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 (except summer).

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 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:

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 final book note: 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".

Looking for used puzzles in good condition: Donated puzzles will be made available to local residents for borrowing, and for passing quiet time in the Library.

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

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.

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.

E-books: Search the Massachusetts Library System website for e-books. Visit http://ebooks.masslibsystem.org/ to explore the collection available to you as a Warwick Library patron. Contact or visit the Library if you have questions about accessing this resource.

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 CWMARS card from the Warwick Library or another library in our region, stop in and fill out an application. A CWMARS card or account is needed to check out items at the Library. If you already have a card at one of the other CWMARS 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!

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.

Saturday socials: The Library serves coffee and snacks during Saturday morning open hours from 10 am to 12:30 pm. We have purchased a single serve coffee maker so that you may enjoy a hot cup of regular or decaf at any time - not just Saturday. Hot water for tea is also available. 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.

Library Programs and Events:

Warwick Winter Writing Wednesdays: January 30 - February 27 on Wednesday nights from 6:30 - 8 pm at the Library. This FREE series, led by poet and educator Elaine Reardon, is for anyone - those new to writing, or folks that have been writing for a while and just want to come and try something different. Fun but focused, the core of this course will be weekly writing exercises and a longer piece of writing. These writings may grow into finished poetry, memoir, or flash. The focus is poetry, but if you'd prefer writing prose narrative, you're also welcome. We'll work from initial impulse to final edits. To register, call the Warwick Library at 978-544-7866, or email warwick@cwmars.org or elainereardonpoetry@gmail.com. Hot tea provided!


Libraries in the News:

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.

A small Warwickian enjoys the children's section

Jim McRae tries out one of the ukuleles

Our new librarian!

New/recent acquisitions include:

Adult Fiction books

Campaign Widows, by Aimee Agresti; The Dakota Winters, by Tom Barbash; The Atomic City Girls, by Janet Beard; The Immortalists, by Chloe Benjamin; Monk!, by Youssef Daoudi (graphic novel); An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, by Hank Green; At the End of the Century, by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala; Unsheltered, by Barbara Kingsolver; The Crooked Staircase, by Dean Koontz; Bound for Gold, by William Martin; Noir, by Christopher Moore; The Song of Aglaia, by Anne Simon (graphic novel); and Upstate, by James Wood

Older: Heather Abel, The Optimistic Decade; Kate Atkinson, Transcription; Romain Gary, The Kites; Imogen Gower, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock; Erin Hildebrand, Winter in Paradise; Dara Horn, Eternal Life; Archer Mayor, Bury the Lead; Kate Morton, The Clockmaker's Daughter; Sigrid Nunez, The Friend; Louise Penny, Kingdom of the Blind; John Sandford, Holy Ghost Wilbur Smith, The Tiger's Prey; Gary Shteyngart, Lake Success; Nicholas Sparks, Every Breath; Stendhal, The Red and the Black (1830); Luis Alberto Urrhea, The House of Broken Angels; Meg Wolitzer, The Female Persuasion

Adult Non-fiction books

Mother American Night: My Life in Crazy Times, by Perry Barlow; Disrupters: Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold, by Patti Fletcher; Reporter, by Seymour Hersh; American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts, by Chris McGreal; and Above & Beyond: John F. Kennedy and America's Most Dangerous Cold War Spy Mission, by Casey Sherman and Michael Tougias.

Older: Michele Alexander, The New Jim Crow (2011); Shane Bauer, American Prison; Christine DeLucia, Memory Lands; Joseph Ellis, American Dialogue: The Founders and Us; Niall Ferguson, The Ascent of Money (2008); Eliza Griswold, Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America; William Leuchtenberg, The American President (2015); Susan Orlean, The Library Book; Yotam Ottolenghi, Simple

Children's/Young Adult books

Pre-school - Grade 2: The Patchwork Bike, by Maxine Beneba Clarke; and Zola's Elephant, by Randall De Seve.

Middle Grades: What Do You Do With a Voice Like That? The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan (Gr 3-6), by Chris Barton (non-fiction); Dolores Huerta Stands Strong: The Woman Who Demanded Justice (Gr 5-8), by Marlene Targ Brill (non-fiction); Connect the Scotts: The Dead Kid Detective Agency (Gr 4-8), by Evan Munday; Swallow's Dance (Gr 5-8), by Wendy Orr; and It Wasn't Me (Gr 5-8), by Dana Alison Levy.

Young Adult: Iron River, by Daniel Acosta (Gr 7 Up); The House of One Thousand Eyes (Gr 10 Up), by Michelle Barker; The Color of Lies (Gr 8 Up), by CJ Lyons; FTL, Y'all! (Gr 7 UP), ed. by Amanda LaFrenais (graphic novel); and On a Sunbeam (Gr 7 Up), by Tillie Walden (graphic novel).

Older: Cece Bell, El Deafo; Judy Corbalis, Porcellus the Flying Pig (1988); Marjorie Priceman, My Nine Lives (1998), Ray O'Ryan, Galaxy Zack: Return to Earth! (2015); Jason Reynolds, Ghost; Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2011); Traci Sorrell, We Are Grateful: Otsaliheligo; Barbara Taylor, Mountains and Volcanoes (1993); Mike Thaler, The Talent Show from the Black Lagoon (2003)

Audio books

Outsider, by Stephen King; and The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South, by John Edge

Older: Bill Clinton and James Patterson, The President is Missing; Stephen King, The Outsider; Catherine Steadman, Something in the Water


Avengers - Infinity Wars, Black Panther, Captain America 3, Crazy Rich Asians, Fight Club, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Hotel Artemis, Mission Impossible - Fallout, Searching, Skyscraper, and Some Like It Hot.

Older: The Gilded Aged (PBS), Here's Looking at you Warner Brothers, Johnny English, The Net, Pursuit of Happiness, The Score, Spartan, Will You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

Music CDs:

Eric Clapton & Stevie Winwood, Live at Madison Square Garden 2008; Richard Thompson, 13 Rivers (2018); Colter Wall, Songs of the Plains (2018)

Digital Collection Update:

I've been trained in the basic operations of Overdrive, the digital platform used by many CWMARS library system patrons to download e-books and audio books for free. A recent check showed 20 titles on hold (waiting list) by Warwick residents, not including those currently in use. Please let me know 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).

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