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.
Great concert with Stephanie and Robin last night. Almost 30 people enjoyed an hour of fabulous music. It’s a rare treat to see such talented performers up close and personal. Robin gave us an insider’s view of a pro struggling with some sound equipment issues but her voice intertwined with Stefanie’s remarkable footwork and powerful harmonizing created an intimate evening of music with friends. Thank you, Two White Girls and the Backbeat for a wonderful time.
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.
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.