Discover Explora

Explora — Try this easy-to-use database of articles from hundreds of different academic journals, popular magazines, reference works, primary source documents, and news videos, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, Foreign Affairs, Time, People, Consumer Reports and so much more! It’s a great place to start whether you’re a student working on a research paper, a reader looking for more information about your favorite author, a parent looking for more information on children’s health, or someone who wants to get a level and depth of information beyond what you can find via Google.

Explora Special Editions

In addition to the basic Explora site, there are special editions with content appropriate for teachers and for students in elementary, middle and high school students.

This is a licensed resource which you can use in a NOBLE library or from home using your library card information to log in.

NextReads Newsletters

NextReads Newsletters — Wondering what to read next? Sign up for NextReads email newsletters to receive recommendations for your favorite type of book for adults, teens and children, with titles linked to the library catalog to make it easy to find and request them.

There are 26 different newsletters to choose from! You can click on the name of the list for more information and to see the current issue.
NextReads Newsletter Recent Issues — You can browse through the last six issues of all the newsletters her

NextReads Newsletter Recent Issues

Find Your Next Read…check out recent issues of our e-mail booklist newsletters, with titles linked to the library catalog to make it easy to find and request books. Subscription Page — You can also subscribe to the newsletters to receive them by e-mail

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Library Services Continue During Closures

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Ebooks, audiobooks, movies and music that can be used remotely, anywhere, are available online from your NOBLE library. Library buildings may be closed due to the pandemic, but library services continue.

Go to your library’s web page to find out what your library offers.

Available to all are:

OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks – download on a phone, tablet or PC

  • Use the Libby App on your mobile device
  • Best seller as well as classic titles, fiction and non-fiction, children’s and young adults
  • Magazine collection of 75 titles, including news, fitness and home titles, all issues always available
  • Funded cooperatively by the libraries of NOBLE plus state funding and additional local library investments
  • Also access the collections of the other Massachusetts library networks through the same gateway

More ebooks
Another source of free ebooks, the Mass. Board of Library Commissioners’ “We’re in this Together” page includes ebook collections made available for a limited time by EBSCO.

Boston Public Library collections
As the Library for the Commonwealth, everyone who lives and works in Massachusetts is eligible for a BPL eCard which grants access to all of its online services, including Kanopy films, Hoopla movies, music, ebooks and audiobooks and RBDigital magazines and audiobooks

Research databases

  • NOBLE libraries have EBSCO databases providing business, health and general research; some libraries buy additional subject areas
  • The Boston Globe from 1980 and the New York Times from 1985 to the present in full text are provided through state funding
  • State funding provides additional research databases
  • Access with your library card, you can apply for a library card online on most library websites

Local Resources
Local library purchases – usually limited to residents of that community. May include:

  • Hoopla — movies, music, ebooks and audiobooks
  • Language learning programs
  • Kanopy independent films
  • Ancestry.com genealogy is now available from home

Programs
Many libraries are conducting online programs via conferencing software or social media, including

  • Book discussions
  • Story times
  • Children’s sing-alongs
  • Craft times
  • Language practice groups
  • Presentations on local history and cooking
  • Find on the MBLC’s Virtual Calendar or your library’s website

Reference and Technical Support:
Many libraries are providing telephone and email support while closed. Check your library’s website, as sometimes a special email is used or a telephone number with limited hours.

Due Dates Extended
All due dates of NOBLE libraries” materials have been extended due to the pandemic closure, and will be extended at least until the libraries’ reopening date, and for weeks after to avoid crowding when libraries reopen. Don’t worry about your items going overdue during the closures.

ALA Book Awards

  • Newbery Medal — The John Newbery Award is given annually for the greatest contribution to children’s literature
  • Caldecott Award — The Randolph Caldecott Award is given annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
  • Michael L. Printz Award — The Michael L. Printz Award is given annually to a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas, school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association. The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association
  • Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal — The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year. The award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long-time President of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. and is administered by the Association for Library Service to Children, American Library Association.
  • Sydney Taylor Book Awards — The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. Presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries since 1968, the award encourages the publication and widespread use of quality Judaic literature.

How to Get a Library Card

Any Massachusetts resident can register for a library card at any NOBLE library. Be sure to bring a photo ID, such as a current Massachusetts drivers’ license or Massachusetts State Identification Card with current address, or a photo ID plus proof of current residence. Each user may only have one NOBLE public library account. Students, faculty or staff of NOBLE

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Favorite Halloween Stories for Younger Children

Bridwell, Norman. Clifford’s Halloween Summary:Clifford is an enormous red dog who dressed as a ghost last Halloween. What will his costume be this year? Bunting, Eve Scary, scary Halloween Summary:A band of trick-or-treaters and a mother cat and her kittens spend a very scary Halloween. Capucilli, Alyssa Satin Happy Halloween, Biscuit! Summary:The yellow puppy and the little girl find a

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Remembering Dorothea Benton Frank, 1951-2019

Dorothea Benton Frank, author of the bestselling Lowcountry series and other novels set in South Carolina, died on September 2, 2019. Here are some of her most popular books, linked to the library catalog to make it easy to find and request them.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Chapter Books

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 through October 15. Here are some recommended chapter books for elementary school that feature characters with a Hispanic heritage. González, Sarai Sarai and the meaning of awesome Summary:"Fourth grader Sarai Gonzalez can do anything. She can bake, dance, and run her own cupcake business. But when Sarai’s grandparents are forced to move,

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Back to School!

Back to school book jackets

Here are some books for kids going back to school — or maybe going to school for the very first time!

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