Welcome to the home of the Merrick Public Library! Here you will find many useful resources, information and hopefully some fun!
- CLOSED - Saturday, February 15
Regular Hours of Operation:
- Tuesday 1 pm - 8 pm
- Wednesday 11 am - 5 pm
- Thursday 1 pm - 8 pm
- Friday 11 am - 5 pm
- Saturday 10 am - 1 pm
- Sunday & Monday CLOSED
Check out our currently running events, including LEGO Club, and the new Senior Resources page!
Public Use Computer Updates!
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!!
Youth Forum Pizza Night
Chief Mike Blanchard and Brenda Metterville are adopting the students and teachers from the stopbullying.gov 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.
Lawyer for a Night
Lawyer for a Night with Attorney James Hoffey will next be available on Tuesday, February 4, from 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. Information is available on free public access to legal materials in the Worcester Law Library and other Trial Court Law Libraries. They, also, provide free Notary Service.
American Red Cross Babysitter 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.
Thursday, February 13th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Book signing and discussion. Books are available to purchase or borrow. A historical-fiction novel set in colonial Massachusetts, The Devil’s Elbow follows Jack Parker from his orphan childhood days as an apprentice to a greedy and brutal Boston merchant to the isolated pioneer settlement of Brookfield, where he ends up in the fight of his life to protect the people and things he loves. The book is set against the background of King Philip’s War, the single greatest catastrophe to occur in seventeenth-century Puritan New England.
Jack uses the knowledge his father gave him - that the measure of a man is how he deals with the worst life can throw at him - along with the support of the powerful man who becomes his friend, and the deep, unshakeable love for his wife to fuel his determination to survive. He draws on all he has learned on his three-decade journey when he’s met with his greatest test as he and ninety-eight others are trapped in a four-room tavern for three hot, humid August days, fighting for survival against 400 once-friendly Indians who are determined to wipe them out and reclaim their land and way of life.
The story culminates in the first settlement of Quaboag Plantation in West Brookfield on Foster Hill. The story is based on real characters, many of whom were settlers on Foster Hill. “No other historical-fiction book has ever been written about this part of King Philip’s War,” said Londergan.
Londergan is an author, amateur colonial historian, and passionate storyteller. A graduate of Holy Cross, he lives in central Massachusetts with his wife, Barbara.
SCHOOL VACATION WEEK
Tuesday, February 18, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Free Henna Art with Sangita Desai. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Thursday, February 20, 6:00-7:00 p.m.Free Family Dinner—Brookfield Battles Bullies! Funded with a grant from the Brookfield Community Club.
MUSEUM PASSES STILL AVAILABLE
The Friends have purchased passes to local museums for our patrons to use and enjoy:
- Ecotarium: Admits 2 adults and 2 children at 50% off regular price (discounted price is adult $7, child $4). This pass is a coupon that does not need to be returned.
- Children's Museum at Holyoke: Admits 6 people at 50% off regular price (discounted price is $3 per person). This pass needs to be returned to the library after use.
- Worcester Art Museum: Admits 2 adults free. Kids 17 and under are always free. Regular admission is $14. This pass needs to be returned to the library after use. Four passes are available at a time.
Soar With Reading!
Soar with Reading — a Joint Project with jetBlue and Random House Children’s Books. We have a limited number of Passport to Adventure, Magic Tree House books! Encourage your child to track reading all of Jack and Annie’s adventures!
The after school project center now has rules that must be followed or the materials will no longer be available to students who do not comply with set-up and clean-up. Students must sign-up at the desk for this privilege.
My Coke Rewards are needed to renew the 10 magazine subscriptions the Friends have purchased!
Now available!! CW/Mars cards and complete online ordering of books, audios, DVDs, e-books, etc. for our patrons with Evergreen! Your own free account is available online! Register and ask for more information at the library. Click here to log in: Bark.cwmars.org. All Brookfield materials will be checked out on your CW/Mars cards.
The Library is still a drop-off location for:
- Ecumenical Food Pantry — non-perishable canned goods and paper goods
- Brookfield Police Department — old cell phones
- Brookfield Elementary School — Campbell labels for points, ink cartridges
- Rainbow Girls — Can tabs
- Lions Club — old eyeglasses and hearing aids