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Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Eclipse Glasses

Now that the eclipse is over, bring your used (but not damaged) eclipse glasses to any one of the Montague Libraries during open hours by the end of April.

MPL Trustees Seek Two Additional Board Members

The Trustees of the Montague Public Libraries are seeking two additional board members.

April Newsletter

We'll provide monthly library updates, program information, and highlight new materials and services.

MPL Receives Grant

Montague Public Libraries will now become a stronger community resource for all residents.

Seed Library at Carnegie Library

Starting March 1st, we will have a variety of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds available for patrons to take home.

A New Catalog Experience is Coming Soon!

A new library catalog experience is coming soon in an upgrade in early March, to bring you a better browsing experience!

March Newsletter

We'll provide monthly library updates, program information, and highlight new materials and services.

We're Hiring

The Montague Public Libraries are accepting applications for two Substitute Library Assistants.

Montague Snow Policy

Check before you head to the library when a snow event is predicted.

February Newsletter

We'll provide monthly library updates, program information, and highlight new materials and services. Use the Contact page on our website to have the newsletter emailed to you automatically each month.

Story Time Survey

Please help Montague Public Libraries' Youth Services staff make services better by answering some questions about Story Time.

Library Love or Break-Up Letters

During the month of February at all 3 Montague Libraries!

Stories of Light

Did you miss the December Local Author event at the Montague Center Library? Hear stories, poems, and songs when you watch the MCTV video!

January Newsletter

Each month, we'll provide library updates, program information, and highlight new materials and services. Use the Contact page on our website to have the newsletter emailed to you automatically each month.

December Newsletter

Each month, we’ll provide library updates, highlight new materials and services.

Support the Libraries' Mitten Tree!

The Montague Public Libraries want to ensure that our neighbors are warm and fed this winter. In addition to our ongoing can drive, we'll be accepting new and gently used warm weather gear from now through the end of December.

Stories of Light Call for Writers

Local author reading at the Montague Center Library. Dec 20, 6-7pm. Each reader will have 5-10 mins. Submissions due by Nov 20.

Community Forum

Love the Montague Libraries? Join us for a community forum on the future of the Carnegie Library. Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 6PM-7PM via Zoom or Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 6PM-8PM at the Discovery Center’s Great Hall.

November Newsletter

Each month, we’ll provide library updates, highlight new materials and services.

Library of Things

Check them out at all three library branches!

Montague Libraries Now Offer Craftsy

Craftsy is an online resource for all creative makers, where you can find everything you need – from basic instruction to advanced techniques. available FOR FREE through the Libby app.

The Ultimate Library Road Trip

Take a journey through Western Massachusetts to see all the awesome things our libraries have to offer! Stop by the library to pick up your passport and see how many libraries you can visit this month.

Great Stories Club for Teens

Do you know a teen who likes to read science fiction? There are 4 chances each month to participate in the Great Stories Club, at 2 different locations, in collaboration with the Brick House and TFHS!

October Newsletter

Each month, we’ll provide library updates, highlight new materials and services.

We Want Your Feedback!

The Montague Public Libraries are applying for state funding to expand the Carnegie Library or build a new library in downtown Turners Falls.

MCTV Recording of Author Talk - David James

Couldn't make it to the last Local Author talk at the Montague Center Library? You can watch the recording, thanks to MCTV!

September Newsletter

Each month, we’ll provide library updates, highlight new materials and services.

Libraries Closed for Labor Day

The Montague Public Libraries will be closed in observance of the holiday. There will not be a book sale this month. The next book sale is Sat, Oct 7th.

August Newsletter

Each month, we’ll provide library updates, highlight new materials and services.

Whale Mobile Visit

Whale Naturalist, Cynde, asked that everyone who signed up to go inside Nile the inflatable whale please watch this video to prepare. Call 413-863-3214 to sign up. There are a couple of spots left!

Come Say Goodbye

With the summer coming to a close, Makayla’s time at MPL is also ending soon. Come say good bye at one of her last few programs this and next week.

Job Opening

The Montague Public Libraries are accepting applications for a part-time Children’s Program Assistant.

Montague Public Libraries Receive Grant for Teens

The Montague Public Libraries have been selected as one of 29 libraries nationwide to take part in the Great Stories Club, a reading and discussion program for underserved teens. This competitive grant is offered by the American Library Association.

Opening Late

The Carnegie Library will open at 11:00am on Friday, August 4.

NEW! Launchpads Available at Carnegie Library

Launchpads are tablets that are pre-loaded with apps, videos and games. No download time. No need for Wi-Fi. Access to powerful (and fun) content is simple as turning on each device — anytime, anywhere.

Full List of MPLs Library of Things

What is the Library of Things? It’s all the things you can borrow from the library outside of our traditional collection of published media.

New Carnegie Library Hours

Starting July 1st!

July Newsletter

Each month, we’ll provide library updates, highlight new materials and services.

Atlas Farm Mobile Market

Get your favorite fruits and vegetables and use your SNAP/HIP at 3 locations in Town of Montague, MA!

Free Summer Meals

ON-SITE MEALS under the tent at the Carnegie Library. Monday - Friday Ages 18 and under. BREAKFAST: 8:15-9:15 LUNCH: 11:30-12:30

New Museum Pass!

We now have the MassMoCA Family Pass at the Carnegie Library, thanks to The Friends of MPL. For info on current exhibitions and gallery hours call 413-662-2111 or visit massmoca.org

Job Vacancy

The Montague Public Libraries are accepting applications for a part-time Children’s Program Assistant. Resume, cover letter, and three references must be submitted by email to librarydirector@montague-ma.gov by Tuesday, December 20th.

We’re Hiring! Part-Time Library Assistant at the Carnegie Library

This is a grade A position, and step 2 is $16.75/hour. To apply, submit a resume, cover letter, and Town of Montague application to LibraryDirector@montague-ma.gov by Mon, June 8th at 4:30PM.

Lemonade Social at Millers Falls Library

Join Abbey at the Millers Falls Library every second Thursday, from 3:00-4:00pm. Come for the cool drink....come for the crafts...or just come say hello!

April Newsletter

Each month, we’ll provide library updates, highlight new materials and services. Use the Contact page on our website to have the newsletter emailed to you automatically each month.

Montague Center Library Art Exhibit

Looking for a little color before spring is in full bloom? Stop by the Montague Center Library to see Caroline Wampole’s abstract paintings and collage, March 6-April 12.

March Newsletter

Each month, we’ll provide library updates, highlight new materials & services.

Seed Library at Carnegie Library

Starting March 1st, we will have a variety of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds available for patrons to take home.

Welcome Makayla!

MPL’s Children’s Programs Assistant. Come say hi to Makayla at the Carnegie Library for the Valentine Card-Making event Sat, Feb 11, 10:00-2:00 or at her weekly Story Time (Wed 10AM) and Playgroup (Thurs 10AM) at Montague Center Library.

Seeking Library Trustee

One interim trustee is needed until the next town election in May of 2023. Want to get involved in your community’s libraries? Please send an email of interest by Wednesday, March 1st, to librarydirector@montague-ma.gov

February Newsletter

Each month, we’ll provide library updates, highlight new materials & services. Use our Contact page to have the newsletter emailed to you automatically.

COVID-19 Antigen Tests Available at Montague Libraries

The Montague Public Libraries will serve as a distribution point for antigen rapid self-test kits. Kits will be available on a first come, first served basis. Each kit contains two tests.

January Newsletter

Each month, we’ll provide library updates, highlight new materials and services. Use our Contact page to have the newsletter emailed to you automatically.

Strategic Plan 2023-2028

After a vigorous process, the trustees of the Montague Public Libraries and Library Director, Caitlin Kelley, have completed a new five-year strategic plan!

December Newsletter

Each month, we’ll provide library updates, highlight new materials and services. Use our Contact page to have the newsletter emailed to you automatically each month.

New Passes Available

Pioneer Valley Symphony passes are now available at the Carnegie Library, in Turners, and the Montague Center Library! The pass covers up to four tickets to any Pioneer Valley Symphony concert of the 2022-2023 season. Passes go out for 3 days.

November Newsletter

Each month, we’ll provide library updates, highlight new materials and services. Use our Contact page to have the newsletter emailed to you automatically each month.

October Newsletter

Each month, we’ll provide library updates, highlight new materials and services. Use our Contact page to have the newsletter emailed to you automatically each month.

The Turners Falls Canal District:

Rediscovering the Past, Planning for the Future. Click for full a list of programs!

Newsletter of the Montague Public Libraries

Welcome to the Montague Public Libraries’ brand new monthly newsletter! Each month, we’ll provide library updates, highlight new materials and services. Use our Contact page to have the newsletter emailed to you automatically each month.

Adult Summer Reading

Adult readers! Starting June 15th the Montague Public Libraries will offer a simple, easy, and fun summer reading program just for you.

Ancestry Library Edition

The Montague Public Libraries now provide in-house access to Ancestry.com’s Library Edition.

Libraries in the Woods Community Read

This year’s LITW Community Read features The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball. Take a look at all the wonderful programs, workshops, and events that will be presented/hosted during April and May.

Seed Library at Carnegie Library

We have a variety of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds available for patrons to take home.

Covid Updates

Although the Montague mask mandate has lifted, we encourage patrons who visit the library to wear a mask in an effort to protect the unvaccinated and immunocompromised. 

Ongoing Can Drive

Please feel free to bring your non-expired, unopened cans and packages of shelf-stable food or hygiene items to any Montague Library circulation desk during open library hours.

NEW! Montague Center Book Club

The Montague Center Library will be hosting a Book Club starting in January! For more info contact Kate at kmartineau@cwmars.org

NEW! Paws to Read

Read to Rio and J-Lo. Click the image for details. Call 413-863-3214 to reserve a 15-minute spot!

The Montague Public Libraries will be closed Monday, January 17

in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Snowperson Magnet

Take-and-Make craft for children and teens during the week of January 3rd - 8th at all 3 libraries.

Upcoming Genealogy Workshops This Winter

Intro to Genealogy on Tues, Jan 25 and Tracing Your Immigrant Ancestors on Tues, Feb 16. Both programs will be held at 6:30, accessible via Zoom.

Try Kanopy - It’s Like Netflix for Libraries

Anyone with a Montague Public Libraries library card can now enjoy thousands of free videos on the Kanopy streaming service. Visit montaguepl.kanopy.com

Masks Required in Montague

Acting upon recommendation of the Board of Health, the Selectboard voted unanimously to re-implement the Town’s previous indoor mask policy.

Library Card Sign Up Month

September is #LibraryCardSignupMonth so get one today! Call 413-863-3214 or visit one of our branches to learn how you can access movies, eBook’s, video games and much more.

Used Book Sale at Carnegie Library

Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Montague Public Libraries.

Holiday Hours

The Montague Public Libraries will be closed on Saturday, September 4 and Monday, September 6 in observance of Labor Day.

We need more friends!

Joining the Friends lets you support a wonderful community resource with as much or as little time or financial commitment as you choose to give.

The Montague Public Libraries will be closed Monday, July 5.

The libraries will be closed in observance of Independence Day.

Trustees Review Library Building Studies

On April 12, 2021, Montague Library Trustees heard from Consultant Greg Walsh of PCA 360.

The Carnegie Library is closing early, at 12:30, Friday, April 23 for painting.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Saturday, April 24th hours, 10:00-2:00, are normal.

Carnegie Library Story Walk and Life-Sized Candyland Game During School Vacation

April 20th - 24th during open hours. Click the image for details.

Book Bundles

Give us a call or fill out a form (at curbside tables) and we’ll prepare a bundle for you. Click the title for details.

Closing at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26th

The Carnegie and Millers Falls Libraries will close at 5 p.m. today due to the snow. Sorry for any inconvienence.

Virtual Winter Reading Event - Wildlife Tales - Recorded from Fri, Jan 15

Storytelling Naturalist, Michael Clough, from the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, tells four tales from around the world.

Montague Libraries Closed on Veterans Day

The Montague Public Libraries will be closed Wednesday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day.

Welcome to the New Team Members!

Get to know a little bit about each of the newest members of the team at Montague Public Libraries. Click the title for details.

Inclement Weather Information

Check the following places for Montague Public Libraries’ closings when the weather is inclement. Click the title for details.

Take-and-Make-Craft Bags on Halloween Day

Stop by the Carnegie Library, at Curbside Pick-Up, behind the library, to pick up a craft bag Saturday, Oct 31, 10:00am-1:30pm. Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Halloween StoryWalk at Carnegie Library

While we can’t invite you in for programs right now, we can bring the library outside, to you! Click the title for details.

Take-and-Make Craft Bags

Children are invited to take a craft bag to make something fun at home. Click the title for details.

Libraries Closed on Columbus Day

The Montague Public Libraries will be closed on Monday, October 12, for Columbus Day.

Carnegie Library Closed

The Carnegie Library is closed today, Thurs, Oct 8, due to loss of power as a result of the storm. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Montague Public Libraries Closed Labor Day Weekend

The libraries will be closed on Saturday, September 5 and Monday, September 7 in observance of Labor Day.

Trustees Meeting via Zoom

Click the news title for the link to the Monday, July 13 6:30pm Trustees Meeting Agenda.

Summer Reading Kick-Off Event Registration Open - Fantastic Frogs

Registration opens today! Please call 413-863-3214 or email arovatti-leonard@cwmars.org to register. The link and a password will be emailed to you. So whether you call or email, we will need your email address. We have room for 99 participants.

Summer Reading Program for all ages starts today!

Details and links to the sign-up and reading logs can be found on our website montaguepubliclibraries.org and by clicking the news title in this post.

Browsing for New Materials

We will still post book and DVD lists but there is another way to browse our new materials in C/WMARS. Click the title for details!

How to Place Holds in the C/WMARS Online Catalog

Click the news title to see a video that shows how to place holds for items from home by using the online catalog.

Thank you, Friends of MPL!

The Friends of the Libraries cleared this overgrown slope, then planted and maintain it.

Meet Our Staff and #ReadWithUs - Scott

The staff at Montague Public Libraries would like to say hello and invite you to post a picture of you and/or your family and share what you are reading. Use hashtag #ReadWithUs when you post on our Facebook page. Click the news title for more info!

Meet Our Staff and #ReadWithUs - Colleen

The staff at Montague Public Libraries would like to say hello and invite you to post a picture of you and/or your family and share what you are reading. Use hashtag #ReadWithUs when you post on our Facebook page. Click the news title for more info!

Meet Our Staff and #ReadWithUs - Jill

The staff at Montague Public Libraries would like to say hello and invite you to post a picture of you and/or your family and share what you are reading. Use hashtag #ReadWithUs when you post on our Facebook page. Click the news title for more info!

#ReadWithUs During #NationalLibraryWeek - Angela

The staff at Montague Public Libraries would like to introduce ourselves and invite you to post a picture of you and/or your family and show us what you are reading. Use the hashtag #ReadWithUs when you post. Click the news title for more info!

Meet Our Staff and #ReadWithUs - Linda

The staff at Montague Public Libraries would like to introduce ourselves and invite you to post a picture of you and/or your family and show us what you are reading. Use the hashtag #ReadWithUs when you post. Click the news title for more info!

Meet Our Staff and #ReadWithUs - Stephen

The staff at Montague Public Libraries would like to say hello and invite you to post a picture of you and/or your family and share what you are reading. Use hashtag #ReadWithUs when you post on our Facebook page. Click the news title for more info!

National Library Week

You can find the library at your place while our buildings are closed because libraries are open for business online, providing virtual services and digital content. Click the news title for links

United States Census 2020

The 2020 Census will ask a few simple questions about you and everyone who is or will be living with you on April 1, 2020. Learn more by clicking this news title.

Libraries Closed to the Public Until Further Notice

The Montague Public Libraries are completely closed to the public through April 5th due to the COVID-19 situation. https://montaguepubliclibraries.org/p/6/COVID-19-Info--Resources

A Trip To Mars: CW MARS Libraries and The Digital Age

Follow the link to listen to Monte’s interview with the Director of the Montague Public Libraries, Linda Hickman and the Executive Director of C/WMARS, Jeanette Lundgren.

Montague Public Libraries Snow Policy

To find out about cancellations/delays, please check the following sources: www.montaguepubliclibraries.org Facebook: “Montague Public Libraries” www.wggb.com/weather/storm-closings/ www.whai.com/closings/

*Montague Center Library 150th Anniversary Party

Party will be held on Monday, November 4th, from 4 - 7 p.m.

Senator Jo Comerford Visiting Carnegie Library

Jo Comerford first stop on an area library tour is the Carnegie library on Saturday, 10/19, at 11 a.m.

The original doors will be back!

A temporary door was installed at the Carnegie Library while the original doors are being repaired.

Montague Historical Commission Special Board Meeting

Monday September 23, 2019 7:00 p.m. Montague Center Library 17 Center Street, Montague Center, MA 01351 Agenda: This Special Board meeting is convened to cover a single topic. 1. New Signage on the [south] façade of the Montague Center Library.

Help Wanted

We have a part time library assistant opening at the Carnegie.

Snow Off The Ave. Winner

Dan Parker guessed the closest date for the Food City parking lot snow pile to melt.

Author Visit

Local author Rebecca Daniels will discuss her new book, "Keeping the Lights On For Ike..."

Story Time Canceled

Due to the possible icy conditions this morning, Story Time has been canceled, Wednesday, February 13. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Armored Mudball Presentation

Geologist Richard Little will present the Carnegie Library with a rare armored mud ball specimen on 5/14.

Montague Public Libraries Closed Tuesday, March 13.

Due to the snowstorm the libraries will be closed today, Tuesday, March 13. We apologize for any inconvenience. Stay safe and warm!

Music & Movement Cancelled

Due to the inclement weather Music & Movement is canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience. Stay safe!

Libraries Closing at 3:00

The Montague Public Libraries will close at 3:00 today due to the inclement weather.

Welcome Melinda!

Melinda Georgeson is the new Branch Library Assistant at the Millers Falls Library

Libraries Closing Early

Due to the snowstorm, the Montague Public Libraries will be closing at 12:00 Wednesday, February 7. We apologize for any inconvenience. Stay safe and warm!

Help Wanted

Staff opening at the Millers Falls Library

Free Tech Help Ending

Tech Help on Saturdays from 11- 1 at the Carnegie Library ends 7/15.

Millers Falls and Montague Center Libraries’ Hours Shifted

Branch libraries are now open 2 - 7 p.m. and no longer close from 5 -6 p.m.

Library Trustees News

Next Meeting Dates and members

Ed Gregory Talk and Annual Friends Meeting on July 28th

Brief annual meeting followed by Ed gregory’s presentation on the Upper Fall River Dam

Brews, Books, and Beer

Learn about beer brewing at the Millers Falls Library and then go for a tour and tasting at Element Brewery

Carnegie Library Has Expanded Hours

Carnegie now open Saturdays year round and Wednesday mornings.

Updating the Signs at the Montague Center Library

No decisions made, further study suggested.

Friends of the Montague Public Libraries Update

Next Meeting 1/11 at 5:30 at Carnegie

Friends of the Libraries News

New group is off to a great start!

Old Turners Falls Newspapers Now On-Line

You can now browse through old Turners Falls newwspapers on your own computer or at the library