Summer Reading Kick-Off with Jay Mankita Concert

Join us Thursday evening June 29th at 6:00 p.m. for the Youth Services Summer Reading Kick-Off event: musical performer Jay Mankita’s Playful Earth Concert.  Filled with engaging and fun themes such as dinosaurs, time travel, and, of course, libraries and reading!  Come ready to sing and dance along!  Call 413-662-3133, ext. 14 or click the image below for more information.

Jay Mankita

July 4th holiday

July4Please note that the library will be closed Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4 for the holiday. We will be open from 10 to 1 on Saturday, July 1 for business as usual. Remember our downloadable books and movies for your entertainment needs and our links to a host of educational materials for your convenience. All library materials will be backdated on Wednesday, July 5 to adjust for fines. Please do not leave donated books or library books at the door but bring them in on the next open business day. Thank you for your cooperation and have a very safe and happy start to your summer!

Overdrive introduces the ‘Libby app’ for ebooks

There’s a new app for selecting books and administering Overdrive  with your CWMARS card. Meet ‘Libby’ a great shortcut to our curated collection of electronic materials. Unlike ‘Boopsie’ which connects you to the library in general, Libby will give you reviews, materials sorted by genre or interest, and a better download experience than the card catalog. Look for the new app in your iTunes or Google Play store. It’s free to download. Enter your name in our ‘Show Us Your App’ drawing for the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD8 reader.


Show Us Your App

boopsieDownload the FREE Boopsie App and enter a chance to win  a new Kindle Fire HD8 e-reader.


To get the new app, simply Google “CWMARS Boopsie app” or search your favorite app store. The app is free to install. Once installed, click on the CWMARS icon and choose your favorite library. Your device will remember your login information. If you need help, stop by the circulation desk or the director’s office and we will gladly walk you through the steps. In the near future, Boopsie will be branding the app to our individual libraries and giving you more information on our highest circulating items. Let us know what you think.

Genealogy classes are back!

Alan Horbal will be bringing back his popular genealogy classes. If you have an interest in finding out more about your family roots or have hit a road block in your genealogical search, these series of classes will open doors. Click genealogyposterposter image to enlarge.

Friends are now accepting books for the September sale

The NAPL Friends are now collecting books. Please remember that they do not accept text books, encyclopedias, or Readers Digest condensed books. They will accept DVDs and software in good condition. Please make sure your donations are free from markings and attractive to buyers. The staff requests that you do not leave book sale books in the return drop or at the library doors off-hours. Donation receipts are available at the main desk upon request. Thank you.

Chinese Language & Culture Class for Youth

Starting Thursday May 4th, the Youth Services Department is hosting Chinese language and culture instructor Mrs. Wan’s teaching to youth in grades K-4, siblings welcome.  This is a drop-in class that will be taught for 5 weeks.  Please see the flyer below (click it for a larger image) for more information or call the Youth Services Department at 413-662-3133, ext. 14.

Chinese Lang Class May17

World War I posters on display

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
—-John McCrae, May 1915

This year marks the 100th anniversary of  America’s entry into WWI. Europe was at war since the assassination of Franz Ferdinand of Austria in 1914 but here on the home front anti-war sentiment was strong. Everything changed in April, 1917 when German submarines began prowling the eastern seaboard and the intercepted Zimmerman telegram indicated an attempt to involve Mexico in a potential attack.

Click here for a list of WWI Vet Names compiled by Gene and Justyna Carlson