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.

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.