Pioneer Valley Ballet Storytime Playback on Channel 16

Thanks to the generous support our Friends of the Library, the Pioneer Valley Ballet visited the library over February school vacation and presented a dance-themed storytime complete with a fairy godmother!  Joanne Hulburt from Channel 16 taped our fun fairy adventures that day and playback is available during the following times in March:

Tuesday the 7th @ 5pm

Friday the 10th @ 7pm

Sunday the 12th @ 3pm

Wednesday the 15th @ 6pm

Saturday the 18th @ 10:30am

Monday the 20th @ 4pm

State funding for libraries at 1998 levels

We are setting up a letter-writing station in the library for interested patrons to contact their state legislators about the importance of their public library.  Whether you love inter-library loan, movies, programs, reliable information, Internet access, or just the democratic principle of the thing  — your public libraries are working through decreasing funding and increasing costs. The state mandated minimum wage increase is expected to increase delivery costs by 39%. The result will be longer wait times for your requested materials and possible cuts to the delivery schedule. Training opportunities for library staff have been scaled back and most libraries have reduced hours and services.  Here is a link to the iBerkshire article covering the recent breakfast in Stockbridge that laid out a bleak picture despite the slight 1% increase in overall funding in Gov. Baker’s budget.

http://www.iberkshires.com/story/53820/Berkshire-Delegation-Supports-State-Library-Funding.html

Introducing e-content from American Graphics Institute

Local school and educational publisher American Graphics Institute provides library patrons with access to their books and curriculum for self-paced learning. The books teach many popular design technology topics ranging from Adobe software applications, digital video editing tools, web design and coding skills, and office applications.  The collection serves as self-paced training resources and also include training videos created by the authors as well as lesson files. More than one million of these books are in print, and library patrons and staff can access current and past digital versions of these book titles while on the library’s network.Adobe-Training-AGIAccess the American Graphics Institute digital book collection here.

Please note that AGI e-content is currently available only at the library, not for home use.

 

Martin and Gordon named to Trustees

Robin Martin and Nicole Gordon are replacing Nicole Prokop and Joan Owaczarksi on the NAPL Board of Trustees effective October 12,2016.  Prokop is relocating to New Hampshire where she will head up adult programming for the Concord Public Library.  Owaczarski is retiring from the Board to concentrate on family.

Many  patrons will recognize Martin as the former reference librarian and interim director of the library in 2012-13. Gordon, a registered pharmacist, recently moved to the area. She has two young children and is a fan of libraries, having attended many story times and devoted countless library hours to study. They join long-time trustees Harris Elder, Hulda Jowett, Donald Pecor, Richard Taskin, and Rich Remsberg to form the seven-member board that meets every second Wednesday of the month to oversee library policies and budget.

Zinio e-magazines adds content

rollstone natgeo usZinio adds Us Weekly, Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, National Geographic for Kids and an adult coloring book to their long list of downloadable magazines.

If you currently  download magazines through Overdrive, please be advised that Barnes & Noble and Overdrive no longer have  contract and their magazines will be discontinued after the current issues expire.

Adult knitting group forms

Do you pick or do you throw? Knitters of all skill levels are invited to join a new group forming at the library on Tuesdays at 2 p.m in the main reading room.  

Just a beginner? Limited tools and supplies will be on hand to get you started. A seasoned knitter? Bring your projects to share and be prepared to coach another knitter on tips and techniques you’ve learned over the years. The days are getting shorter and your gift lists are getting longer. How about mittens for a grandchild , cowls or scarves for a best friend, socks for that special someone (nothing feels quite like a pair of hand-knitted socks)? Every one can enjoy this ancient art.

 

Book Sale Success!

Thank you to everyone who made this year’s book sale the best event ever.

Book donations end August 20

Many thanks to all who donated books for this year’s sale. Please note that we will stop collecting books on August 20. The Friends are excited about the upcoming event set for September 23 and 24 at St. Elizabeth’s Parish Hall. There will be an outstanding assortment of books and baked goods so mark your calendars. The fun begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. on both days. See you there.