Desmond-Fish Gives Away Books on World Book Night, April 23

Computer migration means catalog will be down all day

Tuesday, April 23, is both World Book Night and a day when the local libraries’ computer software will be migrating to a new platform. The library catalog will be down all day, both online and in the library. The Desmond-Fish Library is asking patrons to bring their library cards with them if they can and to limit the number of items they check out to three per person on that day. The Overdrive online resource for ebooks and downloadable audiobooks, however, should still be working. Patrons will still be able to access the Internet on the library’s computers, just not the library catalog. Patrons may wish to request and renew books online on April 21 and 22, before the catalog goes down. All should be back to normal on April 24.

To compensate, the Desmond-Fish Library will be giving away 20 free copies of Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. These books were donated to the library as part of World Book Night. World Book Night in the U.S. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading the love of reading and community-based literacy outreach. April 23 is Shakespeare’s birthday (as well as Cervantes’) and will be the date for this national campaign every year. That evening, volunteers with blue and white stickers saying “I am a book giver” will give away books in public places.

World Book Night is especially intended to introduce the joy of reading to people who don’t ordinarily read for pleasure. The Desmond-Fish Library, 472 Route 403 in Garrison, would especially like to invite people who seldom read to stop by and pick up their free copy of Girl With a Pearl Earring.

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