Ashland Public Library

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Instructions for joining Ashland Public Library Story Time Group

Message from the staff of the Ashland Public Library

We miss seeing all of you! During our closure, we are busy working in the stacks shifting, weeding and putting everything back in order. We are also answering general questions and providing help using our electronic resources including audio and e-books, Mango language learning and Kanopy film streaming.  Someone is available to answer your questions Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.

In the meantime, here are answers to some frequently asked questions:

Internet Safety Suggestions from the American Library Association

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Any reading suggestions for adults?

If you're looking for a gentle read, which Novelist describes as anything " from cozy mysteries to domestic fiction to chaste romances – that offer a comforting read, with no (or very minimal) sex, violence, or strong language", you may want to try author Debbie Macomber.  Many of her novels have been made into movies for the Hallmark Channel.

 Any suggestions for databases, activities, or reading material for the whole family?

General kid-friendly resources from Internet Archive.

Are you looking for a fun family project to do while everyone's home together? Why not make a trailer for your favorite book? Just like a movie trailer, a book trailer is usually about two minutes long and shares the plot of a book to encourage others to read it. Write a script and be creative in making costumes, props, and sets from what you already have in your house or yard. Post your finished book trailer online to share it with the rest of the Ashland Community. 

Click here to read a magazine!

Beanstack Stay-at-Home Challenge If you used Beanstack for the 2019 Summer Reading program you can use the account(s) you’ve already set up. If you are new to Beanstack you can set up an account using a computer or a mobile device. On a computer, go to ashlandmass.beanstack.org and set up your account. On a mobile device, go to the app store or the Play store and select the “Beanstack Tracker” app – it’s free to download. You will need to select “Ashland Public Library”, then register for the current challenge 

Click here for some suggestions from Tumblebooks. 

Virtual Museum Tours

Resources for Older Teens and Adults

Authors and Illustrators for Older Kids

Story Times and Visits With Authors and Illustrators for Younger Kids

When will the library be open to the public?

The library, and other Town of Ashland buildings, will be closed to the public through May 4, 2020. Business is still being conducted so please contact Town Departments as needed. Please check the Town of Ashland Coronavirus 2020 webpage by clicking on the banner at the top of this page for up-to-date information.

Is it possible to use a computer for just a few minutes to print something out, or to use the photocopier?

No, the building is closed to the public. Please check with Staples to see what services are available. Please call (508-881-8211) or visit Lucky Farms in Ashland, 1 West Union Street/ #4 if you need to fax a document.

I want to donate books.  Can I drop them off at the library?

No, we cannot accept donations while we are closed.  Please do not put donated items in the library bookdrops.

What is my PIN?

When we issue library cards, we set the PIN as the last four digits of your library card number (barcode on the back of the library card).  If that doesn't work, it means you likely personalized it through "My Account".  If you can't remember your personalized PIN, please call the library 508 881-0134 and we can reset it.  Staff will be available Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

My books/dvds are due. Should I return them?

Minuteman will be extending the due date of all items to June 30, 2020. If you want to return your items, please use the outside bookdrops in the library parking lot. No overdue fines will be charged while the library is closed.  

I have a book on the hold shelf that I was unable to pick up before you closed. Can I still get it?

No, they will be available for pickup once the library reopens.

Can I request an item from another library?

No, all public libraries in the Minuteman network are closed to the public.  Statewide delivery has been suspended.  Beginning April 3, 2020, you will be able to place a hold on items but they will not be available for pickup until the library reopens. 

Can I request an item that the catalog lists as available at the Ashland Public Library?

Beginning April 3, 2020, you will be able to place a hold on Ashland items but they will not be available for pickup until the library reopens.

I don’t have a library card. Can I get one online?

Yes, please scroll down to “Get a Library Card” for the link to apply online.

What can I access with my temporary online card?

State-provided online research databases within Massachusetts only and our digital catalog

Can I reserve a museum pass?

No. Most museums are closed.

Get a Library Card

Ashland is a member of the Minuteman Library Network.  Massachusetts residents may obtain a library card by presenting a photo ID with proof of current address, or apply online. Children between the ages of 5 and 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian presenting proper identification. Lost library cards may be replaced for $1 with proper identification.



Click here to reserve a museum pass

Search the Minuteman Catalog

Overdrive Magazines are here!


Introducing Kanopy
Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video service providing access to more than 30,000 films and documentaries from a variety of independent filmmakers and distributors, including the BBC, PBS, A24, and the Criterion Collection. Ashland residents with Ashland Public Library cards will be able to watch 4 films per month.
Set up your account at: 
https://ashlandmass.kanopy.com 
Then, download the Kanopy app on any of your devices to begin watching.


New Mobile App


The Minuteman mobile app puts the library in your pocket!  Look for the Minuteman Library Network in the App Store and Google Play and download the app to your smartphone or tablet.  Search the catalog, renew items, manage your holds and use your digital library card to check out items at the library.

Computers


Several computers are available for public use. Printing fees are $0.15 per sheet for black and white and $0.25 per sheet for color. Copies may be picked up and paid for at the front desk.  Scan documents to a USB or to your e-mail for free.



Photocopier


A photocopier is available for public use. Color copies are $.25 per sheet, black and white are $.15 per sheet.  



Inter Library Loan


The library staff would be happy to help you obtain materials from other libraries that are not found in our collection.






New Mobile App

 
The Minuteman mobile app puts the library in your pocket!  Look for the Minuteman Library Network in the App Store and Google Play and download the app to your smartphone or tablet.  Search the catalog, renew items, manage your holds and use your digital library card to check out items at the library.