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FREE Legal Clinic

The Berkshire Center for Justice will available for free legal advice to veterans and seniors over aged 60 on Thursday, September 27 from 2 to 4  p.m. at the library. They will address any legal issue and request that you bring copies (not originals) of any legal matter.  For more information call the Berkshire Center for Justice at 413-854-1955.

Hours change

Please note —- after Labor Day the library will be experimenting with a time change for Mondays. We will shift our hours to Noon to 8 p.m. This will give us additional evening hours for working families and double our programming time. Our first Monday evening program on Monday, September 17 from 6 to 7 p.m. will feature the Overdrive app for e-books called “Libby.” If you are an e-materials fan, this workshop will show you how to tailor the app to your preferences and become a power user. As a special treat, we will throw in instructions for getting a Boston Public Library e-card so you can access Hoopla music and all sorts of electronic content from our state library.

MCLA, NAPL, NAHS “History Harvest” event

hhlogosquare-copyThe North Adams Public Library is pleased to partner with Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and the North Adams Historical Society on a “History Harvest” project scheduled for November 3, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library. The project, funded by a grant from the Mass Humanities, will result in a number of databases and learning tools to help students and community members understand the rich and complex history of our City.

To gather as much information as possible, we are asking community members to go through their old papers, photographs, and other family keepsakes and bring these to the library on “harvest day” for students and volunteers to digitize or record. In addition to print matter and photos, citizens are encouraged to share their memories of our changing community. Remember Thursday night shopping? Did you come downtown to be outfitted before school began? What were the best eating spots in town? No memory is too small to be gathered and catalogued.

If you would like to volunteer for this great event, please contact Dr. Ely Janis at 662-5342 or Mindy Hackner at 662-3133.

Best of British TV now available

Through your RBDigital app you may now access our magazine collection, Transparent Language and ACORN TV on-line from your devices with a valid North Adams library card. Click here to check it out.

Acorn TV Instructions:
In order to access Acorn TV, please open the RBdigital app and login with your username and password. Then, click the Menu button in the top left corner and select Video, then Acorn TV.  On the Acorn TV details page, click the green ACCESS button.  This will open your Safari Browser where you will be asked to either enter your email address and a password in order to sign up for a new 7 day membership through your library, or you will be told that an Acorn TV account already exists with your email address.

Enter the requested information or press Access Acorn TV to continue.

After you have entered the required information and activated your 7 day membership, you should be able to login to the Acorn TV app to access titles in the app. The titles will also be playable from within the Safari web-browser after you have signed up, if you prefer to use that.

If you have any difficulty, please contact your librarian.

Video Instructions

Patron Information Page

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No Wireless? NAPL will help with that

VERIZON VOICE OVER IP (VOIP) is experiencing trouble since the loss of Net Neutrality this week. Verizon Wi_Fi appears to be “throttled down” affecting telephone and wireless service. If your “hot-spot” is not working properly, this appears to be part of the problem. We have also learned that “streaming” of large amounts of data or movies will deplete the monthly allowance of bandwidth causing the hot-spots to slow considerably.
NAPL now has wireless hotspots for loan —- with a few restrictions. These Verizon Jetpacks can circulate for two weeks on a North Adams adult library card in good standing. They must be picked up and returned at the main circulation desk. There are no renewals or holds allowed and the late fee will be $1/day maxing at $15. Replacement fee is $50.
These nifty little devices will allow connect up to 10 devices wirelessly, although our Northern Berkshire cell coverage is weak and the hotspot must be located very close to the tablet, phone or smart TV you are using. Interested? We can get you started.jetpack

Library now offers “Access on Demand”

Just in time for the royal wedding, we have dropped Recorded Books’ “Indie Flix” in favor of “Access on Demand.”  This new video service will offer a wider variety of educational films that  support grades K to 12 education and adult life-long learning. Check out their 48-minute documentary on Prince Harry before the big wedding tomorrow.

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Friends are now accepting books

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.