See our new Expanded Browsing Hours that began July 6, 2021, plus other Phase II Reopening Info on this page.
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The Stevens Memorial Library is led by Library Director, Jess Mynes. Learn more about us and get involved.
❯ Jess Mynes, Library Director Email
❯ Claire LaPrade, Youth Services Librarian Email
❯ Holden Baird, Circulation Manager Email
❯ Keith Penniman, Senior Library Assistant
❯ Angela Wrinkle, Circulation Assistant
Big things happen at SML. Education. Culture. Recreation. Art. Activities & Events. Join us!
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 calling and leaving a message for them here at the library. A Trustee will return your call in a timely manner.
❯ Molly Ruble, Chair
❯ Ed Vitone, Vice Chair
❯ Katie Stevens, Secretary
❯ Paula St. Laurent Kuehl, Treasurer
❯ Anne Olivari
All Library Board of Trustee Meetings are open to the public. The Trustees meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 4:00pm.
To find Trustees agendas & minutes from 1968-2012, please click here. For more recent minutes, please go here and click Library Board of Trustees.
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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Here are just some of the ways you can help your library thrive:
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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Ashburnham's library is a town-wide resource for educational, cultural, historical and recreational print and electronic information for citizens, businesses and residents of Ashburnham, MA and neighboring communities.
The library REOPENED for public in-library browsing on Tuesday, June 1. Now—we've expanded our In-Library Browsing Hours effective Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Thanks for your support in reopening your library!
Claire LaPrade is saying goodbye to the Stevens Memorial Library on August 2nd. Please stop to wish Claire much success in her next adventure in her new position at the Worcester Public Library! WPL's opportunity is our loss — and we all will miss her. Read Claire's "So Long Letter" to everyone she's come to know and like here in Ashburnham and the surrounding towns.
Our Annual Summer Reading Program for Children Ages 0-18 from Ashburnham and surrounding communities is from now to August 2! It includes super-fun Take-home Activity Kits, exciting Virtual Programs and perhaps even a few socially-distanced Outdoor Activities. See Program Events, Additions,Updates and track your reading with the buttons below. Remember to log those hours!
The last day to check-in is Monday, 8/2 if you'd like to be considered for our Grand Prize Baskets! (You can continue to collect prizes after 8/2, just not raffle tickets.)
Ashburnham's Stevens Memorial Library also offers many additional benefits such as Meeting Rooms for events & exhibits, Museum & Attraction Passes and more. Visit us often.
Curious about NEW materials at the library? Subscribe to our WOWBRARY feature and receive free weekly email alerts abut the latest books, DVDs, and CDs.
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NEW PHASE II REOPENING NEWS. The Stevens Memorial Library is expanding our browsing hours of service effective Tuesday, July 6th.
The Trustees of Ashburnham’s Stevens Memorial Library are pleased to announce the appointment of Jess Mynes to the position of Library Director, effective July 26, 2021.
Read more on our News Page.
Charge your Electric Vehicle at our Level 2 EV Charging Station. Learn more on our News Page.
We look forward to seeing you!
For all upcoming library events, see our Mini-Calendar below — or click here to view our larger Calendar.
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Thanks you for your support!
Kids, Teens and Adults—tell us what you like to read and we'll curate a Book Bundle just for you! Please complete as much or as little of our new forms as you like (but the more information you provide, the more specific the recommendation will be to you). We value your privacy and will keep your answers strictly confidential.
If you are interested in taking out books, a valid C/W MARS Library Card is needed. If you do not have a card, are not sure if you do, or are not sure if you need to update the card, please call us at 978-827-4115. We will be glad to sign you up for a card or check to see if you are currently in the system.