Library Elf saves you stress |

Library Elf saves you stress

Library SpotlightJudy MartensGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Have you ever had 27 items checked out from one or all six of the Garfield County Libraries, and you are wondering how in the world you’re going to keep track of all of these items? The magazines and videos are due in one week, the books are due in three and you’ve lost your little slip out of the books. Well, boy, do we have a deal for you! The Garfield County Libraries offer a service called “Library Elf” and it is free. If you have an e-mail address, you will be able to receive notices in advance of when your materials are due. You choose how far in advance you want to receive the notices to help you remember when the materials are due. Once you receive the notice, you can either link to our Web site from the e-mail notice or call us to renew your items. This service also allows you to include all of your children’s cards, your spouse’s card and your elderly next-door neighbor’s card (whom you pick up books for every other Thursday) on the same account. The Elf will notify you about all the items that are checked out when they are close to being overdue. This service also notifies you when items you have placed on hold are ready for you to pick up at your library.This service has been a lifesaver for me. I work at the library and never seem to be able to remember when things are due. (Imagine that!) Trying to keep track of my husband’s audio books, my books and our movies is just way more pressure than I need to deal with. Trust me, the Library Elf is saving my life. If you would like to see how the Library Elf would help you organize your library life, go to our Web site at and go to News and Events, then click on Library News. This process is very simple to do, but if you have any questions, please call me at 625-3471. The other important bit of information is to use the library name, “Marmot Library Network.” I hope you all try this service, and that it helps you like it has helped me.Judy Martens is branch manager of the Rifle Branch Library.

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