Local high school student Massimo Fontaine is making himself available by appointment at the Library to help the technically challenged with their computer woes. His availability is Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5:00 to 8:00. He can teach basic computing, networking, HTML, social media, and troubleshoot/perform small repairs on computers. So if you need help with basic computing tasks or need someone to look at your machine to figure out why it is acting funny, give Massimo a call at (508) 714-6241 or an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.
Not Quite Finished? Don’t worry! Your library book will renew automatically!
Starting in July, patrons will no longer have to remember to log into their account to renew physical items they have checked out. If a checked out item can be renewed it will automatically be renewed on the due date.
An email notification will be sent on the due date alerting patrons of renewal status for checked out items. It will indicate if their items were successfully renewed or unable to be renewed. Patrons can also log into their account via the CW MARS Libraries app to view the status of all checked out items.
All 147 CW MARS member libraries are participating in auto renewal. This means that no matter where in CW MARS your materials were borrowed from, they will automatically renew on the due date if a renewal is available.
There’s a new blue button on the home page. Given the success of e-books and audio, we’re adding a streaming video service to our arsenal of literacy.
Kanopy is a streaming platform that you can use on your computer, or you can download the relevant app for IOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast, or Roku. Adults can enjoy award-winning documentaries, film festival favorites, indie films, classic films, and world cinema. Kids will find films and TV series thoughtfully curated to help develop empathy, mindfulness, and self-esteem.
To access Kanopy, either click the button on our homepage or go to mysfpl.kanopy.com. Douglas library card-holders are currently allotted 6 play credits per month, and we’ve set a monthly cost ceiling that applies to the entire community (basically it’ll shut down before it breaks the budget). Hopefully we don’t bump up against that ceiling and everyone who wants can use all 6 of their play credits.
Our 2018 Summer Reading Program is wrapped up. 77 kids signed up to track their reading hours, and the combined program attendance was 616. We would like to thank all of the sponsors who made our programs possible:
- The Friends of the Simon Fairfield Public Library
- The Douglas Cultural Council
- Dance Sensation, LLC
Also, we would like to thank all the donors who made our prizes possible:
- Breezy Picnic Grounds and Waterslides
- Douglas House of Pizza
- Harry’s Famous Pizza
- The Little Coffee Bean
- The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
- Yankee Candle Village
- The Big E
- Sandy Stopyra
- Rebecca Lavallee
Online Magazines are here! CWMARS has added a first wave of 50 magazines to our Overdrive subscriptions. These are simultaneous use licenses, so they are always available to you no matter how many people are reading them. You can “borrow” them to download them to your device or read them online. You can find them in the Overdrive catalog, or you can simply click here to see a special page just for magazines.
On June 5th, we welcomed 4 local authors and 26 guests to a literary party at the Library. The Friends of the Library put out quite the spread:
Paula Sullivan, Rachel Odell howe, Jane Willan, and Michael Stinger not only sold and signed books, but talked extensively about their writing and publishing processes:
Paula Sullivan is the author of Simply Being Happy, and Rachel Odell How is the author of Ripple:
Michael Stinger is the author of Runner’s Dawn, and Paula Sullivan is the author of The Shadow of Death:
The event drew a nice crowd, and we all enjoyed discussing books until well after the library “closed:”
This little one proved that you are never too young to start thinking about writing your own book:
When Sarah Guimond saw the Friends of the Library annual membership mailing in February, she decided to kick friendship up a notch.
In 2016, Sarah happened across a cup and saucer set up for auction on eBay. It is gold-trimmed bone china, sporting an engraving of the Simon Fairfield Public Library with the words, “JW Wixtead, East Douglas Mass.” Wixtead was one of the first appointed Library trustees when the building was given to the town in 1903, and passed away in 1923. Assuming he commissioned this cup, that puts it between 94 and 114 years old. Sarah, who is always on the lookout for historical stuff to collect, wanted to bring this teacup home as it was being auctioned from another state. So she bid on it and won.
Fast forward to February, 2018: Sarah decided to post the teacup on We Are Dynamic Douglas for auction–with the results going to the Friends of the Library. Keith Menard offered the winning bid of $125.00, and received the teacup on the first of March. When asked what he intends to do with this priceless artifact, he said, “It will proudly be displayed in my 1870’s colonial.”
Both Keith and Sarah are now honorary Friends of the Library. We thank Sarah for bringing this local historical treasure home, and Keith for his generous donation to the Friends and commitment to preserving the artifact.
Sarah said, “I hope other people will be encouraged to try to help the community in some way, even a small way.”
The library will be closed on January 4th due to the snowstorm.
Library Assistant, Simon Fairfield Public Library in Douglas, MA
The Simon Fairfield Public Library seeks a part time library assistant to staff the circulation desk on Thursday evenings and every fourth Saturday. We pride ourselves on offering a congenial, laid-back, but efficient atmosphere for our patrons and staff. We encourage applicants who will thrive in such an atmosphere.
Part time. Thursday evenings from 5 pm to 8 pm and every 4th Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm. There are occasional opportunities to pick up additional hours to substitute for other staff.
High school diploma;
One year of work experience;
Experience with ILS software is preferred, but applicants who can demonstrate a high level of comfort and proficiency with software will also be considered.
Performs circulation duties including but not limited to checking materials in and out, receiving and recording money collected, answering the telephone, and making copies;
Understands databases and how to answer or refer routine reference questions;
Gives directional information to patrons;
Assists patrons in locating materials;
Participates in processing materials;
Makes repairs to materials;
Makes recommendations to the library director on relevant issues and problems that arise at the circulation desk;
Performs other duties as required.
Works under direct supervision of the Library Director;
The employee is alone on the circulation desk most of the time, working in tandem with a page to oversee library operations;
Interacts with the general public;
Operates standard office equipment.
$14.06 per hour
How to Apply:
Please fill out an employment application and email it, along with a resume and any other desired documents, to Justin Snook at email@example.com. Applications submitted by September 17 will be considered. The Town of Douglas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The library will be closed Saturday, September 2 and Monday, September 4 for Labor Day weekend. Items returned will be backdated to remove late fees. Enjoy the long weekend!