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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Apple Country Fair Book Sale

Friends of the Library,

Merrick Public Library, Brookfield


BOOK SALE $5 per bag


APPLE PIE SURPISE! Take a chance and win a prize $3

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

At the Apple Country Fair

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015

Halloween Costume Exchange

Bring in your costumes and swap for new one!!

LE CERCLE FRANCAIS with Madame Plumb

The first Thursday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 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 with no sign-up required. Save the date: Thursday, November 5.

Writing Workshop

 Local author, Ed Londergan, will present a creative writing workshop on Saturday, September 26 from 10:00 a.m. to noon.  This event is free.

Banister Book Group

Tuesday, September 29, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Women of the West by Cathy Luchetti. A myth-shattering look at the women who helped to settle the West, told through their own words and illustrated with 150 period photographs. This is American history, not as it was romanticized, but as it was lived. “An elegant connective narrative and 150 remarkable photographs put ....the [nineteenth] century's history in more realistic perspective.” -- Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Barbies on display at the library

Former Mattel employee, Tara Erin Browne donated a collection of Barbie DVD's to the library recently.  She, also, has put her private collection of Barbies on display!

The Barbie custom made for Tara!
Click on this link for a wonderful success story! (page 3)

Thank you Mr. Lebel!

We would all like to say "Thank you!! Mr. Lebel!"  Phil Lebel, in the past several years, supplied 90 percent of the library's school supply give-away.  This year he donated funds to see this event continue for the students of the community.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

New App for our patrons! Access to 25 magazine titles on your device!

Attention iPad and Android Users - after checking out a magazine in your browser, you will need to login to the App. To login select Country = United States; State = Maryland; Library Name = "Popular 25 eMagazine Collection" and then your email/password.
Zinio, the world's largest newsstand, offers full color, interactive digital magazines for your enjoyment. Browse from your library's collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download.
  • Mobile apps — Read magazines on 95% of today's mobile devices including iOS (Apple), Android, Win8, and Kindle Fire/HD/HDX.
  • Current Issues — New issues are released simultaneously with the print edition. Many are available before they arrive at your library and are ready for immediate download.
  • Back List — As your collection grows, so does the digital backlist for anytime checkout and reading.
  • Easy browsing and checkout — Browse your library's collection of titles one at a time, search for your favorite magazines by title or use the convenient category feature to find new magazines which meet your interests.
  • Manage your collection — Using the personal account you create, you will have the opportunity to checkout magazines and read them instantly on your computer (both PC and Mac) or access the content on a portable media device. (Note: viewing options, including the ability to download or view the content while online, may differ based on the device and/or magazine publisher).
  • No limit permanent check out — Check out as many issues as you want and keep them in your account as long as you wish

Friday, June 5, 2015

In Memory of Nancy Wilder

Library Director, Brenda Metterville with Bob Wilder and Gene Theroux accepting books from the Friends of Quabbin donated in memory of Nancy Wilder.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Pre-school music time with Ms. Renee

Music time with Ms. Renee will end on Wednesday, June 17 for the Spring Session.  Summer Session will begin on Wednesday, July 8 and she will perform through Wednesday, August 12.  As always, she will be here at the library 11:15 a.m. to noon.  Free snacks and juice boxes will be available, no sign-up is necessary.  This program is funded with a grant from the Friends of the Brookfield Library!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Summer Reading Programs at the Library!

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Summer Reading Events 2015 at the Merrick Public Library in Brookfield

The 2015 summer reading program theme is “Every Hero Has a Story.” Starting Tuesday, July 7, sign up at the front desk to receive a book log. Earn raffle tickets for the books you read, and enter for a chance to win the prizes on display in the library.  Bonus raffle tickets will be awarded to program attendees.
Harmonious Happenings
Wednesdays, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29, August 5, and August 12, from 11:15 to noon. Music time with Ms. Renee Coro. No age limits; snack served at end.

Cartooning Fun!
Thursdays, July 16, July 23, and July 30, from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Learn how to draw superheroes! The library will provide paper, pencils, and pens. Taught by Brookfield resident Ian Nugent, owner of local art studio Infinite Art and Design, he is experienced with everything from portrait work to theater props and has 13 years of teaching experience, with 4 years as a freelance art teacher.

Hero Camp
Tuesday, August 4, Wednesday, August 5, and Thursday, August 6, from 4-5 p.m.
Create your own hero puppet and write your own storybook, then present your story to the group.

 Summer Reading Finale, Thursday, August 13, from 4-5 p.m.
Make a superhero mask then celebrate with Hoodsie cups/popsicles. Last day to turn in summer reading raffle tickets!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Brookfield Library!  Every little donation to the Friends goes to supporting programs like these!

New local book!

New local book available at the library and Tip Top Country Store:  Images of America  West Brookfield by Arcadia Publishing.  Written by Brenda Metterville and William Jankins, $22.00, funds raised benefits the Quaboag Historical Society.

Book Group, June 30, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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BANISTER BOOK GROUP.  Tuesday, June 30, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Wonder by R. J. Palacio.

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance. (

Friends of the Library Silent Auction

The Friends of the Library Auction will end Tuesday, June 2!  Place your bids!  Help the Friends fund the Ms. Coro, Music Time program and other fun events!
A variety of items are available to bid on!  Join the Fun!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Book Group

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Tuesday, April 28, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.  The Lemon Tree:  An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East by Sandy Tolan.  In conjunction with the book discussion Life in Palestine, a talk and slideshow, will be presented by Octavia Taylor.  Ms. Taylor and her husband Stephen spent the fall 2014 semester in Palestine volunteering: Stephen taught a computer programming course at Birzeit University and Octavia worked with Jeff Halper, Director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.  She will report on the complexities of Israeli-Palestinian conflict and look at how daily life for Palestinians has been affected by the Israeli Occupation. All are invited to attend.  Reading of the book is not required.


The Taylors’ passports bulge with entrance and exit visas from four continents.  In addition to living in Palestine this past fall, they have lived five semesters in the Middle East, including a time in Syria for the 2009 – 2010 academic year.  Stateside Octavia has worked as a community organizer and manager of grants primarily for environmental and social justice projects at Clark University.  She is affiliated with a number of international peace and justice organizations, such as the American Friends Service Committee, the Jewish Voice for Peace and the Iraqi Student Project.  Stephen teaches Computer Science at Fitchburg State University; his research in applying computers to the Arabic Language has brought him to the Middle East for many conferences.  They live on a farm in New Braintree. 

Silent Auction for month of May, Friends of the Library

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY.  The Friends are getting ready for the month of May Silent Auction.  We accept home furnishings and decorative bits and pieces, children’s clothing and toys.  All manner of goods are welcomed for this family event. Items and donations may be dropped off at the library during regular business hours.  The auction begins Friday, May 1 and ends Saturday, May 30.  Come bid on your favorite item!  This fundraising event helps support the Summer Reading Program for the community.

National Grid provides tool for patrons

KILL A WATT.  Made available from National Grid, the Kill A Watt kit has arrived at our library and includes a booklet and monitor and easy conservation tips as well as information about energy savings rebates and programs available through National Grid and Mass Save. The kit assists homeowners in understanding their energy use.  Check out or reserve for your use from the library.
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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 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.