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Robert G. Ousterhout and the John Henry Haynes story

jhhOver 4000 years ago, the bustling civic center of Nippur was center of the universe for ancient Sumerians. They would bring sacrifices to Bel’s temple recorded in cuneiform on clay tablets and cylinders, and leave traces of tiles or delicately-fashioned clay figurines of gods and animals for later explorers to uncover. One such explorer was Rowe native and Williams College graduate, John Henry Haynes. On Saturday, October 21 at 2 p.m. we will celebrate October’s Archaeology Month with Haynes’ biographer, Robert G. Ousterhout, author of John Henry Haynes: a photographer and archaeologist in the Ottoman Empire 1881-1890.  Haynes left representative items from his four excavations at Nippur (Iraq) to the North Adams Public Library, the Rowe Historical Society and Williams College upon his untimely death in 1910. His is a tale of bravery and intrigue, of dogged determination and hubris. This is your chance to meet our very own Indiana Jones and view many of the treasures he left behind. Light refreshments will be served.

This event is co-sponsored by the MCLA History Department, the North Adams Historical and Genealogical Society, and the North Adams Public Library with support from the Massachusetts Historical Commission.

Photo courtesy of Rowe Historical Society

New date for ‘Beginners Chess’ with Scott North

Winter is coming. Be prepared for your own Game of Thrones (c) by learning to play or refresh your chess skills. Instructor Scott North will be here on Thursday, October 26 at 6 p.m. in the Heritage Room on the first floor with three regulation-sized chess boards and pieces to walk you through the strategies of this ancient game.

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A reminder to families who may want to escape from all that homework or the temptation of too many electronic gadgets — we will be putting out games on Thursday evenings for your enjoyment. New this year, Unexploded Cow (a WWI adventure, don’t ask), Kerfluffle, and a giant-sized Monopoly game (with really big bills).

Overdrive extends loan periods

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.

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Overdrive introduces the ‘Libby app’ for ebooks

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.

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State funding for libraries at 1998 levels

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.

http://www.iberkshires.com/story/53820/Berkshire-Delegation-Supports-State-Library-Funding.html

Introducing e-content from American Graphics Institute

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.Adobe-Training-AGIAccess 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.

 

Martin and Gordon named to Trustees

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 e-magazines adds content

rollstone natgeo usZinio 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.