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Free Comic Book Day @ APL -- Saturday, May 2

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Free Comic Book Day is held every year on the first Saturday in May at comic book stores around the country.  Now, through a partnership with Westfield Comics in Madison, this annual tradition is coming to the Antigo Public Library this Saturday, May 2nd. 

Stop by all day between 9 AM and 4 PM to pick from a selection of comic books absolutely free!  We have comics suitable for kids, teens, and adults, starring characters from the Avengers to the Teen Titans to Scooby-Doo.   These comics are available to everyone regardless of cardholder status or any fines owed, so don't miss this chance!  

If we run out of a particular title, it's gone, so come early for the biggest choice -- and see you on Saturday!

APL Acquires Games for Circulation

Our new Youth Services Librarian, Steph, has acquired a collection of games for Playstation 3, XBox 360 and Nintendo Wii which now circulate to gamers! See the lists below for your favorites:

Playstation 3:

  • Unchartered 3: Drake's Deception and Among Thieves
  • Madden NFL 15
  • Little Big Planet 3
  • Rayman Legends
  • inFamous and inFamous 2
  • Minecraft
  • Journey
  • Ratchet and Clank: Collection and Into the Nexus

XBox 360:

  • Minecraft
  • FIFA 15
  • Forza Motorsport 4
  • Madden NFL 15
  • Terraria
  • LEGO movie videogame
  • Final Fantasy: Platinum Hits

Nintendo Wii:

  • Just Dance 2015
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • LEGO Star Wars: the complete saga
  • Metroid: Other M

Come in or search the catalog and check out your favorites!

Ratchet & Clank

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Antigo Public Library recently kicked off its 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Club! This free program encourages you to read 1000 books with your child before he or she enters school—a goal experts say children need to help them learn to read for themselves.

One of the best ways to encourage learning is to spend time sharing books every day. Reading together helps develop important pre-reading skills that provide a solid literacy foundation—a key to school and learning success. Plus, sharing stories together is fun!

Also, there are gifts your child can earn for each step of the reading challenge, plus your child can earn stickers to affix to the giant houses we've constructed in the children's area of the library.

Sign up anytime by visiting the library!

Opt In to Text Alerts

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Cell phone users can opt in to receive text alerts. These alerts include: notice that an item you placed on hold is now available; courtesy notices for items coming due shortly; and overdue notices. Only the patron, however, can choose this option; the library staff cannot "turn on" this feature for you.

Receiving notices via text alert is the fastest means of receiving these notices.

If you're interested, under My Library on the V-Cat catalog home page, select My Account and then Modify Patron Information. Fill in your mobile number (even if you think we already have it), read the terms and conditions for receving alerts, check the Opt In box, and scroll to the bottom and click Submit. If you have previously chosen to receive email or phone notices, you will still receive these, but text alerts will be sent in addition to the other means.

You must have both an email account and a cell phone in order to opt in to text alerts.

New Features of the Online Catalog

New Catalog

Brochures:

There are a number of new features in the Sierra online catalog, some of which will be new to patrons.

Reading History and Reading Lists
Patrons have long wanted to be able to keep lists of what they have already checked out from the library, as well as lists of what they want to read.  Now they can do just that!   Both are very useful tools, but they function quite differently.

  • Reading History
    Keeping a history of everything you check out in Sierra is not an option that every user wants.  Because of the Patriot Act, all such reading histories can be subject to subpoena.  However, users are given the option of opting in to this feature if they wish.  Sierra will NOT keep a Reading History unless you tell it to do so.
  • Reading Lists
    You can create multiple Reading Lists at any time in the catalog , and, from these lists, you can place holds on items.

Using the Book Bag
The book bag is a handy tool when  you want to request more than one item at a time or add more than one item to a reading list. Just as in an online store, you can collect items in a bag (similar to a shopping cart, but free) so that you can save time and effort in performing a single transaction rather than a multitude of individual ones. Fill up your bag and then request everything with one click, or put your bagged items in a saved list.

OverDrive Functioning with Sierra but Different

OverDrive with Sierra

The patron data from Sierra has been moved to the OverDrive site where users are accustomed to checking out their eBooks and downloading audiobooks. However, there is one change: patrons will still select Antigo Public Library (if you use one of our branch libraries, select the branch after Antigo) as their library, but they will now be prompted for both their barcode and PIN from Sierra.

One of the many differences between our old software and the new Sierra is that staff can no longer look up patron's PIN numbers. These have been encrypted, so, if you've forgotten or lost your PIN number, you will have to change it. Staff can change your PIN for you, but they can't read what it originally was.

We've also heard from a number of patrons, who are avid users of OverDrive but haven't checked out materials from the library in some time, that their barcodes no longer work in OverDrive. We regret to say that their records were probably deleted before the data was migrated to the new system.

The use of OverDrive doesn’t register as circulation in the old or new library software, so if someone only uses their library card for OverDrive, in our software the card appears to be inactive.  If you are one of the unfortunates who can no longer access OverDrive because your record was purged, please stop by the library and we'll set you up with a new library card and PIN.

If you're one of our snowbirds who isn't likely to visit us until the ground thaws, send us an email, and we'll try to set up a new account for you.

Community Events Calendar

See what's going on....in all of Langlade County!

 

 

A great number of community-oriented people are pooling their resources to develop a one-stop calendar for the residents of Langlade County. Personnel at the City of Antigo, Langlade County Economic Development, the Antigo Public Library, Chamber of Commerce, Family Corner Resource Center, UW-Extention, and the Boys and Girls Club of Langlade County have found an online calendar where all community events can be entered. The Antigo School District events are included as well. This calendar will grow with the community and your input!

Just click on the date you are interested in, and that day's events will be displayed.

Please take a look and tell us what you think!

29-Apr-2015
 
 

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