From Nancy . . .

Many thanks to everyone who has read and responded to our newsletter and blog. Your ideas and suggestions are great, and we intend to use them. However, the first order of business for the Public Library is a change in the software that runs the circulation, catalog and interlibrary loan.

Beginning August 11, the upgrade process necessary to install the new software will begin. The process should be complete by the end of the week, and we ask for your patience in the meantime.

We will be able to check material out during the upgrade, however we will not have access to patron records. We will not be able to look up your name and find your barcode or let you know how many books you have out, or when the DVDs you checked out are due. We also will be unable to find your card in the system. If you plan to come to the library to check out material, be sure you have your library card with you. You won't be able to check anything out unless you have your library card with you.

The online catalog will also be unavailable during this process. As always the library staff will be happy to help you find the information or items you want, but it may take a little longer than usual as we will have to consult our own memories for the answers rather than the computer memory.

At the end of the upgrade, our new software will help us do our jobs better, faster, and more accurately than before. I tend to be a little skeptical about this, but we'll see . . .

Keep in touch.