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This week’s question: How can I keep up to date on what’s new in the type of library materials I’m interested in, such as large type books or feature films or audiobooks?

There are a few ways to keep up to date. First, check out the New and Recommended link that appears on the new search page of our catalog.
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This is a handy page, because it contains links to both our New Arrivals RSS feeds and our enewsletter RSS feeds. Feeds display well in Internet Explorer and Firefox. If you use Chrome as your browser and haven't added the RSS extension, go here and click the box that says Add to Chrome to make RSS feeds display correctly.
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You can also access all of our RSS feeds by viewing the drop-down menu under Books, Movies and Music, and choosing either New Arrivals – Books, or New Arrivals – Films & Music. You can access the feeds there any time or subscribe to receive any of them in your own news reader. To decide if you want to subscribe to RSS feeds and find out how to do it, watch this short video.

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Here’s a question from the patron survey: How can I get a list of all the feature films you have in a certain genre, like action or comedy?

Go to our web site, www.cooklib.org. Hover over Books, Movies and Music and choose Movies and TV from the drop down menu.
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In the top left corner you’ll see a box with the most popular movie genres listed.
genrefilmsClick one to bring up your chosen list in our catalog.

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Do some of your favorite authors write series? Do you sometimes wonder which of their books are in which series, or the order of books in a particular series? Wonder no more! One of the Library Links on the bottom of every results page in our catalog is What’s Next: Books in Series. Just click that link and enter the author’s name and/or the series name and you will have your answers.
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This week's question: Can I somehow make the catalog remember what I've checked out, even after I've returned the items?

That's what My Reading History is for. To turn it on, click the My Reading History  button in My Account. You will then see a button that says ActivateOnce My Reading History is activated, the catalog will begin to keep a chronological record of the items you check out, with the exception of items borrowed through Interlibrary Loan. You may delete titles from your My Reading History list or de-activate the service at any time by clicking the My Reading History button and then the Delete or Deactivate button.
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Some folks who completed our survey asked for more information on library programs, particularly
how to find out about what’s being offered, and how to suggest topics for future programs.

There are several ways to keep informed about programs the library is offering. On our web site (www.cooklib.org)
you can hover over the Calendar & News tab and then choose programs for adults, teens or kids. If you choose
Calendar, you will see a day-by-day display of programs for all ages.calendar
You will also find a link to the calendar on the bottom of every page in our online catalog. We also announce our programs on Facebook and Twitter.

If you want to make learning about our programs totally effortless,
sign up for our email blasts to receive flyers
about programs in your email.

To suggest topics for future adult programs, click the Program Suggestions link in the We Want to Hear From You
box in the upper right corner of every page of the
Adult Programs section of our web site.