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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.
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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.

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New Genealogy evening class

To better serve working folks, Alan Horbal is offering his popular genealogy class in the evenings beginning Thursday , Feb. 1, 2018.  Preregistration is requested through the Reference Department or at 662-3133 ext. 13 or in person on the second floor at NAPL.

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Library announces program series to honor Gailanne Cariddi

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A new program called “Look Up” with an emphasis on astronomy will kick off at the library in the new year. Anchored by some of the most entertaining films on space and space exploration with links to NASA’s year-long space education program, the “Look Up” celebration will also feature guest lectures and visits to the nearby Williams College planetarium. Starting with the January 1 supermoon and a chance to view the next January 30 supermoon through our library telescope, we will be building fun and educational tools for patrons to learn more about space exploration and reflect on the wonder of our universe.

Funds and impetus for this flight into outer space come from a special gift given to the library by our late State Representative, Gailanne Marie Cariddi. People have speculated about Gail’s restricted gift, but at the library we like to think she wanted us to reflect on our relative insignificance when looking at the vast and hauntingly beautiful universe. We also think she wanted us to consider the bravery of the men and women who continue to press outward, preparing for exploration on worlds so different from our own. Or maybe she wanted us to be ready for contact

Our first film will be the wild and crazy “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” on Thursday, January 18 at 6 p.m. in the community room. Popcorn will be available.

Trustees kick-off “Piggy Bucks” fundraiser

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Seeking to raise money for a very specific cause (weatherization of the belvedere windows), the Trustees have launched “Piggy Bucks.” Bright blue ‘piggy banks’ are now available at the library for a nominal fee of $5. Once a purchased piggy is filled to the brim, patrons may return it, we will keep the coins, and give you back the bank.
The Trustees are unsure of the final cost of weatherizing the windows but are hoping to raise enough to tackle the middle floor of the three-story structure where the large windows offer a 360 degree view of the City and surrounding Berkshire Hills. An added benefit would be bat-proofing the library.

If you need a last-minute gift, these sturdy, blue piggy banks emblazoned with the library’s name, offer a chance to raise a little money for a great cause. See them at any circulation desk or ask a librarian about “Piggy Bucks” today.