“Stories from the Vault”


In 1946, Don Raina took what was to become his first professional shot in a 60-year career photography career.  Only 16 years old at the time, he climbed Coca Cola ledge (braving the legendary Bigfoot that’s rumored to haunt the adjoining woods) to take a series of still shots on 4 x 5 film. Stitched together seamlessly, his photo holds a place of honor in our Reference Department. Don called from his retirement home in California a few weeks ago to check on the photo he donated to the library and shared many happy memories of his boyhood home. To see it up close and personal, look above the Mass. General Law bookcase in the Local History section of our second floor Reference Department.

Just in time for holiday giving

Stumped for a very unusual present? Want something that will last a long time and honor your parents, grandparents, or other friend or family member? Or are you a business owner who would like to acknowledge your staff in a most unusual way? The North Adams Public Library is still creating a lasting memorial to service personnel, family members, and community businesses with memorial “pavers.”  These 8”x8”x2”  red blocks, engraved in black lettering, will be used to create an entrance and flagpole pathway to the historic Houghton building at 74 Church Street in North Adams. Pavers can be inscribed with up to five lines of text (16 letters per line) or one line may be used for a logo. The $150 fee is tax deductible. Order forms are available at the library or on our website at http://www.naplibrary.com

Full “STEM” Ahead

Congratulations to Youth Services Librarian, Kim DiLego, for winning one of only two $7500 LSTA grants given to Berkshire County libraries for “Science Is Everywhere”.  Kim will be bringing in a number of innovative science programs designed for Grades 3 to 5 (but great for the whole family), updating the library’s non-fiction collection with a strong emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math,  and collaborating with area teachers to support our shared goal for children to excel in all their studies. Great job.

“Book a Librarian” technology help

Classes are back in session. Are you feeling left behind when it comes to technology? Well, we have a solution for you. On most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., you can book a 30 to 60 minute technology training session with Robin or Mindy. Just go to the Reference Desk and sign up for a convenient time giving us your name, phone number, and a brief description of your tech need. Do you need to send photos, set up an e-mail account, learn to use Word or other applications, learn more about administering your personal library account (including holds placement, renewals, e-book  downloading, on-line bill pay), review our on-line course offerings, or just get a handle on what your PC, iPad, smartphone or tablet can do? We can show you the common ways a computer or tablet can enhance your life and if we can’t help you — we will find someone who can.