and more ways to control your account. We have also updated the catalog view and introduced new features for mobile device users.

New Catalog Search Features

  • Easily narrow your search with a variety of filters. After completing your initial search, use the dashboard on the left side of the screen to easily narrow your search by library branch, type of material, subject, author, and many more.
  • Quickly view item details by hovering your mouse over a title’s image. Doing this reveals a window with a brief summary view. No more clicking in and out of titles to get the details you want.
  • Peek inside a title’s pages with Google Preview. Select titles feature a Google Preview button enabling you to preview a title’s contents. Simply click the Google Preview icon and a window pops up allowing you to navigate select sections of a title. Simply close this window and you return to your search.
  • Recently viewed titles appear at the bottom of the dashboard on the left.

New Account Features

  • Easily access your account features at all times when searching the catalog. Once logged in a “My Account” box appears at the top of the dashboard to the left. Use this to easily log out of your account, or access your account by clicking your name.
  • Manage your reading history list. Easily remove items from your reading history and sort the items in the list to easily find what you are looking for.
  • Estimate fines for overdue items from the My Items Out/My Renewals view, accessible from the left dashboard under My Account. Simply select a future return date and potential overdue fines are calculated.

New Mobile Catalog Features

  • Use the Text it option and receive a title’s call number via text message.
  • Easily save searches from the bottom of any search results page.
  • Easily manage title lists from the mobile catalog.
  • Pay fines with a credit card from your mobile device.
  • Enriched content and title information that appears in the full site catalog is now available, including reviews, author biographies, NoveList, and more.
  • Estimate fines for overdue items like you can with the full site catalog.

Antiviral

Halloween is over, but, of course, that doesn't mean you have to stop watching horror movies. Do you like weird, creepy movies that aren't necessarily traditionally 'scary'? If not, you can skip this one. Antiviral is the debut film of Brandon Cronenberg, the son of Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg. If you are familiar with the father's work, this one fits right in. If not, he is most well known for what is termed the "body horror" film.

The Best American Essays 2013

The Best American Series may seem like a boring reading choice, but whenever I choose a volume from it, I am rewarded to discover new and unfamiliar authors. Plus, reading this series helps me to nudge my book selections in fresh directions. Wilderness writer Cheryl Strayed edited The Best American Essays 2013 and her intriguing selections offered lots of surprises.

Here are examples of a few of the titles: “Free Rent at the Totalitarian Hotel,” “Highway of Lost Girls,” “My Father’s Women,” “I’m Jumping off the Bridge,” and “Confessions of an Ex-Mormon.”  In “I’m Jumping off the Bridge” Kevin Sampsell, a bookseller at Portland’s Powell Books—my favorite bookstore in the world, described dealing with a suicidal patron and how artfully he handled it. But as the essay continues, you realize that the bookseller had considered suicide himself.

In the chilling “Highway of Lost Girls” Vanessa Veselka decided to investigate the murder of some female hitchhikers in the 1980s. During that time period, she had a terrifying experience while hitchhiking.  A truck driver had exited the highway and transported her down a back road. He stopped and pulled out a knife demanding that she climb in the

Knocking on Heaven's Door

If you are taking care of a very sick parent or other close relative, this is the book for you. Katy Butler, a journalist, tells the end-stories of both her parents. She lived on the left coast; they, in Connecticut when one day her father, Jeffrey, suffered a severe stroke.  Shortly after the stroke, his cardiologist recommended a pacemaker, and her mother and Katy agreed. This was without talking about any of the ramifications while he was well and could understand the consequences. His GP was against it; he had seen too many patients with hearts “outliving” the rest of their bodies.

Jeffrey recovered somewhat but by this time his type A wife has made him surrender both his belt and his wallet.  The former Wesleyan history professor was bored silly. During a week visit, Katy arranged for her dad to be picked up by a special van and brought to the pool where he used to swim.  Katy made the journey with him two days to show him the ropes, and bought him a new watch that thrilled him. His wife had also hidden his nice silver watch.  Katy’s dad loved the cheap watch and the sense of independence it gave him. After Katy left, he continued the van/swimming trips for a long time.

The book also covers Katy’s extremely difficult relationship with her mother. Did you guess that there were issues?  Katy’s two brothers took little part in caretaking their Dad because they did not get along with their mother either.  She was very controlling about their diet as adults, their haircuts, their clothes, and especially their failures in life.

Oscar

Oscar DVD CaseOne doesn't usually think of Sylvester Stallone in terms of comedy. OK, I'll admit some people think of all his acting as comedic, however most of us tend to think of Stallone as an action adventure star or as Rocky. Oscar is a departure from his normal role. This movie, loosely based on a French play of the same name by Claude Magnier, features Stallone as gangster boss Angelo Provolone trying to honor his father's wish that he would put aside his gangster ways and become an honest businessman.

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