Reception for “The Mill Girl”

On May 20, the artist William Oberst and Mayor Richard Alcombright officially introduced “The Mill Girl” to the public in a reception at the North Adams Public Library. Donors were on hand to accept the gratitude of the library community, including James and Joan Hunter whose family manufactured the monolithic machines that powered North Adams mill history. The realistic oil painting, in Oberst’s signature style, hangs at the grand stairwell entrance leading to the Youth Department as a reminder to our children of the difficult past that shaped a generation of young people before the labor laws of the early 20th century. The evening was sponsored by the Friends of the NAPL with special thanks to Wild Oats catering for their generous support and delicious crudites.

Bookshelf Quilt Raffle

quiltTake a chance on winning our lovely “Bookshelf Quilt created by North Adams native Ce Swanson. Lovingly crafted using a block technique, Ce used her new quilting machine to applique the titles of our favorite books, creating an heirloom treasure for her home town library. For more information on Swanson or to see the quilt up close come to the main circulation desk at the library. Tickets are $1/each or 6 for $5. Drawing will follow our annual books sale in September and all proceeds will benefit the library

“Bored” Games every Thursday Night

20150324_115728_resized_1It’s been a long cold winter. Why not bring your family down to the public library for a little R&R and a lot of belly laughs. On Thursday nights at 5 p.m. we will put out two new family games for you to enjoy. This week try your hand at “Operation” (bones and buzzers) or the “Game of Life” (spin and win). So, step away fom the TV and all those annoying electronics and revisit your childhood.

Strategic Planning Committee

We are looking for volunteers to help us with a Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan is a living document that guides the library for a period of five to ten years that is submitted to the Mass. Board of Library Commissioners in October. The first of three, two-hour meetings will be held April 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the library. This first meeting is for reviewing the old long-range plan, discussing City demographics and Vision 2030 to determine the best tool for interviewing City residents, and building an outline for our plan. The second meeting will be hosted by Kristi Chadwick from the Mass Library System at a time determined by the committee. The final meeting will be scheduled for September at which point we will bring information together and draft a copy of our five to ten year projections that will guide the library into the future. Please consider joining us for this very important task. See Mindy for more information.
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