It's a trick or treat situation when a box of new books arrives at the Cherokee Public Library. The treat is being able to see and handle the brand new books. The trick is getting them all out in a timely fashion to the people who are waiting for them.
We don't always have books or for that matter DVDs on their release date. And even if we process them promptly, it is hard for us to have them ready to go as soon as some of our patrons think they should be.
For example, when a new book arrives the first thing we do is check it against the order list. Then Judy downloads the MARC (barcode) record for each item, enters it into our computerized catalog and prints out the barcode. A pocket for the due date card must be typed, a barcode put in and the book gets stamped and covered. If there are reserves, they need to be accounted for and patrons called. It probably doesn't sound like a big operation until it's multiplied by the number of books received.
It's fun to see the new books come in and it's really fun to hand them out to the people who are anxiously waiting. Sometimes that is me and then it's especially exciting. Giving a reader a new book is like supplying a chocoholic with a box of Russell Stover.
Just in are Ken Follett's The Fall of Giants and Jonathan Franzen's Freedom. Both are long reads and both have several reserves so anyone interested will need to call the library and get on the list. Also recently arrived are Danielle Steel's The Legacy, Richard Castle's Naked Heat and Fern Michael's Cross Roads, three more anticipated titles by popular authors. Without reserves, we can offer Howie Mandel's Here's the Deal: Don't Touch Me, Garrison Keillor's Pilgrims and The Gingerbread Cookie Mystery by Joanna Fluke. Of course, by the time this column runs, even those will probably be off the shelves and checked out.
Coming up soon will be new books by Steve Berry, Barbara Bradford, Michael Connelly, Bernard Cornwell, Patricia Cornwell, Jeffrey Deaver, Fannie Flagg, Vince Flynn, Tess Gerritsen, John Grisham, Robert Jordan, Jan Karon, Stephen King, Karen Kingsbury, John LeCarre, Robert Parker, James Patterson (the man never stops!), Bill Pronzini, Anne Rice, J.D. Robb, Joel Rosenberg and Anita Shreve.
If any of these sound good, call 225-3498 and place a reserve. If no one seems to know what you're talking about, ask for me. I'm the guardian of the forthcoming book reserves! And rememberÍ there are also some great reads by lesser known authors and lots of oldies but goodies to be found at the library.