Robert G. Ousterhout and the John Henry Haynes story

jhhOver 4000 years ago, the bustling civic center of Nippur was center of the universe for ancient Sumerians. They would bring sacrifices to Bel’s temple recorded in cuneiform on clay tablets and cylinders, and leave traces of tiles or delicately-fashioned clay figurines of gods and animals for later explorers to uncover. One such explorer was Rowe native and Williams College graduate, John Henry Haynes. On Saturday, October 21 at 2 p.m. we will celebrate October’s Archaeology Month with Haynes’ biographer, Robert G. Ousterhout, author of John Henry Haynes: a photographer and archaeologist in the Ottoman Empire 1881-1890.  Haynes left representative items from his four excavations at Nippur (Iraq) to the North Adams Public Library, the Rowe Historical Society and Williams College upon his untimely death in 1910. His is a tale of bravery and intrigue, of dogged determination and hubris. This is your chance to meet our very own Indiana Jones and view many of the treasures he left behind. Light refreshments will be served.

This event is co-sponsored by the MCLA History Department, the North Adams Historical and Genealogical Society, and the North Adams Public Library with support from the Massachusetts Historical Commission.

Photo courtesy of Rowe Historical Society

New date for ‘Beginners Chess’ with Scott North

Winter is coming. Be prepared for your own Game of Thrones (c) by learning to play or refresh your chess skills. Instructor Scott North will be here on Thursday, October 26 at 6 p.m. in the Heritage Room on the first floor with three regulation-sized chess boards and pieces to walk you through the strategies of this ancient game.


A reminder to families who may want to escape from all that homework or the temptation of too many electronic gadgets — we will be putting out games on Thursday evenings for your enjoyment. New this year, Unexploded Cow (a WWI adventure, don’t ask), Kerfluffle, and a giant-sized Monopoly game (with really big bills).

Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale

The Friends’ annual book sale was a rousing success.  Thank you to everyone who volunteered and who came out for such a wonderful community event. Many folks commented on the thoughtful organization of books and materials, the quality of their finds, and the fun of connecting with friends and neighbors. We can’t thank you enough for supporting our local library!


Overdrive extends loan periods

Overdrive is extending their loan period from 14 days to three weeks for books and audios and up to seven days (from original three) for videos. This will mean longer wait times for requests unless we all start returning our electronic materials prior to their due date (electronic materials are automatically returned when the check out session expires). To manually return your electronics before they expire check the Overdrive instructions here. Using the “Libby” app will make this process much easier for you.

Libby app

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.