Nonfiction Book Club -

    We will be meeting Thursday, December 8, 10:30-12:00. 
    For all you readers who love nonfiction, join our newest book group.  We will be discussing
    The rainbow comes and goes : a mother and son on life, love, and loss by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt.

    For more info visit our Book Club Page.

    Adult Book Group -
    Looking ahead to December 5th, we will be reading and discussing The 100 year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson.

    Visit the Book Club Page for all the details.

  • Library Update!
    We are in motion!
    We want to thank everyone who supported the Library Special Article at the last Annual Town Meeting.

    The Children's Room has undergone a transformation!  In the next couple of months, Yogibos and new tables and chairs will be ordered. We could not have done it without you!

     The Teen Space will also be receiving more new furniture in the coming year as we enter our second year of the grant "Serving Teens and Tweens" (a grant brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners).

    The walkway was completed as well. As you look at the entry of the Library, the walkway to the right was funded by the Community Preservation Act Funds as voted upon at the last Annual Town Meeting. The walkway to the left was funded by the Trustees of the West Newbury Library. The landscaping also funded by the Trustees of the library.

    The windows have been replaced in the rooms in the rear of the Library, thanks to Community Preservation Act funding.

    The DVD and CD collections have moved into new moveable book case units. They will be housed in the Adult fiction/non-fiction room. A new reading area will be created in the current DVD space. This is funded by State Aid funds.

    The last project for this year is painting the Children's Room and Adult Fiction/Nonfiction wing. This will be paid for by Building and Grounds budget (maintenance of the building).

    As always, if you have any questions, please ask the staff! We are here to help you!
  • Friends of the West Newbury Library
    Make a Boxwood Tree Centerpiece with Judy Marshall of Knapps Greenhouses
    Tuesday, December 6th at either 10:00 am or 6:00 pm
    Thursday, December 8th at either 10:00 am or 6:00 pm

    Sign up at the library.  A $25.00 materials fee ($20.00 for Friends of the Library) is due at time of registration.

    Book Drop Off
    Drop off your books and donations on Saturday, December 3rd from 10:00 - Noon.

    On the First Saturday of each month (except Jan & Feb) the Friends gratefully accept donations of gently used, newer books, dvds and cds and books on cd from 10:00 am - Noon at the old Town Hall across from the library.  Sorry, we cannot accept encyclopedias, textbooks, moldy or damaged books, magazines.
    Because of space limitations, the library cannot accept donations at any other time.  Please do not leave boxes outside the library.

    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.
  • Art Show - Art Work of Three Generations
    November - December 2016
    The art of 3 generations is the work of Mona Spalding, Jean Berkenbush, and Betsy Berkenbush. The mediums vary from oil, acrylic, and charcoal to mosaic and pottery. The exhibit will be shown the months of November and December at the West Newbury library with an artists’ reception on November 10th at 5:30. Refreshments will be served.
    Mona always loved art and took art lessons from Sister Vincent de Paul of Emanuel College. She also graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of Massachusetts. Thoughout her career as a Realtor with Mona’s Realty, Mona continued to paint and often with the Newburyport area the subject of her work.

    Jean Berkenbush, Mona’s daughter, also studied with Sister Vincent de Paul. Oil painting is her preferred medium.

    Betsy Berkenbush, granddaughter of Mona Spalding, was an art therapy major at Lesley University. She incorporates her artistic skills in her work as a counselor as well as for her own enjoyment.

  • NEW at the Library
    The Library has many online resources for you to use from downloading a book or song to learning a language. Sometimes it may be overwhelming to try to learn which resources are most useful to YOU.

    The Library now has quick videos on how to get started on some of these resources. In most cases, there is a short introduction with additional videos on how to get started. Instructions on how to download books also include specific devices. We list these resources below with links to the  videos. You'll also see them on Resources and Databases and Downloadable Books as a nifty side slider page! And within those pages, there are also links to the videos. We hope they will help you!

    Ancestry Library (Genealogy) - Video
    Axis 360 (Downloadable Books) - Video
    Biblioboard (downloadable Books) - Video
    Freegal (downloadable Music) - Video
    Gale Virtual Reference (online encyclopedias and reference sources) - Video
    Mango Languages (learning languages online) - Video
    Novelist (read-alikes, books, authors) - Video
    Overdrive (downloadable books) - Video
    Rocket Languages (learning languages online) - Video
    TumbleBooks Library (ebooks for kids)  - Video

    New! ValueLine (investments, stocks) - Video

    Also videos on how to use some of the more common social media!
    Facebook - Video
    Goodreads - Video
    Instagram - Video
    New!  Pinterest - Video
    Twitter - Video

  • Friends of the West Newbury Library
    Our Annual "Holiday Baskets" Fundraiser is Back!
    Drawing to be held Friday, December 16th 
    Having a hard time getting ideas for those special people on your list?

    It's time for the holidays and we've got you covered. Come and take a chance on...

    Family Fitness Basket
    Kids Kurio Watch
    - Includes productivity tools - Alarm clock, calendar, contacts, calculator, an activity Tracker and much more!  Entertainment features such as music player, camera & video, messaging, photo editor, plus, the Kurio Watch is packed with over 20 games & apps. Play games in single and 2-player mode or use the built-in motion sensor to play active games.  Uses Bluetooth technology to send messages and make phone calls to other Kurio Watches & Android devices. Send pictures, emojis, Doodles, texts and more through the watch's messaging features!

    FitBit Charge 2 - This is a heart rate and activity wristband. Monitors continuous heart rate, all your activities, sleep quality and alarms. Caller ID and watch. Syncs wirelessly to leading smartphones and computers
    $50.00 Amazon Gift Certificate.
    This Family Fitness Basket is valued at  $250.00

    Tech Holiday Basket
    How about an IPAD Air 2 with cover for that family member who loves to play with tech.  It's an 128 GB 9.7 inch tablet loaded with features.  This basket is valued at $575.00 and generously donated by the Fitzgerald Tile Company.

    Holiday Greens Decorating Basket
    Get your whole house ready for the holidays.  Cut your own Xmas tree.  Go experience the fun of cutting your own beautiful  tree. Generously donated by Wood Street Christmas Trees in Groveland.
    A Holiday Arrangement -  made and donated by Judy Marshall of Knapp's Greenhouse;
    A Holiday Boxwood Tree -
    made and donated by Judy Marshall of Knapp's Greenhouse;

    $50.00 Gift Card from Knapps Greenhouses - donated by Knapps. Think Spring! You're bound to see something. This basket is valued at $185.00.  Many thanks to Judy Marshall and Knapps Greenhouses for their ongoing support of the library.

    On display in the library.  Stop in and get your tickets.  1 ticket for $5.00 or get 3 for $10.00 and support the Friends of the West Newbury Library in our never-ending quest to fund all the programs and museum passes that you all enjoy.


We welcome your suggestions and comments on programs and activities you'd like to see here at the library.  Stop in and see us or email Susan Babb, Library Director, at sbabb@westnewburylibrary.org