Welcome to the home of the Merrick Public Library! Here you will find many useful resources, information and hopefully some fun!
- CLOSED - Friday, July 4, we will be open Saturday, July 5
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 LEGO Club, and the new Senior Resources page!
Congratulations to the Tantasqua High School seniors who received the Friends of the Merrick Public Library Scholarship: Emily Canavan, Tora Hubacz, and Robert Law.
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.
In "Perfect Harmony"
This July, Renee Coro will release her debut album, “Perfect Harmony” to all her loyal children’s music fans! A board-certified music therapist, “Miss Coro”, has worked with children and adults of all ages and abilities over the past 8 years in many capacities. Specifically, she has brought her music into the Brookfield Library with her popular weekly “Music Time” which includes live, developmentally appropriate music for growth, literacy and community engagement for families with young children.
Renee’s upcoming original album will feature twelve tracks for young children that will reflect a live “music time” session as many of the songs are simple, engaging. Play time is around a half hour and songs will include, “Hello Everybody,” “Pumpkin Jack,” and “Up, Up, Up,” to name a few. CD’s will initially be for sale at the library and through Renee directly.
Summer Reading Programs
Summer Reading program starts Tuesday, July 8, sign up at the circulation desk
Peggy’s Summer Read-Aloud Program, Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. beginning June 5th, Peggy will read Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet series, beginning with Hatchet! She will continue with Brian’s Winter and The River until Thursday, August 21st.
Youth Forum Pizza Night
Thursdays, July 24 and July 31, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Brookfield battles bullying. Join Police Chief Mike Blanchard and Library Director Brenda Metterville for reading, discussing anti-bullying techniques, and a meal. This program is funded by the Brookfield Community Club.
CARTOONING FUN FOR FREE!
Tuesdays, August 5 and August 12, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Those attending will need a pencil, black pen or marker (fine tip or sharpie), eraser, and paper (printer paper works just fine). The Library will have supplies available for free. Taught by Brookfield resident Ian Nugent who has 12 years of teaching experience, 3 years as a freelance art teacher for ages 3-12. He is the owner of a local art studio called Infinite Art and Design, so named because he is experienced with everything from portrait work to theater props. He will be teaching a basic cartooning style, teaching the kids to see the world as basic shapes and translating that into their drawings. He will pick several popular characters to draw with them.
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.
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