Using the Library from Home

Amid the whirl of the holidays, you may have missed another celebrated event of the season – the winter solstice. The winter solstice, the day of the longest night and the shortest amount of daylight, occurred on December 21st this year and marked the official start of the winter season. Winter, as they say in Game of Thrones, is coming.

As New Englanders, we know winter. When faced with the bone-chilling cold of January and February, we gratefully retreat to the comforts of hearth and home. And once home, we tend to stay there. We are disinclined to venture out – much better to stay by the warm glow of the television or the heat of the wood burning stove.  We miss seeing you at the library, but we don’t begrudge you the comfort of your easy chair. Instead, we offer you ways to use the library without leaving home – ways to enlighten or entertain you and fill those long winter evenings.

We offer you access to books, audiobooks, music, movies, television shows and popular magazines from the comfort of your easy chair. These library services are part of our electronic library and are delivered to you automatically either as a download or a streaming service. All you need is your library card to click “borrow” on your smartphone, tablet or computer

You can instantly watch free movies, television shows or listen to audiobooks and music albums on your computer or personal device with Hoopla. If you enjoy listening to audiobooks, Hoopla has an amazing selection of titles from authors both old and new. Another choice for e-books and e-audiobooks is the OverDrive Collection. OverDrive has thousands of titles – best sellers, mysteries, romance, adventure stories, non-fiction, and biographies – everything you’d expect in a library collection. You can easily download the titles or read them in your browser using the Libby app.

Want to catch up on all the celebrity gossip? You’ll find popular celeb magazines in our RBDigital Magazine Collection, along with copies of Newsweek, National Geographic, HGTV, Better Homes & Gardens, Cosmopolitan, Family Circle and many more.

The library offers endless choices for long winter evenings. You’ll find all of these resources in our eLibrary collection. Visit the library’s website,, click on eLibrary to make your choice and enjoy the convenience of direct delivery to you in the warmth and comfort of home. Download the apps for eLibrary services from your app store for easy access.

If all of this is not enough to sustain you through the winter months, take heart from this thought by poet Oliver Herford “I heard a bird sing In the dark of December. A magical thing And sweet to remember. We are nearer to Spring Than we were in September…”


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