Sneak Previews by email


La Grange Park and Lyons public libraries in Chicago are now sending out select chapters of books to their patrons by email. Check out The Chicago Sun Times for the full story.

\"We\'re trying to find a balance between books and computers,\" said Dixie Conkis, executive director of the La Grange Park Library. \"It\'s a marriage of the old and the new.\"

\"The American Library Association said this is the only service of its kind. About 30 libraries across the country have signed up, said Suzanne Beecher, founder of the Chapter-A-Day Internet site, which made its online book club available to libraries in January.\"The libraries began offering the free service this month. In La Grange Park, the library has had about 50 people sign up. Lyons doesn\'t have a count yet. But it\'s already seeing a rise in requests for the featured titles.

\"The idea is to get the people who wouldn\'t make it to the library,\" said Denise Ard, executive director of the Lyons Public Library.