Monday, September 10, 2018

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We are participating in the #LibraryLife photo challenge--seven days of black and white photos of the library, with no people and no explanations.

Day 1, September 7, 2018

Day 2, September 8, 2018


Day 3, September 9, 2018

Day 4, September 10, 2018

Day 5, September 11, 2018

Day 6, September 12, 2018

Day 7, September 13, 2018

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Summer readers come in and pick a free prize and book when you finish your chart!

Lot's of FUN prizes and GREAT books to choose from when you finish your summer reading chart for Brookfield Elementary School students and everyone else who decided to complete this awesome reading chart!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Congratulations to Sarah for being awarded one of the Friends of the Library scholarships!

Two Brookfield students graduating from Tantasqua are chosen each year are awarded a scholarship from the Friends of the Merrick Public Library.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

School supplies giveaway, materials available!


Mr. Phil Lebel, (retired educator) has once again sponsored  free school supplies for our local students!
Please help yourself to whatever you need!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Lake Lashaway Park @1898. Ladies and gentlemen await the arrival of the steamboat "Lashaway" to pay passage for a venture around Lake Lashaway

Image by William Bullard
Brookfield Times, July 2, 1897:  There are to be 15 new arc lamps placed in the Lashaway park, each to be of 800 candle power.  They will be run by electricity from the plant at Brookfield.  
Arrangements are being made for a hub and hub hose race between the Grouts of Spencer and the Brookfield hose company, to take place at the picnic at the picat Lake Lashaway, July 3. 

Brookfield Times, June 27, 1902:  There was a big audience at the sacred concert at Lake Lashaway Park last Sunday afternoon.  Supt. Clark of the W., B & S, street railway had the cars running on 20 minute time from North Brookfield to Spencer giving the patrons of the road good service.  At Marchessault's cafe a first-class shore dinner was served.  The fleet of pleasure boats did a good business and the merry-go-round man was kept busy.
 
Richards, 1898
Spencer Leader, August 26, 1921:  Harold P. Andrews of Main street who recently what is known as the Lake Lashaway park property in East Brookfield of George R. Upham, this week purchased another section on the east side of Mr. Upham, known as the Milo Drake lot.  It extends from the East Brookfield cemetery to the park lot.
       Mr. Andrews will develop this section also for cottage purposes.  In the park section are about six acres and in the Drake section there are five acres.

More information is available at the Merrick Public Library, Brookfield.

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!)