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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.

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.

On your account, the wording will be confusing. It almost looks as if you are using a trial subscription that will end in seven days. This is because Recorded Books bills us by each seven-day license. After you have viewed your choice of shows for a period of seven days, a new message will pop up asking if you will be “renewing” your license. At this time, you may choose to continue watching. Recorded Books is looking for a less complicated way or perhaps some simpler language to help library patrons take advantage of a “free” service (while still billing the library with a monthly license count.)


Summer Reading is here.

Adult and Youth Summer Reading Programs have begun!  Stop by the Reference or Circulation Desks to participate in the Adult weekly activity.  Stop by the Youth Services Department once a week to have your journal signed and get a raffle ticket for a chance to win a prize.  It is not too late to sign up and join the fun!  All summer long there are programs for all ages: a storyteller, teen ukulele workshop, family movie night, drumming, science workshop, story times and much more!  Plus a Summer Reading Partnership with the SteepleCats Cub Club – there is no reason to be bored this summer!




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

Library now offers “Access on Demand”

Just in time for the royal wedding, we have dropped Recorded Books’ “Indie Flix” in favor of “Access on Demand.”  This new video service will offer a wider variety of educational films that  support grades K to 12 education and adult life-long learning. Check out their 48-minute documentary on Prince Harry before the big wedding tomorrow.

Access on Demand