The Friends’ annual book sale was a rousing success. Thank you to everyone who volunteered and who came out for such a wonderful community event. Many folks commented on the thoughtful organization of books and materials, the quality of their finds, and the fun of connecting with friends and neighbors. We can’t thank you enough for supporting our local library!
Overdrive is extending their loan period from 14 days to three weeks for books and audios and up to seven days (from original three) for videos. This will mean longer wait times for requests unless we all start returning our electronic materials prior to their due date (electronic materials are automatically returned when the check out session expires). To manually return your electronics before they expire check the Overdrive instructions here. Using the “Libby” app will make this process much easier for you.
There’s a new app for selecting books and administering Overdrive with your CWMARS card. Meet ‘Libby’ a great shortcut to our curated collection of electronic materials. Unlike ‘Boopsie’ which connects you to the library in general, Libby will give you reviews, materials sorted by genre or interest, and a better download experience than the card catalog. Look for the new app in your iTunes or Google Play store. It’s free to download. Enter your name in our ‘Show Us Your App’ drawing for the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD8 reader.
We currently have Massachusetts Resident and Non-Resident forms available on the second floor at the library. For many years, the Federal government has been cutting back on paper forms in favor of on-line filing but we now have 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ forms and 1040 booklets.
We are setting up a letter-writing station in the library for interested patrons to contact their state legislators about the importance of their public library. Whether you love inter-library loan, movies, programs, reliable information, Internet access, or just the democratic principle of the thing — your public libraries are working through decreasing funding and increasing costs. The state mandated minimum wage increase is expected to increase delivery costs by 39%. The result will be longer wait times for your requested materials and possible cuts to the delivery schedule. Training opportunities for library staff have been scaled back and most libraries have reduced hours and services. Here is a link to the iBerkshire article covering the recent breakfast in Stockbridge that laid out a bleak picture despite the slight 1% increase in overall funding in Gov. Baker’s budget.
Local school and educational publisher American Graphics Institute provides library patrons with access to their books and curriculum for self-paced learning. The books teach many popular design technology topics ranging from Adobe software applications, digital video editing tools, web design and coding skills, and office applications. The collection serves as self-paced training resources and also include training videos created by the authors as well as lesson files. More than one million of these books are in print, and library patrons and staff can access current and past digital versions of these book titles while on the library’s network.Access the American Graphics Institute digital book collection here.
Please note that AGI e-content is currently available only at the library, not for home use.
Robin Martin and Nicole Gordon are replacing Nicole Prokop and Joan Owaczarksi on the NAPL Board of Trustees effective October 12,2016. Prokop is relocating to New Hampshire where she will head up adult programming for the Concord Public Library. Owaczarski is retiring from the Board to concentrate on family.
Many patrons will recognize Martin as the former reference librarian and interim director of the library in 2012-13. Gordon, a registered pharmacist, recently moved to the area. She has two young children and is a fan of libraries, having attended many story times and devoted countless library hours to study. They join long-time trustees Harris Elder, Hulda Jowett, Donald Pecor, Richard Taskin, and Rich Remsberg to form the seven-member board that meets every second Wednesday of the month to oversee library policies and budget.
Zinio adds Us Weekly, Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, National Geographic for Kids and an adult coloring book to their long list of downloadable magazines.
If you currently download magazines through Overdrive, please be advised that Barnes & Noble and Overdrive no longer have contract and their magazines will be discontinued after the current issues expire.
Do you pick or do you throw? Knitters of all skill levels are invited to join a new group forming at the library on Tuesdays at 2 p.m in the main reading room.
Watch these short tutorials on using the improved Overdrive service for e-content.
Overdrive also has a large selection of periodicals to compliment our Zinio collection.