News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 03/01/2013
Subject :

Favorite Authors Come to You with Palo Alto City Library's New Author Alerts
Contact : Diane Lai, Division Head, Collection and Technical Services, Library    (650) 329-2517

Palo Alto, CA – The Palo Alto City Library is delighted to announce the launch of its latest digital service, Author Alerts. Customers can now get notified immediately by email or text message when books by their favorite authors, audiobooks read by their favorite narrators, music by their favorite performers, and DVDs by their favorite actors and directors are added into the library catalog.

With Author Alerts, customers first simply create a profile with either an email address or cell phone number.  Then they add their favorite authors or performers to that profile. When the library orders anything by that author or performer, the customer automatically receives an alert via email or text message.  Alerts include a link to the item in the catalog so the customer can place a request immediately.

Author Alerts’ push technology means customers never miss the latest books, music or movies of interest because the timeliest catalog information will come directly to them in their preferred notification format. Customers will also enjoy discovering new authors and performers that others in our community love through Author Alerts’ optional social sharing features.

Library Director Monique le Conge remarks, “We’re so pleased to provide another new digital service connecting our customers with the library collection through today’s preferred communication technologies. Now the items you most want in the library collection appear in your email or text messages right when it’s most relevant so you don’t miss the newest releases of  your favorite authors or performers.” 

Create a profile in the new Author Alerts service from the link found right at the top of the library catalog at

Author Alerts is a service created by Engaged Patrons.  More information about Engaged Patrons can be found at

For more information about this and other Palo Alto City Library services and programs, visit the website at or call 650-329-2436.