Welcome to the home of the Merrick Public Library! Here you will find many useful resources, information and hopefully some fun!
- HOLIDAY HOURS: Closed Friday, July 3 (Observed) and Saturday, July 4 (Actual Independence Day).
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 Music Time and the new Senior Resources page!
Summer Reading Events 2015
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.
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.
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.
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!
Creative Writing Workshop
Saturday, July 18, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Creative Writing Workshop with Ed Londergan. All are welcome to attend this free event.
A little known fact regarding the Friends of the Brookfield Library: Every year the Friends provide a scholarship to Brookfield high school seniors who volunteer in our community. In 2014 the awards went to Tora Hubacz, Bobbie Law and Emily Canavan. This year the scholarships, presented by Barbara Clancy, went to Quintin Aubin and Scott Phillips.
NEW BOOK RELEASE
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, $21.99, funds raised benefit the Quaboag Historical Society.
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.
Over 10,000 titles, streaming videos and periodicals are available through the CW/Mars Digital Catalog for free! You may download to your device up to 7 books at a time, create wish lists, and place holds on titles you would like to download. You also have access to periodicals. The staff of the library is available for assistance with your device anytime. CLICK HERE and log in with your CW/Mars library card.
MUSEUM PASSES AVAILABLE
Museum passes available for your use, include: Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Garden, South Deerfield; Children’s Museum @ Holyoke; Ecotarium, Worcester; and the Worcester Art Museum. Please call for availability.
History Goes Modern
The Historic Documents Committee of Brookfield is pleased to announce historic research of our local newspapers, The Spencer Sun, Spencer Leader and Weekly Times has just been made a whole lot easier with modern technology! The Merrick Public Library’s collection of microfilm from 1872 to 1953 has been converted to PDF files and are Optical Character Recognition (OCR) complete. This USB external hard drive is available at the Brookfield library for use on any of their public computers during regular hours. Patrons may now click on FIND and enter name, place, town, etc. and a search will highlight what is found for those search terms. You will have the option of searching certain years or all of the files. The researcher then has the option of copy and pasting into a word document.
Historic Quaboag Plantation information is available through the brookfieldresearch.com web site created by Dan Hamilton of West Brookfield. This site is being built to serve all the Brookfields. Remember that we have housed in our library, not only the Beers, Richards and the Walker atlases, but over 50 of Robert Wilder’s historic maps, which can also be viewed online at robertwildermaps.com. Check out all this wonderful material, and enjoy ease of use.
My Coke Rewards!
The Friends of the Library request donations of point rewards from your Coca Cola products. For several years the Friends have subscribed to ten magazine titles using donated points for a total value of $350, titles include; Entertainment Weekly, Better Homes and Gardens, Cooking Light, and Family Circle among others. This has proven to be a cost effective use of this reward system by the Friends for the library. Thanks to all who contribute the caps and fridge pack codes.
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