Friday, May 24, 2019

A donation from the Arthur H. and Elizabeth A. Jay Fund to the Friends of the Merrick Public Library

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The Friends of the Merrick Public Library are very pleased to thank the Arthur H. and Elizabeth A. Jay Fund of Greater Worcester Community Foundation for their generous donation of $3000 
for library needs!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Another date for Cookie Decorating Workshop!! Saturday, June 22, at 11:00 a.m.!

Decorate with Work of Art Cookies at the library, 
Saturday, June 22, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
(The June 20 date is full!)
Please call the library to sign-up (508-867-6339).

Decorate space-themed cookies to celebrate this year's summer reading theme, A Universe of Stories!  All ages welcome!
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Thursday, May 16, 2019

2019 5th Grade Community Service crew, they assisted at the public library, Peace Pole on the Mall, cemetery, fire and police stations!

2019 5th Grade Community Service event!!  Thank you all for your help with sprucing up the community for Memorial Day!

They all did some gardening and assisted the Friends of the Merrick Public Library!

The library crew!  Jessica Spencer, Evelyn Spencer, Hailey Powers, Addison Oxman, Lilly Egan, 
Hannah Quinn and Lily Coulombe

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Friends of the Library Silent Auction, come in and BID! Bidding ends Saturday, June 1 at noon!

Patsy Brown surprised us with her special bags!  come in and BID!  She had mentioned not being able to make them this year

All kinds of interesting and unique items available. 

Cigar box guitars, and other musical instruments

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

It is with a heavy heart I express with great sadness Mrs. Barbara Steadman, a Trustee of the Merrick Public Library, Banister Memorial Hall for over 25 years, suddenly passed on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 after a short illness.

Barbara C. Steadman, 89 
BROOKFIELD - Barbara C. Steadman, 89, passed away after a brief illness on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, with friends and family at her side.

Born in Brookfield, Massachusetts, daughter of Clair Cole Sheldon and Alice (Macia) Sheldon. She, along with her husband, Wilfred Steadman, lived for many years in Holden until moving back to Brookfield in 1985. Barbara met Wilfred when she was four years old.

Barbara graduated from Brookfield High School and Worcester State Teachers College. She taught elementary school in Virginia; Sterling, MA; and Holden School District. Her last class before her retirement was at Jefferson Middle School.

She enjoyed knitting and attended the Apple Country Fair for many years as a crafter. Friends and family all enjoyed her hand-knit sweaters, mittens, and hats.

Barbara enjoyed traveling to visit friends and family and spending time with them, but also enjoying a simple life where she grew up.

She served as a trustee of the Merrick Public Library in Brookfield, as well as the Friends of the Library, was a life member and former board member of the Quaboag Historical Society.

She enjoyed working with the Lucy Stone Award, the Brookfield Fund, and other charities to help less fortunate people in the area.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Wilfred; as well as her son, Dana Steadman, and daughter-in-law, Rebecca Coover Steadman, of Wexford, PA; grandson, Andrew Steadman, and granddaughter-in-law, Alexandra Paez, of Delray Beach, FL; and granddaughter, Molly Steadman, of Cleveland, OH.

Friends and family are invited to attend a calling hour on Friday, April 26, 2019 from 10-11AM in Pillsbury Funeral Home 3 West Brookfield Rd. In Brookfield. The funeral will follow at 11AM in the funeral home. Burial will be in Brookfield Cemetery. For an online tribute please visit:    Donations may be made in memory of Barbara to the Friends of the Library.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Apr. 19 to Apr. 21, 2019

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Congratulations to Kermit Eaton for achieving the Lucy Stone Award !!

The Lucy Stone Award is given to someone who is committed to giving back to their community. 

Sunday, April 28, beginning at noon at the Salem Cross Inn, the Quaboag Historical Society members remind residents that the luncheon is open to the public.  Tickets are $25 per person.  Please contact Barb Londergan at or by phone 413-436-7901 by April 20 for tickets.

The luncheon will also include a presentation on Isaiah Thomas to be delivered by historical actor and interpreter Neil Gustafson.
Kermit Eaton and Babe from Oakholm Farm, in front Oakholm's tractor on Christmas Eve 2018.  Rides around the common to view the Luminaries are free, 2018 was our first time adding to this fun event!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Cradles to Crayons, TRJHS Clothing Drive March 26 to April 5 drop-off at the Merrick Public Library

Brookfield Project 351 Ambassador Riley VonHold
8th grade @Tantasqua Jr. HS

Clothing shoes and coats
Clean, new gently used children items

Other locations to drop off:
Tantasqua Regional Jr. High School
Burgess Elementary School
Wales Library
Wales Senior Center

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Merrick Public Library Public Opinion Survey. Please complete by March 31, 2019

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Please log in and complete the quick and easy Public Opinion Survey for the Merrick Public Library!

Visit Brookfield Merrick Public Library on Facebook for access to the survey.  You do not have to log in to Survey Monkey.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Warren, Brookfield, and Spencer Street Railway open from 1897-1917

Digging out the the Trolley line (Street Railway)  after a major snow storm.  Contributing factors to its closing included wartime coal shortage for power, snow-covered tracks, and a car barn fire with estimated damages of $75,000.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Sheep Bake on the Brookfield, MA Common

Sheep Bake about the 1920's on the Brookfield Common! Cans of milk, cornflakes and Model T Fords.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Weather! closing at 3:00 p.m. today. Open at 12:30 p.m.

We will be open from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The library will close today at 3:00 p.m.  We will open at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow. (Due to having only on-street parking, we do not want to interfere with the highway departments clean-up process.)

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Banister Book Group, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Alice in Wonderland; and Through the looking glass by Lewis Carroll, (1832-1898), published in 1872. Weary of her storybook, one "without pictures or conversations," the young and imaginative Alice follows a hasty hare underground--to come face-to-face with some of the strangest adventures and most fantastic characters in all of literature. 

At 18 Common Street.

Brookfield in the Future!

Published by W. B. Hale, Williamsville, Massachusetts
Courtesy of William Jankins

Friday, January 4, 2019

McLaurin-Jones Co. Another fine donation!

Thank you to Joyce Landine for this very nice donation!  Her uncle was a chemist for McLaurin-Jones Co. and his office was in the current rug factory (it was part of McLaurin-Jones Co. then).  His name was Harold Kenneway.  We will have to review our collection of Team Mates (their newsletter from 1944-1957 in our collection) for more information!

Other holiday boxes donated by William Jankins and Barbara Clancy.

The typewriter has a new ribbon! Come in and type!

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Makerspace workshop items are here for pick-up!!

Image result for makerspace arthur evans  Thank you to Arthur and Peter Evans for sending workshop items before Christmas!  Library hours:  Thursday, 1:00 p.m.  to 8:00 p.m., Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday!

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Peter Evans
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Arthur Evans

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Local author books available at the library for purchase!

Checks Payable To:
America's Apple
Russell Steven Powell
Russell Steven Powell
an apple a day
Jacob Knight (print 1989)
Brookfield Community Club
Bojan Hamlin Jennings
Friends of the Library
Bathsheba Spooner
Jeffrey H. Fiske
Jeffrey H. Fiske
Brenda Metterville, Kate Simpson
Friends of the Library
& Andrea Faugno
501(c)(3) #31954
Cat's Meow - Brookfield Cemetery Gate
Cemetery Commission
Cat's Meow - Brookfield Merrick Public Library
Friends of the Library
501(c)(3) #31954
Cat's Meow - Brookfield Unitarian Church
Brookfield UU Church
Devil's Elbow
Ed Londergan
Ed Londergan
The Long Journey Home
Ed Londergan
Ed Londergan
Making Hay
John Jeppson
Tide Pool Press
Merrick Public Library Notecards (5 pack)
Friends of the Library
Merrick Public Library Print
Friends of the Library
Dee Matthews
Dee Matthews
West Brookfield
Brenda Metterville & Bill Jankins
Quaboag Historical Society