La GRANDE — Santa isn’t the only one with elves. La Grande’s Cook Memorial Library has its own helper.

Library director Kip Roberson said in a news release the new “Library Elf” helps patrons manage library loans and holds.

“If you have multiple library cards to keep track of, say, your own card plus the kids’, you can quickly and easily link and check multiple accounts at the same time, without needing to log in to each account separately through the SAGE/library catalog website,” according to Roberson.

Library Elf is “like having your own little digital personal assistant,” he continued, that provides reminders about upcoming overdue items, alerts about actual overdue items and hold requests.

But perhaps the system’s best feature, he said, is the automatic renewal.

“With Library Elf, you can set up library materials to automatically renew once they’re due, offering you a bit of a reprieve from those overdue blues,” noted Roberson. “This feature will only kick in as long as no one else has a request on the same item you have checked out, but still — you can’t beat the convenience and peace of mind it provides.”

To connect your library account(s) to the service, go to www.LibraryElf.com, click on “List of Libraries,” scroll down until you find Oregon and Cook Memorial Library, and click on “sign-up.”

Roberson also reported the Cook Memorial Library received a $17,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation. The money will go toward purchasing new computers for the public to use.

“We should be able to place the order for the computers and software in December with a rollout to patrons in very early 2020,” Roberson said in the news release. “It is going to be 16 computers, which is our entire inventory of computers used by the public.”

The library’s computers are showing their age, he continued, and so many were out of order the library removed them.

The next generation of the library’s computers will feature Windows 10, a much faster processor, larger monitors, the Microsoft Office Suite of products and improved security and privacy features, according to Roberson, who credited staff with winning the grant.

“The staff spent considerable time this past summer completing and submitting the grant application to the OCF, and their hard work has definitely paid off,” he stated.

For more information about the Library Elf and other library programs and events, contact the library at 541-962-1339 or visit cookmemoriallibrary.org.

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