Library closure for Memorial Day



The Library will be closed all day Saturday, May 28 and Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day. If the book drop is full, please do not leave books outdoors in the elements or try to ‘fit’ them in. We will back date everything on Tuesday morning to assure that you are not billed for overdue items.

Where’s Mindy?

One reason your generous Friends send the Director off to Cape Cod is to pick up some serious ideas (and free books) to bring back home to the North Adams Public Library. Among the many things I learned, folks in the eastern part of the state are envious of the natural beauty that surrounds us every day. So, break from whatever you’re doing and take a look around. We are lucky indeed. We should celebrate our Berkshire Hills and the hardy people who live here. So here’s another take-away. If you are at a loss for great books to read, I’m creating a link to the LibraryReads webpage and have downloaded the last six months of book recommendations in pdf format. For years independent books stores have used a printed Indie picks list and now some clever librarians have created a similar tool. These are like ‘staff reads’ from librarians across the country. Only ten titles are chosen from among hundreds coming onto the print market. Check them out and pick up a good book today.


Coming to browse books at the library?

We are moving all “New” materials including books, audio-books, and DVDs to the main reading room (the one with the chandelier) for better browsing. New fiction is on the left as you enter, new non-fiction to the right. New DVDs are by the marble fireplace, new large print and audio books are on the right directly across the way. All adult materials we purchase within the next six months to one year will be located here. Large print books begin on the last two shelves by the grand mirror and work their way alphabetically into the hallway. Thank you for your patience while we shift things around.

Joan Rivers Gift furniture

With thanks to Ed Noel for the photographs and to the Friends of the North Adams Public Library who administered the gift, enjoy this slide show of the Rivers’ memorial gift in action.

Who will fill Kim’s shoes?

North Adams Public Library is currently seeking a qualified Youth Services librarian . This is a full-time position with some Thursday evening and Saturday hours. A graduate degree is not required but the ideal candidate will have a strong background in education or the arts. A respect for and desire to serve children and their caregivers is a must. For a complete job description YOUTH SERVICES LIBRARIAN.
Please submit a resume and cover letter to:
Mindy Hackner, Library Director
North Adams Public Library
74 Church Street
North Adams, MA 01247
or e-mail with attachments to:

Kim DiLego accepts Assistant Director/Reference position


Long-time Youth Services Librarian, Kim DiLego will be moving over to the Reference Department officially on May 9 although she is already assuming many of the reference duties. DiLego was the unanimous choice  based on her 20 years of experience at the library, her familiarity with library procedures, and the depth of her local history knowledge.

Kim earned her Masters of Library Information Science from the State University of New York Albany campus in August of 2005 and her BA from Westfield State University in 1989. She and her husband Paul have one daughter Maia.