News & Announcements

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  • JULY2019
    New Library Director Announcement

    Terri Anstiss-Library Director

    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.

  • JUNE2019
    Summer Reading Program. Fun!

    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.

    2019 Universe of Stories

  • AUG2018
    It sure was a Cool Summer. Thanks, Readers!

    Summer Reading at the Stevens Memorial Library was a big hit. Look at what you logged.

    2018 Summer Reading Results

  • JULY2018
    Grant will help heat, cool library!

    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.

  • SUMMER2018
    SUMMER READING 2018 @ SML: Ashburnham Rocks!

    THE SUMMER READING PROGRAM BEGINS JUNE 26 this year with lots of events and excitement. Check out our Facebook Events page for lots more!

  • SUMMER2017
    TRY OUR TELESCOPE!

    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!!

  • JUNE2016
    Appeal For Book Donations for Annual Book Sale Benefit

    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!

  • APRIL2016
    Bequest Provides Zoo New England Passes to Patrons

    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.

  • FEB2016
    C/W Mars IS LIVE!

    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

    1. Access to the C/W MARS collection in a single catalog from your computer at home!
    2. More than 3.5 million titles and 8.5 million copies.
    3. Overdrive E-Book Collection and MLS e-book collection, with over 30,000 titles and over 300,000 copies plus videos, audio books, and periodicals.    

    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.

  • NOW2016
    INTRODUCING Zinio and Universal Class ONLINE LEARNING — Now Available to All Patrons!

    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:

    Zinio    Universal Class

  • NOW2016
    Introducing Rosetta Stone® for language learning...and TumblePremium Collections and TumbleBookCloud, eBooks for kids and teens!

    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!

  • NOW2016
    Story Hour

    STORY HOUR FOR YOUNG CHILDREN

    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!

  • NOW2016
    NEW! TECH & TABLET ASSISTANCE & HELP HOURS.

    Bring your tablet or mobile device and get your technical questions answered in person! Library Assistant Margaret French is now available in the Reference Room on Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to help you solve your device problems, or even just to give a crash course on tablet basics.

    For most efficient support, email your questions in advance to mfrench@ashburnham-ma.gov, but drop-ins are also welcome! If Fridays do not work for your schedule, contact Margaret by phone at (978) 827-4115 or email her to schedule a separate appointment.

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