Monthly Archives: February 2018

Trustees approve fine-free policy for youth materials

At their Feb. 21 meeting, the Trustees approved a fine-free policy submitted by Youth Services Librarian, Sara Russell-Scholl. It reads:
  Beginning January 2018, the North Adams Public Library will no longer charge overdue fines on children and young adult cards. Removing overdue fines provides greater access for children and young adults to use the full range of library resources. Cards that will not accrue fines must be designated "juvenile" or "young adult" in the CWMARS catalog (Evergreen ILS ). This policy will take effect for any items checked out January 2018 or later. Lost item and damage fees will still apply. At two week overdue, an overdue notice and email will be sent as a reminder to return library items. Items not returned within one month of the due date will be considered lost and the full cost of the item will be charged to the patron's account.

 Libraries across the country are reconsidering the wisdom of fining children since they are often dependent on adults for transportation, too young to phone in or remotely renew their items, hostage to busy family schedules, and unable to come up with the ruthlessly accurate accounts of money owed. Congratulations to Sara and the Trustees for taking this step.

Drug Abuse Prevention

Thanks to the National Library of Medicine and librarian Margot Malachowski, we have added a page of medical resources for adults and several refreshed links for young adults on drug addiction, prevention and recovery to our site. Look under e-learning “Medical Resources” tab and under Youth Services “Teens and Young Adults” for this helpful information.

Fine Free for Youth Policy

Beginning January 2018, the North Adams Public Library will no longer charge overdue fines on children and young adult cards. Removing overdue fines provides greater access for children and young adults to use the full range of library resources. Cards that will not accrue fines must be designated “juvenile” or “young adult” in the CWMARS catalog (Evergreen ILS ). This policy will take effect for any items checked out January 2018 or later. Lost item and damage fees will still apply. At two week overdue, an overdue notice and email will be sent as a reminder to return library items. Items not returned within one month of the due date will be considered lost and the full cost of the item will be charged to the patron’s account.

Tax Information

On-line tax information is here! Printed materials will take a lot longer to distribute. The IRS has indicated materials might be available after February 5, 2018.  However, much tax information is moving into the on-line environment with  Turbo Tax and others gearing up to help you prepare and submit your taxes. Seniors might want to look for free tax preparation through agencies like the Spitzer Center or the VITA program.
IRS.gov

MA resident tax forms

VT resident tax forms

NY resident tax forms

Look Up family film night

Our next film in the “Look Up” series, dedicated to Gail Cariddi, is the thrilling, nail-biter “Apollo 13″ with Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Kevin Bacon and Ed Harris re-enacting the nearly disastrous moon mission of 1970. On a third lunar mission, a fire in the service module strands three astronauts 248,000 miles from home port. Showing is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1 due to the long running time of 2 hours 20 minutes. Although rated PG, the film is quite long and perhaps scary for small children. Great history lesson for middle and high school students

Popcorn will be served.

apollo13