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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Free Lawyer for a night

Tuesdays, September 2, October 7, November 4, December 2, 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.

Pre-School Music Time with Ms. Renee

·         HARMONIOUS HAPPENINGS.  Wednesdays beginning in September 10,  NEW TIME 11:15 to 12:00 pm.  Pre-School Music Time with Ms. Coro. No age limits, no sign-up, and free snack included in this free program!  Funded by the Jeppson Memorial Fund for Brookfield, Greater Worcester Community Foundation.

Ms. Renee at the Merrick Public Library on Wednesdays

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Summer Reading FUN 2014!

More than 70 children took part in the Merrick Public Library’s summer reading program, and we would like to thank everyone who participated, and everyone who helped make it possible.  Thank you to the Friends of the Library for sponsoring our raffle prizes and smoothie party, and the Brookfield Cultural Council for sponsoring our two presentations, What a Scientist Looks Like and Einstein’s Favorite Fairy Tales.  Thank you to the following for donating raffle prizes:  Klem’s; Smokestack Lightning, Inc.; Southwick Zoo; McDonalds; and the Big E.  Thank you to Polar Beverages for donating 80 bottles of diet cola, and CVS for donating $25 toward the purchase of Mentos, for our explosive experiment.  And a special thank you to the Union 61 Coordinated Family & Community Grant in collaboration with Scholastic Literacy Partnership for helping provide a free book for each summer reading participant.  They have been a strong community partner for the past 6 years, and they provide books to families to create home libraries and encourage reading to your child every day. 

Kate Simpson

Michelle Taylor


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Fizz, Boom Read! Summer Reading for all!

Summer Reading Events at the Merrick Public Library in Brookfield.

The summer reading program is open to all ages and has a science theme this year:  “Fizz, Boom, Read!”  Starting July 8, sign up any time at the front desk to receive a book log.  Raffle tickets will be awarded for books read, with lots of great prizes to try for.  Bonus raffle tickets will be awarded to program attendees.

To “blast off” our program, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, from 4 to 5 p.m.:  Dr. Loree Burns will present “What Does a Scientist Look Like?” Dr. Burns is the author of several non-fiction books for kids, including Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion; The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe; and Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard.  Books will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation. 

Our program finale is Thursday, August 14, 2014, from 4 to 5 p.m.:  Mary Jo Maichack will present “Albert Einstein’s Favorite Fairy Tales.” Ms. Maichack is a national award-winning minstrel storyteller, and her presentation will include tales from the Brothers Grimm, fables by scientist Leonardo da Vinci, an interactive “Atomic Shuffle,” and songs about science. 

Following Ms. Maichack’s presentation, the Friends of Merrick Public Library will host a smoothie party where the raffle winners will be announced.  Stay tuned for more “explosive” details of party events. 

“Fizz, Boom, Read!” is sponsored by the Merrick Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. The two event programs are supported in part by a grant from the Brookfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. 


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Banister Book Group, Tuesday, June 24th

Tuesday, June 24, 7:00-8:00 p.m.  Blue Asylum by Kate Hepinstall.  "What sets Blue Asylum apart is Hepinstall's luscious prose and the tension within each character that keeps the reader maddeningly off balance..."

Copies will be available at the library.

Harmonious Happenings! with Ms. Renee

Free!  Music Time with Ms. Renee will continue until, Wednesday, June 18,  11:30 am to noon, no sign-up, free snack, all are welcome to attend!

Summer Program:
Harmonious Happenings,  Wednesdays, July 9, July 16, July 23 and August 6 and August 16, from 11:15 am to noon.  NEW TIME!  LONGER PROGRAM!
A fun and musical May Day with Ms. Renee!

Zip Trip! Friday, June 27th Explore their link and find out what it is all about!

2014 Zip Trips announced - FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

A Zip Trip, for Friday, June 27th in Brookfield!  6:00 am to 10:00 am.  Take the survey!

The Library will open at 8:00 am to 5:00...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Want to help improve internet service in Brookfield?

Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI).  The public library is now online, through CW/Mars, with MBI.  We now have faster, consistent service available for our patrons.   The new wireless name is Library Public Hotspot and the first time you sign in a wireless network policy will display and you have to accept in agreement, then the wireless service will be available to you. 
Want to help improve internet service in Brookfield? Take this survey located on the towns’ website.

 The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) is working to identify unserved and underserved areas, inform last-mile strategy and update the Massachusetts Broadband Map.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Wednesday, April 30 NO Music Time

Due to a family situation there will be no Music Time with Ms. Renee on Wednesday, April 30 at 11:30 a.m.  She will be here next Wednesday.  Thank you for your understanding.

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.