Thankful for Music, Comedy, and Ability to Access Albums From the World Wide?

Having trouble accessing your happy place? We’ve got you covered. Go to our homepage, click on the Music tab, go down to Freegal, put in your library card number and password (usually the last 4 digits of your phone number), and find the right album to turn your mood around.  Listen to an album of comedy, or choose from countries accross the globe. Particularly, on Thanksgiving, you’ll want to download their Thanksgiving playlist so you’ve got some happy tunes in the kitchen.

Are you alone this Thanksgiving? Or do you have a family that doesn’t appreciate Football? In that case, enjoy a free concert of your favorite artist, right from home. Go to the same place where you found Freegal, and just below it you’ll see Quello. It’s a wonderful way to see a concert! Connect your computer to your T.V. and you’re all set!

Call the Reference Desk if you have any questions.






North Castle library card holders are fortunate to have access to a great number of magazines, and are able to quickly zoom in on what they want.  We may do this in two ways, right from our homepage. Just go to the right hand column, under E-magazines and Newspapers, scroll down to 1) Flipster; and 2) Pressreader.  Both of these methods give you the ability to page through the magazines. Pressreader gives you the ability to search through a number of local news sources, keyword search, or browse.

Let us know what you think of it!


Major Matters

Recently, the New York Times published, “6 Myths About Choosing a College Major,” including the following: 1) For the big money, STEM always delivers. 2) Women want to have it all. 3) Choice of major matters more than choice of college. 4) Liberal arts majors are unemployable. 5) It’s important to choose a major early. 6) You need a major.

Get your library card to see this and other NYT articles for free.

In addition, publishes lists of types of majors, linked to schools with the best Return On Investment.

Native American Authors!

This is a tricky one, actually! At least one Patuxet warrior spoke English, and the Indigenous people probably had as much religious liberty as the English colonists. But we do know:

  1. Both the British and the Native peoples celebrated the harvest, and
  2. The colonists would have died without the help of indigenous people. In fact, nearly half of the colonists at Plymouth died of starvation during their first winter.

That’s why we celebrate Native American culture in November, when we celebrate Thanksgiving. There are millions of Native Americans from many different tribes, and some of them are well-known, award-winning authors. Here’s just a sample of books, music, and more, by or about Native Americans.


house made of dawn

The magnificent Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of a stranger in his native land.

round house

When his mother slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 14-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with three friends to find the person who destroyed his family.

code talker

“Readers who choose the book for the attraction of Navajo code talking and the heat of battle will come away with more than they ever expected to find.”  Booklist, starred review

Native American Currents

An excellent introduction to modern Native American music.

And that’s not all! We’ve also got biographies of the famous shaman Black Elk, many more books by Native American authors, well-received books about Native Americans such as Tony Hillerman’s mysteries, and more. If you’d like to find out more about Native American life and literature today, these blogs are a great place to start:

Native American Authors You Should be Reading

Native Reader