The Value of Old and Rare Books with Ken Gloss

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Boston, MAKenneth Gloss, proprietor of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing section, will give a free and open talk Thursday, November 1 at 6:00 pm at North Adams Public Library, 74 Church Street, North Adams, MA.   Ken will discuss the value of old and rare books.

Ken, who is also a frequent guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, will talk in part about the history of his historic bookshop (, which goes back to circa 1825. He is a second-generation owner.

Ken will talk about and show some of his favorite finds and describe some of the joys of the “hunt,” as well as explain what makes a book go up in value. He has many fascinating anecdotes to share as well as guidelines for what to look for when starting a collection. There is also a Q&A session before the conclusion of his talk.

Following the talk and question-and-answer session, he will give free verbal appraisals of all books that attendees have brought with them or will do so at his shop in Boston.


Yankee Magazine Editor’s Choice Award for Best of New England, the Brattle Book Shop is one of America’s oldest and largest antiquarian bookstores. 2018 is the 69th year of Gloss family ownership. Kenneth Gloss succeeded his late father, George Gloss, a well-known figure both in Boston and national antiquarian circles.

MCLA, NAPL, NAHS “History Harvest” event

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), in collaboration with the North Adams Public Library (NAPL) and the North Adams Historical Society (NAHS), announces it will hold an inaugural “History Harvest” Saturday, November 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the North Adams Public Library. This celebration of the history of work in North Adams is being funded by a grant from Mass Humanities.

The event is free and open to the public, providing a face-to-face opportunity for community members to share and take part in recording their history. Community members are invited to bring their letters, photographs, and objects to be digitally scanned or photographed for online display. There also will be the opportunity for participants to record short oral histories to collect their personal stories and perspectives.

A digital initiative, History Harvest will take advantage of innovative new technologies to engage community members to build history, reflect on change, and collaborate to create interpretive accounts of the materials they possess and to share what they find with others.

This year’s History Harvest theme will focus on those with a connection or story to tell of their or the past generation’s working life in North Adams. Future History Harvest events may focus on themes such as the Hoosac Tunnel and its impact on transportation, the opening of MASS MoCA and its impact on North Adams’ artistic community, or the changing lives of children in North Adams over the decades.

According to Dr. Ely Janis, project co-director and associate professor of history at MCLA, the History Harvest project aims to raise visibility and public conversations about history and its meaning, as well as provide a new foundation of publicly available material for historical study, shared experiences, community spirit, K-12 instruction, and lifelong learning.


What a wonderful gift to our community. Thank you Haiyan and Guy for performing the tea ceremony, playing beautiful music on the guzheng, and showing us how tai chi can be integrated into both rituals.

Mobile print available

With our new PrinterOn link, you can print from home, from your phone, or from our Chromebooks at the library with mobile printing. It’s as easy as clicking the link and following the directions. The only exceptions are printing secure documents like boarding passes and forms. For those we still request that you use the lab computers. Documents may be picked up at the library within 12 hours of request.

Hours change

Please note —- after Labor Day the library will be experimenting with a time change for Mondays. We will shift our hours to Noon to 8 p.m. This will give us additional evening hours for working families and double our programming time.

Best of British TV now available

Through your RBDigital app you may now access our magazine collection, Transparent Language and ACORN TV on-line from your devices with a valid North Adams library card. Click here to check it out.

Acorn TV Instructions:
In order to access Acorn TV, please open the RBdigital app and login with your username and password. Then, click the Menu button in the top left corner and select Video, then Acorn TV.  On the Acorn TV details page, click the green ACCESS button.  This will open your Safari Browser where you will be asked to either enter your email address and a password in order to sign up for a new 7 day membership through your library, or you will be told that an Acorn TV account already exists with your email address.

Enter the requested information or press Access Acorn TV to continue.

After you have entered the required information and activated your 7 day membership, you should be able to login to the Acorn TV app to access titles in the app. The titles will also be playable from within the Safari web-browser after you have signed up, if you prefer to use that.

If you have any difficulty, please contact your librarian.

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Remote users look for changes


The Massachusetts Library System will be discontinuing Commonwealth E-Book Collections in favor of an expanded Overdrive. Read the details here:

If you are currently using Universal Class, Transparent Language, RBDigital magazines, or any EBSCO Host library services, please be aware that policy changes are happening July 1, 2018 that may require you to re-enroll in RBDigital’s services. For Universal Class, Zinio magazines, and Transparent Language you may still use the same credentials (user names and passwords) but the new app environments and database changes require signing up all over again. In the case of Transparent Language, you will be required to re-enroll and your history will be lost. We apologize for any inconvenience. On the bright side, we will be adding ACORN TV (the best of British broadcasting) and access to the different databases will be from one convenient location.

No Wireless? NAPL will help with that

VERIZON VOICE OVER IP (VOIP) is experiencing trouble since the loss of Net Neutrality this week. Verizon Wi_Fi appears to be “throttled down” affecting telephone and wireless service. If your “hot-spot” is not working properly, this appears to be part of the problem. We have also learned that “streaming” of large amounts of data or movies will deplete the monthly allowance of bandwidth causing the hot-spots to slow considerably.
NAPL now has wireless hotspots for loan —- with a few restrictions. These Verizon Jetpacks can circulate for two weeks on a North Adams adult library card in good standing. They must be picked up and returned at the main circulation desk. There are no renewals or holds allowed and the late fee will be $1/day maxing at $15. Replacement fee is $50.
These nifty little devices will allow connect up to 10 devices wirelessly, although our Northern Berkshire cell coverage is weak and the hotspot must be located very close to the tablet, phone or smart TV you are using. Interested? We can get you started.jetpack