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!
A Conversation in French
The first Thursday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 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: October 2, November 6, and December 4. If you choose please R.S.V.P.
The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System (MLS) license electronic resources for use by all Massachusetts residents from their local libraries, schools, or their home computers with Internet access. The list is extensive including Academic Onefile, for academic and peer-reviewed journal articles. General Onefile: Use this comprehensive periodical resource for any subject. Coverage goes back to 1980- with over 12,000 titles (7,800 full-text including The New York Times back to 1985). You may research periodicals, books, newspapers and the internet with one search. The resources are funded jointly by the MBLC and MLS with state funding and federal support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the MBLC. Access is available without password HERE.
More than 70 children took part in the Merrick Public Library’s summer reading program, and we would like to thank everyone who participated, and everyone who helped make it possible. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for sponsoring our raffle prizes and smoothie party, and the Brookfield Cultural Council for sponsoring our two presentations, What a Scientist Looks Like and Einstein’s Favorite Fairy Tales. Thank you to the following for donating raffle prizes: Klem’s; Smokestack Lightning, Inc.; Southwick Zoo; McDonalds; and the Big E. Thank you to Polar Beverages for donating 80 bottles of diet cola, and CVS for donating $25 toward the purchase of Mentos, for our explosive experiment. And a special thank you to the Union 61 Coordinated Family & Community Grant in collaboration with Scholastic Literacy Partnership for helping provide a free book for each summer reading participant. They have been a strong community partner for the past 6 years, and they provide books to families to create home libraries and encourage reading to your child every day. -Kate Simpson & Michelle Taylor
Lawyer for a Night
Tuesdays, September 2, October 7, November 4, December 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.
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.
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