Knowledge is power.
Location & Hours
1 Elm St.
Conway, Massachusetts 01341
The Field Memorial Library Hours
Face coverings and social distancing are required.
The Field Memorial Library Special Summer Hours:
The Field Memorial Library will be closed Saturday August 27
Sections of the FML collections are viewable online. Click here to view selected listings.
Periodicals such as The Boston Globe, New York Times, The Atlantic, the Encyclopedia Britannica, Academic Journals and more available through this link: Periodicals and Other Databases. You must be in Massachusetts for free access.
Email us using the form at the bottom of this page with your requests and interests.
News & Notices:
The Field library is currently holding an exhibit of images considering the first major change in the operation of the library since it opened 121 years ago: the transition from handwritten signatures and the card catalog to an online, searchable database of our collection and scannable library cards – all based on barcodes.
Selected quotations reflecting on this change are also displayed to prompt your reflection on the meaning of our digital world.
On display through September 28, 2022.
Our children’s room has hundreds of titles including Board Books, Early Readers, Picture Books, Juvenile, and Young Adult (YA) titles in fiction and non-fiction.
Summarizing the outcomes of the Perspectives on the Pandemic program at the Field Memorial Library
Click here to visit our Station Eleven page for links to discussions and events related to the spring 2021 Western Mass community read program.
Local producer Jonathan Boschen has completed a documentary on Marshall Field and the origins of the Field Memorial Library: “A Gift of Prosperity”: https://vimeo.com/558796442/fbf517161e
Links to the 1945 article As We May Think, an original, non-digital vision of what the Internet and Web deliver to us today
A Draft of the CONWAY OPEN SPACE AND RECREATION PLAN for 2021 – 2028, and accompanying maps are on display until further notice at the library.
The period for public comments has closed but you can still view the draft plan and the maps that give a bird’s eye view on Conway’s natural resources.
A few of the titles at FML relevant to race are pictured below. Contact us for a more complete selection. Phone: 413-369-4646; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep scrolling for links to more digital resources
Many free, digital resources may be found through the state at:https://libraries.state.ma.us. For some of these resources you need a library card number from a Massachusetts library. If you do not have a library card, you can get an “e-card” online through the Boston Public Library
Any Massachusetts resident can get an “eCard” from the Boston Public Library in a few minutes and then borrow eBooks and other digital resources from the BPL as well as CWMars if you do not already have a CWMars card and would like to get an e-card click here.
CWMars is accessible at: https://cwmars.overdrive.com/cwmars-wspringfield/content
Below are links to sites offering free and membership access to children’s and other books online:
Just books read aloud:
A free or member resource offering children’s books read aloud by volunteers, authors, or professional narrators. Categories include: short, medium, long; read by author or narrator, and more than 140 thematic categories!https://www.justbooksreadaloud.com/index.php?t=Home&p1=&p2=
Award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and more. https://www.storylineonline.net/
Project Gutenberg is one of the oldest and largest ebook sources on the web, with more than 60,000 downloadable books in different formats. No fee or registration! No special apps needed! great literature. https://www.gutenberg.org
Project Gutenberg Children’s Bookshelf: https://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Category:Children%27s_Bookshelf
Please scroll down for more information about our library resources and events.
Friends Meetings – The Friends typically meet on the second Wednesday of each month. Meetings have resumed and please contact Co-President Linda McDaniel at email@example.com
Are you interested in starting a library Book Club or sponsoring a book discussion online? The FML has a Zoom license to use for these purposes. If you are interested in talking about books, email the director (contact form at the bottom of the page) or call 413-369-4646 during open hours.
The Teachings of Plants and other Ecological Wisdom
The Field Memorial Library joined with 24 area libraries in the 2020 Libraries in the Woods program sponsoring a common reading of the book Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Subtitled: “Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants” Braiding Sweetgrass is a powerful weaving together of indigenous peoples’ understanding of nature and sustainable ecosystems, contemporary botanical science, portrayals of how plants provided valuable resources to native peoples and were managed sustainably. Vignettes of environmental harm caused by thoughtless industrialization are also included. Kimmerer writes as a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, a PhD in botany, a fearlessly curious botanical explorer, and a poetic writer.
Click here to view our Braiding Sweetgrass resource page
Fans of “Educated” by Tara Westover may be interested in viewing a conversation with Jeffrey Goldberg, editor of the Atlantic magazine at the Aspen Ideas Festival June 26, 2019. Click here: Conversation with Tara Westover.
Treat yourselves to an amazing art show through the virtual art gallery from the Forbes Library in Northampton. Click “Virtual” below to go to the Virtual Hosmer Gallery.
The Robbins Library in Arlington, Massachusetts maintains a fine art collection that patrons may borrow for a two week period. Click on the image to the right for a tour of their wonderful collection.
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“New Titles” at FML. See the Collections page for more titles
Poachers Son by Paul Doiron
State of Terror by Hilary Clinton and Louise Penny
Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard
Apples Never Fall by Lianne Moriarty
One Long River of Song by Brian Doyle
Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin
Brothers on Three by Abe Streep
Bat boy and his violin
Hilo out of this world – boxed set
Sherpa in search of snow
In Other News:
Museum Passes – Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library, we have the following passes available to Conway residents:
Clark Art Museum
Smith College Museum of Art
The Pioneer Valley Symphony.
We also have a parking pass for Massachusetts DCR state parks.
For more information, call the library at 413-369-4646 during open hours (see above)
Audiobooks and Movies (DVDs):
Please come in to browse our collection or call or email to request a title or ask about what we hold.
Vintage Book Collection The Field Memorial Library has a wonderful collection of books published during the early twentieth century. Many of these books have been housed in our library since it was built in 1901! The VBC is located in the Fiction Room.
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. Though the library is closed to the public until further notice because of the pandemic, 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
Get in Touch
Field Memorial Library
1 Elm St.
Conway, MA 01341
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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.
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