HENDERSON — The Perry Memorial Library in Henderson is offering a new service to showcase its newest items each week.

The “Wowbrary” email alerts feature the latest bestsellers, movies, audio books, children’s titles, cookbooks, mysteries, travel guides, health books, science fiction and more acquired by the library.

Patti McAnally, the library’s director, said the alerts are extremely convenient and quickly show what’s new, whether checked out or not, for all Perry Memorial Library branches from the convenience of a home, work or school computer.

“There is a lot to like about Wowbrary,” she said.

In addition to providing the new materials, you can click on the titles and be taken directly to the library’s catalog, where you can place the item on hold. There is also the ability to add news items to keep people updated with library services.

Youth Services Librarian Amanda Yetter also noted that it takes only a mouse click to see the newest arrivals appropriate for one’s child or teenager, and there’s a separate section on parenting. Plus, teachers can “quickly spot new resources for their classes.”

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the library hasn’t been open for in-person browsing. “Yes, a driving factor for adding this service right now is to help highlight materials for patrons unable to to come to the library in person,” McAnally said.

She added that library staffers are “monitoring the data weekly” from the health department and making decisions on opening based on “safety concerns” for staff and community.

The Wowbrary service is available now. People can sign up by going to the Wowbrary website at www.wowbrary.org, putting the library zip code (27536) in the search box, selecting Perry Memorial Library and entering their email address.

After signing up, people need to be sure to confirm their email to finish registration.

Wowbrary alerts are free and don’t require a library card.