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
  • genealogy is now available from home

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.

Irish-American Heritage Month

Irish-American Heritage Month — March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day and March is Irish-American Heritage Month. Here are some fiction and nonfiction ebooks and e-audiobooks about Ireland and the Irish from our OverDrive collection, which you can download or stream to you smartphone, tablet, Kindle or other device!

Try Libby for Ebooks and Audiobooks!

Libby App

Libby App — Did you know you have free access to thousands of ebooks, audiobooks and magazines from the NOBLE OverDrive collection? You can borrow them instantly to read on your phone, tablet or other device. You can even use your NOBLE library card to “visit” the collections and borrow ebooks and audiobooks from other systems around the state!

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!

NOBLE Book Awards 2018: Children’s Fiction

First place Reynolds, Jason Sunny Sunny, the Defenders’ best runner, only runs for his father, who blames Sunny for his mother’s death, but with his coach’s help Sunny finds a way to combine track and field with his true passion, dancing. Runners-up DiCamillo, Kate Louisiana’s way home When Louisiana Elefante’s granny wakes her up in the middle of the night

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NOBLE Book Awards 2018: Poetry

First place Latham, Irene Can I touch your hair? : poems of race, mistakes, and friendship Irene Latham, who is white, and Charles Waters, who is black, present paired poems about topics including family dinners, sports, recess, and much more. This relatable collection explores different experiences of race in America. Runners-up Reynolds, Jason For every one "”Originally performed at the

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