You're looking for that book that just came out a couple of months ago. Our card catalog computer says we have it, and that it's available for checkout at the DeRidder branch. You search the shelves top to bottom, but it's just not there!

Well, it's probably up in our New Books shelves, off to the side of the circulation desk. New books that the Library acquires are put there for 2-6 months, depending on the collection they belong in. They're also a nice place to just see what has shown up lately. Perhaps there's a new book by an author you adore that you didn't hear about!

Of course, you don't want to spend all of your time in the New Books shelves. There's a lot of hidden and forgotten gems in the regular stacks, just waiting to be discovered. You can find out about some of them from our Staff Picks, on this same blog.