It's October, and the new Friends of the Library membership year has begun! The Friends sponsor several library programs, organize two book sales per year, and provide us with our many museum passes. Joining the Friends is a great way to support the library and stay on top of library news and events.
Joining the Friends also allows you to use our museum passes, granting discounts to 14 different Boston-area museums and parks. The Friends membership year runs from October through September. Membership dues are $25 for a family or $10 for seniors aged 60+. To join, fill out a membership form and drop off the form and your membership dues at the main desk of the library. Thank you for your support!
The Topsfield Town Library is proud to introduce Topsfield Times: A Community and Local History Resource. Topsfield Times is a collection of information about people, places, and events that have a connection to Topsfield, Massachusetts. Entries are added by staff of the library, and we welcome contributions and suggestions for content. If you have any questions about Topsfield Times, or would like to submit a suggestion, e-mail the wiki workers at email@example.com.
The Topsfield Town Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce a generous donation from EBSCO Information Services. The library has entered into a five-year partnership with EBSCO Information Services, providing the library with EBSCO Discovery Services software, MasterFILE Premier, Business Source Premier, and eBook Public Library Collection which features over 31,000 eBook titles. The library is excited to become a BETA test site for EBSCO Discovery Services software (EDS) in public libraries. EDS is a software product that provides patrons with fast, simple access to all of a library’s full-text content (electronic and print) through a single search box accessed through an internet browser.
This generous donation is in addition to the EBSCO databases already donated to the library by EBSCO. The library is looking forward to using these new products starting in November.
About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services provides a complete and optimized research solution comprised of research databases, e-books and e-journals—all combined with the most powerful discovery service and management resources to support the information and collection development needs of libraries and other institutions and to maximize the search experience for researchers and other end users. EBSCO offers more than 375 full-text and secondary research databases and over 420,000 e-books plus subscription management services for 355,000 e-journals and e-journal packages. EBSCO also provides point-of-care decision support tools for healthcare professionals and organizational learning resources for training and development professionals.
EBSCO Information Services is headquartered in Ipswich, has recently opened offices in Topsfield, and is actively involved in both communities.
Good news for magazine readers: the Topsfield Library now subscribes to Zinio! Zinio is an online newsstand offering unlimited access to digital magazines, easily viewable on any internet-enabled device. To access Zinio, you will need your Topsfield library card barcode number. View on your computer, or use the iPad or Android app.
We currently subscribe to Bloomburg Businessweek, Consumer Reports, Cosmopolitan, Country Living, Every Day with Rachel Ray, Martha Stewart Living, National Geographic, Newsweek, O, Popular Science, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, Taste of Home, Us Weekly, and VIVmag. If you have any suggestions for future purchases, contact us!
For help, see the step-by-step user guide, or ask a librarian. Please consider filling out this short survey so that we know what you like about Zinio and what you would like to see in the future.
Have you seen our popular music section recently? We are currently expanding the collection! Some of our most recent purchases include albums by Justin Timberlake, Of Monsters and Men, The Lumineers, and Imagine Dragons. Request one today on our online catalog, or stop by to check out what's available!
If you want to hear new music, but don't want to leave the comfort of home, why not try Freegal? The library's subscription to Freegal allows Topsfield cardholders to download songs for free. Just enter your library card barcode number to access the database, then search or browse for songs. Each card is allowed three downloads per week, and you may keep your songs forever! For more information, read the Freegal FAQ.
Thanks to the Friends of the Topsfield Library, we now have two new e-readers that are available for checkout! Our newest additions are the Kindle Fire and the Nook HD. We also have a first-generation iPad and a Kindle DX.
All of the library's e-readers may be borrowed for one-week intervals. To check one out, you must first sign our e-reader policy and give us a photo ID, which we will photocopy and keep on file with your signed policy. E-readers cannot be requested or renewed.
Borrowing an e-reader is a great way to give a potential holiday gift a trial run! Check out our e-readers page for more information, or stop by the library and ask about our e-readers or our e-book loaning program, Overdrive!
Want to learn something new? The Topsfield Library now subscribes to Universal Class, which offers over 500 non-college credit continuing education courses. Each class allows you to do assignments on your own schedule, and has a real instructor that you may contact via e-mail. You will need to create an account before signing up. Once you have created an account, you will have access to your course online 24/7.
A variety of subjects are offered, in areas such as career training, crafts and hobbies, alternative medicine, computer training, pet and animal care, cooking, and many more!
Looking for a good book? Here are some resources to help you out:
Novelist recommends books based on authors you like, other books you have enjoyed, or by using a keyword search for any topic. Just type in your library card barcode number to enter the database, then use the search bar at the top of the page, or browse using the genre links on the left-hand side.
Overbooked is a book review blog written by Topsfield Library staff. Browse through entries chronologically, or use the category links on the right.
If You Like... is a New Zealand-based website that lists authors that are similar to each other. Look at lists by genre in which the author writes, country or culture featured, or find the name of a popular author to see a list of authors who write in a similar style.
Goodreads is a "social cataloging" website that uses input from thousands of users to create reading recommendation lists. You don't have to sign up in order to see the lists, but if you do, you can keep track of books you have read and receive recommendations based on your personal taste.