Virtual Catalog Upgrade

SAILS will be part of the first group of networks/libraries to migrate to the new Commonwealth Catalog (ComCat). Listed below are some key dates:
  • June 30 – Last day to place requests in the Virtual Catalog
  • July - Requests will be submitted using traditional inter-library loan.
  • August – Commonwealth Catalog open for staff to place requests
  • September – Commonwealth Catalog open for patrons to place requests
Until you can place your own requests, you will need to fill out a form to have a staff member place the request on your behalf. The form is available at: The initial set of lending partners on ComCat will be Bridgewater State University, University of Massachusetts (Amherst) Old Colony Library Network, Fenway Libraries Online, and MetroBoston.

Fun in the Sun!

Your local libraries sponsor many events for all ages all summer long. So go ahead library hop and find the right program, at the right time, for the right age group at an area library. For more information on any program or to register please call the library hosting that event. Full details at:

Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards

Awards were chosen by children and teens through the Children’s Book Council. Read the full article of the process on CNN.

Here are some links to the winners, if you’d like to check them out at your library!

Book of the Year, kindergarten through second grade

Winner: “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers


Alphabet Trucks” by Samantha R. Vamos, illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke

Chamelia and the New Kid in Class” by Ethan Long

Mustache Baby” by Bridget Heos, illustrated by Joy Ang

Bear and Bee” by Sergio Ruzzier

Book of the Year, third through fourth grade

Winner: “Bugs in My Hair!” by David Shannon


Bean Dog and Nugget: The Ball” by Charise Mericle Harper

Cougar: A Cat With Many Names” by Stephen Person

The Matchbox Diary” by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale” by Duncan Tonatiuh

Book of the Year, fifth through sixth grade

Winner: “National Geographic Kids Myths Busted!” by Emily Krieger, illustrated by Tom Nick Cocotos


Hokey Pokey” by Jerry Spinelli

Prince Puggly of Spud” by Robert Paul Weston

Lawless” by Jeffrey Salane

Battling Boy” by Paul Pope

Book of the Year, teens

Winner: “Allegiant” by Veronica Roth


Clockwork Princess” by Cassandra Clare

Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell

Smoke” by Ellen Hopkins

The 5th Wave” by Rick Yancey

Illustrator of the Year

Winner: Grace Lee, “Sofia the First: The Floating Palace


Victoria Kann, “Emeraldalicious

Anna Dewdney, “Llama Llama and the Bully Goat

James Dean, “Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus

Oliver Jeffers, “The Day the Crayons Quit

Author of the Year

Winner: Rush Limbaugh, “Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans”


Veronica Roth, “Allegiant

Rachel Renee Russell, “Dork Diaries 6: Tales From A Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker

Rick Riordan, “The House of Hades

Jeff Kinney, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck

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.