Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Library Launches New Website for Patrons

Visitors to the Forsyth County Public Library's website at www.forsythpl.org can enjoy a more mobile-friendly experience as a new website launches on Wednesday, July 29.

The new site is cloud-based, rather than being hosted on local server equipment. That means the website won't go down in the event of a power or internet service outage at library headquarters. Hosting the new website in the cloud will ensure continuity and ensure that our patrons can always access the library's online services.

Patrons will notice other convenient changes on the new site, as well.

"The new website is reactive, which means it will automatically change to fit the viewer's screen, whether they're using a phone, a tablet, or a full-sized laptop or desktop screen," says Information Technology & Facilities Manager Holly Barfield.

Reading recommendations will now appear on nearly every page, helping visitors discover new books, audiobooks, magazines, and online learning tools. Visitors will also find complete information about materials, programs, and services organized by age in the Kids, Teens, and Adult information portals.

Original content from the Forsyth Remembers oral history project will also be available on the new website. Visitors can stream 18 Forsyth Remembers audio recordings commemorating the first manned Lunar Landing in 1969. Another set of audio recordings dedicated to the construction of Lake Sidney Lanier and life on its shores is expected to be available on the website later this year.

Circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic required the library to make changes in operating hours, curbside pickup, and the availability of meeting rooms. As a result, room reservations will not be immediately available on the new website.

"When we are able to return to full operations, patrons will find all information about our branches, including the ability to request a meeting room, study room, or conference room reservation, in a single location on the new website," explains Barfield.

Patrons who have questions about using the new website are encouraged to visit the Ask Us desk at any FCPL location, call 770-781-9840, or use the online Ask a Librarian service.