A new sign-up service will help Pickerington Public Library patrons make sure they never miss their favorite authors' latest releases again.

A new sign-up service will help Pickerington Public Library patrons make sure they never miss their favorite authors' latest releases again.

Thirty-three popular authors, from Mary Kay Andrews to Stuart Woods -- with others in between such as Mary Higgins Clark, Stephen King and Alexander McCall Smith -- are now part of a new Automatic Holds service at the library.

With the service, library patrons can sign up to reserve the latest books from any or all of the authors as they're released.

"We've had it about a month or two," said Laura Hanby, reference librarian. "You sign up on our website and you log in with your (library) card and PIN number.

"We have a list of authors and you click on all the ones you would like to hold when new stuff from them comes out."

A complete listing of authors featured in the new services is available under the "adults" tab at pickeringtonlibrary.org, where it's also free to sign up and use automatic holds.

Registrations also can be made at the library, 201 Opportunity Way, or by calling it at 614-837-4104.

Hanby said Automatic Holds will free readers from worrying about missing the newest material from authors they enjoy.

Donna Matturri, the library's adult services manager, said it also should help patrons get their hands on new books more quickly.

"Automatic Holds offers patrons a way to get on the hold list for books by popular authors -- authors who are typically on the bestseller list -- well in advance of the books' publication dates," Matturri said.

"If someone is a longtime reader of a particular author, we can do the work of placing holds, of keeping track of when and how often popular authors are publishing new books.

"We take care of all that guesswork so our patrons can worry about the fun stuff: reading."

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