Ashburnham Stevens Memorial Library has been provisionally awarded a federal Library Services and Technology Act grant for $20,000 from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). This grant, "At the Table: Food Literacy from the Ground Up", will fund Library programs and resources aimed at addressing the food literacy needs of the Ashburnham community.
Ashburnham Stevens Memorial Library, in its role as a community center, will provide opportunities for patrons to explore and develop the lifelong skills that will improve their food literacy skills and their quality of life.
Summer Reading 2023 begins with our Summer Reading Lawn Games Party on Saturday, June 24th, 2023 from 10am-2pm.
Participants may complete Summer Reading challenges between Saturday 6/24/23 and Thursday 8/10/23. All Summer Reading tickets must be entered by 4PM on 8/10/23. Final prizes will be drawn during our Summer Reading Celebration Concert on 8/10/23 when the Summer Reading Program officially ends.
There are 4 participation levels: Read-To-Me, Kids, Teens, Adults
How it Works:
Read-To-Me: Participants will receive coloring sheets with circles to fill in for each book they listen to. They will receive 1 raffle ticket and an item from the prize basket for each completed sheet.
Kids & Teens: Participants will receive bingo sheets with a variety of library-related challenges. They will receive 1 raffle ticket and an item from the prize basket for each BINGO (5 in a row). Complete all 25 challenges and receive an additional 5 tickets.
Adults: Participants will receive bingo sheets with a variety of library-related challenges. They will receive 1 raffle ticket for each BINGO (5 in a row). Complete all 25 challenges and receive an additional 5 tickets.
In-Library Browsing and Curbside Pick-up Hours are updated to the following beginning 1/3/23:
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Now, Stevens Memorial Library patrons can use Kanopy to watch an enormous collection of Classic Cinema, Documentaries, Indie Films, Series, and other Video content. Kids, Teens and Adults! It's FREE!
View on any device. 27,000+ titles. More than 500 content partners, including the major studios. Monthly Films curated by Kanopy experts.
"Libby" is the next step in becoming the primary way to enjoy our digital library as we convert from Overdrive! (You'll see that our old "Overdrive" navigation button is now labeled "Libby/Overdrive" in our Online Resources category.)
The OverDrive app is being retired— and the first step in making this happen will be that it will be removed from the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Microsoft Store on February 23, 2022.
More details are coming about transition steps to Libby in the coming weeks and months.
In-Library Browsing and Curbside Pick-up Hours are the same, effective 11/3/21.
LIBRARY MASK POLICY: We ask that all visitors age five and older, please wear a mask in the library.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MONDAY, TUESDAY, THURSDAY 10AM - 3PM
WEDNESDAY Noon - 7PM
CURBSIDE PICK-UP HOURS:
MONDAY, TUESDAY, THURSDAY 10AM - 4PM
WEDNESDAY 10AM - 8PM
SATURDAY 10AM - 2PM
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.
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!
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.
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."