The Summer of 2020 is behind us and we are grateful for the 90 participants in the Adult Summer Reading Challenge. We didn't know what to expect with the new digital platform and virtual programs, but we are pleased to report that it was a success. Congratulations to our winners! And thanks to all who participated. You really helped US figure things out in this new environment and your support means a lot. Thank you also to our sponsors! We look forward to more Beanstack challenges throughout the year and we are already thinking of ways to make 2021 even better.
Updates and News!
Picking Up Holds?
Starting September 8, 2020, email and text messages will be going out again for Holds that are picked up in Agawam.
Please do NOT come in the day you get your notice. We still need time to process your items, so your items will be ready the day AFTER notices go out.
All holds can be picked up in the lobby. They will be checked out to you and put in a brown paper bag with your name on it. All the bags will be on tables inside the front door, arranged alphabetically.
Bags can be picked up any day that we are open-no appointment necessary.
You are always welcome to make an appointment to come in on browsing day, but your hold(s) will be waiting for you in the lobby.
Items Still On Your Card?
When you return your item(s) to the library, they are put into our quarantine room for one week.
They will not be taken off your record right away.
But don't worry. We are not charging fines for any Agawam items.
Real ID, Climate Change, and Banned Books Bingo
How can the APL help with virtual learning?
Fall Book Clubs
Join us for one of our our virtual book clubs.
September @ the APL
The Library will be closed Monday, September 7th in observance of Labor Day.
Library Card Sign-Up Month September 2020 If you don't have a library card, now is the time to sign up! Just in time for back to school, your Library Card unlocks the many resources available to students of all ages, parents, and school staff! Access our streaming services, our digital content, and use our electronic resources for all your needs! Follow the link to our website and visit the e-resources page.
Banned Books Week September 27-October 3, 2020 Reading brings people together, but censorship drives us apart. Since it was founded in 1982, Banned Books Week has helped people recognize and navigate censorship. Support the Freedom to Read with this year's theme, "Censorship is a Dead End". Visit the ALA site to learn the Top 10 Most Challenged Books in 2019.
Real ID: What Do I Need To Know? Monday, September 21 @ 7:00 p.m. This is a virtual event.
Learn all about the REAL ID that will be required for domestic air travel in October 2021, including whether you need one and how to obtain one in Massachusetts.
Mark Schieldrop from AAA Northeast will present a virtual program for the Agawam Library.
Climate Change Lecture Resilient Agriculture: Climate Impacts on our Food Systems and How We Can Respond Thursday, September 24 @ 1:00 p.m. This is a virtual event in partnership with the Massachusetts Library System and CREW.
A New York Public Library superintendent’s wife reevaluates her priorities upon joining a woman’s suffrage group in 1913, decades before her granddaughter’s efforts to save an exhibit expose tragic family secrets. By the best-selling author of The Chelsea Girls. Tour.