Friday, July 13, 2018

Special Visitors! Harry Potter Trivia Quest: Thursday, July 19, 2018, 6-7:00 p.m.

 Test your Harry Potter knowledge! Search for clues, answer trivia, and solve the puzzle to earn tickets for Harry Potter raffle prizes. Bonus tickets for coming in costume and bringing a wand! For kids up to age 16. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Libraries Rock!! Create kindness rocks every Friday in July and August 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Reading Prizes! Don't forget to fill out you summer reading chart!

Fill out one reading chart and use it in both places! When your chart is full, first get it stamped at the library for a prize, then turn it in at the Brookfield Elementary School when school starts for another prize.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Summer on Quaboag Pond in the early 1900's, postcards from 1914 and 1922

Courtesy Brookfield, MA, Merrick Public Library Collection. (Dated 1914)
Courtesy Brookfield, MA,  Merrick Public Library Collection. (Dated 1922)

Aug. 22, 1922 (Moulton's Cottage postcard sent to New Jersey)--Dear Gram,  Having a wonderful time rowing swimming etc. Miss Aunt Eva.  Do wish she was here.  We'll be back soon to see you.  Maud and I are burned as berries.  Mama is still in Boston and will be home soon. Will write more later.  Thelma is going to New York next week.  Vivien and Maud

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

More summer reading fun!

Kindness Rocks
Fridays in July and August,  1-4:30 p.m.
Paint rocks with pictures and messages of kindness to share with others!
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Libraries Rock!! Summer Reading at the library! Join the fun!

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Summer Reading 2018

Merrick Public Library, Brookfield

Summer Reading Chart  Read all summer long! Fill out one chart and get it stamped at the library for a prize, then turn it in at the Brookfield Elementary School when school starts for another prize.

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Harry Potter Trivia Quest  Thursday, July 19, 2018, 6-7:00 p.m.

Test your Harry Potter knowledge! Search for clues, answer trivia, and solve the puzzle to earn tickets for Harry Potter raffle prizes. Bonus tickets for coming in costume and bringing a wand! For kids up to age 16. 

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Alchemy Laboratory with Ed the Wizard  Thursday, August 9, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. (supported by the Brookfield Cultural Council). Using common household items, we will learn and perform magical feats such as transfigurations, vanishes, levitation, and other forms of “Alchemy Magic.” Volunteers will be needed during the presentation!

Building Fun!

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Wednesdays in July and August, 1-4:30 p.m. Play with Legos (including Lego Mindstorms), Magformers, and the Ozobot. (Sponsored with a grant from the Brookfield Community Club.)

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Brookfield Elementary School 5th Grade Community Service! The 5th grade focus is giving back to the community.

(Left to right) Miles Blake and Zachary Cooper plant the Dipladenia in the pots on the memorial patio on June 14 for their community service. They also washed the benches.  

Samiah Clancey decided the geranium needed an arabesque!

Emma Raymond (top) and Jill Hubbard (bottom) plant zinnias and petunias for color in the garden.

Apple juice break! (Left to right) Miles Blake, Alexi Hague, Emma Raymond, Mr. Healey, Samiah Clancey, Jill Hubbard and Zachary Cooper.  The library crew!

 The whole off-campus crew for the Brookfield Elementary School 5th grade Community Service event!  The students worked at the library, on the common (at Peace Pole), fire station and police station.  Thank you for all the mulching, washing, planting, and selling books for 
Friends of Library you did for the community!  We truly appreciate your hard work (and fun!)

Friday, June 1, 2018

Friends of the Library Silent Auction ends Tuesday, June 5 at 8:00 p.m.

Don't forget to come in and check your bids!  Bidding ends Tuesday, June 5 at 8:00 p.m.
Call 508- 867- 6339 if you cannot come in!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Quaboag River and a business on Central Street with Martin Donahue

Donahue's Landing on the Quaboag River (at today's boat ramp).  Image was sent as a postcard around 1913 from a young girl named Mabel to her mother in Worcester; she wrote, "The man on the wharf is Mr. Donahue.  We are having a dandy time." (Courtesy of James Allen.)
Mr. Donahue, also, owned a business on Central Street.  In the Valuation and Taxes of the Town of Brookfield, Massachusetts 1898, Martin Donahue paid stock in trade 500 and 6 boats 75.  Today, left to right, Tip Top Country Store, garden lot and Hillcrest Montessori School with Ms. Shelby and Ms. Jen. (Courtesy William Bullard.)

 Mr. Donahue is in the doorway of his business on Central Street in 1911.  He sold a variety of paper goods, cigars, and groceries. Hardy Frazier purchased the building and business in 1924, his daughter Velma ran the business until 1988 when she retired. 
(Courtesy of Barbara Clancy.)

Mr. Donahue in the white coat, in front of his store is surrounded by H. Donahue, J. Shea, L Lucier, E. Lucier, W. O'Brien, H. Irwin, J. Bowler, J. Byron and E. Hannigan.  The photograph was taken by Roy Moulton. This building is now Hillcrest Montessori School on Central Street. 
(Courtesy of Michael Seery.)

Friday, May 25, 2018

A memorial Field Day at Oakland Gardens on Quaboag 1896

 Image of Oakland Garden @1905 photographer Theodore Clemens Wohlbruck, from the American Antiquarian Society collection
L.J. Richards & Co. Atlas 1898
Brookfield Weekly Times, June 5, 1896
FORESTERS FIELD DAY AT OAKLAND GARDENS, May 30, 1896  (excerpts from a 2 column article at the library)
Every available team from surrounding towns was pressed into service.  (Ware, Spencer and all the Brookfields).  Old Quaboag lake was in a happy mood, her bosom was just ruffled by the passing breeze, while here and there her surface was dotted by boats moving lazily along, the merry laugh of the occupants echoing shoreward over the sparkling waves.
By 12 o’clock it is estimated that there were 1500 people on the grounds and by 2 o’clock this number had been increased to 2500: practically everybody came in coaches and carriages, hence there were teams everywhere; some were hitched in the open, many in the groves, while not a few found their way into the stables.
            About this time a party of nearly 20 lady bicylists arrived from West Brookfield, dressed in their jaunty wheeling costumes, they made a decided stir among the young men, some of whom had apparently been waiting for them.
            The big stack of sandwiches stored away in the restaurant were in great demand, everybody seemed to be hungry and dry.  At the lunch counter under the grandstand it was the same story; temperance drinks were sold the rate of a case a minute until the supply was exhausted.
(Events included: tournament ball games and horse trots.  The Foresters competed by laying 200 feet of dry hose the quickest.)

Friday, May 11, 2018

New (old) Seasons for your viewing pleasure! Thank you Lindsay for your generous donation!

The latest seasons added to the collection include: All the seasons of Friends, Gilmore Girls and Quantum Leap.  All are available to borrow for free!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Expansion/Renovation Study 2018, Monday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. Board of Trustees meeting.

Brookfield, Merrick Public Library          
Trustees meeting, Monday, May 14, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
AGENDA:  Municipal purchase of property adjacent to the library,18 Common Street.

Pliny Merrick, Esq., established the Merrick Public Library in 1867 with a trust fund of $10,000, with only the interest of said fund being expendable for the purpose of purchasing books. In 1882 Nancy S. R. Felton, who lived at 18 Common Street, upon being apprised of William Banister’s ten-thousand-dollar donation to construct a building for the library, offered to donate to the town her lot at the corner of Common Street and Lincoln Street. She gave it “freely and cheerfully” to the town, in memory of her late husband Oliver C. Felton. He had a deep interest in the intellectual improvement of the young minds of our town. Merrick Public Library (aka Banister Memorial Hall), located at 2 Lincoln Street, opened in 1884. 

In 2001 the Board of Trustees and the library staff decided to complete a study on expanding the 2,500-square-foot library.  The Project Summary for the Merrick Public Library study, costing $40,000 (co-funded by the town of Brookfield and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners [MBLC]), concluded, with the MBLC standards applied, that adjacent property would need to be purchased because the current lot did not meet MBLC standards for an addition/renovation.

A second option at a cost of $2,672,738 would have required the town to raise and appropriate $1.3 million dollars. The project would have resulted in a new building being constructed behind the town hall and the present building being abandoned.  It was voted by the building committee and trustees to take no action.
Brookfield’s 18 Common Street, the adjacent property on the north side of the library, will be available as a commercial lease with option to buy. The one-year lease totals $16,500; purchase price is estimated to be $xxxxxx. The intention is to rent during fiscal year 2019 and purchase in fiscal year 2020. The Friends of the Library and the Board of Trustees will have responsibility for operating costs for the first year or more depending on capital campaign fundraising efforts. 

The intent with this purchase is to partner with the Brookfield Historical Commission. The Commission and the library intend to provide the Commission with much-needed office and meeting space. The library will greatly benefit from this acquisition by moving our historic collections, creating a Robert Wilder Map Room, and producing a display room for our local history artifacts, such as the Brookfield High School collection and other memorabilia. Additional advantages for the library will be freed-up floor space and shelving space for our collections at 2 Lincoln Street. Our goal for the future is the establishment of a local historical museum, open to the public.
This meeting is also an outreach for new members to join the Friends of the Library and assist in the launch of a capital campaign fundraiser towards expenses for operating costs, architectural fees, etc. for this acquisition. The Friends of the Library, which is now a 501(c)(3), to date have already raised $14,000 toward this project.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Friends of the Library Silent Auction, Tuesday, May 1 to Tuesday, June 5

Various glassware and handmade quilt and favorite bags

Wallace Nutting
 The Friends of the Library Silent Auction!  We have lots of unique items to bid on, come in and join us!  Not all items shown in this post.

Diddley Bow Cigar Box Guitars!

Children's fun boxes filled with toys

A Nantucket Basket

Wednesday, May 2, 2018


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  • Fridays free home delivery and pick-up of library materials for anyone housebound. This free service may be long- or short-term—call for more information.
  • Notary Public, Brenda Metterville, free service available during regular business hours.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Banister Book Group, Tuesday, May 29, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.


Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.  A poignant portrayal of the thoughts and events that comprise one day in a woman’s life in 1925 London.
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