One Tap Magazine Access
The Libby app update makes it easier for your find, keep and track your favorite digital magazines in the Richards Memorial Library digital collection.
For help with Libby, please call (508) 754-0793 or email email@example.com to make a Tech Help appointment with one of our library staff. We are always happy to guide you through Libby. Please bring your charged device.
Note: To save space on a user’s device, magazines are not automatically downloaded for offline use. Instead, users can manually choose which issues to download.
Will Help the Library Work with Residents with Disabilities
June 1, 2023
PAXTON, MA — Richards Memorial Library has been selected as one of 240 libraries to participate in Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities, an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that provides community engagement and accessibility resources to small and rural libraries to help them better serve people with disabilities.
The competitive award comes with a $20,000 grant that will help the library create a sensory room for children.
“We are so proud to be chosen for this amazing opportunity,” said Library Director Pam Chenevert. “This grant will allow our library to get to know our residents with disabilities better. It will help us improve our services to ensure this population feels welcome and comfortable in our space.”
As part of the grant, the Richards Memorial Library director will host multiple conversations with residents about their family’s sensory needs and use the grant funds to create a sensory room adjacent to the existing preschool room.
Our overarching goals for engaging this audience with our children’s sensory room is to offer a calming and appropriately engaging environment in the library adjacent to our preschool room. The sensory room will also expand the usable space of the library, by utilizing existing space. The intended audience for our sensory room includes “high needs” children, children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), children with disabilities, and any child in the community in need of a sensory and calming space.
As part of the grant process, the director will hold a series of conversations directly with interested family members of children who are part of our intended audience. Individuals interested in taking part in the conversation this summer may contact Pam Chenevert at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.rmlpaxton.org for more information and project updates. There will be numerous opportunities to contribute to the conversation, in mulitple formats. Dates TBA.
Since 2014, ALA’s Libraries Transforming Communities initiative has re-imagined the role libraries play in supporting communities. Libraries of all types have utilized free dialogue and deliberation training and resources to lead community and campus forums; take part in anti-violence activities; provide a space for residents to come together and discuss challenging topics; and have productive conversations with civic leaders, library trustees and staff.
“Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL).”
June 26, 2023
Microsoft is no longer supporting Internet Explorer (IE). While patrons can still use IE to browse CW Mars, they will no longer be able to pay for lost books using IE as Stripe, the vendor CW Mars uses for payments, will no longer work with IE.
If you need to pay for lost materials in CW Mars, please download a modern browser such as such as Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari (Apple).
June 12, 2023
June 1, 2023
Curbside pickup at the Richards Memorial Library will end on June 1, 2023.
Holds will be available at the circulation desk.
So how will this work?
Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
*If you do not receive the email notifications, please make sure email@example.com is in your email’s safe list.
3. Patrons have one week to come into the library and check out their items from the circulation desk. Per our reciprocal agreement with the CW Mars network, holds not checked out after one week will go back to the home library.
If you still need curbside service, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (508) 754-0793 and we will make arrangements with you.
March 8, 2023
On May 1, 2023, the OverDrive app* will be discontinued. How will you read ebooks or listen to e-audio books? With the free Libby app. Learn more about Libby at https://help.libbyapp.com/en-us/switch-to-libby-faqs.htm
Help for Switching to Libby
*Overdrive for your browser is still accesible cwmars.overdrive.org
February 14, 2023
Due to a licensing change to The Economist, it will no longer be offered on cwmars.overdrive.org per CW Mars. They will be adding Fortune. As a reminder, The Economist and many other titles are availble to Massachusetts residents with a Boston Public Library ecaord. They are easy to get, and even more fun to use! Click here to get yours today.
January 31, 2023
Need news? We've got you!
Have you ever wished you access local newspapers online for free? From your own device?
We already offer access to The Boston Globe and The New York Times (text formats). Now you can read The Worcester Telegram (and many other Massachusetts newspapers).
For more information, click here: Magazines and Newspapers.
January 17, 2023
You may have noticed that during the pandemic, the Richards Memorial Library in Paxton was waiving late fees for items checked in at our library. Starting on January 17, 2023, we are officially fine-free. This was approved by the Board of Library Trustees and implemented by CW Mars. Here are the details you need to know.
January 17, 2023
Vistiors to the public library in Paxton, MA may request access to Social Law Lirary which provides online legal research, online continuing legal education, ebooks, reference attorneys, law office management and more. Read more.
Attention, OverDrive app users! OverDrive is discontinuing the legacy OverDrive app in early 2023 and transitioning users to the Libby app. Libby is OverDrive’s newer app for browsing and enjoying digital content from our library.
It’s time to give Libby a try! All your loans, holds, and wish list items will be waiting for you in Libby when you add your library card.
Libby also comes with new features we know you’ll love, like:
Libby FAQs - https://resources.overdrive.com/libby-faqs
Note: Our library’s digital collection will continue to be available at https://cwmars.overdrive.com on desktop and mobile devices.
With an ARPA grant, the library was able to upgrade its WiFi in and around the library. The project entailed moving the existing network hardware to a mounted, secure case. The existing Wireless Access Point (WAP) was moved to a more effective location. Two additional Wireless Access Points (WAPs) were also added. With these two additional WAPs, the WiFi now extends to every room of the library, including the entire basement. The WiFi signal also reaches the picnic table area and the entire parking lot, all the way to the parking spots adjacent to Richards Ave.
Patrons now have access to even more OverDrive titles! You can now Borrow titles from the OverDrive collections of partner libraries and networks in Massachusetts. The participating networks and libraries are:
Follow these steps in the Libby app to get connected to the OverDrive collections of the partner libraries and networks:
If you received a message that your Overdrive account has expired, please contact your local library to ensure your account is updated. Library accounts expire every two years.
If an item you had checked out through Overdrive or Libby has expired, you will have to place a new Hold in the Overdrive or Libby app. When other patrons are waiting, you will be added to the queue. When nobody else is waiting, you will be able to "Borrow now."
Tip: Change your app settings to default to a 21 day check out to enjoy the maximum loan period. Session expired - Log back in to the Overdrive or Libby app.
We recommend that you upgrade to the Libby app if you have not already dones so. Libby help CWMars Overdrive Help This resource is provided by CW MARS member libraries, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day**
**Saturday closings due to holidays:
RML is closed Saturdays when Monday is a holiday.
We know some of our visitors with Charter email aren't getting their holds notifications, so we wanted to give some steps on how to make sure they make it all the way to your inbox.
What can I do?
1. Check your Spam folder, if you see a library message there you can mark the email as Not Spam. (You have likely already done this step if you've come to us for help on this before)
2. Set email@example.com as an approved email, there are two ways to do this:
2a. Filter Settings:
Using a web browser, login to your Charter email <https://webmail.spectrum.net>
Click on "Settings" and then "Filters and Blocked Senders."
Make sure there are no filters or blocked senders listed that might affect that incoming email.
Just to be sure, add the domain "cwmars.org" to the 'Safe Senders' list.
2b. Add firstname.lastname@example.org to your Contacts:
At Charter.net, addresses in your Contacts list are exempt from being treated as spam.
In your inbox, select the Addresses tab, then click New Contact.
Enter email@example.com into the contact form and click OK.