Winter is coming. Be prepared for your own Game of Thrones (c) by learning to play or refresh your chess skills. Instructor Scott North will be here on Thursday, September 21 at 6 p.m. in the Heritage Room on the first floor with three regulation-sized chess boards and pieces to walk you through the strategies of this ancient game.
A reminder to families who may want to escape from all that homework or the temptation of too many electronic gadgets — we will be putting out games on Thursday evenings for your enjoyment. New this year, Unexploded Cow (a WWI adventure, don’t ask), Kerfluffle, and a giant-sized Monopoly game (with really big bills).
John Dickson will present his latest work, Berkshire County’s Industrial Heritage, at the North Adams Public Library on October 5 at 6:30 p.m. The area’s rich mill heritage is celebrated in this informative volume. Come learn about the buildings you pass by every day and the lives they touched before being re-imagined by artists and visionaries in the 21st century.
Local history buff and postman, Dick Dassatti is facilitating a book study group on three Thursday evenings in September. The 2016 presidential elections were unprecedented for misrepresentation, rumor, and charges of interference from foreign powers. We are still waiting for the dust to settle and each day brings another round of speculation. Yale history professor Timothy Snyder was concerned enough to start a series of blog posts he called “Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century” and it grew into this slender book. If you want to know more about democracies and how they sometimes falter under pressure, this is a powerful read. Books are now available by the main circulation desk. Hope you join us.
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.