New Cafe is open

cafeMagazines and newspapers are now located in the Cafe. Coffee will be available for free this week. Come in, relax in the new space and let us know what you think. After this week, coffee will be bring your own and you are welcome to have light snacks in this room as well.

“Hooray for Our Heroes”


In keeping with this summer’s reading theme, writing and life coach Millie Calesky will be offering a one-day writing workshop focusing on heroes. On Saturday, August 1 from 10 to noon, Calesky will be working with attendees to identify and begin writing about a person in our life who fills the role of hero.  She will also discuss writing techniques and resources available at the local library to support writers. After a brief sharing session, the group will  make a plan to honor our heroes at a reception sometime in the end of summer or early fall. Workshop registration is now at the main desk. If you have a hero in your life, take advantage of this free writing workshop to show them what it really means to make a difference in someone’s life.sr2015

Science Heroes draw a crowd

Over 80 children and adults attended Thursday night’s summer reading presentation by Mad Science of New England. The crowd was enchanted by all the clever tricks and snappy dialog, and the “hoverboard” was totally cool. This program was made possible by generous support of our Friends of NAPL and is part of the greater summer theme “Every Hero has a Story.” Thanks also to Kim and Nancy for working so hard to schedule a summer of fun.

Commonwealth e-book collection

Get out your e-readers, your Kindles, your Nooks, and iPads because Massachusetts libraries are adding a new electronic library for your reading pleasure. Login to the Commonwealth e-book collection with your library card number and PIN. If you have a library card issued before May of 2012, your PIN is probably LAST NAME (in CAPS) or try the last four (4) digits of your phone number. If you get stuck, call the library and we will reset your PIN. Much like Overdrive, these books are single use due to digital rights management (DRM) so you might have to wait for extremely popular titles, but the bright side is a wealth of choice. So download some books for the beach or travel and don’t forget to visit your brick and mortar library even if its only to say “hello.”


Library launches new on-line magazine service

The North Adams Public Library is pleased to announce the launch of Zinio, a magazine subscription service that gives library patrons access to 50 popular magazines.  If you want to view them on your computer, it’s an easy download — or with a few simple steps you can set up the Zinio app on your reading device.   Since RBdigital hosts the collection, and we are based in Maryland, your patrons need to select their country: United States, state: Maryland, collection name: Popular 50 eMagazine Collection from the list – and then enter their email and password used to check out the magazines.  Apps are available for iPad, iPhone, Android and Kindle Fire HD/HDX apps. Check with your librarian if you have any difficulty using this great new service.

“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.