Children’s Room News!


Story Time

Winter story times are full.

lego-clip-art-lego-clip-art-3Lego Club

The Lego Club will be meeting Friday February  12th & 26th  at 3:30 pm.


S.T.E.A.M. for preschoolers will be held Friday February 5th, 12th, & 26th at 10:00 am.

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We have been invited to submit entries to a lego exhibit to be held at the Gardner Museum in early March. Children from Kindergarten to grade 5 are welcome to participate.

We will meet during school vacation week, Wednesday-Friday (2/17-2/19) from 1-3 in the Eloranta Room. Sign-up is required. For more information call 978-874-7416 and ask to speak with a children’s librarian.

libraryChanges for our Library Passes

  • Library passes to area attractions and museums shall be limited to residents of the town of Westminster effective September 1, 2015.
  • Our pass to Magic Wings now only admits adults. People using this pass will have to pay for any children attending.


goatThe Eclectic Goat

Join us Tuesday February 16th at 6:30 pm  to learn all about goats. This program is part of Westminster’s Agricultural Commission’s 2016 Backyard Growing Series.

Great Decisions

The library is again sponsoring the Great Decisions program series for 2016, beginning Thursday, February 4 at 6:30 pm in the Eloranta Room. This weekly series of discussions focusing on America’s current international relations will run until March 31 and is free and open to the public.  Discussions on specific topics, introduced by a brief DVD prepared by the Foreign Policy Association of Washington, DC, will be led by selected presenters.


While all are welcome, advanced registration is recommended and can be made by calling the library at 978-874-7416 or in person at the circulation desk.  A course booklet, covering eight current international issues, is available for purchase at the library for $10, cash or check made out to the Friends of Forbush Memorial Library.


The schedule for 2016 is:


February 4     The Middle East today

February 11   The ISIS Crisis

February 25   Kurdistan’s Role and Goals

March 3         Syrian Migration into Europe

March 10       The Koreas

March 17       United Nations

March 24       Impact of Climate Change

March 31       Cuba & U.S. Relations


This program is supported in part by a grant from the Westminster Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


6cyo89qriLibrary Cards Required

In order to reduce incorrect fines and lost material charges on patron accounts, the library staff will be requiring your library card when checking out materials. This policy will be effective January 2nd, 2016. Please be prepared to show your card prior to check out.  If you are checking out materials for other borrowers, you will be required to present his/her card as well.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Miles City close-up (1)Miles City

The Forbush Memorial Library sent a digital image of the 1878 watercolor of Miles City, MT. to that city recently for enlargement as part of their revitalization of a downtown park. The small watercolor was painted by Hermann Syieffel, a soldier serving under Gen. Nelson A. Miles, a native of Westminster, during the Indian wars in the West.


The image, showing the first houses and stores at a ferry crossing, has been enlarged to 8’ by 14’ and is now displayed in Riverside Park, the exact site where the watercolor was done 137 years ago.


world-war-one-main-0414World War I

The library is pleased to announce that a display commemorating the centennial of the First World War is open in the Eloranta Room of the library. Accompanying the exhibit of items from the library’s collection is a free handout listing the names of Westminster men who participated in that war.


The library’s high-powered telescope is now available for loan to any interested Westminster resident. Reservations for a week’s borrowing can be made at the main circulation desk or by calling 978-874-7416 during library hours.

untitled Print Magnification Device

The library has acquired a print magnification device to assist the visually impaired, useful when any printed matter needs to be substantially enlarged. A book or paper can be placed under the reader and an enlargement is displayed on a TV screen. The degree of enlargement is adjustable and the image can be focused. The magnifier is available whenever the library is open.

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BreastfeedingBreastfeeding Support Group

The Breastfeeding Support Group will be meeting on Tuesday, February 2nd at 10:00 am. Monthly meetings will continue on the first Tuesday of the month.


Trivial Pursuit Club!

The Trivial Pursuit Club will not be meeting in December.

The-Cruelest-Month-2880951Mystery Book Club

On Thursday, February 11th at 1:00pm, The Mystery Book Club will be reading “The Cruelest Month” by Louise Penny. All are welcome to attend.

mKOJA5-LgB6O04QFOX08KUAPublic Display Case

The case is secure, 6 feet long and 2 feet deep with 2 glass shelves inside. To share your collecting interests with the community for a month or more, leave your name at the circulation desk or contact Nick Langhart at 978-874-7416.

Sale Item!

The Friends of the Library are currently offering quality sepia-toned reproduction prints of the 1892 bird’s eye view of Westminster 18” x 24” for $20.00. Get them before they are gone!

Oakmont Yearbooks

Oakmont_SpartanThrough the generosity of the Oakmont School Librarian, we’ve received a gift of over a dozen Oakmont Regional High School yearbooks to add to our collection. While we do not have every year, 36 of the last 50 yearbooks are available for reference and copy here at the library.

If you have an Oakmont yearbook that you’d like to donate, we still need issues from these years: ’64, ’65, ’67, ’84, ‘86 thru ’88, ’91 thru ’93, ‘97, ’98, ’01, ’03, and 2012.

Eyeglass Donation

The Westminster Lions Club is taking donations of used eyeglasses for those in need. The donation box is located at the side of the main check out desk. So far, there are over 75 pairs that have come in. The Lions Club thanks everyone for their donations.

Passes for Museums and Other Great Places!

Are you looking for things to do and places to go? Check out information on library passes and coupons on our Museum Passes page.

‘Evergreen’ Information for Patrons

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Find e-Books for Your Kindle, Nook, iPad and More!

We have a lot of books, audiobooks and videos that can be downloaded to your electronic reading, listening or watching devices through the C/W Mars Digital Catalog. Read More…