Welcome to the home of the Merrick Public Library! Here you will find many useful resources, information and hopefully some fun!
- Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25 - CLOSED
- Tuesday, December 31 - we will close at 5:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, January 1, New Year’s Day - CLOSED
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
- Friends of the Library: Thursday, December 19 at 4:30 p.m.
Check out our currently running events, including LEGO Club, and the new Senior Resources page!
Holiday Basket Raffle
Tickets are available for our Holiday Basket Raffle, $1.00 each or 10 for $5.00. The drawing will take place on Wednesday, December 18 at 4:30 p.m.
We encourage donations to the Ecumenical Food Pantry this month to help make the holiday season one of plenty for everyone. Food and non-perishables may be dropped off at the library during regular open hours. The pantry is located in the rear of St. Mary’s Church and is open year round.
A FAMILY DINNER hosted by Police Chief Michael Blanchard and Library Director Brenda Metterville is scheduled for Thursday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m. Chicken tenders from Uncle Sam’s Pizza in East Brookfield is on the menu (plus sides)! Join us for an anti-bullying picture book read aloud and great food. This anti-bullying dinner is sponsored by the Russ Wilcox Memorial Fund, administered by the Friends of the Library.
The center of Brookfield will once again be decorated with luminaries on Christmas Eve (rain date: New Year’s Eve). Be a part of the celebration by purchasing luminaries for use at your own home, no matter where you live. A limited number of bags is available for purchase at the library and Tip Top Country Store. A $5.00 donation = 6 bags with candles, $10.00 donation = 12 bags with candles, $20.00 donation = 24 bags with candles. This event is sponsored by A.P.P.L.E. SEED, Inc, “a Brookfield citizens’ organization dedicated to the betterment of our community as a more desirable place to live and grow.” Volunteers are needed to help fold the luminary bags that will line the common and Route 9 — if you’d like to help, please stop by the library. Bags are available now. Volunteers are also needed for set-up on December 24.
Lawyer for a Night
Lawyer for a Night with Attorney James Hoffey will next be available on Tuesday, December 3, 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.
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