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.

Lunch with TED on Tuesdays

We’re starting a new program, a “brown bag” lunch in the small meeting room on the 3rd floor of the library every Tuesday with a showing of a selected TED Talks streamed through the Internet. “TED Talks ……ideas worth spreading” are short (12 to 60-minute) videos that explore the world of far-ranging ideas. Our focus for the series will be inspirational people, community, and health care concerns. Bring a brown bag lunch, pull up a chair and watch a televised TED Talk. These 12 to 20-minute inspirational talks cover every subject under the sun.

So pack a snack and join us at the “Mansion” for some great ideas and “Lunch with TED”.


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.