Friday, August 10, 2007


Our consortium, Sails, recently subscribed to "Tumblebooks: e books for e kids." Children can read books, listen to audiobooks, do puzzles and games, and learn a foreign language. Click on the link here, or go to and click on'll find a link to Tumblebooks there.
Let us know what you think!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Heritage Quest On-Line

We've recently purchased licenses to two genealogy databases. is available to users who come in our library. Heritage Quest may be accessed from your home computer, by clicking on "On-Line" on the left side of our home page at, then clicking on Heritage Quest. You must log in by entering your Mansfield P.L. library card barcode. Heritage Quest is also available here in the library, of course! Please contact our Reference Librarian, Mary, should you have any questions or comments. We welcome them!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

What others are reading

Folks are often interested in what other people are reading! People who are browsing for something new to read are often interested in books that other people have returned. There are two places to find out what people in our Sails Library Network are reading. When you log into Ibistro, there are 2 places to click to get this information. One is titled "What others are reading," and if you click on "more items" you'll see the most popular authors, titles, and subjects in our library. Or, you can click on "Titles with most holds" under "Library Info."
These two different lists are quite different. For example, lots of people are looking up HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS but there are only a few hundred holds on the title, and there are 650 people (system wide) waiting for A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS.
Our staff checks the "Titles with the most holds" frequently, to make sure we have enough copies to meet the demand enough that our patrons aren't waiting "forever." Please ask us if you have any questions!