The Milton-Union Public Library recently added a very unusual (for the library) item available for check out. It is called Kill A Watt and is an electricity usage monitor.

“We’re happy to offer this device which can measure the electrical usage of many household appliances and electronics,” says library staff member Jeanette Dohner, “By just plugging the appliance into the device it checks how much electricity the object is drawing whether it is turned on or off.”

According to the manufacturer, the Kill A Watt monitors electric consumption and is accurate within 0.2%. It displays eight critical units of measurement and can enable cost forecasting.

The two Kill A Watts are ready to be checked out for a week at a time. Ask about them at the circulation (front) desk.

Also, despite 2010’s state budget cuts and the proposed upcoming cuts in funding, the library is still purchasing as many materials as possible. A complete listing of available new items can be accessed by visiting the website. Patrons may also request new things by using the library catalog on the site.

Some of the latest offerings in DVDs are: “Secretariat,” “The Tourist,” “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” and “Curious George: A Bike Ride Adventure.” Teens can enjoy new books like Torment, the second book in the Fallen series by Lauren Kate, Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr, The Saga of Larten Crepsley by Darren Shan and Gone (last book of the Wake series) by Lisa McCann. Books on CD are still very popular and a few of the new titles are: Known and Unknown: A Memoir by Donald Rumsfeld, Secrets to the Grave by Tami Hoag, Now You See Her by Joy Fielding and The Sentry by Robert Crais.

“All areas of the library continue to grow because of wonderful donations from the folks of the community,” Dohner explains, “I can say that every section – children’s, audio-visual, periodicals, adult fiction and non-fiction – has benefited from items given by the public. About two-thirds of the adult paperback collection and one half of the DVD collection are patron gifts and we are very grateful for the community’s generosity.”

For more information on any of the library’s items or services please visit or call the library at 698-5515.