Sunday, December 30, 2012

New eBook Reader?

Find eBooks, eAudio books, and eVideos for your Nook, Kindle, iPad, computer and more!


We have a lot of books, audiobooks and videos that can be downloaded to your electronic reading, listening or watching devices through the C/W Mars Digital Catalog.

Click HERE to go to the Help page and learn more about how to use your device with the Digital Catalog.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Holiday Closings

The library will be closed on Monday, December 24 for Christmas Eve and on Monday, December 31 for New Year's Eve.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Preschool Story Hour Schedule

Lyra has added more dates to the Fall/Early Winter 2012/2013 Preschool Story Hour schedule
  • Friday, November 16
  • Friday, November 30
  • Friday, December 14 (Holiday Story Hour)
  • Friday, January 11
  • Friday, January 25
Meet in the Library from 10:30 - 11:30 am for stories, songs, crafts and a snack.

Preschool Story Hour at the Heath Library is funded by the Friends of the Heath Free Public Library.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Closed for Veterans Day November 12

The library will be closed on Monday, November 12, 2012 in observance of  Veterans Day.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Magazines and Newspapers

We have many magazines available to read in the library or check out to enjoy at home.

Titles currently available:
  • American Archaeology*
  • American Girl
  • Archaeology*
  • AudioFile*
  • Audubon*
  • Bon Appetit
  • Consumer Reports
  • Cooking Light
  • Cooks Illustrated
  • Craft Ideas
  • Family Fun (subscription paid for by the Friends)
  • Fine Homebuilding
  • Horticulture* 
  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine
  • Ladies Home Journal*
  • Martha Stewart Living (subscription paid for by the Friends)
  • Mother Earth News
  • Motor Trend
  • National Geographic
  • New Moon Girls
  • The New York Time Book Review*
  • The New York Times Magazine* 
  • The New Yorker*
  • People
  • Ranger Rick Jr. 
  • Real Simple 
  • Rodale's Organic Life
  • Rolling Stone
  • Seventeen
  • Smithsonian*
  • Time
  • Yankee
  • Yoga Journal
* donated to the library
[list updated 12/23/2015]

We have 3 local newspapers available to read in the library.

  • Heath Herald
  • Shelburne Falls & West County Independent
  • The Recorder (Greenfield)*
* donated to the library

Monday, October 29, 2012

Wind Forecast Changes Library Schedule

The library will be open today (Monday, October 29) from 11 am to 3 pm. We will not be open during our regular Monday hours of 3 pm to 7 pm due to the National Weather Service forecast for high winds this afternoon:
...HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM EDT TUESDAY...

* LOCATIONS...CENTRAL AND WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS AND SOUTHWEST NEW HAMPSHIRE. * HAZARD...DAMAGING WINDS.

* WINDS...EAST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 60 MPH.

* TIMING...THIS MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING. STRONGEST WINDS WILL OCCUR FROM LATE THIS MORNING INTO THIS EVENING.

* IMPACTS...A SIGNIFICANT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY EXISTS. DAMAGING WINDS WILL RESULT IN WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES THAT COULD LAST FOR DAYS...DAMAGE TO STRUCTURES AND HOMES RESULTING IN DEBRIS...AND DOWNED TREES AND POWER LINES. DEBRIS AND DOWNED TREES COULD IN SOME CASES BLOCK ROADWAYS.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Massachusetts Virtual Catalog

Announcement on the C/W MARS website: 
The Massachusetts Virtual Catalog links are now live!

After much work, all of our connections to the Massachusetts Virtual Catalog are now up and running! You can search state-wide for materials and can request them.

Important Information:
  • Please check availability of Items in the C/W MARS Catalog before using the Virtual Catalog. (The Virtual Catalog link location is shown in the image below.) Items that are available in C/W MARS libraries may not be requested.
  • All C/W MARS patrons with active library accounts may request materials from the Virtual Catalog.
  • You will be notified via email when an item is available for pickup.
  • Items may not be renewed.
  • Use the buttons provided by the Virtual Catalog interface for navigation.
  • Your local library can help you use the Virtual Catalog.
The Virtual Catalog system is being funded with state funds through a series of grants from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. If you aren't sure how to use the Virtual Catalog, here is a link to Frequently Asked Questions and a tutorial.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

New Titles List

C/W MARS has added a new feature to their website. New titles lists have been created for the member libraries (http://www.cwmars.org/new_titles). This is generated automatically and will list the titles added in the last seven calendar days.


This is a screenshot of Heath's list on 10/10/2012:

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Preschool Story Hour Schedule

Lyra has posted the Fall 2012 Preschool Story Hour schedule:  Friday, September 21, Friday, October 5, Friday, October 19, Friday, November 2, Friday, November 16, and Friday, November 30. Meet in the Library from 10:30 - 11:30 am for stories, songs, crafts and a snack.

Preschool Story Hour at the Heath Library is funded by the Friends of the Heath Free Public Library.

Bring In Your Summer Reading Logs

Children who signed up for the Summer Reading Program are reminded to bring in their Reading Logs soon to receive a gift certificate to a bookstore and other prizes.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Reminder: Closed for Labor Day

The library will be closed on Monday, September 3, 2012 for Labor Day. Be sure to stop by Saturday morning to stock up on books and movies for the holiday weekend.

The Post Office and Town Offices in Sawyer Hall will also be closed on Monday.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Book Sale at the Heath Fair

Visit the Friends of the Heath Free Public Library  Book Sale Tent at the Heath Fair! Thousands of used books  -  hardcover and paperback. Also audiobooks, DVDs, and VHS tapes. Ten great Raffle Prizes!
Friday, August 17 from 5 pm - 10 pm
Saturday, August 18 from 10 am - 10 pm
Sunday, August 19 from 10 am to 4 pm

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

New Library Catalog and Changes to Your Library Account

C/W MARS (Heath Library is a member) migrated to the new Evergreen online catalog on Memorial Day weekend. Please remember that your account login will be your library card barcode and last name in all capital letters.

Here's what the screen will look like:


As we prepare for the new Evergreen system, there are some things you need to know about the new catalog.

Highlights: 
  • Only one catalog! All C/W MARS libraries, Central and Western, will be in the new catalog. 
  • Patrons will have the option to create a username. You will have the option to use either your library card or create a username for login to the catalog. 
  • Public lists. Want to show off that reading list? You will have the option to make your lists available on the internet through an RSS feed. 
  • Outstanding holds. All patrons that have holds for library items at the time of migration will see those holds on their account in the new system. 
  • Current PIN. As patron passwords are encrypted, we cannot move this information to the new system. When you log into the new catalog for the first time, current patrons will use their last name in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS as a PIN. You will be asked to create a new password at that time. New patrons will be given their login upon receiving their new library card.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Welcome to the Library!

The Heath Free Public Library has so much to offer: books, audio books, DVDs, CDs, magazines, downloadable e-books, downloadable audio books, and downloadable videos, as well as high-speed Internet access on three computers. We also have wireless internet access if you wish to bring your own computer.
Framed stained glass hanging in the front window of the library. 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Trustees

The Board of Library Trustees oversee the operation of the library.  The three members are elected Town Officials and serve three year terms.
  • Janis Carr (term expires in May 2019)
  • Deborah Porter, Chair (term expires in May 2018)
  • Emily Cross (Appointed to fill vacancy September 2016, term expires in May 2017)

The Library Trustees meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in Sawyer Hall, and at other times as needed.  The public is invited to attend meetings, or to contact Board members with any questions or concerns regarding the Library.

Massachusetts Public Library Trustees Handbook

Page updated 10/17/2016