Get out your e-readers, your Kindles, your Nooks, and iPads because Massachusetts libraries are adding a new electronic library for your reading pleasure. Login to the Commonwealth e-book collection with your library card number and PIN. If you have a library card issued before May of 2012, your PIN is probably LAST NAME (in CAPS) or try the last four (4) digits of your phone number. If you get stuck, call the library and we will reset your PIN. Much like Overdrive, these books are single use due to digital rights management (DRM) so you might have to wait for extremely popular titles, but the bright side is a wealth of choice. So download some books for the beach or travel and don’t forget to visit your brick and mortar library even if its only to say “hello.”
Need to learn a new language in a hurry? Traveling to some exotic spot, or just want to keep your brain exercised? The old language learning system BYKI is now transformed into a faster platform designed for smartphones and tablets. If you already take language classes on BYKI, your progress will be migrated to the new look and feel. If you haven’t taken a language course, check it out at
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Classes are back in session. Are you feeling left behind when it comes to technology? Well, we have a solution for you. On most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., you can book a 30 to 60 minute technology training session with Robin or Mindy. Just go to the Reference Desk and sign up for a convenient time giving us your name, phone number, and a brief description of your tech need. Do you need to send photos, set up an e-mail account, learn to use Word or other applications, learn more about administering your personal library account (including holds placement, renewals, e-book downloading, on-line bill pay), review our on-line course offerings, or just get a handle on what your PC, iPad, smartphone or tablet can do? We can show you the common ways a computer or tablet can enhance your life and if we can’t help you — we will find someone who can.
Just in time for budget season, Geek the Library explains some of the misperceptions about library funding. http://geekthelibrary.org/geek-the-library/misconceptions.html
Please, do not take or make calls in the library. If you must use your cell phone, please turn the sound off or put on vibrate. The stairwell between the second and third floor near the Reference Department is available for personal calls. Exceptions may be made for tech support or emergencies. Texting and web apps like Facebook are allowed.
Patrons may use SKYPE in the smaller front room on the main floor, if conversations are held at a reasonable level. If you are having an interview or require privacy, please inquire about the possibility of using the third floor meeting area if staffing is available.
Cell phone use is not permitted in the Youth Services Department unless it is an emergency.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Friends of the NAPL, we will have museum passes for the Hancock Shaker Village, the Mount and Ventford Hall in Lenox, Berkshire Botanical Garden and the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, and Mass MoCA in North Adams this summer and fall. We will also have a Trustee of Reservations Pass for Naumkeag, the Folly at Field Farm, Bartholomews Cobble,and the Mission House and a Mass Parks Pass that allows free parking at a number of area State Parks. The Clark Art sends a free courtesy pass to area libraries.
The Friends also funded “Music at the Mansion” and all of this year’s summer reading programs in the Youth Department including visits by Rona Leventhal and magician Greg MacAdams.
The Friends are currently in the middle of a membership drive and we hope you will consider joining. Applcations are available at the main desk at the library. Many of our best library services would be impossible without their generous support.
We are still adding to our commemorative “pavers” in the front of the library. The 8x8x2 -inch red blocks can be inscribed with up to 5 short lines of text. We currently have six spaces around the flagpole reserved for military personnel and a range of spaces in front of the wrought iron fence leading up to the library. The $150 fee is tax deductible. Order forms are available at the library or at this link “Paver Application Form”
The Friends of NAPL are currently accepting book donations for their big September sale. Please consider donating your gently used hardback and paperback books in fiction, non-fiction, travel, biography, large print and other subject areas. We will also take donations of children’s books, DVDs, music in CD format and books in CD format. We cannot accept textbooks, Readers Digest condensed books, encyclopedias, out-dated medical books, VHS or cassette tapes. We will take current magazines in excellent condition for our magazine exchange. Although we appreciate your generosity, please make sure your books are in the best condition. Accepting mildewed books endangeres our library collection. Audio-visual items that don’t work properly and musty, damaged books are expensive to recycle and defeat the purpose of fund-raising for your community library. Mark your calendars for the September 26 and 27 book sale. We hope to see you all there.
Please note that Berkshire Works has relocated to North Adams City Hall (10 Main St) on Fridays from 9 to noon and at the Adams Council on Aging (3 Hoosac St) on Mondays 9 to noon.