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.

Author and educator Richard Markham

These must be the “interesting times” mentioned in that old Chinese curse.  Dick Markham’s slender book, Beyond Extremism, hatred and violence: toward a more peaceful world, offers us a road map through our bewildering civic journey. Please join us in the main living room of the library on Monday evening, October 22 at 6 p.m. to talk with the author about his thesis and how we might tap a deeper energy to correct our course. Refreshments and copies of Markham’s book will be available.

Dick Markham is a retired history teacher, former library trustee, and well-respected elder statesman. His book is a timely voice for reasoned, meditative action in our fevered times.

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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.

MCLA, NAPL, NAHS “History Harvest” event

hhlogosquare-copyThe North Adams Public Library is pleased to partner with Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and the North Adams Historical Society on a “History Harvest” project scheduled for November 3, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library. The project, funded by a grant from the Mass Humanities, will result in a number of databases and learning tools to help students and community members understand the rich and complex history of our City.

To gather as much information as possible, we are asking community members to go through their old papers, photographs, and other family keepsakes and bring these to the library on “harvest day” for students and volunteers to digitize or record. In addition to print matter and photos, citizens are encouraged to share their memories of our changing community. Remember Thursday night shopping? Did you come downtown to be outfitted before school began? What were the best eating spots in town? No memory is too small to be gathered and catalogued.

If you would like to volunteer for this great event, please contact Dr. Ely Janis at 662-5342 or Mindy Hackner at 662-3133.

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.

Video Instructions

Patron Information Page

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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: https://libraries.state.ma.us/pages/overdrive-transition

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