Best of British TV now available

Through your RBDigital app you may now access our magazine collection, Transparent Language and ACORN TV on-line from your devices with a valid North Adams library card. Click here to check it out.

Acorn TV Instructions:
In order to access Acorn TV, please open the RBdigital app and login with your username and password. Then, click the Menu button in the top left corner and select Video, then Acorn TV.  On the Acorn TV details page, click the green ACCESS button.  This will open your Safari Browser where you will be asked to either enter your email address and a password in order to sign up for a new 7 day membership through your library, or you will be told that an Acorn TV account already exists with your email address.

Enter the requested information or press Access Acorn TV to continue.

After you have entered the required information and activated your 7 day membership, you should be able to login to the Acorn TV app to access titles in the app. The titles will also be playable from within the Safari web-browser after you have signed up, if you prefer to use that.

If you have any difficulty, please contact your librarian.

Video Instructions

Patron Information Page

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Remote users look for changes

 

The Massachusetts Library System will be discontinuing Commonwealth E-Book Collections in favor of an expanded Overdrive. Read the details here: https://libraries.state.ma.us/pages/overdrive-transition

If you are currently using Universal Class, Transparent Language, RBDigital magazines, or any EBSCO Host library services, please be aware that policy changes are happening July 1, 2018 that may require you to re-enroll in RBDigital’s services. For Universal Class, Zinio magazines, and Transparent Language you may still use the same credentials (user names and passwords) but the new app environments and database changes require signing up all over again. In the case of Transparent Language, you will be required to re-enroll and your history will be lost. We apologize for any inconvenience. On the bright side, we will be adding ACORN TV (the best of British broadcasting) and access to the different databases will be from one convenient location.

No Wireless? NAPL will help with that

VERIZON VOICE OVER IP (VOIP) is experiencing trouble since the loss of Net Neutrality this week. Verizon Wi_Fi appears to be “throttled down” affecting telephone and wireless service. If your “hot-spot” is not working properly, this appears to be part of the problem. We have also learned that “streaming” of large amounts of data or movies will deplete the monthly allowance of bandwidth causing the hot-spots to slow considerably.
NAPL now has wireless hotspots for loan —- with a few restrictions. These Verizon Jetpacks can circulate for two weeks on a North Adams adult library card in good standing. They must be picked up and returned at the main circulation desk. There are no renewals or holds allowed and the late fee will be $1/day maxing at $15. Replacement fee is $50.
These nifty little devices will allow connect up to 10 devices wirelessly, although our Northern Berkshire cell coverage is weak and the hotspot must be located very close to the tablet, phone or smart TV you are using. Interested? We can get you started.jetpack

Library now offers “Access on Demand”

Just in time for the royal wedding, we have dropped Recorded Books’ “Indie Flix” in favor of “Access on Demand.”  This new video service will offer a wider variety of educational films that  support grades K to 12 education and adult life-long learning. Check out their 48-minute documentary on Prince Harry before the big wedding tomorrow.

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Library adds recipe database

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Evening dinners choices getting a little stale? Need an ethnic recipe to get an easy “A” in that social studies class? Check out our newest database A to Z World Food.  This companion to A to Z World and A to Z USA is an entire cook book library of interesting food and facts from around the world. Click here or scroll through our databases on the main page in the right-hand column.

Trustees approve fine-free policy for youth materials

At their Feb. 21 meeting, the Trustees approved a fine-free policy submitted by Youth Services Librarian, Sara Russell-Scholl. It reads:
  Beginning January 2018, the North Adams Public Library will no longer charge overdue fines on children and young adult cards. Removing overdue fines provides greater access for children and young adults to use the full range of library resources. Cards that will not accrue fines must be designated "juvenile" or "young adult" in the CWMARS catalog (Evergreen ILS ). This policy will take effect for any items checked out January 2018 or later. Lost item and damage fees will still apply. At two week overdue, an overdue notice and email will be sent as a reminder to return library items. Items not returned within one month of the due date will be considered lost and the full cost of the item will be charged to the patron's account.

 Libraries across the country are reconsidering the wisdom of fining children since they are often dependent on adults for transportation, too young to phone in or remotely renew their items, hostage to busy family schedules, and unable to come up with the ruthlessly accurate accounts of money owed. Congratulations to Sara and the Trustees for taking this step.

Drug Abuse Prevention

Thanks to the National Library of Medicine and librarian Margot Malachowski, we have added a page of medical resources for adults and several refreshed links for young adults on drug addiction, prevention and recovery to our site. Look under e-learning “Medical Resources” tab and under Youth Services “Teens and Young Adults” for this helpful information.

Fine Free for Youth Policy

Beginning January 2018, the North Adams Public Library will no longer charge overdue fines on children and young adult cards. Removing overdue fines provides greater access for children and young adults to use the full range of library resources. Cards that will not accrue fines must be designated “juvenile” or “young adult” in the CWMARS catalog (Evergreen ILS ). This policy will take effect for any items checked out January 2018 or later. Lost item and damage fees will still apply. At two week overdue, an overdue notice and email will be sent as a reminder to return library items. Items not returned within one month of the due date will be considered lost and the full cost of the item will be charged to the patron’s account.