- G.A.R. BOOK GROUPS
Big Library Summer Read -
West Newbury patrons can travel through history along with millions of readers during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. From June 17–July 1, booklovers can borrow LP Fergusson’s harrowing wartime love story, A Dangerous Act of Kindness, from their public library as an ebook with no waitlists or holds. West Newbury readers may join by visiting https://mvlc.overdrive.com/
Adult Book Group -
The Monday Night Book Group will not be meeting in the library in July. We will note here when the next book group will be, either in August or September!
Who Done It?
Do you love mysteries?
We meet on Thursday, June 20, at noon in the Fireplace Room. The Mystery Book Club has chosen to read The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan! This is the first book in the series about Jane Ryland, rising newspaper star, and Detective Jake Brogan.
Click here to reserve a copy.
Library will supply beverages.
- Friends of the West Newbury Library
Buy a brick - build a community
A great way to show you care about your library and your community. Order a custom brick. Families, businesses, organizations can all share in this lasting rememberance.
This will be an ongoing fundraiser. Bricks will be done in batches and installed on the walkways near the entrance to the library. Easy to order and your donation is tax deductible.
Download and print the order form
or visit the donor website at
Book Drop OffSeptember 14th - 10:00-Noon across the street at the old Town HallPlease donate your newer, gently used books, dvds, books on cd, and puzzles. Click on the Friends page for all the details. Please do not leave boxes outside the library.
Support your library. Fundraisers and donations to the Friends of the Library pay for over a dozen discount museum passes for your use and programs and entertainment for all ages.
The Friends are a 501(c)(3) corporation and donations are tax deductible.
JOIN THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY OR RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP
Many of you joined last year at this time, so it's time to renew! Join now, support your library. Download this form and mail it or drop it off at the library.
- West Newbury Council on Aging 1st Annual Art Show
May and June 2019
- BICENTENNIAL QUILT
Bicentennial Quilt (left)
Heather Karp and quilter Amy Friend (right)
Please view the Bicentennial Quilt project/talk as a rolling slideshow!
- Coming July 6-11
Past is Prologue: The Essence of a Community told thru Art & History
Free multi-media arts and history exhibit
Open daily from noon to 6 p.m.
Historic Old Town Hall, 491 Main St, West Newbury
● An artistic collaboration in celebration of Bicentennial Week in West Newbury, featuring original artwork, historic town artifacts, and overlay mapping of some key tracts in West Newbury --then and now...Learn the amazing connection between the Arts and Local History! Discover what on which well-known piece of land an artist commune once flourished!
● PLUS: “Voices of West Newbury” a heartwarming public art film starring long time residents reflecting on local traditions and lore. Directed by Kevin Bowe. The 30-min film will run on a loop during the exhibit. Artist Reception: July 8 6 to 8 p.m.
Past is Prologue is a partnership among Pentucket Arts Foundation, West Newbury Historical Society, GAR Memorial Library, WNCOA, Pentucket HS Arts Dept, WN Bicentennial Committee and Haverhill and Pentucket Banks
New West Newbury Library Director
Corinn Flaherty has been selected as the new Director for the G.A.R. Memorial Library in West Newbury. She will succeed Susan Babb, who has served as Director since 2013 and who is retiring on June 28th of this year.
“We are very proud to be able to welcome Corinn as our new Director, and we look forward to working with her as we embark on a new chapter for the G.A.R. Library. The library is truly a central feature of our town, and we are excited to look to the future under Corinn’s vibrant leadership,” said Marcia Sellos-Moura, Chairperson of the Library’s Board of Trustees.
Ms. Flaherty, who holds a Masters of Library and Information Science degree from St. John’s University in New York, has been serving as the Assistant Director for the Salisbury Public Library for the past three years. Prior to that, she held various positions at the Tewksbury and Boxford libraries. Ms. Flaherty also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Arts in Boston.
Corinn Flaherty will become the eighth director in the Library’s history, the first being Caroline Carr who started as director in 1894. Ms. Flaherty says about her new position, "This is such an exciting time to be a public librarian because libraries are no longer defined simply as repositories for information. An established and beloved library like G.A.R. Memorial has a huge potential to inspire and bring people together in new ways. I am thrilled to have this opportunity and look forward to getting to know the community and learning about their ideas for making the library even better."
The Board of Trustees extends an invitation to all local residents to visit the West Newbury Library after July 1st to welcome Ms. Flaherty in person.
The Library will be closing at 6:30 on Wednesday, June 26, for an Appreciation Event for GAR Library Staff, Friends, and Trustees.
Thank you for your understanding!