LIBRARY NOTES – January 2013

apl library-thumbnailBy Barbara Mellon

Rosy red cheeks, ice on car windshields, boots and gloves at the ready:  all signs that winter in the Catskills is in full force. What better way to spend a cold wintery night than to wrap up in a warm blanket while reading a book in front of the fire, snuggle on the couch with a loved one to enjoy a movie, or listen to an audio book while baking something that will fill your home with delicious aromas!  Be sure to stop in at the library to stock up on reading, watching and listening materials to get you through the season.

For those of you who use the Four County Library System website ( to order books and DVDs from interlibrary loan, access the online research center, or borrow e-books via the Download Zone, expect some changes the next time you visit. The site was updated in mid-December and looks quite different. Per 4CLS, “You’ll find a new look and a new online catalog that offer improved accessibility with a variety of new features. You can check out bestseller lists, create your own reading lists, and search our database for a title or author using an enhanced search feature. After making your choices from your ‘hit list’ you can even text that information to your Smartphone for easy follow up.”

One major difference is the introduction of a “Discovery Search” which allows you to look for titles directly from the home page. If you find the new feature confusing at first, mid-way down the home page is an option to “Click Here” to use the classic catalog search to which you’re accustomed.  As always, should you have any questions, just call us here at the Andes Public Library and we’ll do our best to give you a hand.

Don’t let the winter doldrums get you down. With only a bit of effort, you can find any number of things to do around the area throughout the season. Here at the library, we offer Story Hour for toddlers and pre-schoolers every Wednesday morning at 11 am. For the somewhat older crowd, the Stitch Witches meet the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 2 pm to share their crafts and conversation. And monthly at 7 pm on the third Thursday, lusty lovers of all things Italian get together to talk, learn, listen and enjoy a variety of topics regarding the art, music, food, history, language and customs of Italy. On the 1st Thursday of each month at 5 pm, our book group meets to discuss its latest selection. For more information on any of these programs, or to talk about starting a program of your own, call us at 845-676-3333.  ~