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  • Sails is an incredible resource for me and my family. Aside from being able to borrow a large range of books, it has very important online databases. I am able to read a number of magazines and journals without getting them out of the library. This is very important because I am able to find articles dating back a number of years electronically. Sails digital connectivity allows it to communicate with other libraries and networks. If a book is not available in Sails, I can get it from the Virtual Catalog, or through an interlibrary loan from distant library in the USA. Sails and other library networks are crucial to our children's education. Students are taught how to use the library databases in their classrooms. A cut in funding is a serious blow to our children's education and to the continuing education of adults.
  • Sails has been a life-saver for me this past year. I have been going though some very stressful life situations where I needed both advise and something to take my mind off of my situation. Sails was what got me by during this time. I was able to borrow books from other libraries that covered what I needed to know for my problems as well as find DVDs and books not available at my library (a very small one) that could make me forget, at least temporarily, what I was going through. I am still going through crisis in my life. I hope that I will still be able to have this complete access, to help me keep going.
  • Reading has been a very important part of my life for well over 60 years. I was an early reader and have never lost my love for the written word. The library has always been my best friend and I introduced my three daughters to it's wonders as pre-schoolers. Now with Sails I search for my favorite authors and subjects from the comfort of my home computer and have the benefit of 40 communities collections to choose from. My now grown and married daughters and their children also use this very valuable resource. With limited resources to spend we are still able to read to our hearts content all of the books we love so much. I often go back to very good books I have read before, some of them quite old and out of print, which would not be available without Sails. Please replace the funds that have been cut from the Sails funding. We desperately need this resource to keep our libraries on a level playing field with all of the technical media overload that bombards our children and young people daily.
  • because it dramatically increases the amount of information available to Children, Adults and students. It also reduces the amount of greenhouse gases due to automobiles because the sails network vans are delivering the books to the patrons local libraries rather than a patron driving all over the state trying to locate a book!
  • We've been bringing our children to our local libraries since they could walk. The opportunity to instill the value of books and reading has always been important to us and that value is enhanced when it is celebrated as a community value. The Sails network gives us access to an absolute wealth of material in all forms of media. our children have enjoyed an extraordinary array of print material but also audio books and video. We are often on the website managing our account on a daily basis. There is no way we could access this information or even explore the options were it not for this extraordinary on-line resources.
  • The Sails network gives me access; fantastic access. I have a tiny library in my town, but through this system, my children, my spouse and I can find all kinds of interesting things to read, watch and listen to. I often access the system late at night when my children are asleep or before they wake up. This kind of access is great for mothers of small children like myself. Through this system resources are shared. Not every library has to have the same videos since we can share them with other libraries. This must save money and natural resources. The free public library system is one of the best things ever invented. The second next best thing was the invention of this amazing sails system that gives access to everybody night and day 24/7. Thank you this great system. While there are so many pressures on Americans today and Corporate America wants us to be dummed down Sails is one antidote to that.
  • I have not utilized the public library since I was a teenager, I'm 35, and now I have a 14 year old visually impaired son. I began using the library within the past few months for my son, previously I just bought whatever stories, mostly audio cds, for him. We decided to check out the library for descriptive videos, disappointing, but we've ended up utilizing the library more than expected now for him, the playbacks are FANTASTIC, and also for my own reading needs. Overall the Public library is wonderful, I was naive of it's value for too long, I truly appreciate it's value now that I'm a user and recommend it to all. Great expenditure of tax $$$. Librarians are WONDERFUL
  • Without the various services I get through SAILS I would not be exposed to many of the masterpieces of world literature that many of us may take for granted. Speaking from personal experience, some of the books I have borrowed through SAILS have indeed changed my life, for the better. I hate to think that my life would not have been touched in such a personal manner if SAILS have not be around. I hope you do the right thing and allow future generations to experience that awesome gift - the gift of knowledge. The oft-used cliche knowledge is power really is true - and without the tools of knowledge what will become of us as a country?
  • Please fully fund SAILS library funding. My family and I use our local library constantly, always using the SAILS system to access books and audio tapes from many area libraries. We have access to so many books that our library could not possibly offer, never mind hold within ts bursting seams. It is tremendous to be able to access so many holdings through one library. This system enabled my family to complete many school reports, get an SAT prep book, listen to countless audio books during a long commute to work, and read many books that we would otherwise not have had library access to. Please continue funding this very worthy community asset.
  • August 26, 2006 Dear Commonwealth of Massachusetts Legislators, I am writing this letter to support the SAILS Network services that I have received since 2001. I am a weekly user and rely on the services for research, education, and entertainment. I would not be able to replace the myriad products delivered to my library if services are reduced or eliminated as my income is limited. The idea of a library network sharing expensive resources is a sound one and needs to be recognized as a wise and rational means of getting the biggest bang out of the taxpayer dollar. The Sails Network services contribute to a higher quality of life for me and I urge you to continue funding it.
  • Hello, The library is my support system to help me teach my grandchildren through all the books as well as DVD's that are available. I love to read to my grandchildren, but I do not enjoy reading the same books over and over again even if the younger kids do not mind. I could never afford to buy all the books that I read to them and besides where would I put them all. They enjoy the variety that I can select by going on line and having access to other libraries. For myself I use the library for books to read as well as books on tape, which are my savior when I am stuck in traffic. I wish more folks would find how enjoyable they are and the commute would not seen so bad... except for the expense of gas. With that said the library saves us all hundreds and possibly thousands of dollars in the expense it would cost to purchase books for our children, grandchildren or ourselves and all the other benefits. I take advantage of the passes to the museums and zoos that the libraries offer to share the joy and knowledge that we gain and can share with our children and grandchildren by obtaining a discount and sometimes a free pass otherwise these kids may miss the opportunity to visit these places. My grandchildren also enjoy visiting the library to pick out their own books and in our small town of Berkley to play with the train. I have used the services of story time and other activities offered in Berkley and the other surrounding towns to include reptile shows, puppet shows, story time and activities and movies as well. My goodness if the libraries were taken away our children would suffer from all the knowledge they would not gain. The staff at the libraries is also a good support system for the children to give them their first dose of asking someone for help to find a book to gain knowledge outside of the school atmosphere. This in itself is a learning trait that is so important to children and when they go on to college they need to know what the library is for and what it can offer them at the college they will be attending. The internet is great, but it will never replace the spoken word and knowledge that comes from our library staff our teachers and all those folks they learn from along the way. Were did those folks along the way get their knowledge and many of them will tell you from their local library!
  • The SAILS Network has been incredibly beneficial to both me personally, and to my family. Personally, it has allowed me to return to my love of reading once again, something I had not been able to pursue with vigor for years due to the expense of purchasing so many books. But, not only have I returned to reading, I have also had the opportunity to expand my knowledge in history and in my business career due to the widely expanded offerings made available through the network. Most of the books (and audiobooks) I have reserved over the past several years have not been from my local library, but from other libraries across South Eastern Massachusetts. For my family, the benefit has also been great as well. The Sails network has allowed my 13 and 10 year old to browse the library resources from home and find books that have interested them. They have come to love books in the time we have used the system and have greatly expanded their knowledge in many topics and even had new topics of interest spawned. All this because of the breadth of books available and the availability of the online system. In summary, I believe this ability to share resources among the member libraries is invaluable and should be maintained for the benefit of all the communities involved. Everyone in the system reaps the rewards of the increased availability of popular titles as well as the increase of titles available for the inquiring mind and the ability to research and reserve books online. Thank you for consideration and attention to this valuable service!
  • As a third grade teacher in Wareham, MA and a former employee of the Norton Public Library, I am a frequent user of SAILS. I am constently seeking out materials to use in my third grade classroom to help enhance the curriculum and expose my students to a variety of materials that would not otherwise be available to them. Due to budget cuts, my school has laid off the school's only certified librarian and the students will no longer have a weekly library class where they will be able to check out books to bring home on a consistent basis. Many of my students do not have the opportunity to use the Wareham Free Library because of lack of transportation and support at home. It is now up to me as their teacher to provide reading material of various genres within my classroom library. Without SAILS I would not be able to support my students' growing love of reading and expose them to materials they may not have the opportunity to use. If the state of MA wishes to support the education of ALL students, then they should acknowledge the great importance that our public libraries have in the lives of our children and their families.
  • As a homeschooling family the SAILS Network services are VITAL to the education of our 4 daughters. We rely heavily on being able to draw from all of the libraries in the area to provide resources in Phonics, Literature, History, Geography, Science, Math and the Arts. I would not have the resources that I need if it were not for the SAILS Network. SAILS also provides me with the tools I need to manage my family's 35 plus library checkouts a week. I rely heavily on the ability to place holds, renew and view due dates as well as find resources online that I would have otherwise not known were available to me. The SAILS Network also keeps my children reading. They love to go online and find books on subjects they are interested in. Keeping children engaged in the world of books alone is priceless. I honestly don't know what I would do without this service.
  • The SAILS network is extremely important to my family. It allows us to search and find a number of books that we would not have access to otherwise. With the availability of a network of libraries, and the ability to search, we have read books that we may never have seen or been aware of. Avid readers, we are in the library weekly. As my children grow they are now utilizing the system to find books for school reports. I cannot imagine being without this valuable resource.
  • Sails Library system is a valuable resource to me as a classroom teacher. Although I teach high school students (9th grade) I often start my lessons demonstrating with really well written children's picture books. Students of all reading levels identify with an earlier time in their lives, possibly in the comfort of a loved one's lap, when they got lost in a good book. It allows for an easy transition into more difficult writing. Students are less likely to start the lesson with negative defeatist feelings. I also had a blind, legally deaf student, who was wheelchair bound and had 24 hour oxygen. She often read books on tape from the Perkins Institute for the Blind. However, I opened up her world to best sellers and more adult books readily available on tape through my local branch in New Bedford. In 2007, she was awarded top prize in the Perkins Summer Reading Program by reading more than 60 books provided both by Perkins and our local library. Libraries also provide valuable programs for young people free of charge. In the age of 21st century technology, more and more of our urban children will be left behind without the access provided by computers at their local libraries. Please consider raising the funding for libraries in Massachusetts.
  • I, as many people are today, am a very busy mother of two. Two years ago the SAILS library in Norton was the most important thing in my life. I found out my mother was dying from pancreatic cancer and I knew nothing about it. I was able to look online for resources and books to help me care for and prepare for my mothers death. Since she was in another town which was an hour away, I was able to pick up the books on the way to care for her. These services even proved very helpful when I had to do many 24 hour shifts by her side and could not get back to Norton to return the books and tapes. I was able to go online from her computer and renew them and contact the library directly and ask for extentions on two of the books which were so helpful. I can't imagine where I would have been without our library services then and I am thankful for them now.
  • My family and I absolutely LOVE the SAILS library system. We find it invaluable -- I use it for work and pleasure, my children use it for school, and my husband gets all his CD's thanks to SAILS! It really is a great, great service. I can't tell you how many times we've used it and just been thrilled with what we can get from it. Budget demands are stretched tight everywhere, but i would hate to loose the benefits that SAILS provides for us as well as the rest of our community.
  • The SAILS Network is an invaluable resource because it allows one to quickly and easily identify and obtain reading materials. It's great to be able to search online and to have access to the libraries of many different towns and cities. I've made use of placing holds for books and dvds, and recently was able to take a student I mentor to the zoo using the free passes. With the pace of life seeming to become faster and faster, the SAILS Network is a savior in my attempt to retrieve free and meaningful resources.
  • The SAILS library network is important to me for many reasons. I've been going to my local library since I've moved to Massachusetts in 1992. I would go for personal and academic reasons. This need continued as I graduated and went to college. As a college student, with little money, I found the DVDs and CDs they offered wonderul. It helped me save money while going to school. Anytime I've needed a place to study, I used my local library. I recently got married and used the library as my main source of research. I found books on planning ideas, DVDs on how to teach my future husband ballroom dancing, and much more. To buy everything I used would have cost me hundreds of dollars. In a day in age where money is a crucial aspect of all our lives, the library helps many who can not afford internet, books, programs, etc.
  • The town that I live in is small and as a result has limited resources available locally. Consequently, I rely on the Sails network to access all the material that I need. Please understand that as times get tough, more families rely on the Library system. Cutting back on this valuable resource will cause greater hardship to many families already struggling.
  • Our town library recently cut back on its' hours of operation, they are only open one night a week. Since I work full time it is difficult for me to get to the library. I use the Sails network to renew books, DVDs and to search for books my children need for school without going to the library. It saves me a great deal of time. Without this network my family and I would not be able to adequately utilize our library. Consistent library access is essential for a robust and fruitful education.
  • The sails network services are important to my whole family as we use it for a vareity of information. We enjoy getting books from the library to pleasure as well as my children use Sails to get information for school projects. Recently we have discovered audio books and we have been enjoying the Harry Potter series over the summer. At times our own Library doesn't have a book we are looking for available and it is always a help to use the network to get what we are looking for. It would really be a negative impact on my family and other members of the mansfield library community if we didn't have access to the sails network services.
  • The SAILS Network services are the part of the Library that I use most. I don't believe I go more than 2 weeks without using this service. Working full time and having other committments, I don't have the luxury to visit my local library as often as I would like to manually search the shelves and use SAILS all the time to get books for my family. Anyone who participates in different research projects, interests, hobbies etc, appreciates the ability to checkout books from other libraries that would otherwise be unknown to us. It is the greatest help and timesaver. This is a service that my family would sorely miss. I am always extolling the benefits to my friends.
  • The SAILS Network services are critical to me as I strive to support my own children's love of books, reading and learning. It is so critical in today's society of constant media, video games, ipods etc. to instill a love of reading in our children. The education system benefits greatly from students who come to school already loving books and from parents who are able to support the education by providing books and materials for their children to aid what is happening in the classrooms. The library is often the only way parents are able to do this! As a teacher, I use the SAILS network to support my thematic studies and provide many different materials for my students to learn from. Please support the SAILS network and all of our public libraries, they are an invaluable resource to our literate society.
  • SAILS and iBistro play an almost daily part of our family's lives. Via the network, we have been able to feed our children's thirst for books without breaking the bank. My son started reading Harry Potter at age 4 so we have been challenged in keeping him in new books to read. He, now almost 7, uses the Sails network to secure series books that are not available at our local library. He likes reserving the newest books for when they are released. My husband and I use the network to find information that helps us repair our cars. We have even been able to try expensive items before we decide to buy (Rosetta Stone). We are not limited by our library but have access to so many. I can put a book on hold and know it will be delivered to my local library. I use my MP3 player mostly for audiobooks rely on iBistro to fill my day with romance, suspense and mystery. I believe we get our money's worth from both Sails and iBistro. They are an integral part of our lives. Without them, or with less of them, our already tight budget would not allow purchasing the same amount of information that we get from Sails/iBistro. Thank you for listening.
  • Libraries just aren't open when I'm busy. The SAILS network lets me research the book or video I need, reserve it, and pick it up locally when I'm free. There are plenty of areas the state can audit to cut costs (constant repaving of Rte 495 South, personal use of stateowned vehicles by non critical personnel, the unneccesary overtime and overstaffing of some local town police and fire, for instance, ) Sails actually saves money in research time and driving to surrounding libraries. As towns are forced to cut back library hours, materials and staffing, the last place that should be cut is an online tool that is needed to supplement the shortage at the town level.
  • The Sails Network services are important to me because it gives me access to many books at other libraries without actually having to go the distance to that other library. I thinking reading is very important. It keeps your brain active and learning is very important. Every time I go to the library, I see many elderly people there reading. It gives them an inexpensive past time. Please consider the funding as a priority.
  • Using the library is a tool of education for my family as well as helps those who cannot afford purchasing literature at their local book stores. Using the tools of the library helps foster knowledge and imagination and brings to those who may otherwise go without a sense of belonging. SAILS also uses its/their time to educate and entertain those to young to read with programs like story telling and music to help them learn about and enjoy the library and all it can be.
  • The SAILS Network is my regular source of eAudio books that I load into my little MP3 player to take on my walks. For health reasons, I have to continue daily exercise. The eAudio books are a wonderful incentive. They keep me walking for longer periods of time as I listen to one hour segments of these narrated books each time. I have lost approximately 25 lbs. in the past 1 1/2 years through this daily walking and my health has improved considerably as a result. I could not purchase as many eAudio books to keep me going as I have downloaded free from the Sails Network site. I hope you will retain the funding to continue providing this wonderful service. I would be lost without it.
  • I read every day and my 2 children also became very competent readers. They have both gone through public schools and private colleges. They are gainfully employed, and informed tax payers. The Wareham Free Library definitely contributed to their success. I am disappointed as a tax payer , that the next generation will not be able to achieve the same as my children because of all of the cuts Massachusetts libraries, and specifically the Wareham Free Library is experiencing. Library services offered through the SAILS network are very important to me, and without these services many members of my community will not be able to achieve their educational potential and their employment potential.
  • I am legally blind. Inspite of my challenges, I love to read. I read every day. It is not an exaggeration to say that I use the SAILS Network every single day. I use it to locate books and materials of interest to me. I use it to place holds for items I want to read or listen to. I cannot drive, and in order to get to the library, I need to take 2 busses. The SAILS Network allows me to do what I need to do at the library WITHOUT having to leave my home. It allows me to find materials and books much more eaisly than if I am at the library squinting at the shelves and struggling to see. By using the SAILS Network I can search for books and materials, place the appropriate holds, and have what I want available when I reach the library. I have only been legally blind since December 2000, and it is not an exaggeration for me to say that SAILS has made my challanges much eaiser to bear. Without the help of SAILS my world would be a smaller one. I would be lost without access to the books and music and other materials that are so important to me.
  • As a Kindergarten literacy teacher, I relied heavily on the SAILS network for books that were difficult to find in bookstores, Amazon, or the local library. It was a crucial tool in my lesson planning. As a regular library patron, I use SAILS on a daily basis to access items that cannot be found at my local library. It is a wonderful service that extends the offerings of participating libraries and enriches us all.
  • The SAILS Network is extremely important to me because I have small children and we homeschool. Since the children are small, I don't have time to browser around the library a lot. Most of my books are through reservations. It saves me incredible amount of time when I can just reserve the books that I would like to use to homeschool at night or whenever I can. Then I just pick it up whenever I have time to go to the library. Plus, I always use the SAILS Network whenever I have to return my books, CDs, movies, etc. It keeps track of when I have to return my items and what items I will have to return. If I have any fees to pay, I would make sure that I have enough and exact charge with me so I can pay right away - This also saves me a lot of time standing in front of the librarian looking for change. I would say that I use the SAILS Network several times a week - sometimes several times a day. Even when my husband is at work, he can just access the network and reserve his own stuffs instead of asking me to do it for him. I would just pick it up at the library for him. Now I have one child that is 6 yrs old and loves to read. She constantly requesting books and series for me to reserve. So instead of trying to reserve her long list of books myself, I teach her how to do it herself. The SAILS Network is so easy to operate that even a 6 yrs old can use it whenever she wishes. Because I reserve so much material from the library, my 3 yrs old love to plays 'library' and says Here's your reserves. too. SAILS Network has saved me a lot of time and the ability to just find books that are not in my immediate library just with a click of the mouse. There are more than a handful of times that I'm glad that the networking libraries have several books that I was looking for to homeschool my children. This way, I can just looks at the books first without buying them and deciding if I want to purchase it or not. Plus, I didn't have to stand in line for several minutes and then have the librarian try to find my long list of books when I can just do it myself when I have time. I leave the books that I can't find for the librarian and use the InterLoan Library with them. To me and my whole family, the library and all it's resources are extremely important. It is our main resource for educating our children and entertainment. Thank you for listen.
  • Having the SAILS network has been such an important role in my young childrens love for reading because they are able to locate the books they love which are usually series books that many libraries do not have in their entirety. With the SAILS they are able to find the next in the series from a library within the network and have it delivered to our library. They so look foward to getting those books and it keeps them wanting to read more and more everyday. For me, I just love that they love reading just like I do and the SAILS network helps us to do that.
  • Libraries give much to everyone. They feed us with their support, answers, entertainment, friendly faces, and a nice place to cool off on a hot summer's day. They are everything that is good about our world!! This important service is not the place to make cuts! Please consider saving money and reducing in other wasteful, nondeserving areas. Where would I be without my local library? Totally lost and plenty miserable.
  • The Sails Network services are important for me because they help me enjoy the literature and media world on a tight budget. With being able to use free books and videos I continue to stay strong with language and am able to use the knowledge to better myself in school. The internet services that is offered is particularly important because I don't have time between work and school to always look around the library. Being able to place holds and then pick up my request is very convenient. The wide variety of materials makes it impossible to not find an item you need. I hope that my library will continue in being a primary resource in my education.
  • I use the SAILS resources for both recreational and informational reading. I usually have five or six books checked out. The library is my primary source of reading material, as I am retired and on a fixed income. I also enjoy borrowing CD's and Movies. The SAILS network is wonderful as I can use the intenet access to find items that my local library didn't get of doesn't have room to shelve. Since different libraries have their own focus, the SAILS service provides all of us with access to a total collection of enormous breadth. My wife was a librarian and felt that the interlibrary loan system was one of the greatest tools she worked with.
  • When I first began using SAILS Network services it was a godsend. My son was a baby (and sometimes a noisy one), and spending too long at the library often brought out angry looks and remarks from other patrons. Once, we were even asked by another patron to leave because, he said, my son was disturbing everyone. With SAILS, I no longer had that problem. I did all my researching, reserving, and renewing online. I only had to stop by in person quickly to pick up or drop off my treasures. Now my son is older, but with working fulltime and having other children also to care for, I find (like most parents) that there are not enough hours in the day. If it were not for SAILS, library usage in our household would probably decrease considerably. Instead, we are able to access it on a daily basis. My father, who is a senior citizen, loves to read, but would probably not be using the library nearly as much without SAILS. He tells me the subject areas he is interested in, I read him the short SAILS-provided descriptions of the books that match those subject areas, and then I put a hold on those books he seems most interested in, and finally pick them up. If he had to go in to the library to research a new author or subject area, given his advanced age and declining health, he would most likely spend a larger portion of his time watching television instead of reading books. I am a lifetime library fan and I can't imagine my life without access to all the books and information out there. I would have to say that I find SAILS to be one of the best vehicles to access that information in today's hectic, time-challenged world. I believe that anyone who uses a library would have their life enhanced by using it in conjunction with SAILS. If the numbers of SAILS users falls short of the number of library patrons, perhaps it is because there are still some people out there who do not know how to properly utilize SAILS to their advantage. And, unfortunately, that speaks for all computer usage since there are still many people who lack computer skills in general.
  • This is one network service that is very effective , convenient, fast and extremely useful for our family! It is the best way to access and search for library materials while saving time and conserving gas, so you don't have to drive from one area to another to find your books or media. The service has also proved to be very valuable in searching for items that you would otherwise not find in the retail industry. An example would be trying to acquire videos in another language for the purpose of teaching that language. You won't find these videos in your retail stores but you can research SAILS and put a hold on them to pick them up later. SAILS is especially useful in the event the library is not open. One can still search for your materials while the library is closed , and then plan around the library hours to pick up your materials. The best part of SAILS is the fact that if your local library does not have your items , you can search other libraries within the SAILS network, and then have it DELIVERED to your local library! Now that's service! As a teacher and a parent, costs have already been cut in education, which is bad enough, and it now would be shameful to cut more costs in the best place where curiosity, research, and the thirst for knowledge are served... your library. Please keep the funding for this effective and valuable program.
  • The SAILS service is invaluable to me. As a stay at home mom, I do not have the time to spend at the library researching the various books that are of interest to me. Sails gives me the opportunity to see what is available online. I use the service to place holds on books that may not be available at my local library. When I arrive at the library the books are always there and I am able to enter and leave quickly and quietly. Economic times are hard right now - this service allows me to continue reading (for both myself and my three children). It has allowed us to really utilize the library more than we ever have before. It also provides a wonderful example to my children you enjoy coming to the library. Literacy is so important and I think for them at such a young age, to see firsthand the services that our public library offers them is critical for their learning and future educational successes. I can't say enough about how fabulous I think this program is and how grateful I am for it's existence....Please, please do not cut it - please allow the funding to continue and grow!
  • The sails network is extremely important and useful to me for many reasons. The online network allows me to look up books whenever the moment strikes that I think of them instead of having to wait to go to the library to look it up. It saves me an amazing amount of time having to go or call one library after another seeking books. The online network allows me to renew my materials with a few keystrokes which is helpful to the library as well as myself. Being able to share books with other libraries allows readers to get books the library otherwise would not be able to offer. I use this service very often at least once a week personally and my family as a whole more often than that. This network has actually heightened my family use of the library as a whole. We used to have to buy and trade a lot of the books that weren't offered at my home library and now don't have to do that because the other libraries may have that particular book or video. I think to decrease the budget of this service would be a detrement to a positive community resource.
  • I never really knew about the SAILS Network services until I was in the sixth grade, but once I learned about how to place holds I was estatic. Before I began to use SAILS, I was limited to the books in my library; I knew that the librarians would place holds for me, but I never liked to ask because I hated to interrupt their work. Then, by using SAILS, I realized that I can get anything I want, from books to music to movies, after running a quick search online without involving the librarians much. Now I can read whatever interests me, because there's bound to be a copy in some nearby library; I don't have to use On Demand or wait for movies to come out on HBO because I can borrow them from SAILS; I can listen to music at home, through the library, before buying the same CD to see if I like the songs. SAILS Network services is a wonderful thing because it makes your library bigger. The more the merrier, right?
  • Libraries are an unbelievable resource for educating our children!! No one can afford to buy all the books they need to read! You throw in all the school budget cuts on top of that and I think the future of our youth is doomed! And that means the future of this country is doomed! We are headed right doen the toilet! We are cultivationg a culture and population of boobs! We need excellent libraries and they need to haev the funding to run the excellent programs they run and have the community outreach power to let ppl know of those programs!
  • With four children I use the local library often. The SAILS network makes the library experience so much better. If one of the kids wants/needs a specific book for school or pleasure reading, I can usually get it in a few days using the network. This saves quite a bit of money for my already strained family. We really cannot afford to go out and buy the books the kids need or the books that I want to read. We have also discovered that the library network is a great resource for movies and music.
  • Sails saves me time and money by being able to look directly into my local library's holdings to see if they have a book that I need and if it's available. That not only saves time but saves energy by not wasting gasoline to make a trip to my local library for a book that may not be there. (This also cuts down on pollution, which is another benefit...) Sails also effectively leverages the holdings of all the libraries in the system by allowing me to search for books from my home or office, and reserve books from other libraries in the system and transports them to my local library for me to pick up. The leveraging occurs as not every library can afford to have a copy of a book. But if enough libraries share their holdings across a larger audience there is a tremendous savings for each community involved. Just my thoughts! Please keep up the great work that Sails provides!
  • I find the online SAILS network extremely useful! I have a ton of books i want and/or need to read and most I have written down in a huge list. What i do is, order 10 books (which is the maximum), wait for them to come in and then pick them up at my local public library. While I am reading the 6th or 7th book i order a couple more to give them time to come in (which doesnt take very long at all). In all, the Online Library comes in very handy, saving me a ton of time and is super easy too because i can order them not only from my local library but from all the other library's in the network too. I dont know what I would do without it!
  • I don't know what I'd do without my local library or the SAILS network. As a family with three young children we love going to the library. Being able to track my account online including renewing materials online and reserving books and museum passes online is a God-send. I love being able to stop into my local library with my 4-year old son, quickly pick up the books I reserved online for myself and then spend the time with him in the children's area. The East Bridgewater children's library is so welcoming and is such a fun place for my pre-schooler and toddler twins to go. We all love trips to the library - doing the craft of the month, coloring, having a puppet show, playing in the toy room and, of course, picking out books to bring home. And the children's librarians are wonderful. They always remember my son's name which makes him feel special and part of the library. I spent hours at the library when I was a kid and hope my children do the same and learn to love reading as much as I do.
  • The SAILS Network services are extremely important to our family. We are able to visit many local museums/attractions with the aid of the library museum passes. My children also have been exposed to a greater array of books/music that they wouldn't have been if it were not for the SAILS Network services. With the high cost of living in Massachusetts, it's nice to know some things can still be free--like the library.
  • Literacy and continuous learning are critical to the prosperity and quality of life in our Commonwealth. I have found the community libraries and SAILS network to be very important to providing and promoting access to literature and information in these trying economic ties. The return to our citizenry, especially those most in need, from investments in library system pay big dividends and deserve the continued support of our government!
  • As one who prefers a book on tape to the radio, I love the convenience that SAILS brings me. It is great to browse from home in my leisure time and easily put holds on books and audio tapes from within the system It broadens my options. I also use to renew my items, saving trips- and gas - to the library building. Cuts in these services will only serve to make it harder for people who prefer a book or tape to TV.
  • The SAILS Network has been wonderful for me. It's given me the opportunity to locate and reserve books that are not available to me through my local library for both myself as well as my children. I belong to a local bookclub and without being able to borrow books from other libraries through the SAILS system, we would most likely have to buy our own copies of the selected book. It's been extremely convenient to look for books online during non-library hours. I think SAILS, inc is an extremely valuable public resource, one that I would sorely miss if it were unavailable or reduce in service.
  • As a public school literacy teacher (grades 1-5, teaching 45 minute blocks in 25 classrooms per week) in Middleboro, MA. I teach approximately 600 students every week. The SAILS Network service is vital to research current literature for my students. It can be difficult to visit the Middleboro Public Library during open hours and with the online library I am able to research literature from my home computer at any time (nights, weekends, holidays). Having the resources of the Sails network allows me the opportunity to have literacy materials from many area libraries available for me to use with my 600 students. Our school librarian position has not been funded, therefore shifting more responsibility onto teachers to find current literacy materials. Please continue the funding of the Sails network.
  • Since I start work at 7:30 in the morning & often don't get home until 6 pm at night, I use the iBistro On-Line Catalog system to order my books. It is great knowing that I can order books from home or the office, from any library within the system & know that I will be notified when my books are in. This was especially helpful when I was attending college during the evening & needed particular books in order to do my research papers. Without this service, I would have had to spend a great deal of money I couldn't afford, purchasing books from places like Amazon.com. My family & I also utilize the dvds and videos for loan from our local library. We enjoy watching movies at home instead of spending money on theatre admissions & on gas to get to the theatre. My local library is a great resource and the staff are very helpful and friendly.
  • I use SAILS because of its convenient. It is a wonderful way to access the library’s network. I can check the status or place a book on hold all without leaving my home or office. It makes using the public library easy and even more accessible. Because of my very hectic schedule having the ability to go online and search the libraries inventory is valuable service, one that I would hate to loose. I am now able to utilize the public library in a way that was never afforded me before the online service.
  • Reading is so important to every thing you do in life. It is a tool for teaching us all at any age. I have excellerated my grandchildrens way of learning as well as my own. With books , CD's and the programs brought to us it has become a part of our lifes. We all can't afford what there is in life. With the Library they always have those oppotunity to enjoy,learn, and explore. It is the center of our town, bringing us all together. When we can't get out of our homes it is wonderful to acess what we want right on the internet.
  • I work fulltime and enjoy the ability to reserve a book that I wish to read online. I simply stop by the library and pick it up on my way home from work. Also, when Bridewater was part of the accreditation system we had a wider variety of books to choose from because the system included surrounding towns.
  • The SAILS network services allows me to find and obtain materials from a wide range of member libraries. This service saves me time. It is cost effective, because I can locate materials on my own without having to utilize the personnel at the library. The SAILS network provides me with a much greater range of materials from which to choose from. In these days of increasing fuel costs, the service is economical and saves energy. As a senior, it is helpful in providing me with an effective way to take advantage of the library's many services. It wouldn't be cost effective to reduce or eliminate this important service.
  • The sails network services have helped me so much. I constantly check sailsinc.org to find books for all massachusetts. I do not drive so if I want a book that was all the way in mansfield I can just place a hold and pick it up at my local library. If you took that away it would be terrible it is such a useful tool for everyone to use, I go into my local library and on the holds section they are usualy overfilled and so much so that they have an extra cart just for the holds, and if you look at some of the books they are all from far away library branches. It is such a useful tool that if it was taken away it would be very upsetting.
  • We, as a family, really appreciate the ability to access books, movies, and park/museum passes from the comfort of our own home. It's nice to have so much information so readily available, and so easy to use. Our library is an important part of our lives - we routinely visit the library to find both childrens' and adult titles. Personally, I have used the Sails network to search for books after reading reviews published in the monthly edition of the Book Page. Through the Sails program I am able to search for new titles in countless communities that ordinarily I would not have the time to visit personally. My daughter can even independenty look up books in areas that specifically interest her. The Sails network is an invaluable tool for the entire family!
  • The SAILS Network is very important to me because I can access libraries that I wouldn't be able to get to. I feel it also decreases my carbon footprint as I can research what I would like online and then just make one trip to my local library. In this economy there isn't any extra money for book purchases at the large chain bookstores. The library is a great resource that I feel more people are taking advantage of as our economy descends into a recession.
  • I am a retiree who benefits greatly from the Sails Network services because I am able to receive books and DVD's at my local library without having to travel far, which would be difficult for me. The cost of renting movies would be beyond my budget, and the selection of books would be limited by only being able to use the local library. Also, sometimes I have needed reference type of books which can be obtained thought the Sails Network. The entertainment value of receiving these books and movies provides me with much pleasure during my retirement.
  • Our family homeschools our two elementary school aged children. We use the library and it's many resources to help us to learn more about the things we are going over in school. When we need a book about a certain subject for more information, we can look it up in the online catalog, place a hold on it and have it sent to the library of our choosing. This helps us in the fact of not having to travel to other locations to get the books we need, and possibly getting lost trying to find our way there. We are a one income, one vehicle family, so all of the resources that we can get free from the library help us immensly. These resources help us to not have to purchase a book for a one time use topic. The money that the library saves our family is greatly appreciated, it is used for hands on learning, such as trips to the zoo or even our planned trip to Plimoth Plantation coming up. Also the encouragement of the summer reading program really motivated our children to read, they read much more than I had thought that they would even attemp to read this summer. They love the idea of asking a Librarian to help them find something, a book or a movie, and getting one-on-one attention from them. I am really happy with the service and dedication I see from our public library. So I say thank you to all of the library staff that makes all of these things possible and stress the importance of funding for these programs as well.
  • SAILS has been a wonderful resource for my family and me. I have been able to utilize the SAILS system to put books on hold, request materials and have them delivered to my town library. It also is the only system that informs me of what books and materials are offered to me. It saddens me to hear that funding for this resource is in jeopardy. I know that financial resources are scarce right now, but this is the time where access to library materials is even more important . Now is when families are turning to libraries to borrow books and movies instead of going to bookstores. Also, as jobs are lost, people need to be educated. Our libraries have resources to help people find jobs and have information about higher learning and the tests for admission into colleges and universities. Education is the cornerstone of our society, and our libraries play an important role in enhancing the education of our citizens. Even during times of financial difficulty, our society should have full access to our libraries.
  • The SAILS network offers all libraries the ability to act as a branch library by allowing easy access to the combined holdings of the entire library network. Without the SAILs network, many isolated small libraries around MA would not be able to adequately support the needs of their communities, and these libraries would likely deteriorate or even fail from lack of use and support. The SAILs network allows all of the community libraries across Southeastern MA to have equal access to material, regardless of the size or wealth of the community. The SAILs network allows the small community libraries across Southeastern MA to provide this extensive range of material access at an extremely economic cost as compared to other options, such as, large central or regional libraries with high construction, maintainance and staffing costs that many communities simply cannot afford.
  • SAILS is important to me because I would not have access to the reading materials that are available to me thru SAILS. Acushnet is a small library and I would be limited in what I could read. It also does not make sense for every library to have the same book on their shelves. It's all about the sharing. Please continue funding this program. The library system is depending on you! SAILS is important to everyone. Don't take it away from us by reducing the funding!
  • My family has come to rely on the SAILS Network services immensely. I visit the sailsinc.org site 2-3 times a week. We have access to a broader set of resources than I ever thought possible. The online system allows us to easily request books, CDs, and videos not available at the local libraries. While they have very good large print collections, sometimes we are able to find a less popular title at another library located further away. It is very convenient for us to check online the status of a request and easily renew a borrowed item if needed without calling or making a trip to the library just to do some quick research. Also, the Digital Media collection that is now offered is a fantastic idea! Children and young adults today are so tech savvy and this caters to their tastes for quick access to materials while on the go. When this first started, some of the more popular or well-known titles were not available. However, at this moment, the featured item is George Orwell's Animal Farm! Plus, all of James Patterson's novels (I think) are also available in electronic form. I love this program and hope that it will continue to be available in decades to come.
  • Much of the time I am home bound and the ability to download books is so important to me. This is a great service to everyone in the community including young families where the mom is unable to go to the library due to work or just not having the use of a car. Please continue this service. Also, the resources that by being in a network of other libraries is fantastic. It saves our library and others also, a lot of money. 6 copies of a book or a video may be purchased vs 1 or for each town. The releases may go to where the need is. Keep up our great library systems
  • How can I put exactly why the SAILS network is important to me? There are so many reasons! In a tight economy, the discount pass programs allow myself and my family access to educational locations that without the discount, we would not be able to afford to visit. As a result, our learning and understanding of animals, or science is increased and can lead to an interest that is part of life long learning. Being able to access online services is extremely important and convenient as well. In a household where we both work Full Time and lead busy lives that are packed full, being able to come home and log on to the internet and see what is due through the website, or log onto email and have an email reminder pop up to let me know something is in or due, or come home to a voicemail letting me know that we have something in is just a relief. Also, being able to search on a whim for a book that we heard about, or maybe a band that we heard about on the radio, is so convenient as well. With household commutes of 45 minutes each, the large selection of books on CD is awesome--there are so many libraries in the Network that I can get almost anything that I want in a timely manner. Also, when I want to read up on say, gardening or exercise, I can visit my local library and find plenty of books that give me the information that I need. Oh, and I did I mention that I live in a household WITHOUT cable? The extensive selection of movies, documentaries and TV shows in the SAILS network help us supplement the 5 stations that we receive through our rabbit ears. In conclusion, my family COULD NOT live without the SAILS network of libraries.
  • If funding were cut off or reduced, I don't know what we'd do. For a short period of time, we had to live with the cuts in funding for the Bridgewater Public Library (until we moved) and what a disruption in our lives, and I'm certain the lives of many children who love the library. Last, going to the library and seeing the smiling faces of the (Raynham)library staff who care about their patrons so much--they know our names!!--is just the best. You don't get good customer service anywhere these days and to get it at a place you love so much, is a wonderful feeling. One last plug for the fantastic staff at the Raynham Public Library--their Library director is just awesome. As a member of the Film Club--a club that was her idea--the ability to interact with members of the community who are passionate about films is invigorating and much appreciated.
  • I am a retired teacher and former library trustee who recognizes the value of the Sails network. When I read a book review in the newspaper or a friend tells me of a book she thinks I would enjoy, I do not have to make a trip to the library and hope the book is on the shelf. Instead I go to my computer and reserve it online. This is so wonderful! Even if my local library does not own the book, it can order it for me from one of the 40 member libraries and I can pick it up in my library in a few days. I can't tell you how much I treasure this gift of being able to read what I want to read instead of settling for what might be available on the local library shelf. I urge the legislature to support SAILS generously.
  • The SAILS Network services are extremely important to me. I am currently not making a good salary however I am college educated and have two teenagers living at home. The three of us use SAILS services primarily for work related issues or for schoolwork. Summer reading requirements for instance were handled online using SAILS services. I was an elementary student teacher last year and was able to obtain books, DVD's, musical CD's for classroom use. Other full-time teachers used library services as well, with online abilities a real timesaver.
  • With so many budget cuts at the local public shools that my children attend, I rely on the information I obtain from the public libray to expose my children to so much information they unfortuanely are not exposed to through the school system. My children have learned to read, now I need to let them read to learn. Through the public libray system, not only do my children read to learn, but they are also able to learn through many other forms of education materials, such as videos and audiobooks. All this ecudational stuff, in addition to just reading for fun! I cannot imagine our life without this free resource. It is truly an extention of the free public education system.
  • The SAILS Network is extremely important, especailly during these tough times. It is very hard to keep up with all the technology and the network of using the libraries as an intermedator gives us a resource to get information for our children, local community projects, schools and personal use. People can not afford any more raised taxes but rely on libraries to assist us in getting ahead with business projects and teaching our children to use other resources besides the internet. If we were to lose our SAILS connections it would effect many people and the overall schools would see the outcome.
  • I am a homeschooing mother of six and the daughter of a librarian and a college professor. I grew up surrounded by books, with a voracious love for reading! I have joyfully and dutifully taken all of my children to our public libraries (I visit many of them, not just the one in my hometown!) from the time they were born to instill a love for learning! I can't begin to tell you how much we have benfited from our public libraries!!! Not just books, either! Various other forms of media (my children LOVE books on tape), movies, storyhours, concerts, passes to museums, computer use, copy machine use, junior friends of the library group, summer reading programs, the list is almost inexhaustable! The library has saved my family thousands of dollars in materials that I could never afford to educate my children. I always say the library is the best deal in town and where would I be without it??!! Do we not want (and SOOOO need) our citizens to be educated??!!!
  • I use the library to help me with my love of reading and my always growing list of hobbies. I enjoy crafting and getting how to books has really enriched my life. I've always loved to read fiction but when you read as many as I do you find that reading the book once was enough. I do have favorites that I will go out and buy to have at home but thank goodness I don't have to buy all of them! I COULDN'T EVEN BEGIN TO ESTIMATE HOW MUCH MONEY THE LIBRARY HAS SAVED ME OVER THE YEARS! I could talk about the invaluable help the local library is to students or anyone trying to research anything. I won't because while I know people who do use the library for this reason I have not-yet. I do love the fact that if the time comes when I need this service my library will be there for me and the wonderful staff that run it will know just where I need to start my research. The SAILS network. Recently I have been utilizing more than the books. I take out movies and music and when I commute long distances I get books on tape. There are passes to area museums available that I plan on using in the future. I know parents that are able to enrich their childrens' lives through all these services that they would not have been able to afford otherwise. SAILS makes all this possible too. It's always interesting to see where my items came from and how far they have traveled to get to me. Thankfully all of these items are available to me through the SAILS network which delivers everything to my library. How great is that?!! I understand money is tight everywhere and towns are having trouble paying for services so isn't it fantastic that SAILS exists? All these items don't have to be bought by just one town or library to be enjoyed by ALL the towns. What a burden that would be on one community! This way we all win with valuable items and save money as well.
  • Sails has been responsible for enriching my life tremendously. As you can imagine, working and living alone can become tedious to say the least. I could never afford to purchase the 3 – 4 fiction / non-fiction audio books that keep me sane every week. Since most authors research their material well, they providevaluable learning material for all areas of life. In our present day MTV / HYPE society, we should be given every opportunity to uplift, entertain and educate ourselves with quality books. Seniors benefit greatly, since according to the latest research, challenging our brain keeps it healthy and functional. This in turn helps seniors remain self sufficient. Free, up to date information is key to a free society.
  • I am seventy-three years of age and have osteoarthritis in both knees. My vocabulary does not contain the correct words to express to you how valuable and irreplacable this system is to MY life. There are so many wonderful, informative and entertaining books floating around out in the world and my network of librarians are the magic individuals who cast the nets and bring these books to people who are a little less fortunate. I am eternally grateful for the web and cannot tell you how bleak the world would be without this link connecting me to everyone's world.
  • A few years ago we started using the SAILS Network as a luxury. Something we could access both at home and work when either a book or movie came to mind for the family. Our oldest daughter, like any child, can get overwhelmed at the library when we bring her to pick out a book. Although the computers and the books on display are helpful; She can not think clearly on which book she'd like to bring home on her very on Library card. Having access to books in not just our library but so many others on our home computer has helped her find just what she looks for. Being a soon-to-be third grader the need for finding assignment based reading will only become more nessary as time goes on. As of a little over a year ago I fell ill to a neuromuscular disease. When it is at it's worst I can not ambulate or fully use my hands. As it was in the beginning. The fact I can still have access to such a variety of library material without needing to go to the library is such a blessing. My husband can just go to pick up things that are shipped there without having to remember what I asked him to get. I did the homework and he did the leg work and we both contributed and when I was feeling really low because of my disablity I still felt usefull. Silly but true. In this household being the one who got the book on Planet Earth and the Baby Einstein DVD for the little one means alot.
  • The library has always been a most important resource for me. For 18 years it was a main source of reading and study materials while I homeschooled my two sons. I taught them to read and to love reading; going to the library was a wonderful, special trip! They were always at least as excited as I was to come home with a stack of books to go through. Of course, we couldn't have ever been able to purchase all these books. (Although, some became favorites, which were eventually purchased and added to our home library.) I use the library to find books that I need for research. Most recently I was able to get several references which taught me how to put together a resume and helped me to find a job. In today's economy, it would have been a stretch for me to have purchased them. Not only that, but the librarians are always a wealth of helpful information on any subject.
  • SAILS services are extremely important to me. The library has always been a big part of my life when I was in school because I would go there constantly to get books for projects or to read for school. During the summer I spent countless days at the library getting every Roald Dahl book I could get my hands on because that was my favorite author when I was younger. As I grew older and traveled to high school and college I continuously used the library services to put books on hold from other libraries as well as videos I needed for school. I have come to be a professional library user and know my library card number by heart so I can use it whenever I am near a computer and I need something from SAILS. As a teacher I spend countless hours scanning the SAILS website looking for new books I would like to read to my students, books I'd like to take out so students can read, videos and CDs that will make learning fun and interactive for my students. Our libraries are very important to our community and to our children.
  • The SAILS Network is extremely important to my family and myself. We are all avid readers and knowing we can borrow virtually any book rather than purchasing it and then disposing of it, means a lot to us. I also have three students at home and knowing they can get any information they may need for school projects simply by logging onto the computer is a wonderful asset. I hope the SAILS Network continues to be funded and supported. It is an invaluable asset to the community. Thank you.
  • SAILS makes it so easy to search for and obtain all types of materials. All libraries could not possibly own all of the various titles that patrons would like to borrow. In these days of limited budgets, this makes it even more important to have a network of libraries in place. Also, there needs to be relative ease for patrons to access these items. In my opinion, SAILS makes this possible in an easy to use system.
  • Without SAILS, I would not have the amazing selection of books available for checkout. Especially considering my town library (Hathaway in Assonet) is only open 7 hours per week! With SAILS, I can search for specific books or by subject and reserve them, for local pickup. Also, I use SAILS to access the amazing library passes available in the area, offering cultural venues for my child, in addition to great literary adventures!
  • All essential library services are available on-line, saving time and travel, and can be accessed even when facilities are not open to public. Users can do book searches, place holds, and obtain information on virtually any book or other materials available in the library system covered by SAILS services. SAILS searches can even help when user is not absolutely sure of author name, or book title, because search can lead to suggestions that direct user to similar sources which may end up being what the user is seeking in the first place. SAILS services are an absolute godsend for anyone who is a library patron in any of the affiliated libraries served by SAILS. Personal experience: VERY glad to have access to SAILS, use it regularly, would sorely miss it if it became unavailable for whatever reason.
  • I am so happy to have the SAILS network services. Many times I use the computer to look for books that I wish to check out, and the convenience of knowing that I am able to check for the books in all the regional libraries with just one click is immeasurable! What would we do without it? It would take much more of our time, and the librarians' time, to search for what we want. My world would be a much smaller place if I wasn't able to find everything I'm looking for. I think that more money should be funded for computer technology in the library, not less.
  • The SAILS network is fabulous. Iwould be sad and blue without it. I log on almost every day to check on new books and movies for my self, my family and my classroom. I have enjoyed and been inspired by many of the lectures held at the Pembroke Library, my favorites from this past year were about photography and gardening. The librarians are professional and friendly- I consider it my little piece of paradise.
  • I am a disabled mother who homeschools my 5 year old son. I use the SAILS network everyday to to find and reserve books from the entire network of libraries for the purpose of my son's education. My family uses it to find books to read for pleasure since we can't afford to buy them in these economic times. This program allows me to find and get what I need for my family. Since I am disabled the use of my own computer and the ability to send someone to the library to pick up my holds is, for me, a necessary part of my daily life. For the community, it would be a severe blow to lose these services- as more people are driven to poverty levels and struggle to simply exist the library and the SAILS network are a refuge. As we all know, reading is the key to all learning and the availabilty of free resources is the key to a stable society. The library and the SAILS network are necessary resources of free education, to eliminate them is to invite problems in the community. Crime is so often assiciated with lack of education and resources- we should be standing by these services not cutting them in the name of budgeting the state or nation. Resources for the poor always seem to go first- and complaints about the aftermath it creates by the very people who voted for it follow. The legislature needs to think long term about the people- not short term budgeting that will allow their own wallets to remain filled. If the legislature wants to cut the budget- start with the raises they vote themselves, not the lifelines of it's constituency.
  • It's the best thing since sliced bread!!!! I use the library at least 3 to 4 times a week, and the online service more often than that. My husband and oldest daughter is also using it quite often because of all the raving I have done about it over the years. There is a wealth of information at your finger tips. I love the idea of ordering the items and there they are waiting for you in a day or two. I love the way all of the libraries are in partnership with each other. If one library doesn't have it the other one does. Of all my tax dollars that have been spent over the years (and there have been many) this is one of the greatest benefits my family and I have received in return for tax dollars taken.
  • My mother loves mysteries but is unable to get out very much. I order the authors she likes to read from the SAILS Library Network. This way, she has a much broader selection to choose from and she is able to get titles that are long out of print and are not available at bookstores. The SAILS Library Network is extremely convenient for people such as my mother. I also use SAILS when I find an author whose recent book I happened to like and want to look for other titles by the same author. Because I work, and due to cutbacks in library hours, there is simply not enough time in the day to travel to different libraries when looking for a book. All of which makes the SAILS Library Network very convenient.
  • 1. SAILS links the disabled and elderly to a variety of items they would not otherwise have and keeps them in touch with the outside world. 2. SAILS helps the lower classes to have access to educational materials and entertainment that the higher classes take for granted. 3. SAILS provides the variety that local libraries cannot afford. (Also, the Virtual Catalog can provide materials, especially educational, that even the regular SAILS libraries don’t have, though usually at least one library in the system has what we need.) 4. SAILS saves gasoline, which is expensive, disappearing (peak oil has passed), and polluting. 5. SAILS cuts down on traffic. 6. SAILS keeps everyone linked to items they need to make their lives better. 7. And then some. Please keep funding SAILS because it is not just a luxury, it’s a necessity.
  • SAILS is a valuable tool for my children. When the entire class has a project due on a subject there is no way there will be enough books to go around at our library. It helps them produce a much more thought-out and in-depth report than would be possible otherwise. Computers are a great resource but it's not the same as holding a book in your hands which you can flip through, re-read, check the table of contents, and most times learn more than the actual perimeters of what the project was hoping to teach. Which can lead to new questions and more learning. Both of my children are voracious readers. Being able to read an entire series by an author would not be possible without SAILS. I volunteer at the local school in the art room and being able to use SAILS to find books on different areas of art that help the children grasp a concept is huge. Books are expensive being able to share between communities through SAILS enriches everyone.
  • My library is very important to our family’s way of life. I use my library as a resource for DVD rentals because I can't afford to go out and see a movie or pay for a trip to blockbuster. I also use the library for all kinds of books to save me from a Borders bill. I sometimes even borrow a CD for some new music to listen to. We even have been able to afford a trip to the Aquarium together because of the library! With out the library, our lives would be drastically different. With the price of gas pushing entertainment out of our lives, the library is helping bring it back. Thanks to the library I got to see “The Water Horse”, read “Wicked” and go to the Aquarium. Please don’t change my library. I love it just the way it is.
  • I absolutely love the convenience of going online and being able to reserve books from libraries everywhere and have them sent to my neighborhood library in N. Attleboro. I am a heavy user of the system maxing out on my 20 holds each week. I renew online every Friday morning, then I pop in and do my returns and pickups in 5 min. or less. It is very user friendly and a great time saver. If it were not for the Sails network I would hardly use the library at all. The network is a futuristic approach for library use.
  • I bring my two small children (5 & 1 years-old) to our local library every Saturday morning to select videos & bedtime books. This is a wonderful event for them but during these visits I do not have a free moment to get a book for myself. I use the Sailsinc website to find books for myself. I put the books on hold and can pick them up on Saturdays during our regular visits. This is great for me and my children. Our visits to the library are focused on the children and I still get to go home with a book for myself. I know I would not be reading as much without this service. Thank You!
  • I use the SAILS Network services constantly. I am a working mom with two children and I find this service extremely helpful in a busy life. My children love to read, watch movies and play video games and with SAILS Network I am able to reserve these types of items from not only my library but others who are in the network. I have also found that because of this service some libraries seem to specialize in certain types of media and therefore it prevents duplication on some levels. More of a chance for each library to spend its money on more of a variety of items
  • I like to pay taxes. With them I buy civilization. said Oliver Wendell Holmes. Most folks don't like paying taxes, or at least want their taxes to be as low as possible. They are very clear that money is being taken from them, and a bit vague on what they are getting in return. But when our money goes to support local libraries the benefit purchased is immediate and tangible. During good times we can be happy that we are supporting a wonderful public resourse. In bad times we can save on buying books and magazines and music and videos, can use free Internet access to keep in touch and to job hunt, and can find a safe and warm and comfortable place for reading, for doing homework, for meeting neighbors, and for looking up the famous words of Oliver Wendell Holmes!
  • I find this service to be extremely important. I commute every day to work via Rtes. 95, 93, and 128. I have done this for many years and believe me, it was not a pleasant experience. Thanks to some co-workers, I was introduced to the audio books available at the public library. I have found not only does this make my commuting time much more enjoyable, I found it decreases the stress and aggrevation of being stuck in stop and go/bumper to bumper traffic twice a day every day. Because the stories take my mind off the aggrevation of the traffic, my stress level has been reduced significantly (I tell my co-workers that I think this will add years to my life). So much is written today about stress being responsible for all sorts of illness (even cancer). In addition, I think if more people listened to books on tape/CD's in their cars, we'd have far less road rage. The library also offers the services of being able to choose books on line, allowing you to put them on hold, and pick them up at your local library. You can also download books to an MP3 player if that's more convenient. I find this service invaluable. Since I spend my day on a computer at work, my eyes are tired at the end of the day so I had pretty much given up reading regular books. The audio books option, in addition to its benefits during the commute, has got me back to one of my favorite hobbies--books. This is a wonderful service provided to all of us at no charge. I feel it is something to be enjoyed and encouraged. Thank you.
  • I am a Pre-K teacher and an avid SAILS Network Libray service patron, I have been all my life, when my mother would wheel me down to the New Bedford Public Library in my stroller. The SAILS Network allows me to work at home and access great resources for my classroom, which include teacher resources, online and hard copies, and also to bring literature to the children in my classroom, who otherwise may not have that opportunity. The system is easy to use and I spread the word to all the teachers in the area to get a library card and get on line, it's the best thing you can do for your classroom and for the children you teach.
  • My family in I live in New Bedford, MA. The closest library to my house is a small branch library. SAILS gives my family and I the opportunity to order books, movies, and tapes that are not available at my local library. By using SAILS, I am able to explore what other libraries are offering their families. I can offer the latest books and movies to my family to watch, books and movies we could not otherwise afford, free of charge. I use SAILS on a daily basis, and visit my library every day or two. On a professional note, I use SAILS to assist me in ordering books and movies to share with my students. As a teacher and parent, I find SAILS to be a wonderful resource.
  • My name is Pauline. This year I turned 60 years old. (Even I can't belieive that!). I live in the beautiful small town of Acushnet. But I am also a citizen of the world, an avid reader interested in everything from politics to gardening to cooking healthy meals to environmental issues. I'm also a full time caregiver for my husband. The love of my life is 64 and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis twenty one years ago. Needless to say, this restricts our lives together in many ways. SAILS is a lifeline for me, especially for the many times when I can't leave the house long or often enough to browse at the local library, or do time-consuming research on serious subjects like health and wellness, or just finding a good dvd for us to watch at home. I log onto SAILS at least three times a week to access all the wonderful free public services the library network has to offer. My husband and I have a richer fuller life thanks to SAILS and the access it provides to us. Without the full continued availability of the SAILS Network services, our lives would be greatly diminished. Full funding for SAILS is vitally important to people like us.
  • I really appreciate the services provided by the SAILS Network. Books that would not otherwise be available to read, are located at other Massachusetts libraries and delivered to another library convenient to the reader for easy pickup. If not for SAILS, I'd probably never use the library. I hope SAILS Network continues to receive whatever funding necessary to allow it to continue to provide its services to all residents of Massachusetts!
  • We love the Fiske Public Library. It is our home away from home. My children are ages 3,4 and 5 respectively. We love Miss Liz (Nadow) and the library's programs-- always educational and a fun time to see friends and learn something new. We love that the price is free, donation of canned goods accepted--which introduces community service--perfect for a mom trying to be creative on only one income household. The SAILS Network allows us the freedom to borrow new release videos, and DVDs, and books and magazines (both adult and children) from neighboring libraries--also very budget friendly, and saves us much time and gas being able to pick them up at the front desk, rather than disrupting the library patrons with less-than-quiet kids trying to pick something out 'live' in the library. We especially like the 'My account' feature-- which I can check to see what books are due back--and saves the library time and paper (no cards needed in back) when I check out--again with three active kids in tow. My children love reading, and feel a part of the community-- all stemming back to the Fiske Public Library and its wonderful programs. We feel so fortunate to have the SAILS Network.
  • The Sails Network is critical for my family and I. We research and select material, we put materials on-hold and are able to pick them up at our local library. Our membership in the Sails system allows us a window into all member libraries. Sometimes there are materials required for school work that may not be at our town library. For instance, we may have the summer reading books at the Boyden but may not have the audio book that matches with it. Using both the book and audio versions together, support the learning styles of my three children with ADD. For parents, the ability to track materials out for member's of the household is critical. We can print a list of materials out against our 'Account' which helps us to return them in a timely fashion without requiring library staff members to call with reminders and without running up unnecessary overdue fines. In a day and age when literacy is an issue and it is more critical than ever to get children to read at a young age, the funding of libraries and their supporting services is no longer optional. It is critical.
  • SAILS services are vital to my ministry and to my writing and teaching. I work as a chaplain and a parish minister. I also teach programs at the local library and other venues and lead groups. This rests on exposing myself to the latest thinking in a number of fields (psychology, spirituality, nonviolence studies, etc.) and I cannot afford the books. The benefits accrue to the public in terms of building and connecting people in the community. I want to pass on what I am learning. SAILS is essential to this.
  • I love being able to get books from all over Massachusetts. The network enables me to get almost anything I want fast, whether its books, movies or music. The sails website is doubly wonderful because I can renew my books and look for more without leaving my house. If its too late to go to the library I can still get a book through the Sails Digital Media site. While this might not be as good as the actual library, it gets new titles all the time and it makes a great fall back plan.
  • As a home daycare provider running a Pre-School program the Sails network has been invaluable to my classroom preparation. Small children ask questions spontaneously, and many of our lesson plans are formed spontaneously as well. A recent curiosity about string instruments was prompted by a storybook we'd read. That lead to a search for relevant books on classical instruments. By searching online and focusing the search on our exact needs I was able to come up with a few titles. I'd reserved them and we picked them up together on our next planned day at the Library. The children learned that thier computer can be a useful research tool, not just a video game monior! Also, as a small business owner I appreciate that the Sails program is free and has relatively few limits. As an adult, I look forward to borrowing audio books to listen to on my 'down time' at the end of the day; when, frankly, I'm too tired to make a trip to the Library!
  • I am to choose from a variety of materials that my son and I use for educational and recreationally purposes. My son is 13 years old and we need to reserve and pick-up his summer school reading as well as researchable material. As a single-parent, I would not have time to drive from library to library searching for material. Also I attend Northeastern University online learning and have used the sails services to gather the information I required for a 10 page research paper. We have been able to expand our cultural boundaries with shows that BBC provide. With the cost of living rising, the ability to reserve and pick-up books and movies at one location is an invaluable assistance to tax-payers.
  • It helps me get the things I want and like that I can't afford yet in stores. I enjoy that it's free and different libraries, have what i'm looking for in a wide & different selections that I can't find, perhaps in other libraries. and that it's very conevenient, so I can go on whenever I like, as much times as I like. so I, and my family thank this free SAILS Library Network for being here and hope (even w/ all the late fees I owed & paid to SAILS) that it won't end. Thanks again! :)
  • I use the SAILS network for the easy access to the internet for I at this time temperarily disabled I am out of work and can't afford a home computer. I have three children at home one 9 yrs old and the other 2 are teens. They also enjoy using the computer for school projects and library for quiet reading time and learning. The library has always helped me with any information needed for my personal disability needs to help me get the best information for me and my children's future. We also love to be able to borrow movies that cost NOTHING, even though there is a long waiting time, it is usually well worth it, when you don't have any money to intertain your family. We hope we never lose the library privledges we are offered now. It is so convenient, I myself and my oldest daughter would love to work for any local library.
  • SAILS has proven invaluable in allowing me to order, reserve or make suggestions for library purchases. Since my workday begins long before the doors open at our local library, having the option to browse through the catalogs at lunchtime has afforded me the opportunity to read or listen to authors whose work I may not have become aware of any other way. Lastly, the expanded resources offered throguh SAILS ensure that almost every request I have made is delivered in a timely manner and with a minimum [if any] fuss. SAILS is an invaluable resource for those on a tight schedule, or those unable to afford purchasing their own books. Please ensure our continued access to its wonderful offerings.
  • I am a preschool teacher. Each week we have a theme. I can get books from so many libraries. I go online, search for the theme topic, and get a list of books. Each day, I read one of the library books to the children. I emphasize that it is from the library. I have had children ask me to tell their parents how to find a book, and I think they all know the name of the children's librarian by now...they have heard it from me so many times! I think it is vital for young children to be introduced to the library. They see it as a friendly, helpful place to go.
  • The SAILS Network makes the library so much more user-friendly. It is amazingly useful to be able to search for a book from my house, and order it to be delivered to the library from another library if need be. It saves me time, and lets me see what books and other items are available to me. It also lets me look up books whenever I think of it--let's say after I just read a book review or after a friend recommended a title to me--an invaluable resource since it's so easy to forget these things unless you look them up immediately. This kind of service has made me much more likely to use the library.
  • I am a Sr. citizen who gets a great deal of enjoyment from the books and movies I can borrow at the library through sails.inc. Some of the books I have gotten this year are self-help books that have given me ideas on health and diet. I hope you will be able to maintain this program. THANK YOU!
  • They provide an easy way to access the leisure and school related materials I need in a quick and efficient manner. I don't need to run around to library to library. i simply go online and place a hold on the item(s) i need and it is delivered to the library of my choice for pick up. And if I forget to return the material(s), the online renew system is a life saver. There is a wide variety of children activities that are great!
  • My family and I greatly depend on the services provided by the SAILS program. It has been helpful to us in locating books, CD's and DVD's not available at our local library. I like listening to audio books while commuting to and from my job. The SAILS program has been especially useful in finding audio books that I have not yet 'read' as our local library does not have an extensive selection. Like many families today, our resources are limited. Our public library provides us with many educational and enjoyable opportunities that we would otherwise not be able to have. Your support of this program is very important and appreciated!
  • Sails is important to my family and myself: 1. We homeschool and being able to locate resources through this system is invaluable to my children's education. 2. I am an avid reader - before SAILS was available, I purchased so many books from Amazon.com I used to receive a Christmas thank you gift from THEM! This resource has save my family money, which also makes being able to stay home and teach them easier. Now with gas prices, having to drive to other towns to retrieve books, would be a new financial hardship. 3. The search feature has increased our awareness to so many books we'd never learned of - for my older son discovering graphic novels, like Artemis Fowl and Bone series, has transformed his reading enthusiasm. The SAILS services are important, valuable, and a worthwhile place to use funding!
  • In this day and age when things are so expensive and there is so little extra cash available for the extras in life, I find that I depend upon the public library more and more. I have been a regular patron, visiting at least once a week for the past 15 years. Books, movies and music CDs for entertainment and for educational purposes and so important in the life of my family. The ease with which we can just go online to request a specific book, or other item, and just wait a day or more for it to show up for us is one of the more wonderful luxuries in my life. I have been taking this service for granted and do not want to see it reduced from what it currently provides. I think that this is one of the few services provided for a town that is available to each and every segment of the population. Rich or poor, male or female, young or old. The Seekonk Public Library is one of the best and busiest libraries for its size in this system, and I would be willing personally to pay for the continued use of these services. But would LOVE to see the towns realize the value of the library as a vital resource in all of our communities.
  • SAILS is a very important part of my life. As an avid reader and a public school teacher, I use SAILS almost on a daily basis. This service allows me to preview books I may want to use with my students and reserve them from home or from my desk at school. When planning a new unit at school, I always go to SAILS and enter the topic to see what else is available to meet the needs of my students. This allows me access to many more libraries and a multitude of resources. Please keep funding this valuable resource to the students and teachers of our great commonwealth! Thanks you!
  • I think the on-line services are wonderful. I do not have time to go to the library to find books and I love being able to search out books while on my own PC. Also, I'm attending college obtaining a degree on line and I have found it helpful when I had to find information and references for my papers.
  • I can search for books online and reserve all my books online, sometimes from another state, most always from my office. I am an avid reader and a busy working mother of 2 boys and don't have time to spend at the library poring over the new book section looking for titles. The library calls me when they are in, I pick them up, and it's win/win for both of us. I would probably not even make use of my local library if I did not have this service.
  • I have been using the SAILS system since I first learned it was available - prior to that I visited my local library regularly. This is such a time & money saver - I search for the book or dvd I need and have it sent the library next to my work! I love it and would be lost without it - Very simple to use and very effective! My friends also use the system and love it! State & community funds definately should not be in question for this purpose - Education, Education, Education - I hope we are all on the same page!
  • I am a proud New Englander. I value thought, ideas and community action. Like many who love knowledge, I do not have the physical time or extra dollars for car gasoline. With the Sails network, I can access my account, browse and search the entire library collection as I have time, and find valuable updates for my community of learning. The Sails Network is vital to my life and my family. The whole concept of the Sails Network is so green. As my family and community strive to cut fuel costs, I am reminded more and more of the value of the Sails Network. Money to support the Sails Network is money well spent.
  • In these hard financial times, I have realized that one of the very valuable resources in my community is my ability to reserve books online throughout a network of libraries. This allows me to read books available not only from my local library but from the surrounding communities. There is absolutely no way I could possibly afford to buy books right now so my only source is from the library - being able to access a online library system like we have is wonderful! Another benefit of the system is that I am able to pick up the reserved books at my local library. I currently work two jobs but still am able, because of the fantastic library system in our region, to continue to pursue my love of reading!
  • I am a social worker who use the Sails network at least weekly for research information for clients who do not , or cannot afford a computer Please continue to fund the Sails Network. Without this valuable tool , people from low income household would loss another valuable resource in the community.
  • SAILS Network services are important to me as a homeschooling mother. We only have one car in our home and most of the time my husband has it at work so being able to use the SAILS Network to have books from surrounding libraries delivered to my local library is really great. I also am able to get a lot of variety I need for teaching different subjects to my daughter through the SAILS Network. I love being able to sit at my table, drink my coffee and look for books that I will be needing for upcoming lessons and knowing that if the book is only located in Wareham I can still place a hold in advance and have the book at my library when needed.
  • I love to learn & there's no better way than through reading. With such a diverse array of subjects, I am always able to discover something new. Public libraries offer access to every topic imaginable. And it doesn’t stop there – Music, Movies, novels on CD, it’s no longer just reading materials. And the SAILS network allows my local library to offer items it doesn’t carry through sister libraries in the surrounding areas. Also being able to access the Sails network through my home computer, I am able to reserve my materials during my free time & the library notifies me when they are available to pick-up. This in an invaluable resource to me. I am at the library all the time!
  • The availability of the SAILS Network services plays a vital role in our family's life. We use the SAILS Network for information for projects and school papers to leisure reading. The accessibility of SAILS and the ease of use is a major factor. The ability to be able to access publications through a variety of libraries is fantastic. My children have used it numerous times through out the school year, as well as assisting them in locating reading material required for summer reading programs. Myself, I have been able to access leisure reading, DVDs & CDs as well as learning material to help me in further my own eduation. If this program were to be diminished or worse, it would be a tragedy. The access of not only our local library but those in the network gives added meaning to public learning. Please dont take this away from our children's education. The SAILS Network is crucial to not only their education but their enrichment of life. This program is used by so many walks of life, please assist in the funding of this wonderful program.
  • Why is the SAILS Network important? This is a question that many Legislators ask themselves during these tough economic times. My answer is that the current economy is why it is so important. My husband and I now currently have three jobs between ourselves just to make ends meet. I have three children and reading is an important part of our lives and without SAILS the books that they want to read and I cannot afford would not be available to them. My six year old daughter has learning disablities and I use the SAILS Network to order books to inform myself about her disablities and to find ways to teach to her strengths. I must admit that I often order books from SAILS for myself, so I can forget how tired I am, and how much I spent at the supermarket. I put the kids to bed and curl up on the couch and forget about the daily struggle and do my favorite thing, read a book and transport myself to someone else's life, even if it's only for a little while.
  • The SAILS service is the primary way that I access library services. It provides me with an excellent, effective and convenient way to find and request library materials that provide me and my family with entertainment, information and educational content that improves the quality of our lives. This service is exactly waht I would want my tax dollars spent on and should be supported and provided for by the government to whom I provide those tax revenues. Please continue to fund this service and continue to show that providing citizens access to information, knowledge and culture is important and will be funded.
  • As a children's librarian, I am privvy to so many families' needs and wants. The ability to order books for children and their adults for everything from the latest best selling chapter book to books that explain chronic illness to the preschool set is sometimes nothing short of a miracle! To spread the word, one family at a time, that there is an entire world of books out there, more than what is in our room, more than is at the book store down the street, more than what gets sold at the school's book fair is why I love working in the children's room at the public library!
  • As an avid reader with a busy life, the SAILS network gives me quick and easy access to the books that interest me, allows me to put them on hold, and pick them up from my local library at my convenience. Thank you so much for providing this wonderful service to all the patrons of the participating libraries, we are very lucky to have such a fantastic database of materials available to us. Keep up the great work!
  • I love my library and go there 2-3 times a week. Sails offers so many services that I cannot afford to pay for, even though I am a college graduate, such as free internet services, free dvd rental, and free research materials. I use the library for updated information on my housing search. I can find non-fiction and fiction books that I love to read, but would never be able to afford to buy. My HS kids use the library to study, do research, and find reading lists & materials required by their school.
  • Retired, limited income. Therefore limited activities and money for such. The Massachusetts library system network of libraries are heaven sent! Books and DVDs and CDs across the state are a terrific resource. I do the maximum holds every week. Never had so much fun, really, or education. Using it also for my basic research in family genealogy. Could not do it on foot, certainly, even if I had the money. I tell everyone I know how great it all is. PLEASE KEEP IT GOING. PLEASE.
  • I love being able to order my books over the internet. I have problems with my back and cannot stand for any length of time browsing through the stacks of books. This way I can find everything that I need, see if it's what I'm researching and order it. It's wonderful! There are many wasteful things in the state of Massachusetts.......but this is NOT! Our libraries need to be open for us all. Not everyone can buy books! Every age uses the library. It was how I introduced my children to reading.....going to library, picking out their books with them, reading to them. It was one of their treats to go to the story hour and meet their little friends. Don't take this away from the future generations. There needs to be another world out there besides the foolishness of some of the t.v. programs. We need to stimulate the child's imagination, creativity and give them a vocabulary to express themselves so everyone can understand them.
  • The SAILS Network is extremely important because it allows my family to get materials from a wide selection of libraries in the state, which we would not be able to do otherwise. It would be unrealistic for us to wander around from town to town to find materials we are looking for. There is not only the time restriction aspect, but I look at it more as a an environmentally friendly form of library use. I can look for what I need at home and then basically have it come to me at my local library. The materials being shuttled from library to library must be more efficeint then it would be for individuals to drive to each library independently. It is like a form of car pooling. Furthermore, using the network often times leads us to finding other interesting materials that we would not have thought or heard of otherwise. I am always trying to promote public libraries to my friends and family and the SAILS Network makes it much more likely that people will use Public Libraries. You are going to have much fewer people willing to drive blindly down to their library, not knowing if they will even find the material they want and then if they do find that material, possibly finding out that it is currently checked-out to someone else at the time. The Network also allows use of the libraries during hours when libraries are often closed. And these days there seems to be fewer and fewer hours in which libraries are able to stay open, and those times are often inconvienent for many. So the way I see it the Network must remain available, not only for convienence sake, but more importantly because of the fact it promotes public library use and is a more ecologically responsible in it's own way.
  • The SAILS Network has been an outstanding resource. Being able to borrow from all the libraries included in the network has expanded the options considerably. And the convenience, hence savings in time, travel (gas usage) has been truly significant. In this time of such strain on the average citizens budget, this provides opportunity for creative and intellectual pursuits, otherwise not possible. Our children, our hard working parents and senior citizens are all benefitting and consequently our communities ultimately benefit.
  • The SAILS Network is part of my everyday life. I am constantly putting books, CDs, and DVDs on hold. I check my account everyday to see what exciting things have arrived at my library. It's comforting and exciting to know that even if my library doesn't have a particular book, I can put it on hold and receive it from another library. During the school year, I find this detail so important because I can chose from such a variety of books. Also, I don't remember the last time I went to a Blockbuster, and I only buy books if I first read and loved the book. My family and I get all of our movies (and shows!) from the library. I always find it fascinating that more patrons don't know that the SAILS Network is so complex that they can pick out books right at home. I hope that that SAILS Network continues to provide the amazing and FREE services to all Southeastern Massachusetts-ers for many days to come! :) High School Senior, Attleboro (16 checkouts, 17 holds but who's counting?)
  • Given my work schedule and daily train commute it is often difficult to find the time to physically go to the library to find books and music. The service allows me to search from home, place a hold on library materials, be notified when they arrive and allows me to pick up books at my convenience. This service also allows libraries in communities like Attleboro to share resources within the network. The enables patrons access to a much broader amount of materials they may not be able to get in their own towns. It is a fantastic service!
  • Sails network is great because 1. Libraries have already felt the effects of cutbacks with reducing the number of hours they are open. 2. More and more families have both parents working full time jobs and it allow you to be able to access materials for children without having to go to the library escpecially when the libraries are only open late one day a week. 3. The education of our children in this country is slowly falling by the wayside. Education is crucial and it sadens me to see that is is always one of the areas to feel the cuts first. 4. Politicians dont feel the effects of cuts in Education, Healthcare and Medicine - they get theirs for free!
  • Sails Network Services are important to me because it allows me to read books and view cds, etc., that I wouldn't be able to afford. It provides entertainment and education. I think it's wonderful to be able to order a book and have it come to my local library a few days later. Sometimes I read a book from the library first to see whether I like it enough to purchase it. I hope they keep the Sails Network going. I am retired, and this service also saves gas by being able to pick up books at the local library.
  • If the SAILS Network did not exist, there is a very good chance that I would not do so as well in school as I have in the past. The selection of books offered to me through the Network is amazing- I've never had to worry about having a lack of information for a school project. Also, the SAILS Network allows me to improve my personal reading through the vast amount of books, magazines, and newspapers available. The Network has allowed me to also gain more knowledge through all that reading that I've done.
  • I am thrilled about the library services that I receive from my local library (Seekonk). When I moved to this town, I felt that my library connected me to my town. Not only could I find great reading and research material, it was the one place in town where people could gather as a community. I also love that Seekonk is part of the SAILS network. There have been so many times that I have found books in this network of libraries. To be able to borrow materials from over 50 libraries and have them delivered to my local library is such an awesome benefit! I am studying for my Masters Degree and have even found books that I need for my courses in the SAILS network! To be able to access the OPAC is another benefit. Any time of day, I can access this website and find materials, place a hold and have them sent to Seekonk. It is a great way to help yourself find what you need! My library also participates in the virtual catalog which allows me to place a hold on materials in any library in MA. This expands the libraries borrowing power even further. Please continue to fund the library network and even increase funding so that they can do even more for us. With tough economic times, people are sure to lean on library services even more and we need these programs to be funded. Thank you.
  • With times being as tight as they are -- fuel prices soaring, the cost of food sharply on the rise, and the dollar progressively weakening -- it is has never been more important to me and my family to have access to the library and SAILS online. The library is a life-enriching place for me and my family and we take full advantage of all it has to offer. Whether it's books to help on school projects, movies for entertainment, books on current events and politics, or novels for a free escape from the daily grind, the library is SAILS are a daily part of our lives. I can't imagine life without it.
  • Critically important for a middle school librarian... you supply me with all the bibliographic information I need to keep my middle school library up and running... The audiobooks are invaluable for keeping me aware of what is happening in young adult literature... Keep up the good work.
  • I use the SAILS network almost everyday. I am able to put hold on books on tape. My husband who would never read is now hook on listening to books on tape. Without the use of the SAIL network it would hurt the library system. In this computer age why would anyone limit funds to this network?
  • The Sails network has assisted me at multiple times. It helps me when the library is closed to renew materials and monitor my account and also to become better associated with my library. I will say this once, I beg of those in charge to keep this gateway to my library open to myself and other patrons like myself. Thank you for reading this.
  • When I first learned about the SAILS Network services it was like a dream come true; I felt like any book I wanted, I could get. And in a way, this is true. It is like the saying Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. The SAILS Network is team of libraries that serves the people by providing them with materials to broaden their horizons. It cannot be done with one library alone.
  • I use the SAILS system several times a week to conduct research for my work, my graduate studies, and my life. In this internet age, the ability to find information quickly - without leaving one's home or office - is essential to be competitive. I depend on the SAILS system.
  • The SAILS Network is a very important part of my life. I use the services on a weekly basis and I am very grateful to have such a service available to me. When I am unable to get to the library, I can access the SAILS Network from home. This is a valuable asset to all communities involved. It is a wonderful service!
  • I use the library extensively to read all the books I want without having to buy them. I don't know what I would do without it. Also, the museum passes are a great way to visit the museums more often than I would be able to if paying for each trip. With todays tough economy, the library is a bargain I couldn't do without.
  • I use the Sails network all of the time for looking up books & ordering them from the library - it saves time at the library and also saves me the trip if my local library does not have a book and I need to order it. It also helps me keep track of what I have checked out and what is due.
  • I use the Sails services weekly. It is very convenient for me to logn to Sails and reserve my books or renew. I make one trip to the library weekly. I also enjoy the Genealogy section. I would be lost without this benefit. I can look up summer reading for my children, see what's going on in my town, and get on a waiting list for the newest books that are out.
  • THE SAILS NETWORK IS IMPORTANT TO ME BECAUSE OF MY DISABILITY. I HAVE MOBILITY ISSUES AND BEING ABLE TO REQUEST AND RESERVE BOOKS,MUSIC, AND MOVIES ON-LINE AND ONLY MAKING THE TRIP IN TO CHECK OUT AND THEN TO RETURN THE ITEM MAKES IT SO MUCH EASIER AND CUTS DOWN ON A TRIP TO THE LIBRARY.
  • It is with great concern I write this note. Sails has been a great source of provision for my daily commute to work. Without the books I download it would be a very frustrating and difficult ride. I look forward to the new additions on the site, as well as browsing through the many digital books already online. It would be a great loss to many commuters if this valuable asset were to be cut. Please do not make my difficult ride more troublesome than it already is. Rebuild the budget, and keep a good project in good health.
  • I frequently use the SAILS network and the virtual catalog for both entertainment and educational purposes. As a public school teacher and a graduate student, I need access to books and other materials to help me improve in my chosen career. Additionally, I enjoy reading for pleasure and watching movies. With library access, I can find the resources I need.
  • I am an avid reader and can't imagine not being able to reserve books on line. I can usually only get to the actual library once a week, so being able to reserve books on line from work or home allows me to be able to receive the books I look forward to in a timely manner.
  • I can reserve books/DVDs from a whole network of libraries rather than just my local library. I take advantage of this often.
  • My wife and I enjoy reading series by mystery, adventure, & historical novelists. The SAILS network allows us to obtain the books in a series that our library does not have. The ability to find large print versions is also a benefit to me.
  • iBistro is a very important part of my connection to my local public library. It helps me stay in touch when I can't get there in person.
  • I can't get in to the library in person very often and listening to audio books is my passion. To be able to download a book to my computer for my MP3 player is a wonderful benefit to me.
  • i like this service because when i have research projects to due i can get a book and have all the info i need at my fingertips and i got an A+ on my resources used section.
  • - Access information relevant to my job, hobbies, family, personal life.
  • SAILS is the only way I'm able to get the books and media I need (and pay for with MY TAX MONEY) for my work and entertainment. I'd seriously consider leaving the state if funding for SAILS was cut or removed.
  • The resources available through the network are impressive and the ease of acquiring said resources are top notch, not only for reference material but for entertaining media as well. Keep up the great work.
  • I place all of my selections for reading or viewing on hold, this service is a necessity & invaluable.
  • Hi The Virtual Catalog is an absolutely tremendous service. Almost any book is summoned by the networked staff within ten days. It is like having a free Amazon account.
  • The days that the Lakeville library are closed I go to the Middleboro library and can also return materials at either location depending on where I am headed for the day. Great services at both libraries.
  • I am a teacher of special needs students and find the resources the libraries provide to be invaluable to my success.
  • I do all of my reserving and renewing of books online which is quite extensive. I also can browse without having to go to the library at any hour.
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  • It is easy to see what is available or reserve a book/cd/dvd. In addition, it is wonderful to be able to renew books online. A great service provided to members with online access. Of course, nothing beats visiting our friendly library. Enables me to leverage the material in several libraries rather than expecting my library to be all things to all people (on its limited budget).
  • I use the Sails Network constantly. It is such a great service to the community. I am a big fan of books on CD and with the Sails Network, I am able to make use of a much larger variety of books on CD than I would be able to with just what is available at the Attleboro branch. This is an invaluable resource to me.
  • SAILS is important to me because it allows me to have accesss to resources I would never have if I were limited to just my local library.In these tough economic times tax payers are making the most of their investment by visiting the library rather than book and video stores.
  • I use the SAILS Network to get digital books to either read on my computer or to transfer to my mpg player. I also use it to check on the availability of books in the library and put holds on them. The SAILS Networks allows me and my family to access the library at anytime and get more from my library.
  • SAILS Network services are important to me because they allow me to conveniently track and moniter my library books. They allow me to check the status of my holds and checked books to moniter pick-up and renewal from home. It saves extra trips to the library and makes my life easier.
  • The SAILS network enables me to get books that are not available at my library that I would otherwise have to order from a bookstore via the internet. It saves me time and money and I don't know what I would do without it. There is so much more available with it. It has become a way of life for most of us and I would be devastated without it.
  • Can you tell me one other service that benefits more of any city or town's residents than the library? To me the town library is the heart of the town. If the city is using it's brain it will do what it can to keep that heart pumping to it's capacity. I hope I never live in a world that doesn't appreciate what libraries do for its patrons from the little ones at story time to the old on limited incomes.
  • Sails is so important to me as I read and utilize other media from my local library on a regular basis. I would be lost without it!!! I have come to rely on this network a great deal and it is very convenient. Please take this into consideration when reviewing your budget. I am sure i am not the only patron that feels this way. Because of the sails network, I find myself reading more and utilizing the sources that the library has to offer. Thank you.
  • The SAILS Network services are very important to me. My mother has always loved to read and instilled that love of books in me. She is now legally blind but still enjoys reading audio books. Through the SAILS Network services I am able to find abundant books for her enjoyment. Thank you for this great service
  • This contact helps me order my books ahead of time, which saves me time at the library. I am able to see which books need to be returned and which books I can renew on line. This contact will be missed a great deal, since I use it all the time. I know personally what the loss of a library or any other service provided can affect an individual, family, and children. This has happened in my community.
  • I am a retired teacher and spend a lot of time using the SAILS Network, including the virtual catalog. It would make it very difficult for me if I did not have access to this program. I can spend time browsing at my leisure and have so many more options open to me than just going to one or two local libraries. Any monies that are needed should be provided, and then some!!!
  • I have been using the Sails library ibistro for over four years now. It's been extremely helpful to me in continuing my education and life enrichment. The selection of books is far better and extensive than my local branch library which I would probably never go to if I was limited to the branch library's poor selection. Please continue to offer this service to the public tax payers!
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  • They allow me to have access to materials that my local library does not have. It's an invaluable service to the community. I rely on it to read books that I would not have access to otherwise. Please keep providing funds to keep this service available.
  • We use the SAILS Network frequently to find out which libraries carry the books that we might need, and to request books from other libraries, which saves us a great deal of time and gas. For the kids' school needs it's been very, very useful. I personally love the online books the I can download and then load on to other portable devices so I can read books when I otherwise would not have time.
  • As a 6th grade teacher I rely on library services for quite a variety of reasons. I need videos, dvd's, and books for lessons and research.
  • I am currently enrolled at UMass - Amherst and use the SAILS Network a few times every month during the summer. It's such a valuable resource, allowing me to search for and reserve books at my hometown library. The rest of the year, I turn to the SAILS network if a book is checked out or not listed at my school library.
  • i get the books i need almost when i need them. books are imporant to teenagers even if they won't said it. the library is very helpful. I love it!
  • I am a teacher and find this service to be invaluable. My themes change every two weeks in my classroom therefore I have a brief window of opportunity to search and retrieve books at the library. The on-line hold service allows me to find books ahead of time in order to be prepared for my next lesson. Please don't change a thing!
  • With limited monies in each communities budget, it is imperative that SAILS be funded so that we can have access to a wide variety of materials from other libraries. The service that SAILS has provided is outstanding.
  • The SAILS Network is an important venue for the local southeastern community. It's important that we as a society has access to up-yo-date information -- either for leisure or making informed decisions.
  • The SAILS Network is a wonderful way to stay informed about library events. It allows my family to renew items and reserve items online so we always know what books we have and what books we are waiting for. This is an essential library resource and should be considered as such. Continued funding cuts for libraries will only discourage more students from reading. This is unacceptable.
  • We moved a few years ago from Randolph to Middleboro and are now living about 8 miles from the library - I can now order books online and my husband can pick them up when he does food shopping - I also order many books on CD's to help with my commute to Braintree to work.
  • if I am not able to find a book in one library, it may be able to be brought from another sooner than when it would be available in Attleboro, I like that feature.
  • Without eaving your home you can check the libray system for the Author or Book you are seaching for. If the book is not available at that time, you can have it put on hold and have it sent to the Library nearest your home. This is a wonderfull system, family members use it often.
  • I have the opportunity to expose my son and students to books, movies, audio book, and music that would otherwise cost me thousands of dollars. I also have the opportunity to read hundreds of YA books to recommend to my students.
  • I am disabled and reading is one of the few pleasures I have left. I would go broke if I bought all the books I and my daughter read, especially the audiobooks. Also,the library allows me to research things, especially medical issues. My weekly visit to the library, on the COA van, is my alone time doing something that I enjoy!
  • As the parent of a visually impaired child, SAILS has been a llifesaver. My son uses books on CD, and this network has enabled us to locate his required readings easily and efficiently. When our local library branch doesn't have a selection in house, it is such a help to know that we have access to so many other branches that can get us what we need. We depend on this service.
  • Both my children read extensively. A number of books on their summer reading lists would not be able to be read by them if not for the sails network. We receive emails when their books have arrived and off we go to the library. Please continue to offer this valuable service!!!
  • I live close enough to a small library. I check out books frequently. 90% of the books I read, both for pleasure and education, come from libraries linked to SAILS. I can think of few things as valuable to me as the SAILS system. It sure makes paying taxes feel worthwhile, and saves a bunch on gas.
  • SAILS Network services help me support my teaching practices on a daily basis, from researching and professional development to finding the just right book for a read aloud or suggested reading for a student. It also keeps me up to date, current with the literate world around us as well as keeping me in the know with my students in what they are reading, listening and watching.
  • I am able to get books and research material that I otherwise could not access or afford. This is a wonderful resource for the public at large - and I think it helps make the world a better place
  • the SAILS Network makes it possible for me to have access to and get many items that i would otherwise not have access to or would have to pay for in stores. with the economy's current condition, lack of SAILS services would significantly impact many, many people like myself in a negative way.
  • I like knowing I can borrow books from different libraries and they will be shipped to my local library to pick up.
  • Before Sails I really never used the library very much, and now with sails I use it almost every day.
  • I have MS and it has really been helpful to be able to search a wide range of liberys to find books to research it
  • My kids and I have gone to the library every week since they were babies, but now that they are teens, they have learned how to use the SAILS system to get the books they want to read, and it has helped them learn researching skills. On top of that, it helps me as an adult find what I want at the library without the use of extra personnel. Please do not cut its funding.
  • I love to read books! It also gives me a place to go if I can't buy the book. Sail's Is a great Library System and there should be more funding so we can have many more generations to come of free library services.
  • The SAILS Network is extremely important to me because I am able to read just about any book that I would like to. I can't afford to buy the amount of books I would like to, so SAILS is like a gift. I can listen to all sorts of music, watch all sorts of movies, read about anything that I am currently interested in, and SAILS opens up the world to me. Also, my son who is in college is able to acquire just about any type of media necessary for his studies.
  • The SAILS Network services is important because we cannot afford to buy books and videos that my child wants to read/watch. This allows her to be able to have access to all of them. It also motivates her to read more.
  • In today's very busy world, I have very little time to spend at the library to find the books that I need. Having the ability to order the books online and have them waiting for me when I arrive is a lifesaver. My children are able to complete homework assignments and read to improve their ELA skills.
  • Sails network services allows me to obtain many materials that are not carried at my local library. The online service is so convenient for people like me who work full time but enjoy library services.
  • In these difficult economic times, I really depend on the services provided by the local library system. The services provided by Sailsinc.org are invaluable to me & my family. Please do what is necessary to continue to provide this wonderful service.
  • HAVING THE SAILS NETWORK AVAILABLE MAKES IT VERY EASY FOR ME AS A WORKING PERSON TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO RESERVE BOOKS AND HAVE THEM DELIVERED TO MY LOCAL LIBRARY, SO THAT WHEN I HAVE TIME AVAILABLE ALL I NEED TO DO IS MAKE A QUICK STOP TO PICK UP MY BOOKS. OTHER WISE I PROBABLY WOULDN'T BE ABEL TO READ AS MUCH AS I LIKE, BEACUSE I REALLY DO NOT HAVE THE TIME TO GO IN AND LOOK AROUND.
  • Online access to library materials has been invaluable to me. The ability to search across all of the member libarary resources has enabled me to make use of material I would never have known was available. SAILS increases the accessibility of member libraries exponentially. I can't imagine not having it available - it's unthinkable! If this isn't a good use of my tax dollars than what is!!!
  • I use the SAILS Network services frequently and really appreciate the quality and convenience of those sevices. Libraries are a national treasure and should be fully supported and funded.
  • SAILS Network Services are the integral part of my use of the library. I look up books daily and often order online. I check out so many more books now, because it is easy to get info and reserve online thanks to SAILS Network Services. I also pay less fines! Renewal online is an excellent service that I use often.
  • I'm able to use the system to easily put on hold many videos that I wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to view. SAILS/iBistro makes it easy to search, put on hold, check my current holdings, etc. It's really convenient - and something that is really needed in the 21st century. Don't let us go backwards. Please fund SAILS/iBistro properly. Thank you.
  • Wouldn't otherwise be able to afford reading materials.
  • Enables searching to occur at home and quick pick up of material. Also allows users to observe availability within the entire network.
  • Because they are a safe place for me and my family. Besides, they are great repositories for useful information.
  • I love the Sails network and pick up books that I've put on Hold on a weekly basis. I love the service and often have several items signed out at once. The search is great. I always find the book I'm looking for. Thanks for everything!
  • I get everything I need from my library. I don't know what I'd do without a library in town.
  • Availability and wider selections are fantastic and free up our librarians , enabling them to help other. Being able to make selections on line is a plus for any library patrons. Being handicapped it is a answer to a prayer. Funds should never be decreased for libraries
  • It's important because I can't afford text books I need for college and sometimes I can actually get them from a library far away that I'd never be able to travel to.
  • I use the SAILS Network to find books for school projects that I can't get at my local library. It's really helpful!
  • The SAILS Network service allows me access to items that the Fall River Library may not have in their stacks...it allows me to search out topics and titles that I am interest in from a large number of sources.
  • I am an avid reader! And the SAILS Network Service provides me with the ability to find and reserve almost any book that interests me - and I can do this from my own home on my computer at any time I want. The SAILS Network Service has been an infomative and easy to use tool for all my reading/research needs! Thank you providing me with this invaluable service.
  • Sails Network allows me to borrow items that I could not rent or afford to buy. The system is incrediable and I wish I had discover it sooner. It has made a real difference in my life in these trying times.
  • It is a huge timesaver to be able to look for and request materials through the network- as well as to renew.
  • Reading and listening to audio books allow me to enter interesting and enjoyable places. I would be lost without Wareham Library. The cut-back of hours has been very difficult.
  • You get to have other books, dvds and items sent from other sites if your library doesn't have them. I constantly use this service and would be lost if it was taken away. With school budgets being cut and students having to now use the public library for their sole research material this would be a great hardship for the students and public.
  • My commuting time to work is 1 hour, and I love listening to audio books. It makes the ride less stressful, and I am enjoying making my way through the list of books I want to "read." The Mansfield Library is the best!!
  • By extending access to the finest current print and multiimedia ( and by reserving and notifying patrons of the status of their choices), precious time and extensive research is minimized.

    The personal enrichment derived from enjoying those titles, either immediately or within a reasonable time frame is truly invaluable.

    For many, discretionary funds for entertainment, training/education and diversion diminish each year. Our libraries are increasingly becoming the emporiums of culture and knowledge, under one roof..(our 'thinking mall' or 'one stop borrowing' of ideas and inspiration)

    In addition, with the sensationalizing and truncating of broadcast and print 'news", the convenience and importance of daily editions of the NYTimes, WSJ. Globe(of Beantown) et al; as well as the countless specialized journals and periodicals for perusal in comfortable reading rooms is akin to private personal libraries or clubs of another era.(where these still exist, exclusion dwarfs inclusion)

    Finally, the ability to use MA libraries to locate materials/information outside of a particular region is light years away from the search capacity of recent years. The option of electronic access on site or off is another 'pearl of great price'
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    For many, the BIG READ ( RESEARCH or LISTEN ) is every month, every week and every day.

    In short, the personal value of the collection(s) is truly PRICELESS
  • As a homeschooling family, our library is an amazing asset to our childrens' education. Not only do we utilize the books and movies, there are extensive educator materials and fantastic events and programs. We spend as much time as possible at our library. It is a friendly, inviting location where our children feel welcome and enthusiastic about learning. Do not underestimate the value of our local libraries.
  • I have been going to the library since I could read as a child. I have always loved the library.
    Since 2005 I have had 4 major surgerys and the first place I go when I can drive is to the Lakeville library. The women, Diane and Carol, have always made me welcome. They are always in a good mood and wonderful to visit. The Lakeville library itself is such a beautiful place to be. There are always new books to read and lately I have been getting DVD's for my grandson to watch. It would be devastating for me and everyone that visits there to have the quality be less than 100%.