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.

If you have trouble placing holds in Virtual Catalog read on…

The Virtual Catalog is Moving

The Statewide Virtual Catalog is migrating to a new platform this summer.

During July and August 2014, many of the participating library systems in Massachusetts will be moving to the new Commonwealth Catalog (ComCat).

ComCat has great new features, including book jacket images and improved search options. You can easily select your preferred format for an item where available — hardcover, paperback, large print, audiobooks, and DVDs will appear together in your search results.

During this interim period, libraries will be leaving the old Virtual Catalog as they prepare for the transition to ComCat. If you have trouble finding the title you need, please contact a local librarian and ask for assistance. Our libraries are still sharing — the material is still out there, and your librarian can help you get what you need.

C/W MARS, MVLC, and NOBLE library users can continue to search and request materials through the fall. We expect these library systems to join the new Commonwealth Catalog in December or January.

Cell phone policy

Please, no personal cell phone conversations in the library. If must use your cell phone, the stairwell between the second and third floor near the Reference Dept. is available. Exceptions may be made for emergencies. Texting and web apps like Facebook are allowed.

Patrons may use SKYPE in the smaller front room on the main floor, if conversations are held at a reasonable level. If you are having an interview or require privacy, please inquire about the possibility of using the third floor meeting area if staffing is available.

Cell phone use is not permitted in the Children’s Department unless it is an emergency.

Friends pledge $1000 for museum passes

Thanks to a generous grant from the Friends of the NAPL, we will have museum passes for the Hancock Shaker Village, the Mount and Ventford Hall in Lenox, Berkshire Botanical Garden and the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, and Mass MoCA in North Adams this summer and fall. We will also have a Trustee of Reservations Pass for Naumkeag, the Folly at Field Farm, Bartholomews Cobble,and the Mission House and a Mass Parks Pass that allows free parking at a number of area State Parks. The Clark Art sends a free courtesy pass to area libraries.

The Friends also funded “Music at the Mansion” and all of this year’s summer reading programs in the Youth Department including visits by Rona Leventhal and magician Greg MacAdams.

The Friends are currently in the middle of a membership drive and we hope you will consider joining. Applcations are available at the main desk at the library. Many of our best library services would be impossible without their generous support.

Paver Fundraiser

We are still adding to our commemorative “pavers” in the front of the library. The 8x8x2 -inch red blocks can be inscribed with up to 5 short lines of text. We currently have six spaces around the flagpole reserved for military personnel and a range of spaces in front of the wrought iron fence leading up to the library. The $150 fee is tax deductible. Order forms are available at the library or at this link “Paver Application Form