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Thoreau Birthday Party

Two hundred years ago on July 12, 1817, this guy was born in Concord, Mass. He went on to become the voice of the modern American environmental movement writing such classics as A  Year on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers and Walden.

On Thursday, July 20 at 6 p.m., MCLA Professors David Langston and Mark Miller will be in the library’s main reading room to talk about the major themes of Walden. Paperbacks of the book are available for check out at the library thanks to the generosity of the Thoreau Society.  After their presentation we will be cutting the cake and singing a chorus of “Happy Birthday” to his memory. Join the fun and be part of a movement to recognize one of the singular voices who called for living gently on the land and becoming immersed in the beauty of our natural world.


“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.