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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 CWMARS card or account is needed to check out items at the WFPL. If you already have a card at another CWMARS library, that will work as well.
Museum Passes – available to borrow: Free or discounted admission passes are available for: the Brattleboro Museum of Arts & Culture, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, the Clark Museum, Historic Deerfield, the Magic Wings Butterfly Museum, MassMOCA, Massachusetts State Parks (DCR Free Parking Pass), and the New England Botanical Garden. Coming Soon: The Trustees of Reservations Go Pass!
Free Saturday passes to the Orange LaunchSpace/Makerspace: Unleash your creativity! The OIC Makerspace features 13,000 sq. ft. of equipment for makers to produce work in the areas of fiber art, painting, printmaking, woodworking, pottery, leatherwork, photography, 3D printing, laser cutting & engraving, metal working, and more! 2-person and 4-person passes are available from the Library for Saturday afternoon sessions. Contact Cynthia (Sid) Nordstrom for details at 774.280.9245 or view the website.
Library of Things – available to borrow: The Library’s infrared camera can show you where you are losing heat in your home – It’s easy to use. The Watt Meter will tell you the energy use of household appliances. Also available: Go Pro camera, telescope, ukulele – and books, too!
Puzzles: Thanks to generous donations from town newsletter readers, a collection of puzzles of various size and complexity is available for borrowing.
A recent sampling of the newest additions to the Poetry Collection.
Book donations: Please check with the librarian before dropping books at the Library. Don’t leave them in the book drop. We do not take old text books, magazines or other library discards. Hospitals, nursing homes and prisons are better bets when looking for homes for books – most people are looking for brand new books at the Library. Try Roundabout Books new used bookstore on Pierce Street in Greenfield – they take just about everything/anything.
DVD and music CD collections: Suggestions are always welcome for the Library’s DVD film collection or the Wallace Music collection. If you’d like to donate any films or CDs that are in excellent condition, please check with the librarian 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.
How much James Patterson is enough?!
How’s that ebook revolution going? Messy, complicated. Ebooks aren’t only selling less than everyone predicted they would at the beginning of the decade. They also cost more than everyone predicted they would – and consistently, they cost more than their print equivalents. If you want to know more about the state of ebooks – and the entire book market – see the 12-23-19 Vox article by Constance Grady titled “The 2010’s were supposed to bring the ebook revolution: It never quite came”.
Quabbin Quills: This non-profit organization of “authors helping authors” creates opportunities, collaborations and connections for writers in the New England region. The group offers educational scholarships, workshops, yearly publications, events and supplies for classrooms. They are accepting submissions through March 1st. Find them online at quabbinquills.org or on Facebook @quabbinquills.
Story Time from Space: Yep, you can 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).
BookBrowse: The Warwick Library is pleased to offer this helpful service to our patrons. For more than two decades, BookBrowse has provided a curated resource of the best in contemporary fiction and nonfiction, with an emphasis on books that not only engage and entertain but also deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Use BookBrowse to find books by theme, read-alikes, reviews, excerpts, articles, interviews and more!
Warwick 2023 Oral History Series (and other oral history programs): The Warwick Free Public Library’s youtube channel was created in 2022 to house an oral history program on the Brotherhood of the Spirit Commune held that same year. In 2023, a series of oral history programs are being organized, all of which will eventually be found on this channel. In future, additional programs may fund their way to this channel. www.youtube.com/@warwicklibrary9625. Visit the Library’s “Oral History Programs” web page for details.
CWMARS: Check out all the great resources available from our regional library system – with 186 branch locations across Central and Western Massachusetts!
CWMARS app: The latest version of the CWMARS 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.
Libby/Overdrive: To access Libby/OverDrive’s extensive collection of ebooks and audio books via CWMARS, visit https://cwmars.overdrive.com/ and login with your C/W MARS library card. Contact the Library if you have questions about Libby/Overdrive, or are interested in using it. All you need to get started is a library card – or at least your account # (on file).
BPL – Ecard: Library for the Commonwealth: Through Boston Public Library’s (bpl.org) Library for the Commonwealth program you can register online for an eCard – https://www.bpl.org/ecard: enjoy instant access to online services, including a broad selection of online resources, e-books, downloadable audio books and music, streaming services with audiobooks, music, television shows, and movies–including Kanopy and Hoopla!. An eCard provides access to over 100 databases and electronic resources. There are also Skill Building and Workplace Development resources for test prep, languages, resume creation, and “everything from web development to marketing.” Contact BPL’s Research Services team at 617-536-5400 or email@example.com.
GALE database – text articles: 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.
Collaborative Summer Library Programs: Check out CSLP’s Summer Reading Champions from 2023 and previous years, as well as their many other resources.
Rare Children’s Books – available 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.
UMass Library Services include:
- Learning Commons at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library (library.umass.edu/ learningcommons): Visitors can get a guest card to load cash for printers, fax, etc., as well as access to librarians – and can also apply online for a community borrower card to borrow circulating material.
- The Mass Aggie Seed Library (firstname.lastname@example.org) : borrow, grow, save!
- Business and Entrepreneurship Services (413-545-1454): includes over 550 library databases – 100 just for business; the Foundation Directory Online is available by computers while open.