Massachusetts Book Award Winners!

The 14th Annual Massachusetts Book Awards were announced during the Massachusetts Library Association’s gala awards dinner at the DCU Center in Worcester May 6, 2014.

Fiction: News from Heaven, Jennifer Haigh (Harper)

Nonfiction: Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, Megan Marshall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Poetry: Grass Whistle, Amy Dryansky (Salmon Poetry)

Children’s/Young Adult Literature: The First Drawing, Mordicai Gerstein (Little Brown)

What a commonwealth of books and reading!

Boston Marathon Resources

#BostonBetter: Boston Marathon Tragedy anniversary commemoration - The BostonBetter website is now a robust website where one can easily find information and inspiration as this anniversary fast approaches.  Our Marathon is an online memorial and archive of crowd-sourced stories, photos, video, and social media related to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and its aftermath. They have collected more than 3,500 digital artifacts in the past six months but hope to collect many more. No story is too small for Our Marathon. They are currently working to reach communities across the Boston area to give people the opportunity to share their stories.

SAILS Library Network Participating in International Big Library Read Program

SAILS libraries are taking part in the Big Library Read program! Library card holders can now borrow and enjoy the cooking eBook “Keys to the Kitchen” by Food Network star Aida Mollenkamp, starting today and concluding the morning of March 5th, by visiting

Big Library Read is an international program that gives libraries and library patrons unlimited simultaneous access to a popular title during the program, creating a virtual, global book club. “Keys to the Kitchen” may be read on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Kindle® without worrying about wait lists or holds. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees!

The Big Library Read program is made possible through a partnership between OverDrive, the leading supplier of eBooks and more to libraries, and Chronicle Books, publisher of Aida Mollenkamp’s all-purpose guide to becoming a more adventurous cook. To borrow the eBook version of “Keys to the Kitchen” as part of Big Library Read, patrons can visit

Streaming Video!

Borrow videos today, the same as you would any other format, and watch the video in your browser.
From Overdrive: "To stream videos on a computer, you’ll need an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer) with Flash installed. Mobile devices with browsers that support HTML5 will also be able to stream videos in those browsers. Please note that streaming video can consume a lot of data, so if you’re on a mobile plan with a data cap, we recommend using a Wi-Fi connection when streaming on your mobile device to avoid data overages."
We currently have children's titles such as "The Saddle Club", "Fishtales", "Kiara the Brave", "The New adventures of Madeline". It's a small collection of about fifty titles but we'll continue to grow it over time.

The 2015 Mass Libraries Legislative Agenda

If you haven't had a chance to see the agenda, you can find it here, as well as the funding history to MA libraries. Very interesting. Massachusetts libraries are working to level the playing field when it comes to eBooks and technology. By clicking here and completing the form, your first name and town will appear on our “Map of Support.” Join the conversation. #ebooksforeveryone

Patron’s Email

Remember to keep the patron's email in their record, even if they are switching to getting notified via SMS or VOICE. This way they'll be able to request their PIN, be contacted if holds are about to expire and know when they need to renew their library privileges.