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Stevens Memorial Library is led by Emily Donnelly, our Library Director. Learn more about us and get involved! Big things are happening at SML... Educational. Culture. Recreation. Art. Information. History. Activities & Events.
Emily is a Philadelphia native who has worked as a librarian for over a decade. She has multiple college degrees, including a Master's Degree in Library Science.
She was the children's librarian at the Boston Public Library for seven years. Her passion for literature and libraries has been consistent since high school, she loves Ashburnham and we've been fortunate to have her since October 2014.
Born, raised, and educated in Gardner, Janet has been a resident of Ashburnham for over 35 years. She and her husband raised their family here and continue to be incredibly active in the community.
Janet has coached girls softball, worked in the Ashburnham Westminster Regional School District, and was involved in Girl Scouts for many years.
Keith has lived in Ashburnham since 1980 and raised three children here. He has been on the library staff since 2009.
Keith's a graduate of UMass/Amherst and Boston University and has previously worked as a teacher, corporate communications specialist, and video producer. His interests include singing and playing the guitar, gardening, camping, and of course, books!
Corinne Smith grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Over the years, she has worked in a variety of libraries (school, public, and academic) in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Massachusetts. She holds degrees from Clarion University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Northern Illinois University.
Corinne is also a writer, speaker, and outdoor educator. She has been a fan of American author Henry David Thoreau for more than three decades and has written two books about him. She also likes travel, football, classic rock music, and jasmine green tea. She lives in Gardner with her two cats, Maizie Dae Nosentail and Jackie Blue.
Chardell Davis and her family have been active patrons of the Stevens Memorial Library for several years. She enjoys being involved with story hour, reading along with the book club, and participating in the summer reading program with her children.
Chardell is currently attending graduate school for library and information science at Simmons College. She has ten years of experience working in libraries and was a volunteer at the Stevens Memorial Library before joining the staff. Her interests include watching her children play ice hockey, hiking with family and friends, and reading to her children every night before bed.
The Trustees of the Stevens Memorial Library are citizens of Ashburnham and are elected by town voters. Each serves a term of three (3) years.
In addition to email, you may also contact each Trustee by leaving a message for them here at the library. A Trustee will return your call in a timely manner.
❯ Ed Vitone, Chair Email
❯ Paula St. Laurent Kuehl, Treasurer
❯ Candace Wright
❯ Ellen Harrington
❯ Anne Olivari
❯ Jessica Caouette
All Library Board of Trustee meetings are open to the public. The Trustees meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 4:00.
For agendas, minutes, and more information, please visit the library or click here.
Stevens Memorial Library Mission Statement
The Stevens Memorial Library supports its community through the provision of materials, programs, space, and technology to aid in the educational, cultural, and recreational development of its entire community.
The library is committed to providing a welcoming space for Ashburnham citizens and residents of neighboring communities without regard to gender, race, age, religion, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.
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Our membership roster includes families, individuals, and businesses in the Ashburnham area. Their annual membership dues, provide important financial support to the library; support that translates into entertaining and educational activities for children and adults, new materials for all library patrons to enjoy, and physical improvements to our building and grounds.
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THE LIBRARY'S HISTORY
Ashburnham’s first library was established in 1793 through the sale of shares at two dollars apiece. This library managed to be self-supporting through the contributions of its members (and aided by share sales, financial and material donations, and book sales) until 1833, when it was disbanded. Its contents were distributed among its members.
In 1850, “the [private] Ladies’ Library Association was organized and a collection of books of approved character was continued by renewals until 1884” (Stearns 534).
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Ashburnham's Stevens Memorial Library's Board of Trustees has established policies to aid in the fair treatment of all who use our resources and provide guidelines for procedures and behavior.
If you have any questions about these policies after reviewing them below, please phone or visit the library. These include:
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Our library has spaces that may be used at no cost for many types of events upon reservation. Interested parties must fill out one of the following forms and return it to us. You may also call us or stop by the library to obtain and complete this reservation request form.
Here are our Policies & Guidelines:
MEETING ROOM POLICY
The Stevens Memorial Library has two (2) rooms available for public use. The Malcolm Stewart Community Room measures 34.5' x 23' and has movable seating for 60, 1 large table, 13 various size folding tables, and a kitchen. The Activity Room measures 18' x 18' and has movable seating for 25, two large tables, and a sink.
When meeting rooms are not being used for Library programs, the Trustees of the Stevens Memorial Library encourage the use of the meetings rooms by organizations engaged in educational, cultural, intellectual, recreational, or charitable activities during normal Library hours. As a public institution dedicated to the free exchange of information and ideas, the Stevens Memorial Library offers meeting space at no charge as a program of service. All meetings and programs held in Library rooms must be free and open to the public, and no outside groups may use Library meeting space to solicit donations or to sell or promote items or services.
The Library does not advocate or endorse the viewpoints of meetings or meeting room users, but makes every effort to make space available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting use. The meeting rooms will be scheduled according to the following priorities: Library-related meetings or programs; municipal meetings; outside organizations. The Library staff will attempt to contact room users if the Library closes, forcing cancellation of a program.
Failure to follow any of these guidelines may result in a loss of room booking privileges.