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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

February 17 to 21, School Vacation Week

We are closed Saturday, February 14 to observe the Monday holiday.

Ms. Renee will NOT be here Wednesday, February 18, Music Time will continue Wednesday, February 25 at 11:15 a.m.

Lego's are available to play with at any time!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Blizzard: Juno...Closed Tuesday, Jan. 27 and Wednesday, Jan. 28

The Banister Book Discussion is re-scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Elephant Company by Vicki Constantine Croke.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

American Red Cross Babysitting Class


Wednesday, February 4 and Thursday, February 5, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Students aged 11 and up are invited to become certified babysitters.  Instructor Linda Freeman will teach safety and caring for young ones.  Students must attend both classed to be certified.  The cost is $25 per student and the Friends of the Library will pay the other half of the fee, $25 for each student enrolled.  Sign up soon!  This class fills up fast!

Local Author visit, Tuesday, February 10, at 6:30 p.m.

The Long Journey Home

by Ed Londergan

Publisher: Indian Rock Publishing

90 Bragg Road, West Brookfield, MA 01585
4134367901; 5088648685

The Long Journey Home continues the story of Jack and Becky Parker as they strive to make a life for themselves on the frontier in early colonial Massachusetts. During a violent and turbulent era, they endure every hardship to see their family grow, prosper …and survive. In their unstoppable love, they will sacrifice everything to be together. From the battles of King Philip’s War to Jack’s capture and escape and his brutal trek home through the winter wilderness to the wife and son he loves beyond measure, follow them as they persevere to make their dreams come true and find the one place that is truly home.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Luminaries will be on display, Wednesday, December 31

New Years Eve Luminaries for 2014!
Join us for this wonderful sight of peace and harmony on the Common in Brookfield!

Newberry Winners and Honors titles available

Fifth grade students will find the Newberry Winners and Honors Books available at the circulation desk.  This is for your Christmas vacation reading assignment.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Dollhouse on Display!

Joanne Craig of New Braintree created this beautiful, whimsical dollhouse now on display at the library for the winter!

Wreath making with Sangita

David Wilson displays his wreath he made!

(l to r) Emily, Samantha and Amber had fun making their Christmas wreaths!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Perfect Harmony by Renee Coro has arrived!!

Ms. Renee's music CD is here!  Available for sale, $15., at the library (cash or check made out to Harmonious Happenings).

Friday, October 17, 2014

Banister Book Group, October and November 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.
". . . a compelling story about loss, adaptability, and courage. With compassion
and delicacy Kline presents a little-known chapter of American history and draws
comparisons with the modern-day foster care system."-- Library Journal

Tuesday, November 25, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Time was Soft There by Jeremy Mercer. "The memoir is much more than an entertaining romp through Parisian literary bohemia at the turn of the millennium. Time Was Soft There will likely be the last firsthand account of an aging legend."—Newsweek

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Apple Pie Surprise!

The Friends of the Library have a number of Apple Pie Surprises available at the library for $3.00.  Take a chance and win a free ice cream cake from Dairy Queen, or McDonald's free sandwiches/ice cream, yogurt, Lego kit, gift certificates:  Clam Box, Big Y, Kiwi cards and many more.  Image result for apple clip art

Friday, October 3, 2014

Apple Country Fair Quilt Raffle!!

On display at the library!  The Apple Country Fair, Saturday, October 11, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Tickets for the quilt raffle will be available for sale at the fair.  $2.00 each ticket and $5.00 for three (3) tickets.  Congratulations to Janet Seery for winning the quilt!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Image result for images frenchLE CERCLE FRANCAIS. The first Thursday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Le Cercle Fran├žais with Madame Plumb.  The general public is invited to join the French Circle for conversational French.  A pre-requisite to join is some knowledge of the spoken language. Discussion will include cuisine, travel and everyday conversations. This event is free and with no sign-up. Save the dates:  October 2, November 6, and December 4.  R.S.V.P. 508 867 6339.

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Darth Vader paid early visit to the library!  Halloween this year is Friday, October 31 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
TRICK OR TREAT!  The Recreation Committee asks for donations of candy for the neighborhood be dropped off at the library.


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.