Sep 01

Library Book Club

Our Library Book Club’s next  is meeting Thursday, December 14 from 4:00-5:00.

Library Book Club selection for the month of December

 

The Innocents Abroad (1869), based largely on letters written for New York and San Francisco papers, narrates the progress of the first American organized tour of Europe—to Naples, Smyrna, Constantinople, and Palestine. In his account Mark Twain assumes two alternate roles: at times the no-nonsense American who refuses to automatically venerate the famous sights of the Old World (preferring Lake Tahoe to Lake Como), or at times the put-upon simpleton, a gullible victim of flatterers and “frauds,” and an awestruck admirer of Russian royalty.

The result is a hilarious blend of vaudevillian comedy, actual travel guide, and stinging satire, directed at both the complacency of his fellow American travelers and their reverence for European relics. Out of the book emerges the first full-dress portrait of Mark Twain himself, the breezy, shrewd, and comical manipulator of English idioms and America’s mythologies about itself and its relation to the past.

Roughing It (1872) is the lighthearted account of Mark Twain’s actual and imagined adventures when he escaped the Civil War and joined his brother, the recently appointed Secretary of the Nevada Territory. His accounts of stagecoach travel, Native Americans, frontier society, the Mormons, the Chinese, and the codes, dress, food, and customs of the West are interspersed with his own experiences as a prospector, miner, journalist, boon companion, and lecturer as he traveled through Nevada, Utah, California, and even to the Hawaiian Islands.

Mark Twain’s passage from tenderfoot to old-timer is accomplished through a long series of increasingly comical episodes. The plot is relaxed enough to accommodate some immensely funny and random character sketches, animal fables, tall tales, and dramatic monologues. The result is an enduring picture of the old Western frontier in all its original vigor and variety.

In these two works, never before brought together so compactly, Mark Twain achieves his mastery of the vernacular style. (As taken from Amazon Books)Twain

Aug 16

Annual Report 2016

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2016 BUDGET

Annual Report 2016

Jun 19

A Board Vacancy

The Library has an opening on the Board of Directors for a Hadley Resident. Our charter states that board members will come from both towns. A person who loves libraries and has a desire to serve will be a perfect fit. Call John Plantier at 696-4285 for additional information

Jan 12

One to One Computer help is Available

1 to 1 computer help is available!

Topics that can be covered in a 1-to-1 session include:

Basic PC use & terminology • Using a mouse and keyboard • Internet searching and using popular websites • Filling out online forms • Creating and managing an email account • Creating and formatting Microsoft Word documents • Basic Microsoft Excel • Free library books on your device • Other topics may be available on request.

Registration is required. For more information or to book an appointment, please call 518 696-3423 or 518 403 4116.

Apr 19

There is an APP for that

Hi !!

Do you realize you can get your overdrive books on your phone? Or your tablet? Just go to your app store and look for overdrive. Download the app; it is free. Then it is so easy for you to order & read books on your phone or tablet.

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Feb 23

Do you know your library can’t buy eBooks from many publishers?

We can buy a printed book from these same publishers, stick it on the shelf, and lend it out—-but digital content is treated differently by the publishers and the companies who manage digital content licensing. Think that’s wrong? We do too!
We pay the same price and most times a bit higher for an eBook as compared to a hardcover. We lend them the same way–to one person at a time. If you have been on our eBook site, you can see the long wait lists. We desperately want to offer you these eBooks. But the companies won’t let us.

As your library, we commit to continuing advocacy for change in these policies. We need your help. You can write, call and/or email each publisher to register your opinion. For your convenience, the contact information is provided below. Thank you!

The following publishers currently refuse to sell or license eBooks to libraries:
Macmillan Publishing
75 Varick Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 226-7521
customerservice@mpsvirginia.com

Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
(212) 698-7000
http://simonandschuster.com/about/contact_us

Hachette Book Group
466 Lexington Avenue #131
New York, NY 10017
(212) 364-1100
customer.service@hbgusa.com

Penguin Group
375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 366-2000
ecommerce@us.penguingroup.com

Brilliance Audio
1704 Eaton Drive
Grand Haven, MI 49417
(616) 846-5256
libsales@brillianceaudio.com

Portions of this post are copied with permission from the Sacramento Public Library website.

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