Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Springfield Museum passes now available!

3 Free passes for free admission for 4 people each are now available at the Merrick Public Library!  Call 508 867 6339 to reserve!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Ms. Renee Music Time! Wednesday, November 15 at 11:15 a.m.

Image result for image greater worcester community foundation
Thank you to the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Jeppson Grant for Brookfield for funding Ms. Renee’s Pre-School Music fun.  This free program is on Wednesdays (once a month for now) 11:15 a.m. to noon, with a free snack  November 15 and December 20, 2017.  We will announce the winter schedule in December.

Local items available to purchase for the Holidays!

DID YOU KNOW!?  The Friends of the Library are now a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization; your donations are now tax-deductible.  The Friends have items available for gifts for the holiday:  

Images of America: Brookfield by Brenda Metterville, Kate Simpson and Andrea Faugno ($22)

Images of America:  West Brookfield by Brenda Metterville and William Jankins ($22)

Devil’s Elbow and The Long Journey Home by Ed Londergan ($15)

Bathsheba Spooner by Jeffrey Fiske ($13)

Making Hay by John Jeppson ($30)

Library notecards ($5)

Cat’s Meows of the library, cemetery gate and Unitarian Church ($20)

Luminaries for home use ($5)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Friday, November 3, 2017

National Sandwich Day!

November 3, 2017 is National Sandwich Day in the United States!

Luminaries! by A.P.P.L.E. SEED, Inc.

 The luminaries are funded by A.P.P.L.E. SEED, the Cultural Council, the Friends of the Library and private donors. Donations may be mailed to A.P.P.L.E. SEED, Inc., PO Box 411, Brookfield, MA 01506 (please note on check Luminaries)

Anyone is welcome to volunteer at any stage of this simple yet beautiful tradition. If you would like to sign up for any part of this wonderful Brookfield ritual (folding bags, putting out bags on Christmas Eve or clean-up), please call the Merrick Public Library at 508-867-6339 
6 Candles and bags are available to purchase $5.00 at the library and Tip Top Country Store.
Bags are available at the library for folding! 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Halloween books and candy!

The library and Brookfield Elementary School are drop off locations for Trick or Treat candy to be distributed by the Recreation Committee.


 Free Halloween costumes!  Swap if you have on to give, otherwise please take on!  

Telephone from 1948

In 1948 you could call someone up and talk by dialing 4 numbers!  And that is all!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Kindred Spirits in Brookfield

Filming at the Brookfield Library, Amy from Kindred Spirits does research for a house in town that might be haunted! Airs Friday, September 29, 2017, 9:00 p.m. on TLC
--There are no ghosts in the library!

"Kindred Spirits Season 2 Episode 3 on TLC, Home Sweet Holmes.  Ghost hunters Adam Berry and Amy Bruni help real families who claim to be bedeviled by paranormal activity in their homes." (TV Guide)

"A full-bodied apparition terrorizes two young girls at night and Adam and Amy catch it on camera. A murder committed more than 100 years ago might help close the investigation." Brookfield!

Madison, Amy Bruni, Andrew and Jesse filmed in the library March 6, Kindred Spirits, TLC

Friday, September 15, 2017

General Grant Civil War performance on the Common, Saturday, Sept. 23 at 1:00 p.m.

"A Visit with General & Mrs. Grant"

"The Horse in the Civil War"
Coming to the Brookfield Common,

Saturday, September 23 at 1:00 p.m. 

The public is invited to meet General Ulysses S. Grant with horses, sidesaddle demo and wrapping up with short and interactive saddles on ground for guests to try out.

They will, also, open two suitcases of "Civil War Era" dress up Boy & Girl clothing.  Seating (under a tent) will begin at 12:30 p.m.

This free event is sponsored by the

Friends of the Merrick Public Library,

The Quaboag Historical Society

Brookfield Cultural Council

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Apple Country Fair quilt on display at the library!

The Apple Country Fair raffle quilt for Saturday, October 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Tickets will be available the day of the fair!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Statewide Databases-Free

Image result for massachusetts library system

Gale/Cenage, Encyclopedia and ProQuest

The Massachusetts Libraries public portal gives residents instant free access to thousands of articles from newspapers, magazines, and journals - plus encyclopedias, academic books, and other reliable research and reference sources.

Image result for massachusetts board of library commissioners

Friday, August 25, 2017

Thoreau Bicentennical Statewide Read, Banister Book Group


Tuesday, September 26, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  We will participate in the Thoreau Bicentennial Statewide Read by reading aloud some of his essays and poems.  We have a handout of brief excerpts from Walden.  A timeline and discussion questions for Henry D. Thoreau, an American writer, thinker and naturalist, (b. July 12, 1817) are available.

School Supply Give Away

Retired educator Phil Lebel has once again funded our school supply give away!  Thank you Mr. Lebel

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Ms. Renee Music Time!

Starting Fall 2017!
FOR CHILDREN:  Ms. Renee will be back on Wednesday, September 20 from 11:15 a.m. to Noon.  Her new schedule is once a month in Brookfield, here are the dates:  October 18, November 15 and December 20.  We will announce 2018 dates in December.  As always, a free snack and juice will be available at the end of Adios!  Funded with a Jeppson Memorial Grant, Greater Worcester Community Foundation.


  The Overdrive app for your devices has created a new interface!  Download Libby (for Overdrive) and enjoy a seamless experience by storing all your library cards—CW/Mars card and your Boston Public Library ecard—and switch back and forth to the collections.  Your books or audiobooks will download directly to your Shelf (no more going through Amazon or other stumbles.)  Your Shelf will have your borrowed material from both libraries!  Come to the library for more details.

Image result for libby for overdriveImage result for libby for overdrive

Friday, July 21, 2017

Boston Public Library

Image result for images boston public library logo

DID YOU KNOW?! All Massachusetts residents can register online for a Boston Public Library eCard and have access to a wide array of digital collections and online resources.  https://www.bpl.org/contact/form_ecard.php  

Friday, June 23, 2017

Inside the library!

The founding fathers of Merrick Public Library, Banister Memorial Hall

Pliny Merrick, Esq. donated $10,000 in 1867 and his collection of books to establish Merrick Public Library.

William Banister, Esq. donated $10,000 in 1882 to build a public library in memory of the Brookfield Banister's.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Summer Reading Program

SUMMER READING FUN: Merrick Public Library Summer Reading 2017
The summer reading theme this year is Build a Better World. 

 BUILD WITH US! Thanks to a grant from the Brookfield Community Club, we have Magnatiles, Magformers, and wooden blocks to play with! Starting June 23, drop in Thursdays and Fridays from 1 to 4.

 READ WITH US! Sign up for summer reading! We are again doing a joint program with the Brookfield Elementary School. The school and library will hand out the same reading chart. Read as much as you can! When your chart is full, bring it to the library: we will stamp it and give you a prize. Brookfield Elementary School students can use the same chart twice—after you get it stamped at the Merrick Public Library, turn it in at school for another prize. Summer reading starts when school gets out (June 22) and ends when school starts up again (August 29). Open to all ages.

BUILD WITH US! Thanks to a grant from the Brookfield Community Club, we have Magnatiles, Magformers, and wooden blocks to play with! Starting June 23, drop in Thursdays and Fridays from 1 to 4.
BUILD A BOOK! A three-day bookmaking camp with Miss Carrie, July 18, 19 and 20 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Come for one day, two days, or all three!
EAT PIZZA! Pizza night for students 7th grade to 12th grade. Check out a book and get a piece of pizza. Thursday, July 20 and Thursday, August 17, 6 to 7 p.m.
SUMMER READING RAFFLE! Get a free raffle ticket each time you check out five or more items (one ticket per day). Prizes will be raffled at the end of the summer.