The executive director of the Massachusetts Library System, which annually delivers 6.4 million items in the commonwealth's interlibrary loan system, said his non-profit has been hit hard by declining revenue and rising costs, chiefly in the form of an increased minimum wage.
In 2002, the commonwealth funded MLS to the tune of $17.6 million; in FY17, that number was $9.9 million, a drop of 44 percent.
The library may tap the Massachusetts Historical Commission for funds to mend structural issues in the older part of the building. However, it would need to raise funds to match the grant.
Library Director Mindy Hackner told the trustees last week that architect Thomas Bartels, who was involved in the renovation and addition in 2003, surveyed the building and was concerned with the condition of the building's structure.
Readers in the Children's Library will now be able to sit in a sunny window, curl up in a comfy chair or study with friends around a table.
Spending time in the library was important to longtime teacher Joan Rivers. And now future generations of North Adams Public Library patrons will be able to enjoy their stay a little bit better because of the furniture purchased in her memory.
Hundreds of people shook it up on the dance floor at Hancock Shaker Village on Friday night.
The dance party Friday night capped of the Berkshire United Way's Day of Caring during which dozens go businesses found ways to donated to the organization's childhood literacy efforts. Further, 50 book houses were installed all over the county as a mini lending library.
The Adams Police Department presented the town with a life-size wooden statue of the town's K-9, Kumar, in a special case.
Police Chief Richard Tarsa, Officer Travis Cunningham, and K-9 Officer Curtis Crane brought the hand-carved and painted statue made by Berkshire Carousel to Wednesday's Selectmen's meeting.
The Berkshire United Way is looking to install book houses in 10 city parks and two public housing complexes.
United Way Development Manager Jonah Sykes said there are 50 houses being built by SABIC to be installed across the county, a dozen of which are eyed for Pittsfield. The structures will be filled with books collected at book drives for families to access at all hours.
"The goal would be to have these bookhouses available 24/7," he said. "It's a humongous project."
The food-for-fines program, now in its 21st year, is the library’s attempt to create a more positive feeling about getting overdue library materials returned, and to get library borrowers to clean out their bookshelves and bring back library items that ha