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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.

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Library adds recipe database

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Evening dinners choices getting a little stale? Need an ethnic recipe to get an easy “A” in that social studies class? Check out our newest database A to Z World Food.  This companion to A to Z World and A to Z USA is an entire cook book library of interesting food and facts from around the world. Click here or scroll through our databases on the main page in the right-hand column.

Friends are now accepting books

In addition to their annual membership drive, the Friends of NAPL are also accepting donations of gently used books for their fall book sale. Please check the condition of your donated books and make sure they are in best condition for re-sale. Every year we send many books off to recycling, creating lots of work for our city maintenance crew, the staff and the Friends. Among the things we cannot sell; encyclopedias, text books, Reader’s Digest Condensed books, musty or damaged books. Than you for your support and consideration. Looking forward to the September sale, the NAPL Staff.

Music in the Mansion

Great concert with Stephanie and Robin last night. Almost 30 people enjoyed an hour of fabulous music. It’s a rare treat to see such talented performers up close and personal. Robin gave us an insider’s view of a pro struggling with some sound equipment issues but her voice intertwined with Stefanie’s remarkable footwork and powerful harmonizing created an intimate evening of music with friends. Thank you, Two White Girls and the Backbeat for a wonderful time.robin

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.