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Liverpool Public Library unveils new web site

One feature Polly is especially excited about is the access the site provides to BookLetters, a program for libraries that combines cut-and-paste technology, content and electronic distribution to allow patrons to learn about materials the library owns.

"BookLetters lets us create pages tied to catalogues," Polly said.

BookLetters creates newsletters that can be delivered via e-mail to patrons' homes or offices. Users have access to online book discussions, new titles and authors, professional book reviews and LPL staff recommendations. Patrons can check availability and even reserve the books right from the e-mails. If they choose, patrons can also opt for RSS feeds instead of e-mails.

Liverpool is the only library in the county that subscribes to this service.

"We're just making this content available," Polly said. "Now you can keep in touch without having to come in here. Our virtual branch is open 24/7."

Indeed, the entire web site is designed for the convenience of Liverpool Central School District residents, offering them 24/7 access to things they otherwise would have had to make the trip to the library for. In addition to book reviews and hold requests, patrons can also register for programs and classes at the library through the site. They can check the calendar for library and community events, access information on Liverpool history, reserve a library computer for use onsite or take part in online polls.

And there are resources for all ages, from pre-readers -- the recently unveiled BookPaws program -- to senior citizens -- the content on this page is shown in larger font.

If you're interested in donating to the library, the site has a place for that. Patrons can access LPL's Amazon wish list and purchase items for delivery to the library. They can also shop the library store, sale proceeds from which go right back into library programs.

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