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  • Sept 72021
    2021 SUMMER READING PROGRAM RESULTS
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    The numbers were great! As of 4:00 PM Monday, 8/2, Stevens Memorial Library readers logged 63,676 minutes, or 1,061 hours of reading! And it was a record year with 315 participants!

    Great job everyone! We passed last year's total of 929 hours. Everyone here at the library thanks Summer Reading 2021 participants for a incredible summer!

  • July 62021
    PHASE II REOPENING ANNOUNCEMENT

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    Stevens Memorial Library enters Phase II Reopening on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. This phase includes expansion of our In-Library Browsing Hours. MASK POLICY: We ask that patrons who are not fully vaccinated to please wear a mask inside the building. Thank you.

  • Aug 92021
    POSITION VACANCY FOR YOUTH SERVICES LIBRARIAN (Children and YA Specialist)

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    The Stevens Memorial Library currently has an opening for a Youth Services Librarian. This is 35-hour a week position. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Initial screening will begin August 30, 2021.

    Read the Position Opening PDF for complete information, qualifications and other requirements.

  • July 62021
    PHASE II REOPENING ANNOUNCEMENT

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    Stevens Memorial Library enters Phase II Reopening on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. This phase includes expansion of our In-Library Browsing Hours. MASK POLICY: We ask that patrons who are not fully vaccinated to please wear a mask inside the building. Thank you.

  • June 282021
    JESS MYNES APPOINTED LIBRARY DIRECTOR

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    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.

    Jess earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the St. Lawrence University and his Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from University Rhode Island. Jess has a strong background in library service with over 20 years of experience at the community college, college, and local levels. For the last five years, Jess was the Assistant Dean of Library Services and Technologies at the LaChance Library of Mount Wachusett Community College. Jess serves on the Executive Committee of the Central & Western Massachusetts Resource Sharing Organization (CWMARS), of which Stevens Memorial Library is a member.

    Jess lives in Wendell and serves on both the Town’s Board of Library Trustees and Culture Council. He is also an accomplished poet with four published books.

    During the interview process, when asked about his interest in public libraries, Jess said:

    "There is no fee to join a public library. A library and its resources can transform a person’s intellectual, cultural and professional life. It is one of the most democratic institutions that we have as a society. There is nothing more rewarding than watching a library novice become a library devotee and to participate in their transformation."

    The Trustees are confident that Jess is a great fit for Ashburnham and will ably guide the Library for years to come.

    See the PDF Press Release announcement.

  • June 212021
    2021 SUMMER READING PROGRAM

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    SML's 2021 Annual Summer Reading Program for Children Ages 0-18 from Ashburnham and surrounding communities is June 21 to August 2 this year. It iincludes super-fun Take-home Activity Kits, exciting Virtual Programs and perhaps even a few socially-distanced Outdoor Activities. Participants will enjoy many Program Events, Additions, Updates and can track their reading online.

  • May 272021
    LIBRARY REOPENING: PHASE I ANNOUNCEMENT
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    SML Reopening Poster

    Ashburnham's Stevens Memorial Library is entering Phase I of reopening on June 1, 2021. Read our Reopening Flyer.

    Browsing Hours will be available with no appointment necessary beginning Tuesday, June 1, 2021. We will also continue to offer our popular Curbside Pick-up Option. We will have laptops available for checkout to allow for socially-distanced PC usage.

    Per CDC and state guidelines, we respectfully ask that our patrons who are not yet fully vaccinated please wear their masks inside the library. We are happy to provide masks if you forget to bring one.

    We have missed our patrons and are looking forward to seeing you all in person again!

    See our Browsing and Curbside Pick-up Hours Flyer.

    BROWSING HOURS:
    MONDAY, TUESDAY, THURSDAY 10AM - 3PM
    WEDNESDAY Noon - 7PM

    CURBSIDE PICK-UP HOURS:
    MONDAY, TUESDAY, THURSDAY 10AM - 4PM
    WEDNESDAY 10AM - 8PM
    SATURDAY 10AM - 2PM

  • Feb 182021
    2020 LIBRARY ANNUAL REPORT RELEASED

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    2020 was a year like none other due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The year began as a typical year only to come to a screeching halt in March when the Commonwealth went into lockdown. Like many other public libraries across the state, Library staff worked from home and continued to serve the public by communicating with patrons via social media, providing website updates, help with digital services, email and phone assistance. Read more about our year here.

  • Aug 72020
    SUMMER READING RESULTS

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    Thank you everyone for such a wonderful summer! This year we were unsure of how participation in a mostly virtual Summer Reading Program would be. You really knocked our socks off!

    • • We had 115 participants, ages 0-18!
    • • Last year we had 224 participants, who read a total of 884.5 hours!
    • • This year our readers logged.... 929 hours!!!!!
    • • Our readers collected 187 Prizes (and not everyone has checked in with us yet)!
    • • We handed out around around 65 craft kits and storytime kits a week (6 weeks, for a total of around 390 craft kits... WOW)!

    Thank you so much for your support, and we hope you enjoy the rest of your summer. We are taking a brief break from Youth/Teen Programming until September. We plan on continuing to offer Virtual Storytimes and Programs, along with accompanying take Home Craft/Activity Kits.

  • JAN2020
    An EV Charge Station's now at The Stevens Memorial Library

    EV Charging Station

    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.

    The two parking spots immediately in front of the station are marked for EV parking only."

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