Welcome to the home of the Merrick Public Library! Here you will find many useful resources, information and hopefully some fun!

HOLIDAY HOURS:

  1. CLOSED - Saturday, February 14, Presidents Day.

Regular Hours of Operation:

  1. Tuesday 1 pm - 8 pm
  2. Wednesday 11 am - 5 pm
  3. Thursday 1 pm - 8 pm
  4. Friday 11 am - 5 pm
  5. Saturday 10 am - 1 pm
  6. Sunday & Monday CLOSED

FEBRUARY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Check out our currently running events, including Music Time and the new Senior Resources page!

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.

EBOOKS!

Over 10,000 titles, streaming videos and periodicals are available through the CW/Mars Digital Catalog for free! With your CW/Mars card 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. The staff of the library is available for assistance with your device anytime.

Local Talent

Local photographer Don Roberts has a photograph published in the newest National Geographic book, Stunning Photographs by Annie Griffiths. The book and others are on display at the library.

AMERICAN RED CRSS BABYSITTING TRAINING

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!

A Conversation in French

The first Thursday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Le Cercle Français 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 no sign-up. Save the dates: February 5 and March 5. If you choose please R.S.V.P. 508.867.6339

Lawyer for a Night

James Hoffey and colleagueThe next event will be February 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. 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.

COMMON STREET PARKING

The Board of Selectmen voted at their June 2014 meeting, effective August 1, 2014 there is to be NO PARKING on the common side of Common St. Parking will be allowed only on the residential side.

Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI)

The public library is now online, through CW/Mars, with MBI. We now have faster, consistent service available for our patrons. The new wireless name is Library Public Hotspot and the first time you sign in a wireless network policy will display and you have to accept in agreement, then the wireless service will be available to you. Want to help improve internet service in Brookfield? Take this survey, also located on the town’s website. The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) is working to identify unserved and underserved areas, inform last-mile strategy and update the Massachusetts Broadband Map.

MUSEUM PASSES 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.
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.

Historic Maps

Reminder for local historians. We have housed in our library, not only the Beers, Richards and the Walker atlases, but over 50 of Robert Wilder’s historic maps.

CW/Mars Cards

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:
  1. Ecumenical Food Pantry — non-perishable canned goods and paper goods
  2. Brookfield Police Department — old cell phones
  3. Brookfield Elementary School — Campbell labels for points, ink cartridges
  4. Rainbow Girls — Can tabs
  5. Lions Club — old eyeglasses and hearing aids

DONATIONS