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Updates on Library Service

Update about placing holds (6/25/2020): The place a hold button is back!  InfoSoup users can now place holds and request items from their own library and from other InfoSoup libraries. Due to limited transit between libraries, users will be limited to placing 10 holds. Users who already have more than 10 holds will not lose these holds. Please also note that due to changes in how holds are delivered, InfoSoup can no longer display your position in a holds queue.

Update about returned items (6/12/2020: Due to quarantine of materials you may receive an overdue notice for a returned item if a due date passes while the item is in quarantine. Please disregard these notices. All items will be backdated to the date they were returned and no fines assessed due to quarantining. Please wait at least 3 days before contacting your library about returned material. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Update about limited deliver service: We have begun limited transit between libraries filling existing holds. The request/hold button in InfoSoup is still suppressed while we work through the backlog of old holds. Other than for existing holds, items are still currently only available at the owning library. Status changed on 6/25/2020.

Update - 6/3/2020

Some InfoSoup Libraries are opening on a limited basis. Please contact you local library to learn more.

Many InfoSoup libraries are offering curbside pick-up and some libraries are looking to open soon by appointment. Since delivery service has not been reinstated between libraries, materials are limited to what is currently available at each location. While you can still see what your local library has available by searching InfoSoup, the ability to request material and place holds has been temporarily removed from the InfoSoup catalog.

Pick-up service is by appointment only and will vary by library. Please contact your local library to learn if/when curbside pick-up service will be available and how to request and pick up materials.

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PEN America Literary Awards

Since 1963, the PEN America Literary Awards have honored many of the most outstanding voices in literature across diverse genres. 2020 Winners were announced at a ceremony on March 2. Check out our PEN Literary Awards booklist to find some of the 2020 Winners and finalists in InfoSoup. The top prize, the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, "recognizes a book-length work of any genre for its originality, merit, and impact, which has broken new ground by reshaping the boundaries of its form and signaling strong potential for lasting influence. To view all the award categories and to learn more, visit the PEN America Literary Awards page.

March Fourth and Be Counted

Your response matters. The 2020 Census is right around the corner and getting a complete and accurate count requires everyone’s help. From health clinics, fire departments and schools to even roads and highways, the census will shape many different aspects of our communities. Tune into your local news station on March 4th to learn how to march forth and be counted.

See our Census page for to learn more »

 

ALA Book Award Winners

Each year, usually in January, the American Library Association (ALA) honors books and media for children and teens. The oldest and best known of these awards are the Caldecott and Newbery Medal. Check out our Children's Book Awards page our Award Winning Books for Teens page for this years ALA winners and honor books and to learn more about the awards.

Census 2020

The 2020 Census marks the first time there will be a widely available online response option. Have qusestions about the 2020 census? Want to learn more about how the online option works? Check out our 2020 Census page for quick links to commonly asked questions about the census.

 

2019 National Book Awards

The 2019 National Book Award winners were announced on Wednesday, November 20th. Check out this years winners and finalists for Fiction and Nonfiction. To learn more about the books and authors, visit the National Book Award web site.