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Field Memorial Library

1 Elm Street, Conway, MA 01341
413-369-4646
conwayfmld@gmail.com

Hours

Monday 1-6

Wednesday 2-7

Saturday 10-12

“One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by.”
Jennifer Walls, Author of The Glass Castle

Calendar

Author Talk- The Mindful Way to a Good Night’s Sleep
On Wednesday, June 26 at 4:00 local author Tzivia Gover, director of the Institute for Dream Studies in Northampton, will be doing a presentation about her latest book. Discover how to use DREAMWORK, MEDITATION and JOURNALING to sleep deeply and wake up well. “Sleep is dawning as the next frontier in healthy, more conscious living…Tzivia Gover has a mission: to help people rediscover the pleasure of sleep and creative nightime dreaming.”  

Friends Meeting – The next meeting of the Friends of the Library will be in the library on Wednesday July 10 at 7 PM. All are welcome.

Book Club The FML Book Group will meet on Wednesday, July 17 at 4:00 PM. The book to be discussed is The Brightest Sun by Adrienne Benson. If you are interested in joining the group, please sign up at the library during open hours or contact Carol Baldwin at conwayfmld@gmail.com. Light refreshments will be served.

News & Notices

Thanks to Lillian Jackman of Wilder Hill Gardens in Conway, we have beautiful annuals in pots out front. Visit her at her place off Pine Hill Rd., it’s a treat. Her web address is www.wilderhillgardens.com

Museum Passes – Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library, we have the following passes available to Conway residents:Clark Art Museum  clarkart.edu; Mass MoCa        massmoca.org; Mohawk Trail Concert Series  mohawktrailconcerts.org; Pioneer Valley Symphony pvsoc.org; Smith College Museum of Art  smith.edu/artmuseum
For more information, call the library at 413-369-4646 during open hours (see above) 

New Audiobooks: If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin; On Brassard’s Farm by Daniel Hecht; The Last Second by Catherine Coulter; Miguel Street by V.S. Naipaul; The River by Peter Heller; Chat by Archer Mayor; Death of a Rainmaker by Laurie Loewenstein; Dark Tribute by Iris Johansen; Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline.

New Movies: The Last Emperor; Ken Burns: the Dust Bowl; La Strada; Gentle Yoga for Balance; Game of Thrones: the Complete Sixth Season; John Wick Chapter Two.

Vintage Book Collection Library Assistant Grace Cabral has been organizing and processing our wonderful collection of books published during the early twentieth century, comprised of fiction and nonfiction works. many of these books have been housed in our library since it was built in 1901! The VBC is located in the Fiction Room. 

Calling All Quilters The Quilters Group meets occasionally in the Community Room. Quilters bring their own machine and supplies; tables and an ironing board are available for use. We can accommodate up to six people- contact Carol Baldwin at the library (413-369-4646) if you’d like to join us

Events & Exhibits

Author Talk- The Mindful Way to a Good Night’s Sleep
On Wednesday, June 26 at 4:00

Friends

The Friends of the Field Memorial Library are folks who work to raise funds and promote the library in our community. Love your library- join the Friends!

Family-Friendly Resources

Have you seen the blog for Hilltown Families? It’s a great online resource for families living throughout the four counties of Western Massachusetts. ” ‘Hilltown Families’ believes in creating resilient and sustainable communities by developing and strengthening a sense of place in our children and citizens through community-based education and engagement.”  See: http://www.hilltownfamilies.org/

About Our Library

Our building is a stunning example of nineteenth-century architecture, with a domed rotunda, Italian marble, original woodwork, a spiral staircase, and cast-iron shelving in the Fiction Room. Completed in 1901 and sponsored by Marshall Field, the library is dedicated as a memorial to his parents, John and Fidelia Nash Field.

What We Offer

Our library is located in the heart of Conway, Massachusetts, and we serve residents with a variety of materials, services and programs. If you’re a Conway resident and want to become a patron, stop in during open hours. Our resources include:

  • A Community Room available for programs, meetings and workshops
  • Books, magazines, audiobooks and DVDs for adults and children
  • Wifi with PC and printer
  • Inter-library loan services
  • Educational and entertaining programs
  • Local History Collection and Vintage Book Collection

Friends of the Library

Volunteers are the backbone of our library. The Friends support us with book sales, building and grounds work, and fundraisers. Love your library- join the Friends! Come to a meeting (usually the second Wednesday of each month) or stop at the library during open hours for more  information.

Library Trustees 

Howard Boyden|Chris Eugin|Nat Cohen |Joanne Clapp|Alice Herrmann

Library Staff

Carol Baldwin, Director |David Whittier and Grace Cabral, Library Assistants| Deb Craven, Building and Grounds

Directions

The Field Memorial Library is located in the beautiful Pioneer Valley area of Western Massachusetts. Conway is also at the beginning of the Hilltowns leading to the Berkshire Mountain range. From south of Deerfield/Conway, take Interstate 91 North, and Exit 24 for Deerfield/Conway. Continue on Route 116 North toward Conway. Travel approximately six miles into town, past the Greenfield Savings Bank. Go downhill and then as you approach the main street, the library building will be on your right, across the street from the town hall.

From north of Deerfield/Conway, take Interstate 91 South to Exit 25. At the end of the exit, take a right onto Rt 116 North toward Conway. Travel approximately six miles into town, past the Greenfield Savings Bank. Go downhill and then as you approach the main street, the library building will be on your right, across the street from the town hall.

The library is located on Route 116 and may be reached by taking 116 South (actually Southeast) from North Adams, MA area or 116 North (actually Northwest) from the Amherst, MA area.