Tuesday, November 21, 2006


The Tom Green County Library System has introduced BookNews, a new online service for readers. This new reader's advisory service gives readers access to free electronic newsletters about a wide variety of books via the library system's newly-revamped Web site, www.tgclibrary.com, or delivered directly to their e-mail address.

Readers can access the service via the BookNews link from the home page of www.tgclibrary.com, and select the newsletters they wish to read. They can also elect to receive the monthly newsletters via e-mail on the 15th of each month.

Readers can select electronic newsletters based on genres, including new fiction, new non-fiction, mystery, classics, business books, home and garden books, and science fiction books. The newsletters are also categorized by books that have received awards, such as the Pulitzer Prize for History and a newsletter about works for children that have received the Caldecott Medal for illustration. Other categories include age (such as books for children and teens), large-print books, audio books and other interests.

The newsletters include reviews, descriptions and author commentaries. Links within the newsletters take subscribers directly to the Tom Green County Library System catalog, so they can easily see if a title is available at their local library or anywhere in the library system.

BookNews is just one feature of the system's new Web site, which features a number of other services. The site provides access to full-text articles in thousands of magazines and newspapers, selected Internet sites for research, electronic books from NetLibrary, the "Ask a Librarian" online reference service, and more.

For more information on library services, contact the Tom Green County Library at (325) 655-7321, see the reference staff at any Tom Green County library, or visit the library system's Web site at www.tgclibrary.com.