Finding Events – Easier Than Ever

July 13th, 2011

IMG_9945A while back we asked for your opinion on our website.  Many of you provided feedback and we listened.  One specific area that many of you commented on was the events calendar and system, and based on your feedback, we did a major overhaul of the events area of our site.  The new events calendar is easy to use and allows for more refined searching based on date range, branch, age group, or type of event.  There’s also a search box that will search all events based on the keywords you use.  Let me give you a few examples:

The searching options can be as simple or as detailed as you want.  The first step is to pick a date range with the calendars.  You can pick a single day, week, the entire month or longer if you wish.  The other searching items are hidden until you select them.  There are three boxes labeled Branch, Age Group, and Category and if you click select, the boxes will expand with more options to refine your search.  (These check boxes are called facets.  I promise that’s as technical as I’m going to get.)  For example, say you’re only interested in programs at Perryville.  If you uncheck the boxes for the other branches (or click deselect all and check only Perryville), then you will only see Perryville’s events when you click the search events button.  You can use a combination of any of the three “facet” categories to create very detailed searches.  For instance, you can search for events for preschoolers at North East, or history programs for adults at Chesapeake City, or book discussions for teens at Elkton. Just remember to click search events to refresh the list.

Our new system goes beyond just searching and seeing what’s available.  You can now also register for some programs online with a few easy clicks – simply enter in your name and phone number.  Also, if you provide your email address, the system will send you a convenient reminder email a few days before the program.IMG_9928

The feedback you gave us about our website was very helpful and appreciated.  We are continuing to look at ways to improve the site and have some more changes coming soon that we hope you will find useful.  (Spoiler Alert: Many of the Catalog issues brought up in the survey will be addressed soon.  You will be seeing changes by the end of the year!)  Thanks again for your help!

Click here to see our new events calendar and try it out.

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Our New Events Calendar

January 13th, 2011

Great news! We are pleased to announce that we’ve updated our events calendar to make it easier to use and easier to find the events that interest you most.  We used your feedback to make some major improvements.

First, take a look at our revamped events calendar page, now enabled with many helpful features. It’s wonderfully customizable – want to find a craft program for your teen within the next month? Or a great book discussion at your local branch? Simply select the date range and use the branch, age group and category check boxes to customize your results. The search feature is also easy to use. If you’re looking for a certain program, just select the date range and search a keyword for instant results.  FYI: When you land on the page, it automatically show events happening at all branches in the next 7 days.

Next, check out the cool slide shows on the homepage, teens, parents, adults and small business pages.  These slide shows highlight exciting upcoming events, giving you a quick overview of what’s going on. You can click any slide to get more information.

Finally, scroll to the bottom of any page and you’ll find convenient links to our Facebook and Twitter pages. Join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest updates on our classes and programs, as well as other interesting info for library lovers.

Thanks again for your helpful feedback, as well as your patience while we made the improvements. Stay tuned for more great changes!

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