Category Archives: CLAMS Member Libraries

CLAMS Libraries offer a variety of services including: WiFi internet access, public use computers, inter-library loan, reference services, delivery service among member libraries, easy drop off, books (regular, Large Print and paperback), magazines, audiobooks (downloadable, CDs, Playaways, Cassettes), DVDs & Videocassettes, toys, games, programs for Adults, Teens and Children, community meeting rooms, etc. CLAMS Libraries cater to the informational, recreational and educational needs of their communities. In addition many CLAMS libraries hold special treasures and unique collections.

This is a brief summary of special Collections and archives at libraries on Cape Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. To see all reference databases CLAMS libraries subscribe to locally or statewide click here.

All CLAMS libraries offer free wireless Internet access.

Your Voice Your Library – SURVEY

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The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), your state agency, is conducting a study to help us understand who uses which library and why. The goal is to level the playing field for all sizes of libraries in the Commonwealth.

Through August 2017, MBLC is asking all library patrons to
participate in our Massachusetts Public Library Patron Survey. It should only take 8-10 minutes to complete, and is completely anonymous.
https://tinyurl.com/mblcsurvey

If you have any questions please reach out to a librarian.
By completing our survey you are eligible to enter a prize draw for an iPad.
Prizes will be announced at the end of the summer.

 

Participants have the option to provide their email address and be entered into a drawing for an iPad Pro, to be awarded on September 15, 2017.
Three iPads will be given: one to a patron who lives in the eastern part of the state, one in the central area, and one in western Massachusetts.

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What’s Your Four?

MBLC What's Your Four Summer Reading


The CLAMS Library Network asks, “What’s Your Four?”

Children who read just four books over the summer fare better on reading-comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one or no books. Because of this, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and CLAMS libraries are challenging residents to choose four books to read over the summer months, and to share their selections on social media through a campaign called “What’s Your Four?”

Summer reading provides free family fun for all of our residents. More importantly, it helps young students stay ahead academically.

After selecting four books, participants are asked to post the titles and authors to their Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, along with a picture of them reading, and to mark the post with the hashtag #WhatsYourFour? Readers are also encouraged to tag their friends in the post to ask them to participate as well. Together, these posts will show people from all over Massachusetts sharing in the fun of reading, and will encourage children and teens to read this summer.

“Children are more likely to pick up a book if they see a role model who enjoys reading” noted MBLC director Dianne Carty “The ‘What’s Your Four’ campaign is meant to encourage our youngest residents to not only read during the summer, but to become lifelong readers.”

Massachusetts Summer Library Programs are held at local public libraries across the Commonwealth. In addition to hosting reading programs, libraries provide a variety of other events for local residents including story times, author talks and concerts. On average, 350 libraries offer statewide summer reading each year with over 400,000 participants of all ages. Children, teens and adults who are interested in taking part in a summer library program or the “What’s Your Four?” initiative can find more information at www.readsinma.org.

Need suggestions?

OverDrive Summer Reading
https://clamsnet.overdrive.com/collection/97655 (Teens)
https://clamsnet.overdrive.com/collection/97654 (Kids)

Cape Cod & Islands – School Summer Reading Lists
http://info.clamsnet.org/summer-reading-2017/

 

Happy reading!

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Big Library Read June 12th – June 26th, 2017

Big Library ReadThe CLAMS Library Network is Participating in World’s Largest Global eBook Club

 

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

The Other Einstein

by Marie Benedict

June 12th – 26th, 2017

In the tradition of The Paris Wife and Mrs. Poe, The Other Einstein offers us a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein’s enormous shadow. This is the story of Einstein’s wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight.

Mitza Maric has always been a little different from other girls. Most twenty-year-olds are wives by now, not studying physics at an elite Zurich university with only male students trying to outdo her clever calculations. But Mitza is smart enough to know that, for her, math is an easier path than marriage. And then fellow student Albert Einstein takes an interest in her, and the world turns sideways. Theirs becomes a partnership of the mind and of the heart, but there might not be room for more than one genius in a marriage.

Borrow The Other Einstein now.

Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world simultaneously with an eBook. Discussions about the cookbook, recipes and more can be found on BigLibraryRead.com. The free program runs for two weeks and to get started reading, all that is needed is a CLAMS library card. The Other Einstein can be read on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets, Chromebook™ and Kindle® [U.S. Libraries only] without worrying about wait lists or holds. The eBook cookbook will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.

The Big Library Read program is made possible through a partnership between the CLAMS Library Network, OverDrive, and Sourcebooks, publisher of The Other Einstein. Library readers voted The Other Einstein as their choice for Big Library Read. To borrow the eBook, readers can visit https://clamsnet.overdrive.com/.

For more information on Big Library Read, visit BigLibraryRead.com.

About OverDrive
OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools. We are dedicated to “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks and other digital media to a growing network of 36,000 libraries and schools in 63 countries worldwide. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten. www.overdrive.com

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Big Library Read, March 16th – March 30th, 2017

 

Big Library ReadThe CLAMS Library Network is Participating in World’s Largest Global eBook Club

Art of the Pie will teach readers to make homemade crusts, filling and all that is pie  in digital book club, Big Library Read

No baking class needed, just a library card. The CLAMS Library Network is taking part in the Big Library Read program, the world’s largest global eBook reading club through libraries that connects millions of readers around the world with the same eBook at the same time. CLAMS users will be able to borrow the eBook,  Art of the Pie: one of 2016’s best cookbooks from pie-guru Kate McDermott, The Big Library Read starts Thursday, March 16 and concludes on Thursday, March 30. Join the eBook Club visiting https://clamsnet.overdrive.com/. Big Library Read is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading platform for eBooks and audiobooks from the library.

Art of PieKate McDermott has taught the time-honored craft of pie-making to thousands of people. Her pies have been featured in USA Today, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Real Simple, Oprah.com, NPR and more. In the Art of the Pie she shares her secrets to great crusts, fabulous fillings, and to living a good life. Kate provides dozens of recipes for all the pie combinations you can dream up with hints and tricks helpful to even the most experienced pie baker.
“If you are a first time pie maker, the words in the book are the very same ones I share in the pie making workshops and I hope they will give you the confidence to dip your hands into the baking bowl,” said author, Kate McDermott. “A recipe is a starting place, so feel free to experiment with different seasonings and flavor combinations that please you. I hope you will enjoy the stories in Art of the Pie as well as the recipes. It was a labor of love to write it for you.”

Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world simultaneously with an eBook. Discussions about the cookbook, recipes and more can be found on BigLibraryRead.com. The free program runs for two weeks and to get started reading, all that is needed is a CLAMS library card. Art of the Pie can be read on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets, Chromebook™ and Kindle® [U.S. Libraries only] without worrying about wait lists or holds. The eBook cookbook will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.

The Big Library Read program is made possible through a partnership between the CLAMS Library Network, OverDrive, and Countryman Press, publisher of Art of the Pie. Library readers voted Art of the Pie as their cookbook choice for Big Library Read. To borrow the eBook, readers can visit https://clamsnet.overdrive.com/.

For more information on Big Library Read, visit BigLibraryRead.com.

About OverDrive
OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools. We are dedicated to “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks and other digital media to a growing network of 36,000 libraries and schools in 63 countries worldwide. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten. www.overdrive.com

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2016 A Year In Review

Thanks to all of our patrons for making 2016 a great year for CLAMS.
Here’s to an even better 2017!

CLAMS Library Network 2016 A Year in Review. New borrowers 15,158. Total checkouts 3 million. Total number of new material added to the network's collection, new titles 35,417, new items 149,338. 2016 circulation statistics, checkouts and renewals 3,030,453, holds fulfilled 459,107, most popular material type is DVD. Total eContent checkouts and renewals 274,364. 2016 eContent circulation statistics, eBook checkouts 202,177, eAudio and eVideo 72,187. Total number of records in CLAMS. 581,600 titles. 260,049 patrons. 1,668,596 items.

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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

National Novel Writing MonthWhat is NaNoWriMo? According to its site nanowrimo.org, “National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.
On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.”

Need help or inspiration? Check out our events calendar to join local writers groups when they meetup at our libraries.

Follow the #NaNoWriMo2016 fun at the library on Twitter.

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Programs Cape Cod & Island libraries

There are lots of interesting and fun programs scheduled  for adults and children at local CLAMS Member libraries over the coming months.  Check out the CLAMS calendar and/or the CLAMS Facebook events page  to see what’s happening or, check with your local CLAMS library.
Read the full description of the event to find out if a ticket or pre-registration is required.

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Update: Edgartown Public Library

Edgartown Public Library, new.

Edgartown Public Library, new.

The Edgartown library  recently moved to a new location,  26 West Tisbury Road.
Library Hours
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
(Closed Sundays)

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MY ACCOUNT

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My Account


How can I see what I currently have checked out and what I have on hold?
My Account. You can view your record, see what items you have checked out, renew items online, request items from the catalog, view the status of your requests/holds, create preferred searches, and rate items through My Account. For more information, go to My Account FAQs.

Why can’t I see what number I am on the waiting list for a title?
Our library network’s software does not currently offer this feature.  However, the ratio of requests to the number of copies in the CLAMS system will give you a good idea of the length of the wait queue. Please see My Account FAQs page for more information.

The CLAMS system does not have the item I want. How do I suggest a purchase?
You are welcomed to complete and submit the Suggest a Purchase online form. Suggest a Purchase can be found on the CLAMS Classic catalog homepage under My Account. Continue reading

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ADVANCED SEARCHING & FEATURES

search_browse-42931_1280Where can I find information on how to use the advanced search features?
Information and directions for how to use our advanced search features can be found on the Searching FAQs page.

I would like to see suggestions of other titles to check out based on titles I have read.
The CLAMS library network subscribes to Novelist Plus. This feature provides users of the online catalog title recommendations, series information, and other enriched content while viewing a record online (may require scrolling down the page to see additional recommended titles). As well as viewing enriched content from within the record a user can also go to the CLAMS Novelist Plus site for more in depth reader’s advisory services.

How can I search the CLAMS Online Catalog for just adult books?
CLAMS has recently set up a way to search different collections. These collections include searching only adult collections, only young adult collections, and/or only children’s collections. You can limit to each collection from the search box under “All Locations”.

How can I get to an advanced search from an existing search? I do not want to have to start my search all over again.
You can always modify an existing search without having to start from scratch. After your initial search is complete click on the Modify Search button above the search box. This will keep your initial search intact but also will allow you to add advanced search options.

 

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