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Commonwealth e-book collection

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.”


“Book a Librarian” technology help

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.

Friends pledge $1000 for museum passes

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.

Paver Fundraiser

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


Friends are accepting book donations

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.

New Library Offering

IndieFlix Web Banner

This streaming movie service provides unlimited access to award-winning shorts, feature films, and documentaries. With thousands of films to choose from across more than 50 countries, IndieFlix offers a viewing experience you can’t get anywhere else.

  • Film-festival hits — View films from major festivals all over the world, including Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, and more!
  • Find the right film for you — Sort by language, genre, or film length with easy-to-use filters
  • Support filmmakers — Viewing films on IndieFlix directly supports the filmmakers who made them
  • Available everywhere — Watch movies on any Internet-enabled computer, smartphone, or tablet with a Web browser! Also available on Roku, xBox, and Apple TV via Apple devices