Library News 


Great Decisions 2018 – Program begins Thursday, February 1st!

The library is sponsoring the Great Decisions program series for 2018, beginning ThursdayFebruary 1 at 6:30 pm in the Eloranta Room.  This weekly series of discussions focusing on America’s current international relations will run until March 29 and is free and open to the public.  Discussions on specific topics, introduced by a brief DVD prepared by the Foreign Policy Association, 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 the eight current international issues, is available for purchase at the library for $10, cash or check, made out to the Friends of the Forbush Memorial Library.

Program schedule:

February 1st            Russia’s Foreign Policy

February 8th           The Waning of Pax Americana?

February 15th         China and America

(Note: There will not be a session on February 22nd)

March 1st                 Media and Foreign Policy

March 8th               Turkey: Partner in Crisis

March 15th              U.S. Global Engagement and the Military

March 22nd            South Africa’s Fragile Democracy

March 29th             Global Health: Progress and Challenges 

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.



Please visit our ongoing book sale – Just restocked!  Main Floor of the Library

We have tables with just re-stocked books set-up on the main floor of the library near the front entrance.  There are many fabulous books available.

The Friends of the Westminster Library are responsible for all our book sales.  All funds from the book sale support the library.  Money raised allows the library to provide professional performers, summer reading materials and prizes, and so much more.

Information on becoming a Friends member can be found on our Friends page.

The library is currently unable to accept book donations.

We encourage you to contact other public libraries to determine whether they are able to take your donations at this time.  Thank you for supporting public libraries.

The Friends of the Westminster Library are recruiting new members to help organize book sales and other Friends’ events.  You can find information about joining the Friends by clicking here; membership forms are available at the library.


 Children’s Room News


Winter Story Hour Series -Wednesdays at 10 AM and 11 AM, Thursdays at 11 AM.  No registration is required!

On Wednesdays we will be having story hours at 10 AM and at 11 AM. These story hours are for children ages 2 – 5.  A snack and craft will be included in the Wednesday programs.

On Thursdays we will have a story hour at 11 AM. This story hour is for children up to age 6. A craft will be included.  No snack is served at the Thursday story hour.

Coloring pages will be available for children under age 3.

The Winter Story Hours begin on Wednesday, January 17th & Thursday, January 18th.  Location: Story Hour Room.  For more information please call the Children’s Room at 978-874-7416.

Baby & Toddler Program – Thursdays: 10:15 AM

Please join us for this program for our youngest patrons. The program includes songs, stories, rhymes, fingerplays, and movement. The program is 30 minutes in length.

Following the program, children and caregivers will have the opportunity to socialize. Siblings are welcome and registration is not required. We hope to see you there!

For more information please contact the Children’s Room at 978-874-7416.


Circle Fun Time with Jana – *Weekly Program: 10 AM

 Please join Jana for a fun-filled program of play, songs, stories, and activities.  This program is for children aged 0-5.

*Jana Harrison is employed by the Ashburnham/Westminster Public School District.  If school is closed for snow or for vacation, any programs usually presented by Jana will not take place.

For more information please contact the Children’s Room at 978-874-7416.


LEGO and Duplo Club – January 19th, 3:30 PM

Participants can drop-in for as long as they would like, and join in the fun at any time during the program.  Younger children must be accompanied at all times by a parent/caretaker to better assist the child as needed.

This program is scheduled every other Friday.  It does not take place when Westminster schools are not in session.

Please remember that children under the age  of 11 must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver while at the library. The program will take place in the Eloranta Room.


Teen and Tween News 

Potential New Programs: Are you or is someone you know interested in joining a monthly club?

The Teen and Tween Advisory Board is trying to determine if there are interested teens/tweens (ages 10 and older) who would want to participate in a club around a particular interest.

The suggested clubs are: a Drawing/Art Club; Yu-Gi-Oh Club; Pokemon Club; a General Collectible Card Club; a Dungeons and Dragons Club; and/or a Hand-Held Gaming Club.  Other suggestions are welcome.

Any teen/tween interested in attending a club or clubs, should contact Amy D. Kuilema, the Youth Services Librarian (978-874-7416) or come to the next Teen/Tween Advisory Board meeting on Tuesday, November 28th at 3 pm (lower level multipurpose room).


Teen and Tween Advisory Board Program – Next meeting:Tuesday, January 23rd

Our next meeting will take place on January 23, 2018, at 3 PM.

Make a New Year’s Resolution to get involved with the Teen & Tween Advisory Board in 2018!  We want to know what you would like added to the Young Adult collection.  Help plan vacation programs!

More details about the board are included on the Teen & Tween page.

Questions?  Call or email the YA Librarian, Amy (akuilema@cwmars.org or 978-874-7416).


Ongoing Events


Trivial Pursuit Club! – First Tuesday of each Month, 7 PM

The Trivial Pursuit Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month
at 7:00 pm. All game materials are provided, and this program is open to one and all.



 Museum Passes Available!

green bridge with massive sculpture of person seeming to hold it up
Fitchburg Museum of Art

We are very pleased to announce that we have four recent additions to the passes offered to Westminster residents.  The passes are for the Worcester Art Museum, the Fitchburg Art Museum, the Museum of Russian Icons, and for a wide range of Trustee’s properties with use of the new Trustees Go Pass.  For details please visit the Museum Passes page.

The purchase of these new passes was made possible by a generous grant from the Westminster Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.