There's still time to complete your summer challenge!
The 2021 Summer Reading Challenge is almost in the books! It has been another learning experience with the hybrid way of encouraging participation and reading fun for adults in the summer months. Be sure to get your last minute activities completed! Our challenge ends August 6th. Our weekly winners and grand prize winner will be announced soon! Visit https://www.agawamlibrary.org/adults/ for more details!
Restoring Fish Habitats in Local Waterways Ron Rhodes, Connecticut River Conservancy
The Agawam Library is pleased to welcome Ron Rhodes with The Connecticut River Conservancy for an interesting look at some of the restoration work in local waterways. Please register using our online events calendar found above. Participants will be sent an event link on the day of the event.
Trivia Night Monday, August 23 @ 7:00 p.m. This is a ZOOM event. Register Here.
Details are still in the works for a theme and age groups. Stay tuned in the coming weeks! Either way, who doesn't love a good trivia night?! Please register using our online events calendar found above. Participants will be sent an event link on the day of the event.
Adult Grab & Go Craft
Remember Paint-By-Number kits? This is similar, but instead of painting, you stick on tiny acrylic diamond gems to create a beautiful picture. This requires no artistic talent and is designed to be fun and relaxing!
Each kit contains one 12 x 12 picture on canvas, dotting pen, cement (orange square), plate and colored acrylic diamonds. Kits are limited to adults only AND this activity counts for your Summer Reading Challenge activities! Have fun!
Beginning August 2, 2021, the Agawam Library will reintroduce late and lost fees for overdue books. The library has been fine-free since March 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be resuming the same fine structure:
Late Fee per Day
Maximum Late Fee per Item
Kits & Art Work
All Other Items
Senior Citizens are not charged late fees, with the exception of museum passes.
Borrowers may not borrow additional items if your total fines are $10.00 or more. The library will send notification by e-mail only for items that are two weeks overdue. If the items are not returned after 30 days, the library will send out bills by e-mail or first class mail for the replacement cost of items.
Borrowers will be charged for the replacement price for lost or seriously damaged items. Items are considered lost when they are 30 days overdue. The library will send out bills by e-mail or first class mail for the full replacement cost once items are overdue for 30 days.
Borrowers may not borrow additional items or use the public access computers if there is a lost item on your record. This includes items from any library in the CW/MARS Network.
Welcome Aboard, Laurie and Nicole!
Please join us in welcoming two new staff members to the Agawam Library. Laurie and Nicole are beginning their tenure here this summer and we are thrilled to have them join our staff.
Our August Artist is Richard Harper Our featured artist this month is Richard Harper. Mr. Harper returns to us after a successful photography exhibit back in 2018. "As a member of the Springfield Photographic Society, I quickly developed new interests and skills as a photographer. I primarily focus (no pun intended) on wildlife and landscape photography but also explore other photographic venues such as fine arts, street photography and travel photography. I have always appreciated the natural world around me and with the media of photography I can connect with nature, capture moments in time and share these moments with others." Mr. Harper resides in East Longmeadow with his wife Debi of 52 years where they share a mutual respect and admiration for the world around them.
August Book Displays
Fiction Kiosk: Tales of August Deliso Dislay and Lower Level Glass Case: Nautical New England
The current issues of magazines are going back into binders on the shelves. They will be available only for browsing in the library. You are welcome to check out the older issues under the pull-up shelves.
Share Your Garden Success Photos!
How Does Your Garden Grow?
As our gardens are in full bloom this time of year, we want to see your gardening successes! Share your photos with us and we will add them to our Seed Library Bulletin Board. We can't wait to see your flowers, veggies and herbs! Stay tuned for the next phase of our Seed Library. Email your photos to Shari at the library: firstname.lastname@example.org
Top Ten Best Features of Hoopla
1. You can borrow several CDs and shuffle between them. It's like Pandora stations but without any commercials!
2. Browsing through the catalog and see something you might want to borrow later? Tap the heart to save it. Then, you can find all your favorited items on your own “My Hoopla” page sorted by type.
3. Parents can relax when kids are looking at the computer or tablet and an adult isn’t able to watch their choices. Hoopla has a Kids Mode that can be enabled to view content suitable for ages 12 and under.
4. Settings allow you to view or hide your borrowing history. That can come in handy to see the title of that book you read 3 months ago when you want to recommend a title to someone!
5. The Kids can enjoy Read-A-Longs! Books are narrated and have music, sound effects and movement to attract the attention of readers. Additionally, as each word is spoken, the black font changes to red so early readers can develop better reading skills.
6. You never have to wait for items on Hold as all selections are ready immediately!
7 - There are more than 75 different categories of just audiobooks! There are different health topics, Science, History, Romance, STEM, Money Management, Homeschooling Resources and Spring Cleaning even!
8. Hoopla has eBooks, e-Audiobooks, Graphic Novels, Movies, Music and Television.
9. Hoopla has a Graphic Novel Book Club that you can interact with as much or as little as you want. They also have a regular book club with eBook or eAudio availability. http://theclub.hoopladigital.com/
10 - There is a sleep timer that you can set to turn off your audiobook after a set period of time. If you, or your children, fall asleep while listening to a book, you won’t have to backtrack all those chapters!
For the past year, books, DVDs, puzzles and more were offered on the Free Cart. Hopefully, this added some smiles and good reads to many people when kindness was most needed. Beginning in September, the Friends of the Library (FOL) will resume their book sale and the shelves will be full again! The temporary location (due to ongoing construction) will be the former puzzle shelves.
Prices will be as follows:
Hardcovers, CD's, and DVDs: .50 Paperbacks and magazines: .25
Purchases can be made at the Circulation Desk. The FOL also offers book bags for $12 and mugs for $5. Please ask for these at the Information Desk. Puzzles are always welcome and they will be located on the flip side of the book sale.
Fall Hours Begin September 7th
We will be returning to full Fall hours beginning September 7th:
Mondays - Thursdays 9A-9P Fridays 10A-6P
Our first Saturday will be September 11th.
The Library will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 6th.