Welcome to the home of the Merrick Public Library! Here you will find many useful resources, information and hopefully some fun!
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!
The Friends are gathering donations of new and handmade items for their Annual Silent Auction for patrons and the public to bid on. The auction will begin Tuesday, May 3 and final bids may be placed Friday, June 3 until 5:00 p.m. Winners will be notified Saturday, June 4, and items may be picked up then and the following week. Join the bidding fun during one of the Friends’ most successful fundraisers.
SHARE A BOOK
Tuesday, April 12, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Bring in your favorite book, a book you are currently reading, or a book you just finished and enjoyed. Share a brief description with the group as we go around the table, introducing new genres, titles, and fun.
LE CERCLE FRANCAIS
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, April 7th.
A respectful thank you to the Brookfield Council of Aging for purchasing two (2) Kindle Fire devices to circulate to our patrons. The Staff will gladly train anyone who would like to read a book and/or borrow a Zinio magazine on these new devices. They will circulate to Brookfield patrons only. Learn to download a digital e-book or e-audio from your CWMars account for free and enjoy for a three (3) week circulating period!
Free Online Magazines!
ZINIO for libraries. Online access to 25 magazine titles for those with a Brookfield prefix on CWMars card. Get the new APP and sign up on your computer. Magazine titles include: American Patchwork and Quilting, Country Living, ESPN, Esquire, Food Network, Newsweek, Popular Science, Rolling Stone, Seventeen, Taste of Home, and US Weekly to name a few. Full content of magazine and back issues available. Click on ZINIO button to the left to register and borrow, then read in the app!
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.
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