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.
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.
We currently have Massachusetts Resident and Non-Resident forms available on the second floor at the library. For many years, the Federal government has been cutting back on paper forms in favor of on-line filing but we now have 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ forms and 1040 booklets.
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.
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.Access 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.
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 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.
If you missed Cliff Schexnayder’s informative lecture on the “Builders of the Hoosac Tunnel”, here is your chance to catch the taped version. Thank you Joanne and staff of nbctc.
Monday the 27th @ 7:30pm
Wednesday the 29th @ 5pm
Saturday, July 2nd @ 11am
Sunday the 3rd @ 1pm
Thursday the 7th @ 4pm
Friday the 8th @ 8pm
Tuesday the 19th @ 6pm
The North Adams Public Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Sara Russell-Scholl as the new youth services librarian. In addition to serving as the Thursday night and Saturday youth services assistant for three years, Russell-Scholl is the familiar face of toddler story times on Tuesdays. “Sara rose to the very top of eighteen potential candidates based on her professional experience at the Manice Education Center in Florida, Massachusetts and her native ability to connect with children of all ages,” said Library Director, Mindy Hackner. Russell-Scholl is beginning her duties at the busiest time of year in the youth services calendar. Her job begins on June 20, the very first day of summer reading sign-ups. Fortunately, staff members Kim DiLego and Nancy Ritter have been preparing the groundwork to help ease her workload. Sara lives on Florida Mountain with her husband Matt and three young children ages ten to four. We are pleased to welcome Sara to our small but powerful staff and hope you stop in to make her welcome.
We are moving all “New” materials including books, audio-books, and DVDs to the main reading room (the one with the chandelier) for better browsing. New fiction is on the left as you enter, new non-fiction to the right. New DVDs are by the marble fireplace, new large print and audio books are on the right directly across the way. All adult materials we purchase within the next six months to one year will be located here. Large print books begin on the last two shelves by the grand mirror and work their way alphabetically into the hallway. Thank you for your patience while we shift things around.