OWL’s New Website

OWL has a new website redesigned by Gigantic, Inc of NYC. If you haven’t seen it yet, we encourage you to visit and explore. In the coming weeks, we’ll be adding additional content to the sidebar features (so stay tuned) and of course we’ll be updating the site regularly with the latest news on OWL programs, services and materials.

Here are some highlights of our new website that I’d like to bring to your attention:

With our new website, you can click on an icon on our front page to send in an online application to book our meeting room. The Library offers the meeting room to non-profit organizations (free of charge) and to for-profit organizations and businesses (for a reasonable hourly fee of $50). Whenever you use our meeting room, you have access to our high-speed WiFi connection, an LCD projector and screen, a podium, four tables and 100 chairs, and a sink, all in an air-conditioned setting. Our room comfortably accomodates 75 to 85 people. To read the full details of our applicable policies, click on About OWL then select Policies.

The Library has an excellent array of online e-learning tools that you can access at OWL and from home. We work hard to collect the best assortment of subscription-based tools and websites all in one place for a “one stop” reference/research experience; check it out at Online Research. Some patron favorites include:

Project Vote Smart– a user-friendly way to access voting records and profiles of state and national politicians and political candidates. Just enter your zip code (or state) and select profiles and voting records for presidential candidates, senators, representatives, state legislaters, and more. Here is a quick link to 06759.

Price It! – an antiques and collectibles pricing guide. This simple-to-use online resource delivers more than 20 million realized prices on treasures and more than 10 million images. The service requires an OWL library card to access.

Heritage Quest Online– This is a family history and genealogical research guide that is a resource for census data, family records and local histories. Its collection includes U.S. federal census, tax list, city directory, land and probate record, birth record, marriage record, and death record data.

What do I read next? That question can also be answered on OWL’s new website! Visit our Books & Reading link to browse OWL Staff Picks, New Acquisitions, information on our three monthly book discussion groups, and to access our reader advisory e-learning tools like Novelist, Contemporary Authors, What Do I Read Next, and much more.

Did you know the library also rents an LCD projector for use by Litchfield residents, businesses and Friends of OWL? Did you realize you can bring in a cup of coffee to the Library? Curious about OWL’s history? Wondering who is on OWL’s Board of Trustees? All these answers and more can be found in the About OWL section of our website. Read our policies, find out OWL’s history, learn more about FAQ and other OWL services, or take note of OWL people – it’s all there.

Every month, OWL features a range of programs for adults, teens and children. From our website, you can read about current and upcoming events on our adult and children’s program pages, or for a quick glance, check out our Events Calendar.

Not sure what you have out on your card? Need to renew that bestseller and DVD you borrowed? Visit My Account!

There is much to explore on our new website! Be sure to check back often to see our updated features and get the most current content. Enjoy!

~Ann Marie

P.S. For more information on how to design a website, we encourage you to attend our free workshop presentation, “Website Fundamentals 101” with Doug Gouey-Guy at OWL on Tuesday March 25th from 7-8:30 p.m. Doug has been working in E-Commerce for nearly ten years and is the current founder of Guy Consulting Group in Litchfield.

Ann Marie is the Library Director for the Oliver Wolcott Library.

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