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.

Friends are now accepting books

In addition to their annual membership drive, the Friends of NAPL are also accepting donations of gently used books for their fall book sale. Please check the condition of your donated books and make sure they are in best condition for re-sale. Every year we send many books off to recycling, creating lots of work for our city maintenance crew, the staff and the Friends. Among the things we cannot sell; encyclopedias, text books, Reader’s Digest Condensed books, musty or damaged books. Than you for your support and consideration. Looking forward to the September sale, the NAPL Staff.

Music in the Mansion

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.robin

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.

Tax Information

On-line tax information is here! Printed materials will take a lot longer to distribute. The IRS has indicated materials might be available after February 5, 2018.  However, much tax information is moving into the on-line environment with  Turbo Tax and others gearing up to help you prepare and submit your taxes. Seniors might want to look for free tax preparation through agencies like the Spitzer Center or the VITA program.
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