Promoting the Public Library Via Email

By Deane Barker on April 5, 2004

Libraries Use Internet to Entice Readers
: Interesing use of email to get more people into the library.

Patrons of the Dougherty County Library open their e-mail every day to find a chapter or so of a book. The hope is that these “five-minute reads” will get them to check the book out – or buy it. Even if they do neither, they can go to the library’s Web site and share their thoughts on the excerpt with fellow readers.

The library in this south Georgia town is one of 3,000 nationwide using the Internet to serve both bookworms and the time-pressed.