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.
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.
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.