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SAILS Catalog Update: April 17 - April 21

The library catalog is getting an update! From April 17 - April 21, some behind the scenes magic will take place to improve the functionality and display of the library’s catalog.

During the update, some catalog functions you’re used to will not be available. Check out the lists below and be sure to keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for more information from April 17 - April 21.

A Glimpse of Nature -- This Week in SE Mass

Our first week of spring brought mild temperatures, bird and frog songs, and some early blossoms.  At this time of year, watch for tree and shrub flowers like those of the pussy willow.  This might require adjusting your perspective because some of these flowers are quite small or located on upper branches.  They may not resemble our mental image of “flowers.”  But, you can be sure that nectaring insects are paying attention!  To learn more about this phenomenon, catch “Ea

Saying Goodbye to the OverDrive App

If you’ve used the OverDrive app in the last few years, chances are you’ve been encouraged to make the switch to its sister app, Libby. Whether this encouragement came from a friend, family member, librarian, or a notification within the app itself, chances are you’ve heard about access to the OverDrive app ending at some point.

Well - time has come! The OverDrive app will officially be discontinued on May 1, 2023. But don’t worry! You can still access the same eBooks, audiobooks, and more on the Libby app.

A Glimpse of Nature -- What's Left Behind

Snow is forecast for tonight.  As with other recent storms, temperatures will be mild and the flakes will mix with rain.  If we get lucky, by Sunday morning some of the snow will survive long enough to preserve animal tracks from the previous night.  Not too dry, not too warm, not too deep . . . if things are just right, the neighborhood will reveal activities that are normally invisible to us diurnal humans.


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