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The Stevens Memorial Library is led by Library Director, Terri Anstiss. Learn more about us and get involved.
❯ Terri Anstiss, Library Director Email
❯ Claire LaPrade, Youth Services Librarian Email
❯ Erin Testagrossa, Circulation Manager
❯ 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 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
❯ Katie Stevens
❯ Christopher Rigby
❯ Anne Olivari
❯ Molly Ruble
All Library Board of Trustee Meetings are open to the public. The Trustees meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 4:00.
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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Read Stevens Memorial Library News here. Click to see our Event Calendar.
Per Governor Baker’s announcement today regarding the Reopening Phases, the Stevens Memorial Library will remain closed to the public until Phase 2 (Date TBD). All Library programs and meetings have been canceled until further notice.
Please see: https://www.mass.gov/doc/guidance-for-industries-on-thereopening-plan/download
You may continue to access online services, such as e-books, e-audiobooks, databases, and other electronic services, at:
https://ashburnhamlibrary.org and https://www.masslibsystem.org/
Book Drop: The Book drop is open to receive returns from Ashburnham residents only and is for returning Library materials only. Book donations can be deposited in the Book Donations Bin located in the Library parking lot.
Thank you for helping us to ensure Library materials are returned in a manageable and safe manner.
If you need assistance, please call us at 978-827-4115, or email the Library using the form on the Library website. Library staff will be checking Library email and voicemail, Monday through Friday.
We encourage you to stay in touch, informed and entertained by visiting us on social media. Facebook and Instagram links can be found on our library website.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. We look forward to seeing all of you when things return to normal!
For view a printable PDF of this announcement, please click here.
Per Governor Baker’s extended Stay-at-home Advisory in effect through May 18, the Stevens Memorial Library will be closed to the public through May 18. All Library programs have been canceled through May 18.
Book Drop: For returning Library materials only. Book donations can be deposited in the Book Donations Bin located in the Library parking lot.
May 3-9: The Book Drop is open for returns from Ashburnham residents with last names beginning with A-M only.
May 10-16: The Book Drop is open for returns from Ashburnham residents with last names beginning with N-Z only.
May 17 and Thereafter: The Book Drop is open for returns from all Ashburnham residents.
You may continue to access online services, such as e-books, e-audiobooks, databases, and other electronic services, here on this website, or at https://www.masslibsystem.org.
Per Governor Baker’s Stay-at-home Advisory in effect through May 4, the Stevens Memorial Library will be closed to the public through May 4.
All Library programs have been canceled through May 4.
You may continue to access online services, such as e-books, e-audiobooks, databases, and other electronic services, through the library website: https://ashburnhamlibrary.org or by visiting: https://libraries.state.ma.us.
You will not be charged fines during this period of closure.
Please DO NOT return ANY checked out items at this time. The book drop is locked until further notice.
The Library is NOT able to accept donations of any kind at this time. The donation bin is full. Please do not leave donations at the Library.
Questions? Please email the Library using the form on the Library website on the “Contact” tab: https://ashburnhamlibrary.org/contact.html. Library staff will be checking Library email on a daily basis.
For a printable PDF of this announcement, please click here.
Per Governor Baker’s Stay-at-home Advisory in effect through April 7, the Stevens Memorial Library will be closed to the public through April 7.
You may continue to access online services, such as e-books, e-audiobooks, databases, and other electronic services, through here through our library website or by visiting: https://www.masslibsystem.org. Social media links are available on this website.
Please DO NOT return ANY checked out items at this time. This includes Ashburnham materials as well as other libraries’ materials. The book drop is locked. You will not be charged fines during this period of adjusted library operations.
All library programs have been canceled through April 7.
The Ashburnham Energy committee is happy to announce the installation of a Level 2 EV charging station. The station is located at the East (Water street) side of the Stevens Memorial Library, and has two charging cords available for use.
The charging station was made possible by a grant from the Commonwealth through the State's "Green Communities" competitive grant program, with additional financial support provided by your Ashburnham Municipal Light Plant (AMLP) and the Town's Economic Development Committee. Additionally, the Town's DPW provided all site preparation and finish work for the required infrastructure. Use of the charging station is provided free of charge for the near future courtesy of the Library. The two parking spots immediately in front of the station are marked for EV parking only."
The results are in for this year’s Summer Reading Program! Everyone did an amazing job.
224 Participants (Ages 0-18)
884.5 Hours logged (double the hours logged last year!)
381 Prizes were awarded!
Thank you to all of our volunteers, and to Brothers Pizza for providing pizza during our Kickoff Party and for their generous prize donations. Thank you also to the Friends of the Stevens Memorial Library for funding the fun activities at our Kickoff Party.
Lastly, we’d like to thank all of our patrons for making this a fun and "out of this world" summer!
The Trustees of Ashburnham’s Stevens Memorial Library are pleased to announce the appointment of Theresa “Terri” Anstiss to the position of Library Director, effective August 5, 2019. Terri received her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, her Masters’ in Library and Information Science from Simmons University in Boston, and is completing her Masters’ in Educational Technology and Literacy from Lesley University in Cambridge.
Terri has a strong and diverse background in both public and school libraries having worked in Massachusetts and New Hampshire as a Reference Librarian, Assistant Library Director and Library Director. She holds a Certificate of Professional Librarianship from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners issued in 2000.
When asked during the interview process why she wanted to return to public library service, Terri said she missed the openness and warmth of public libraries and missed being able to serve in a community with diverse needs. She felt that by leveraging her experience in public and school libraries, coupled with her broad management expertise, she could bring the most value to a public library setting.
The Trustees are confident that Terri is a great fit for Ashburnham and will ably guide the Library for years to come.
There will be a reception for Terri on Monday, August 26th at 6:30 at Stevens Memorial Library. Please join us to welcome Terri to her new role.
This year's theme is: A Universe of Stories, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. It's 6 Weeks of reading, prizes, programs and fun—now through Sat, Jul 27th at 2:00pm.
Summer Reading at the Stevens Memorial Library was a big hit. Look at what you logged.
A new electric heating and cooling system for the Stevens Memorial Library is expected to improve air quality and help the town be more energy-efficient. Read more in this July 11th article from the Sentinel-Enterprise.
THE SUMMER READING PROGRAM BEGINS JUNE 26 this year with lots of events and excitement. Check out our Facebook Events page for lots more!
Summer is perfect for studying the night sky with our telescope!
Adult patrons (18+) may reserve and check out the Robert Leahy Memorial Telescope for one week. Read the policy and call 978-827-4115 to place a hold!!
The Friends of Ashburnham's Stevens Memorial Library will hold a book sale at Community Day on June 25 and are currently collecting fiction and children's books for the sale. Book drop off is at Ashburnham Hardware, 7 am to 7 pm through June 3. All sale proceeds will be used to benefit the library. Thank you for your support!
We're pleased to add The Joan Kelly Memorial Zoo New England Passes to our collection of discounted attraction, event and destination offerings. This new program admits up to SIX (6) people – $9 per Adult, $6 per Child (kids under 2 free). Contact the library for details and to reserve.
Joan Kelly was an outstanding member of our community and a much-appreciated supporter of our library. We are very excited that we are able to use the funds left in her name for something that will make so many people so happy.
We are thrilled to announce that we began circulating C/W MARS on February 4, 2016. Here are some important changes to how you use the library:
If you haven’t already, check in at the Circulation Desk so we can set up your account or update your library card preferences if you already have a C/W MARS card. You will not be able to access Stevens Memorial Library services until you have checked in with us to make these changes.
If you already have a card at a C/W MARS library, you will be asked to select one card to use at all C/W MARS libraries.
Once your C/W MARS account is set up, your online log-in password will change; contact us for more info, 978-827-4115.
As always, we do not charge fines for overdue library materials; instead, you are welcome to make a non-perishable, non-expired food donation at the desk, which goes to Ashburnham Community Church Food Pantry.
Benefits of C/W MARS
New Due Dates
Loan periods are changing to match C/W MARS specifications. The new loan periods are as follows:
Books and Audio CDs: 3 Weeks
DVDs and Magazines: 1 Week
Inter-Library Loan: 3 Weeks (unless otherwise specified)
Museum Passes: 2 Days (unless otherwise specified)
All items will be eligible for 1 renewal.
Please contact us with any and all questions regarding this transition! We are happy to assist you.
New! Our patrons now have free access to a collection of digital magazines and online courses in a variety of subjects thanks to two new library subscriptions, Zinio and Universal Class from RBdigital.
Browse magazines on any device. See the many popular titles available on Zinio for Libraries with no holds, no checkout periods, and no download limits. Universal Class offers over 500 online continuing education courses. Enjoy remote access via the internet, connections to real instructors and other students, and Continuing Education Units on select courses.
Information on account set-up is available at the Library. One-on-one training is available if you have any trouble accessing these services. Contact us at 978-827-4115 or email Margaret French to schedule an appointment or ask any questions. Try them now by clicking below:
Want to learn a new language? Rosetta Stone® can teach you - FREE - from anywhere and learn a new language! Your library card number works as your Patron ID. Login here, or call or stop in with any questions!
The TumblePremium Collection from TumbleBooks has nearly 1000 titles with content for kids up to sixth grade, including books, videos, games, and much more. Click here to start exploring!
For those in grades 7 and older, TumbleBookCloud is an online collection of eBooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, audio books and more. Begin your adventure here!
Story Hour & Craft for young children accompanied by an adult is taking place on Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
Come twice a week. It's a different story every time!