NEWS FLASH: FORBUSH LIBRARY BOOK SALE, this Saturday, October 22nd, 9 AM – 1 PM, as part of the Cracker Festival!

On the morning of the Cracker Festival, the Forbush Memorial Library will be having a book sale to benefit The Friends of Forbush Library’s fund for library programs. Hundreds of specially picked books will be on sale!  Stock up for holiday gift giving & winter reading! Most books are priced between fifty cents and one dollar.  The book sale will take place on the library’s front lawn or inside the library in the event of rain.

We also hope you will enjoy all that is offered at Westminster’s second annual Cracker Festival in Westminster Central (Rt. 2A). This free festival features arts & crafts, food & drink, kids activities, a farmer’s market, live music, raffles, a 5 K walk/run race and lots more. Other events at the Cracker Festival will be underway from 10 AM  – 5 PM.  For more information, visit the Cracker Festival website.

Children’s Room News!


Homeschooling Open House – Wednesday, October 26th, 1-2 PM

We hope you can stop by the Children’s Room during our informal Open House highlighting new-nonfiction materials & loanable kits. 

Share ideas, provide us with feedback, and enjoy some cold apple cider and light refreshments. All ages are welcome! For more information please call 978-874-7416 and ask to speak with the children’s room staff.


pj-storytimeP.J. Storytime (New Program!)

Wednesday, October 26 and Wednesday, November 9: 6:30 PM – Children of all ages

Put on your P.J.s, or come as you are, for our new drop-in evening storytime! Children of all ages are welcome. No registration is required. For more information please call 978-874-7416 and ask to speak with the children’s room staff.


Halloween Party – Thursday, October 27th, 11 AM. No registration is required! Children of all ages welcome.


Whether you are a witch, ghost, superhero, or other character, you are invited to a Halloween Party in the Children’s Room!  We will have games, crafts, snacks, and a costume parade.

No registration is required, so come and join the fun!

For more information, please call 978-874-7416 and ask to speak with the children’s room staff.

Baby Boppers Program (Birth to 24 months) – 10:15 a.m on Thursdays. No registration required!


Please join us for this new program for our youngest patrons.  Every Thursday at 10:15 a.m., children and their caregivers will be fully engaged together in this program which is especially designed for ages birth to 24 months.

The program includes songs, stories, rhymes, fingerplays, and movement. The program is 30 minutes in length. Following the program, babies and caregivers will have the opportunity to socialize. Siblings are welcome and no registration is required. We hope to see you there!


Please join us on Thursdays or Fridays for storytimes. No registration is required.

We hope you will drop-in on Thursdays, a 11 a.m. or Fridays at 10 a.m. to enjoy stories, songs, and crafts. Thursday programs are for storytime-1children up to age 6. On Fridays children up to age 5 can join Jana for Circle Fun Time  at 10 a.m. (please see below). On Thursday, October 27th, we will be having a Halloween Party rather than an 11 a.m. storytime.  Join us for games, activities, crafts, and a costume parade!

A general description of storytimes can be found on the Children’s page. For more information, or to register for the Wednesday storytimes, please call 978-874-7416 and ask to speak with the children’s room staff.


LidjGya5TCircle Fun Time With Jana

Please join Jana for a fun-filled program of play, songs, stories, and activities.  This program is for children aged 0-5.  Jana’s program is held every Friday, at 10 A.M.


Duplo/Lego Club with Jana

3:30 – 5 p.m., every other Friday this Fall!

All ages are welcome to come and build their own Duplo/Lego creations from our huge collection.  Participants can drop-in for as long as they would like, and join in the fun at any time during the program. The Duplo/Lego club meets in the Eloranta Room on the top floor. The next program will be held on Friday, October 21st and then on Friday, November 4th.  The program will continue every other Friday throughout the fall. 

News for Teens and Tweens!

New Teen & Tween Advisory Board:  Bring your ideas, we’ll bring the snacks!  Tuesday, October 25th, 3:30 PM


splatter-paintPlease join the new Teen & Tween Advisory Board.  Why? To give your own unique input on what you would like to have happening at the library.  You can suggest books and movies, design programs you and your friends want to go to, and meet new people to hang-out with. There will also be opportunities to volunteer at the library for those teens and tweens who want to earn community service hours. Come to the meeting and check-it out.

The first Fall Meeting will be on Tuesday, October 25th at 3:30 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room (lower level).  For more information call or email the YA Librarian, Amy (akuilema@cwmars.org or 978-874-7416).  Hope to see you there!


News for Adults!


Join us Thursday November 10th at 7:00 PM when pianist Deborrah Wyndham will perform a concert of patriotic and ragtime music. The program will include compositions by various composers, including works by John Philip Sousa, and Scott Joplin.

“Pianist/composer Deborrah Wyndham, who has given over 3,500 past performances, plays a wide variety of music from ragtime and other early jazz styles to original contemporary music. With appearances on FOX, NBC and ABC, listeners have described her playing as sounding ‘like four hands’. Deborrah performs regularly throughout the U.S. www.deborrahwyndham.com

untitledCandy Donations

As in years past, folks wanting to make a donation of Halloween candy to their neighbors on Bacon Street are welcome to drop off items at the Forbush Memorial Library. The residents of Bacon Street wish to thank all who have made donations over the years! So have a spooooktacular time trick or treating Monday October 31st.

comcat_web_small-300x250Looking for a book we don’t have?

We invite you to ‘check out’ book borrowing from the comfort of your home!

  • You can search the catalogues of 144 area libraries (including Forbush) on the C/W Mars online catalogue at www.cwmars.org. With your library card, you can place your ‘hold’ from any computer and pick up the item(s) at any library you designate.
  • If the material you want is not available, you can search for it in the Commonwealth Catalogue: www.cwmars.org/content/commonwealth-catalog. This extends your search to libraries throughout Massachusetts. If you need help placing a ‘hold’ we’ll be glad to assist you here at the library or on the phone at 978-874-7416.
  • To search libraries beyond Massachusetts, consult Worldcat at www.worldcat.org/.  When you find what you need, contact Bonnie or Jason here at 978-874-7416 or in person and we will initiate the request for you. (Worldcat requests can only be placed through a library.)

We welcome your requests and are ready to help you access what you need!


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.



1197120367450070653valessiobrito_Aquarela_Colors_svg_hiAdult Coloring Club

Join us Wednesday November 16th at 7:00 PM, for our new adult coloring club. Adults are discovering that coloring isn’t just for kids anymore, and it’s a great way to reduce stress. This event is free, and all materials are provided.

TreeThank You

A thank-you to all the volunteers who came to the library Saturday, May 21, and helped restore the library’s front gardens by weeding and spreading wood chips and also for the work of grading soil around the two historic Beech trees as well as fertilizing them.

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We hope you have noticed the library’s two new fencing projects just completed – the new fence behind the parking lot and the black metal fence along Bacon Street enclosing the small lawn which we can now use safely for children’s programs and activities in good weather.  We used some of the recent Van Saun bequest to finance this work; it was installed by Builtwell Fence Co., of Fitchburg.


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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.


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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.


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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, October 4th at 10:00 am. Monthly meetings will continue on the first Tuesday of the month.


Trivial Pursuit Club!

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.

lee-child-killing-floorMystery Book Club

On Thursday, Nov. 10th at 1:00pm, The Mystery Book Club will be reading “Killing Floor” by Lee Child. All are welcome to attend.

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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

How to Log into Your Account Basic Search Tips Basic Search in the Evergreen Catalog Placing Holds

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…