New DVDs

Julie & Julia
17 Again
Funny People
Angels & Demons
Night at the Museum 2
Harry Potter and the Half- Blood Prince
Four Christmases
The Duchess

Library Closed due to weather

The library will be closed Wed. Dec 9th due to weather. Thank you.

New Adult Titles

Stephen King - Under the Dome
Patricia Cornwell- The Scarpetta Factor
Vince Flynn- Pursuit of Honor
Fern Michaels - The Scoop
Anita Shreve – A Change in Altitude
David Baldacci – True Blue
Ellie Krieger – So Easy

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As some of you know the Regional Bookmobile has been serving Western Mass since the 1940s. At their last meeting the Board of WMRLS voted to discontinue the Bookmobile. This difficult decision was made due to years of underfunding, and lack of staff resources. I want to reassure everyone that Interlibrary Loan is still operating in overdrive. So if there is anything you would like please let us know.


Winter Hours Oct 1st- May 31st

Hello West Stockbrige,
I just wanted to remind everyone that winter hours at the library start next week, on Oct 1st.

New to the collection

Happy Tuesday West Stockbridge!!!
It is in fact a happy day here at the library. We just recieved a large order of new books. There is something in this collection for everyone. I look forward to seeing everyone soon.

New Middle School and Young Adult Titles

P.S. Longer Letter Later by Danziger & Martin
The Girl Who Threw Butterflies by Mick Cochrane
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter
Secrets of My Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Abyss by Troy Denning

New Adult Titles

Tinkers by Paul Harding
Tahoe Night by Todd Borg
Dune Road by Jane Green
South of Broad by Pat Conroy
Homer & Langley by E.L. Doctorow
The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
The Blue Notebook by James A. Levine
True Compass by Edward M. Kennedy
The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
Hope in a Jar by Beth Harbison
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Automation Update

Phew, can you believe that it’s already the end of August? I know that the summer was nowhere near long enough for me. But still will September coming up, there’s good news to be had. As of today the library has inputted 47% of our collection into the new system. I just wanted to let everyone know that great bit of news.
Have a great weekend everyone.

New this week

Summer’s not over yet! And just to prove it we have five great new summer books. So, you’re looking for a laugh, we have it in Sophie Kinsella new novel, Twenties Girl. Or we have the new Nora Roberts book or a great suspense novel, take a look and enjoy we have it all.

Twenties Girl by Sophia Kinsella
Best Friends by Jennifer Weiner
The Fixer Upper by Mary Kay Andrews
Black Hills by Nora Roberts
The Devil’s Punchbowl by Greg Iles

Broadband Survey

Hi Everyone,

The Western Massachusetts Regional Library System (WMRLS) and the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) are looking for our help. As many of us already know there is a lack of broadband access in our area. The MBI is embarking on a massive program that will bring broadband service to every community in the state. The MBI is asking that we all take a short survey on your internet access. I can tell you that, I took it and it’s less than 5 minutes and painless.

A constellation of Stories and Songs on July 28th @ 3pm

The West Stockbridge Public Library is happy to present Parents’ Choice award winning storyteller Davis Bates in a program of stories and songs to celebrate reading, nature and community. Entitled A Constellation of Stories and Songs , the program will involve the audience, through song and story, in a variety of cultural traditions. It will include stories selected from Davis’ wide repertoire, including international folktales, family stories from Davis’ own family, and more. You may hear how stars came to be in sky and why coyote howls a t the moon or help put a dancing wooden dog to sleep by singing a starry lullaby. There will also be plenty of participation and sing-alongs, and even a short lesson in how to play the spoons.

Pete Seeger has called Davis "thoughtful, creative, human, and a fantastic storyteller." Davis' traditional and participatory style of telling is a refreshing change from video’s and passive televised entertainment, empowering and encouraging audiences of all ages to join in the fun, and to take the stories home with them to share with others. He also encourages listeners to remember and tell stories from their own family and cultural tradition.

Davis Bates has been sharing stories and songs for over twenty-nine years, in schools, libraries, and community settings around New England and across the country. His storytelling recording Family Stories won a prestigious Parents Choice Magazine Gold Award, and was named one of the best audio cassettes of 1996 by the American Library Association’s Booklist magazine.

The performance is appropriate to all ages, and will take place at the West Stockbridge Public Library on Tuesday, July 28, 2009 starting at 3:00 pm. Be sure not to miss this wonderful family oriented entertainment event. This performance funded, in part, by a grant from the West Stockbridge Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Automation Update!

I excited to say that we have 20% of the library's collection in the C/W MARS Catalog! That means that the adult fiction collection is just two days away from being completed. Check it out at and search your favorite author.

July 4th: Library Closed

On Saturday July 4th the library will be closed for Independence Day. Everyone have a happy and safe 4th of July.

Book Sale Closed

Hello Everyone,

The FOL have asked me to let you know that starting this week the FOL Book Sale will be closed until July 11th, when they open for their yearly sale. So mark the date, we hope to see you there.


Just a quick update folks. Today we had a visit from the Bookmobile and there is a new selection of items to choose from. So stop on by!

Got Catalog?

The long awaited new catalog is here!

The West Stockbridge Public Library is happy to announce that the new online catalog is up and running. We are currently adding the Adult Fiction Collection to the catalog. So please take a look and remember we are adding more items daily!

Summer Hours Start June 1st!!!!

April's Additions

In case you missed them here are all the new additions to our collection for the month of April. I hope it was a great month for you!

New Adult Books
Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner
Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn
Heart and Soul by Maeve Binchy
Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World by John Grogan
Sigma Protocol by Robert Ludlum
Women by T. Coraghessan Boyle
Manny Files by Christian Burch
Fatally Flaky by Diane Mott Davidson
Execution Dock by Anne Perry
Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark
Long Lost by Harlan Coben
8th Confession by James Patterson
First Family by David Baldacci
Loitering with Intent by Stuart Woods
Scarecrow by Michael Connelly
Vision in White by Nora Roberts
The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker

New Adult Audio Books
Dead Silence by Randy Wayne White
True Detectives by Jonathan Kellerman
The Good Husban of Zibra Drive by Alexander McCall Smith
Greek Charming by Robin Palmer

New Young Adult
Max by James Patterson
Red-Headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells
Sophomore Switch by Abby McDonald
Thirteen by Lauren Myracle
Reformed Vampire Support Group by
Catherine Jinks

New DVDs
The Princess Diaries
The Princess Diaries 2: A Royal Engagement
Bedtime Stories
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Yes Man
Seven Pounds
The Tale of Despereaux
Slumdog Millionaire
The Reader

Library Policies

I hope that everyone had a great weekend. I wanted to let you know that over the last 4 months the Board of Trustees and I have been reviewing and updating the Library Policies. At last Friday's meeting on April 17th, 2009 the Board approved the changes and updates to the policies. The Policies will be on display here that the library for your viewing and comments until the May 15th meeting were the Board will have the final vote on the policies. To view the policies please stop by the library.
Thank you and have a great day.

Book Sale Temporarily Closed

Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to let everyone know that the FOL Book Sale will be closed for the rest of the week (April 15th- April 17th), due to Census Training Classes at are being held in the room.

Library Closed April 10th, 2009

Hi Everyone,

On Friday April 10th, 2009(tommorow) the library will be closed for Good Friday. The library will reopen Saturday April 11th, 2009 at 10am.

New Addition to the Collections

Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to let you know that we have some new additions to the collection, listed below. If there are any authors/ titles that you are looking for just let me know and I will work on getting them for you.

New Young Adult Titles
Red-Headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells
Geek Charming by Robin Palmer
Max by James Patterson
Maximun Ride: The Final Warning
Thirteen by Laura Myracle

New Adult Titles
The Sigma Protocol by Robert Ludlum
The Women by T.C. Boyle
Dog On It by Spencer Quinn
Castle by J. Robert Lennon
Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark
Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner

A Sneak Peek

Good Afternoon Everyone,

These books are hot out of the work room and are ready to be checked out!

From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris
Is the latest entry into the popular Sookie Stackhouse series; this book takes place after Hurricane Katrina and Sookie boyfriend is missing and her life is about to change forever.

Glamour by Louise Bagshawe
Follows the story of three friends; Sally, Jane, and Jordanian; from rock bottom to creating department store empire and the feud threatens more than just the empire.

Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult
Is a story of a family that is trying to stay together when faced with their daughter, Willow’s illness?

The Long Weekend by Julie Ellis
Set in New York City in 1961, a group of old friends spend a long weekend revisiting the past and ponder the importance of following your dreams.

The Stepmother by Carrie Adams
What are you to do when your new husband’s ex is well, not ex enough? How can you not fall into the old cliché of the evil stepmother? Is it possible that there is another side to this story?

What I Did for Love by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Georgie York’s life has fallen apart in front of the flash bulbs of the press. So what is a woman to do when your husband left you and your father is driving you nuts? Well, head for Vegas of course.

Honolulu by Alan Brennert
Four picture brides traveled to an unknown city looking for a new life and hope. But is hope something they find?

Don’t Look Twice By Andrew Gross
Detective Ty Hauck is simply following the leads of his drive by shooting case, he quickly finds himself in deeper storm then he ever could imagine would happen in Greenwich, CT.

That Devil’s No Friend of Mine by J.D. Mason
When Kristine’s father Bishop passes away she is sure her life is about to become less complicated, she could not be further from the truth.

False Step by Veronica Helely
Bea Abbot’s cleaning agency does not investigate murder. I repeat does not investigate murder. Well, normally they don’t, but this is a special case.

Bookmobile Visit

Hello Everyone,
I hope that you are enjoying the sun. I just wanted to let everyone know that on Thursday the Bookmobile will be making a long overdue stop at our library. If there is a book or author or genre of book you are looking please let me know. I’ll do my best to fulfill your requests.

America's Beautiful National Parks Quarter

I had a lovely chat with Molly from The Mount today and she informed me of something that I did not know about. Now that the U.S. Mint has finished with the 50 States Quarters Program, they are beginning a new program, America's Beautiful National Parks Quarter. These new quarters will have images of many of our national parks. The U.S. Mint has asked Governor Patrick to select one site in the state to appear on the quarter. The Mount is one of the finalist sites. So if you would like to see The Mount on the reverse of a quarter please visit the link below. The best part about this is you can vote as many times as you would like for as many different sites. Voting ends at 5:00 p.m. February 26, 2009.

Just a fun little tidbit that I thought I would share with everyone.

Friends of the Library Book Sale

I’m happy to announce on the behalf of the Friends of the Library, that the FOL Book Sale is up and running. The Friends have created a wonderful space for the town to come and purchase used books and other items. The Book Sale is open when the library is open. We ask that you please check in with either Jodi or I before you walking across the hall to browse. Once you had made your selection you can stop by the desk at the library to pay. The Book Sale included such items, as hard cover and paper backed books, movies, audio books, computer games, and vintage tote bags.

The FOL also wanted me to let everyone know that they are once again accepting donation for the Book Sale. They are looking items that are in good re-sale condition. If you have any donations please stop by and drop them off. I hope to see everyone there!

New Books

I hope that everyone is enjoying this wonderful snowy day that we are having. I wanted to let everyone know that once again we have some wonderful new books that I have added today to the collection. There is a variety in the list below and I hope that everyone can find something they might like. I would also like to invite everyone into come and see the New Adult Book collection as we have also had some new donations. If there is a book or author that you would like to see at the library please let me know. Enjoy the snow and see you soon.


Mounting Fears by Stuart Woods
Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell
Plum Spooky by Janet Evanoich
The Shack by Williams P. Young
A mercy by Toni Morrison
Fire and Ice by Julie Garw

Library Closing

Due to weather the library will be closed Wednesday Jan. 28, 2009. The library will reopen on Thurdays Jan. 29th at 2pm.

New Adult Books

To view a larger image of the list, click on the picture.

FREE Computer Classes

I happy to announce that Bill Biggs will be teaching three computer classes that will meet 5 times begin this month. Bill will be offering the following classes:
Introduction to the Computer and Windows: This class is designed to the person new to the computer.
Using the Interner and Email: Is designed to help anyone interested in learning how to make better use of both email and the internet.
Using a Word Processor: This is for the more savy computer user who is looking to learn more about world processer. Please note that this class is for the user who is familiar with using a computer and is comfortable typing.
If you or anyone else that you know might be interested in any of these classes please contact the library. Space is limited, so sign up soon!

Library Closed Wed. 1/7/09

Hi everyone,

The library will be closed this afternoon, 1/7/09 due to the ice storm. I hope that everyone has a safe day.


Happy New Year!

I hope that everyone has had a great holiday season. Now that we have some time to slow down and take a deep breath. I wanted to let everyone know that the library will be resuming its normal winter hours. I look forward to catching up with everyone and hearing about your holidays.


The following museum passes have been provided by the Friends of the West Stockbridge Library.


Ashley House and Bart's Cobble

Berkshire Bontanical Garden

Berkshire Museum

Clark Art Institute


DCR Parks Pass

The Folly at Feilds Farm

Hancock Shaker Village

Mass MOCA Mission House

The Mount


Norman Rockwell Museum

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Ventfort Hall

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