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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

May Silent Auction!

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY—The May Silent Auction is fast approaching and once again we ask the community for donations to the Friends fun and successful annual event.  We want to thank past contributors for their ongoing support including Margret Boland, Roger LeFluer, Paul Kent,  Reta Warman, Barbara Steadman, Lois Best, Mary Sawyer, Bay Path Spirits, Brookfield Motors, Sheena’s Salon, and many others.  Donations may range from children games and/or clothing, to adult china, tea sets, books, etc. Surprise us and the bidders. This fundraiser supports the summer reading program.

Old Sturbridge Village Outreach

April 2014, Old Sturbridge Village hosted two programs, funded by the Quaboag Historical Society at the library.

Banister Book Group

  • Tuesday, April 29, 7:00-8:00 p.m.  The Orchard by Adele Crockett Robertson.  The manuscript of this memoir of a young woman's losing battle to save her family farm during the Depression was discovered by her daughter after her death.
    Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

February Vacation Fun!

Tuesday, February 18, 4:00-5:30 p.m. Free  Henna Art with Sangita Desai.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 
Get you passbooks! Join activities at Holland, Sturbridge, Brimfield, Wales and Brookfield!

Wednesday, February, 19, Join us for Pirate Sketches and Activities!  Ms. Coro will be here at 3:00 p.m.  Seek and find the picture of the 4 pirates scattered around the library and get a stamp for each one you find.  Get a free book for participating.  Funded by Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, administered  by Union 61.

Thursday, February 20, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Free Family Dinner—Brookfield Battles Bullies!  Funded with a grant from the Brookfield Community Club.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Devil's Elbow by Ed Londergan

Ed Londergan has re-scheduled his book talk to Thursday, March 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Read and Rise, Early Literacy program

Patty Sinko is rescheduled to present the Read and Rise program and book give away for Wednesday, March 5 at 11:30 a.m.

Reminder:  If the Tantasqua Union 61 school system is closed due to weather, the library is closed also.  If there is a two hour delay we are open our regular hours.

American Red Cross Babysitting program re-scheduled

Due to the weather forecast of a pending storm the babysitting class scheduled for Wednesday, February 5 and Thursday, February 6 is rescheduled to Wednesday, February 12 and Thursday 13 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Checks for $25. may be made out to Linda Freeman.  This program and the pizza dinner! is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Update regarding Instruction booklets, IRS

Estimated Shipment Schedule:  Update
  • Instruction booklets (1040, 1040A and 1040EZ) - expect receipt by mid February.  Some freight deliveries may go through late February.  

Ed Londergan

AUTHOR VISIT!  Thursday, February 13, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Ed Londergan, Devil’s Elbow. Book signing with local West Brookfield author.  His book is available for purchase or to borrow at the library.

American Red Cross Babysitting class

Wednesday, February 5 and Thursday, February 6, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. American Red Cross Babysitting class with Linda Greenlaw for students age 11-16.  Students must attend the total six hours to receive their certificate.  The fee is $25 (regularly $50-- the Friends of the Library sponsor the other half of the fee).  Pizza will be served both nights.  Limited space available, please call the library to register.

Lawyer for a night!

LAWYER FOR A NIGHT with Attorney James Hoffey and Attorney Tom Hoffey will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This free program is scheduled for the first Tuesday of every month and organized by James Hoffey, Counselor at Law.  Brookfield residents seeking civil legal advice or having questions on specific situations are welcome to attend.

Brookfield Battles Bullying 2014 with grant from Brookfield Community Club

Save the dates!  Chief Mike Blanchard and Brenda Metterville are adopting the students and teachers from the Springdale Middle School and their webisodes to watch throughout this year.  You will meet students, including KB (Katie Blue), Brick, Milton and more along with strong adult role models (the students teachers) Mr. Bittner, Coach Cruncher and others.  Pizza or dinner will be served from Uncle Sam’s of East Brookfield.  Dates to save, All Thursdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m.:  February 20 (school vacation week), March 6, March 20, April 3, April 17.  There will be no dinners during May and June, stay tuned for July Dinners!  Funded with a grant from the Brookfield Community Club.

Updated technology for public use!

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor and Smokestack Lightning, Inc., coupled with IT services donated by Matt Bansfield and Steve Taylor, we are pleased to present to the public Win 7 and Microsoft 2013 and 2010 on faster more efficient public use computers.  This is a very exciting way to start the New Year!!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Winter Storm Hercules

The library will be closed today Thursday, January 2 due to the snow storm.  We will open tomorrow, Friday, January 3, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Thank you and stay safe.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Banister Book Group January


·         Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Grayson by Lynne Cox. Grayson would be compelling enough as a fable about a young woman and a lost whale. The fact that it’s true makes the story wondrous, and unforgettable.”—Carl Hiaasen

·         Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Light Between the Oceans by M.L. Stedman.  Amazon Best Books of the Month, August 2012: Tom Sherbourne is a lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, a tiny island a half day’s boat journey from the coast of Western Australia. When a baby washes up in a rowboat, he and his young wife Isabel decide to raise the child as their own. The baby seems like a gift from God, and the couple’s reasoning for keeping her seduces the reader into entering the waters of treacherous morality even as Tom--whose moral code withstood the horrors of World War I--begins to waver. M. L. Stedman’s vivid characters and gorgeous descriptions of the solitude of Janus Rock and of the unpredictable Australian frontier create a perfect backdrop for the tale of longing, loss, and the overwhelming love for a child that is The Light Between Oceans. --Malissa Kent

Brookfield Luminaries

@1700 Luminaries graced the town of Brookfield on Christmas Eve 2013

Luminaries are still available for purchase at the library and Tip Top Country Store

Beautiful and joyful music played from the Brookfield Congregational Church

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Holiday Hours

The library will be CLOSED, Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25 for the Christmas Holiday.

New Year's Eve, Tuesday, December 31, the library hours will be 1:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. and CLOSED on New Year's Day, Wednesday, January 1, 2014.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tuesday, December 17 Snow closing

The library will close at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 17 due to weather.  We will open regular hours Wednesday, December 18, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving hours

Wednesday, Nov. 27, 11:00 to 3:00 p.m. (No Ms. Coro today).
Thursday and Friday Closed, 
Open Saturday, 10:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Family Dinner! Anit-bully campaign in Brookfield continues...

A FAMILY DINNER hosted by Police Chief Michael Blanchard and Library Director Brenda Metterville is scheduled for Thursday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m. Chicken tenders from Uncle Sam’s Pizza in East Brookfield is on the menu (plus sides)!  Join us for an anti-bullying picture book read aloud and great food.  This anti-bullying dinner is sponsored by the Russ Wilcox Memorial Fund, administered by the Friends of the Library.

Friends of the Library Holiday Raffle!

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY:  And the WINNER is Elizabeth Jay!!
The Friends will next meet on Thursday, December 19 at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are available for our Holiday Basket Raffle, $1.00 each or 10 for $5.00.  The drawing will take place on Wednesday, December 18 at 4:30 p.m.   

We encourage donations to the Ecumenical Food Pantry this month to help make the holiday season one of plenty for everyone. Food and non-perishables may be dropped off at the library during regular open hours.  The pantry is located in the rear of St. Mary’s Church and is open year round.