Warwick Free Public Library

Warwick Free Public Library
978 544-7866

Ivan Ussach, librarian

Library Hours:
Mondays 10 - 4; Tuesdays 1 - 8; Thursdays 5 - 8; Saturdays 10 - 12:30

Library is closed on Saturdays until school opens in the Fall.

Our library is a vital source of information and entertainment. Aside from books, CDs, DVDs and videos, there are infra-red and Go-Pro cameras to borrow, toys in the Children's Section, a telescope, free faxing and copies at $0.10 each! The library subscribes to close to 20 different magazines and journals. There's free high speed wi-fi for your own laptop, or use one of the three library computers (two are new!). Through inter-library loans you can get any book, CD or DVD from another library.

Library Programs and Events:

Summer Story Hour - Mondays @ 10:30: Come to Story Hour at the Library with Julie Severance on Mondays at 10:30 during July and August. Read-alouds will be theme based (e.g. bears) and appropriate for ages 4 - 9, but all ages are welcome.

Constellations for Kids - Tuesday, August 6th @ 6:30 pm: This kids' program will look at the stories behind some of the major constellations - there are 88 recognized by the International Astronomical Union. Kids will be able to invent their own, using art and movement to tell their stories.

Hackmatack Lives - Thursday, August 22nd @ 7 pm: All are welcome for a group reading of a portion of the Hackmatack book series by Mary P. Wells Smith. The books, published circa 1900, portray life in the village of Hackmatack, closely modeled on Warwick in the late 1800's.

Library Catalog:

You can find out if the book, CD, DVD or video you are looking for is in the Warwick Library or any other Central or Western Massachusetts library by clicking here: search the Warwick library's collection or any other CWMars library - or search them all. Order books on-line through CWMARS and have them delivered to Warwick.

Library Policy:

General Library Rules

Policy for the Public Use of the Internet

From the Librarian:

This month features news and activities on the Summer Reading Program and its themes of Space and "A Universe of Stories." Lots of events for kids and adults, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing (July 20th, 1969). Be sure to check out the new website links to watch astronauts on the Space Station reading for "Story Time From Space," and more. And don't miss the "Found Poetry" event to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Library operating in its current building.

Summer Reading Logs, Prizes, etc.: Ask for a Reading Log at the front desk and receive a free poster honoring President Kennedy's support for the Space Program. Return one or more reading logs by August 15th to be eligible for a drawing of prizes, including: Big E passes, NASA-approved astronaut ice cream, Basketball Hall of Fame VIP Youth tickets, paper spaceship cutouts, a free pass to the U.S.S. Constitution Museum, an outer space coloring book, and more!

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream: A new addition to the collection, this 2009 award winning childrens book (ages 10 and up) chronicles the quixotic efforts of 13 women to win admission into NASA's initial astronaut training program in the early 1960s. The women were all pilots (one, Jerrie Cobb, had more hours in the air than John Glenn or Scott Carpenter), earned high scores in preliminary tests, and even counted a senator's wife among their number. But resistance came from all directions. Properly noting, however, that losing "depends on where you draw the finish line," the book closes with chapters on how women did ultimately win their way into space.

Found Poetry: Here's a fun way to get creative and celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Warwick Free Public Library in its current building: Pick a favorite book, turn to page 100, and cover up all the words you don't need to create a poem with the remaining words you choose to highlight. Dress it up with some artwork if you like, and submit it to the Library by August 15 to be included in a library display during the month of August.

2019 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Warwick Free Public Library in its current building. It was gifted by the Baptist Church, which had experienced a serious decline in enrollment, and the Library moved across the street from Town Hall, where it had been housed in the present-day Assessors Office since that building's construction in 1894. We'll be celebrating later this summer!

A visitor from Worcester recently returned an old copy of The Door by Mary Rhinehart. Its age drew my attention, which led the traveler to remark that he'd wanted to take a drive, and he told me and another Warwickian that he'd become curious about Rhinehart after her name appeared as a Jeopardy! clue in connection with the phrase "The butler did it." He said she was the American equivalent of Agatha Christie - before Agatha Christie. The Warwickian, being a mystery fan, decided to take it out on the spot. And, as she was leaving, another patron walked in to return Christie's Easy to Kill. Cycle complete!

Ongoing work on the Historical Collection has uncovered, among other treasures, a clean 1937 edition of Audubon's "The Birds of America". This classic, full of color plates of his original drawings, is now on display - take a look!

A generous donor has gifted the Library with a copy of Lost Words, an artistic rendering of 20 common nature words among the 40 dropped from a recent edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary. The lost words include such familiars as acorn, dandelion, fern, heron and newt. Their replacements include such more modern familiars as blog, broadband, bullet-point and voicemail. This self-described "spell-book" has, the publishers, say, "begun a grassroots movement to re-wild childhood across Britain, Europe and North America".

A striking book of colorized historical photographs called The Paper Time Machine was on display when I began, and the time came to switch it out with one of the many other impressive large format art-related documentary volumes from the shelf below. Before putting this one to bed I opened it at random (of course) to a photo c. 1912 titled "A young woman uses a hand-cranked battery charger to power her electric Columbia Mark 68 Victoria automobile." The accompanying text notes: "At the beginning of the 1910s, around 38 percent of all cars in America were electric." I decided to take it home and found it needed to be catalogued. When I tried to catalog it I learned it was the only copy of the book in all of Central and Western Mass! And on the following page - a photo of the massive iceberg thought to have sunk The Titanic.

Library News and Resources

New - Story Time from Space: Yep, you can now watch astronauts read stories from the Space Station! The newest video features astronaut Scott Kelly reading "Mousetronaut Goes to Mars," written by his brother, New York Times bestselling author and retired NASA astronaut Commander Mark Kelly (9 minutes).

New - Reading Champions: 6 short video clips from CSLP supporting "A Universe of Stories," the 2019 Summer Reading Program's space theme. Featuring astronaut Kjell Lindgren, astronomer Seth Shostak and others.

Book donations: Please check with me before you donate books to the Library. Don't leave them in the book drop. We do not take old text books, magazines or other library discards. Hospitals or nursing homes are better bets when looking for homes for books - most people are looking for brand new books at the Library.

C/W MARS app: The latest version of the CW/MARS app for mobile devices is now available. You can find it in the Google Play Store (for Android devices) and in the Apple Store (for iOS devices). You'll recognize it by the name "CW/MARS Libraries" and logo. You'll see the author as either "apps by kenstir" or "Kenneth Cox. The app is easy to use, great on the go, well rated, and free! Use it to search the catalog, place holds and set how you want to be notified, see your checked out items, see your holds, see your fines, and see your "My Lists." Another useful feature is "Show Card", the ability to display your library card barcode right on your device for scanning.

DVD and music CD collections: If you have any suggestions for the DVD film collection or the Wallace Music collection, please let me know. And, if you'd like to donate any old films or CDs that are in excellent condition, please check with me before you drop any items off.

DVD courses: Major Transitions in Evolution, Understanding the Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy, The Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology and Understanding the World's Greatest Structures. Each course has DVDs, course book and transcripts of the lectures.

Electronic resources: To access OverDrive's extensive collection of ebooks and audio books via C/W MARS, simply visit https://cwmars.overdrive.com/ and login with your C/W MARS library card. Contact me at the Library if you have questions about Overdrive, or are interested in using it. All you need to get started is a library card - or at least your account # (on file).
To access the statewide database of millions of full text articles from magazines and newspapers, visit https://www.galepages.com/mlin_w_warwick. There are great resources for school research and for hobbies and leisure. No login should be required as long as you are in Massachusetts.

Heat loss camera: The Library's infrared camera can show you where you are losing heat in your home. It's easy to use and you may check it out for a week at a time.

Items to borrow: Infra-red camera, museum & State Park passes, Go Pro camera, telescope, ukuleles, Watt Meter - and books, too!

Library cards: If you don't have a CW/MARS card from the Warwick Library or another library in our region, stop in and fill out an application. A CW/MARS card or account is needed to check out items at the Library. If you already have a card at one of the other CW/MARS libraries, these will work as well.

Museum & Park passes available: Eric Carle Museum, Clark Museum, Magic Wings, MA State Parks, Mass MOCA, Springfield Museums (until April 2019 only) with Dr. Seuss museum and gardens, Tower Hill Botanic Gardens and Worcester Art Museum.

Program/Workshop ideas wanted: What types of programs would you like to see at the Library? For adults? For young people? Let's get creative, have some fun, and maybe even learn something!

Puzzles: Thanks to generous donations from town newsletter readers, a collection of puzzles of various size and complexity is available for borrowing.

Reading group: Meets the second Wednesday of each month to discuss a book read by all. Books are provided by the Library and a facilitator helps move the discussion along.

Rare Children's Books - now available for free online: The Library of Congress has digitized dozens of rare children's books published in the United States and England before 1924. The books "are no longer under copyright, and free to read, share, and reuse however you'd like." The collection includes classic works still read by children today and lesser-known treasures. The oldest book in the digital collection is A Little Pretty Pocket Book, originally published in 1744 by John Newbery and considered to be the first book written specifically for children. Highlights of the collection include examples of the work of American illustrators such as W.W. Denslow, Peter Newell, and Howard Pyle, as well as works by renowned English illustrators Randolph Caldecott, Walter Crane, and Kate Greenaway. As historical documents, these books reflect the attitudes, perspectives and beliefs of different times.

Saturday socials: The Library serves coffee and snacks during Saturday morning open hours from 10 am to 12:30 pm - except for when it's closed during the summer. Come relax and schmooze with your neighbors, get trash bags and/or grab a book or movie!

Trail maps: New England Trail Maps and Guides for 10 hikes each in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Stop by and borrow this waterproof map and take a hike!

Trash bags for the Transfer Station: $3.00 for 33 gal. size or $1.50 for 13 gal size.

Young Reviewers Initiative from Tanglewood Press: All Tanglewood books are vetted by young readers to ensure authenticity of voice and a fun read. Now, they are looking to expand and make it more official. If you are parents with kids (8-12) and teens (13-18) you think might be interested in the initiative, please contact me at the Library and I'll forward the follow-up information.

Libraries in the News:

The Library Land Project: Here's what happens when two fan(atic)s decide to visit every public library in Massachusetts (Boston Magazine, 4-24-19).

A (Visual) History of the American Public Library: A stunning exploration of how a critical piece of social infrastructure came to be, from Citylab (citylab.com).

A great discussion of the powerful role that libraries play in our communities can be found on a recent 99% Invisible podcast (3-19-19). The program features Eric Kline, the author of Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life. https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/palaces-for-the-people/

A recent episode of This American Life focuses on ways that public libraries meet very specific needs. Libraries are compared to the Room of Requirement from the Harry Potter series. For you non-Potters out there, the room magically becomes exactly what a young wizard needs when they want it. You can hear the full episode here.

Also worth a listen is the "The Librarian is LIVE" episode of The Librarian is In! It's another great discussion on the inherent value of libraries and the social capital they provide for communities.

Newly added to the Collection: (recent releases in bold)


Adult Fiction: Big Sky, by Kate Atkinson; Summer of '69, by Erin Hildebrand; On the Road, by Jack Kerouac; My Struggle - Vol. 1, by Karl One Knausgard; 1984, by George Orwell; Unsolved, by James Patterson; On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, by Ocean Vuong

Adult Non-Fiction: Joni Mitchell: In her Own Words; The Tao of Willie, by Willie Nelson

Poetry: Wade In the Water and Life On Mars, by Tracy K. Smith

Youth Fiction: Ruby in the Sky, by Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo; Squish - Deadly Disease of Doom #7, by Jennifer & Matthew Helm

DVDs: Analyze That, Amistad, As Good as it Gets, Analyze This, All the Pretty Horses, Almost Famous, The Anniversary Party, A Bronx Tale, Angels & Demons, Blood Work, Big, The Burbs, Batman Returns, Ben-Hur, Blind Horizon, Blood Simple, Blown Away, The Best Man, Clueless, Classic Comedy, Cat Ballou, Chrystal, Clean & Sober, Carlito's Way, Donnie Brasco, Duets, Death to Smoochy, Desperate Measures, Eyes of Laura Mars, ED T.V., Fistful of Dollars, Fletch, Fifteen Minutes, Fried Green Tomatoes, Flirting with Disaster, The Four Seasons, Howdy Doody, How Do You Know?, Gangs of New York, Goldfinger, The Gun in Bettylou's Handbag, Instinct, Insomnia, Jerry Maguire, Junebug, Jason & The Argonauts, King of Hearts, L.A. Story, Lawrence of Arabia, Last Man Standing, The Mackintosh Man, Merci pour le Chocolat, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Matrix, Minority Report, Meet Bill, The Madness of King George, The Magic Flute, Mission Impossible 3, Mr. Deeds, My Mother's New Boyfriend, The Negotiator, Naked Gun 2-1/2, Nurse Betty, One Fine Day, The Owl & The Pussycat, The Oulaw Josey Wales, The Passion of the Christ, Priest, Pride & Prejudice, Ransom, The River Wild, The Secret Garden, Straight Talk, Spygame, Shadowlands, Sleepers, Serpico, She Came to the Valley, Somebody Up There Likes Me, The Sum of all Fears, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Snake Eyes, Trading Places, Troy, Twelve Monkeys, Three Kings, Thunderball, Thunderheart, Trading Places, Thirteen Days, The Thin Red Line, The Unforgiven, The Watchmen, Where's Poppa? , We Are Marshall, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, You Only Live Twice

Music CDs: The Saint of Lost Causes, by Justin Townes Earle; The Tree of Forgiveness, by John Prine; Call Me Lucky, by Dale Watson; What We Will Do, by Lola Wiles

A small Warwickian enjoys the children's section

Jim McRae tries out one of the ukuleles

Our new librarian!

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