Retired Readers


We have a Goodreads’ Group: Senior Readers of Greater Newburyport Area.  Books that are part of the “Retired Readers” will be added to our Goodreads’ Group.  To join Goodreads, click here.

Online Learning

 Did you know you can register for an Ecard at the Boston Public Library and that allows you to take any course you want on completely FREE? There are hundreds of courses, including great photography classes! (and all kinds of great classes, to further your career, learn software, etc!)

You just need to be a permanent resident of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Click here to register for an Ecard.  Once registered, you go to Articles & More, Electronic Resources, then A-Z Resources and scroll down to That will take you to a login page, you simply enter your Library Card number and PIN and voila!

Reading Never Sounded So Good

Perkins Library at the Perkins School For The Blind is a Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL) that offers free services such as books and magazines in digital audio, large print, braille, audio described DVD‟s; all geared towards helping those who have difficulties reading printed materials. This is not limited in any way to the blind; many residents in your community coping with arthritis, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, stroke and so many other conditions can receive our free services if only they were only made aware of their eligibility.

The Perkins Library offers a variety accessible services to eligible patrons, including our growing collection of a physical cartridge and cloud-based talking books, Braille and large print books, all available through postage-free checkout and delivery. We also have a same-day newspaper and magazine telephone service called NEWSLINE, an audio described Blu-ray and DVD library, museum passes, book clubs, and catalogs such as the Talking Book Topics for you to browse for suggestions and ideas.

The first step to becoming a patron will be printing out and completing our Application for Library Services, either in English or Spanish Language, you can also read more about our services in our Individual Patron Information Sheet, also available in Spanish. For additional information, call Erin Fragola, Perkins Library Outreach Coordinator, at 617-972-7247 or email Erin.