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Location & Hours
1 Elm St.
Conway, Massachusetts 01341
The Field Memorial Library will be closed on Monday February 17 in observance of Presidents’ Day.
In the United States, Presidents‘ Day, officially Washington’s Birthday, is celebrated on the third Monday in February and is popularly recognized as honoring presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. The day is also sometimes understood as a celebration of the birthdays and lives of all U.S. presidents.
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Please scroll down for more information about our library resources and events.
Friends Meeting – The Friends typically meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM. The next scheduled meeting is March 11, 2020. All are welcome.
Book Club The FML Book Club is reading Miracle Creek by Angie Kim. Please check back for the first 2020 scheduled discussion date. If you are interested in joining the group, please sign up at the library during open hours or contact David Whittier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
News & Notices
Libraries in the Woods
The Field Memorial Library has joined with 23 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, and vignettes of environmental harm caused by thoughtless industrialization. Kimmerer writes as a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, a PhD in botany, a fearlessly curious botanical explorer, and a poetic writer.
Basket, Maps, & Quotations Exhibit
Exhibit: Inspired by this reading, the Field Memorial Library is hosting an exhibit of Native American sweetgrass and ash splint baskets, maps of tribal nations across North America and New England, and selected quotations from the book. The exhibition is viewable when the Library is open (M 3-6PM, W 2-7PM, Sat. 10AM-2PM) from March 1 through April 30. We hope you will enjoy seeing the baskets as beautiful expressions of Native American art and craft
Book Discussion March 21 from 2 to 3:30: The Field Memorial Library will also host a discussion of the Braiding Sweetgrass book in the library on Saturday, March 21 from 2 to 3:30. Please join us to dive deeper into this stimulating work addressing concern about nature and our environment.
Friends of the Field Memorial Library has made Scholarship 2020 available to qualified graduating seniors who live in Conway. Click below to download an application. You may complete it and email it as an attachment to Thad Bennett at FieldMemLibraryScholarship@gmail.com
or drop it off at the library. Deadline: April 30, 2020
Friends of the Field Memorial Library are hosting their first Chili Cook Off on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 in the Community Room from 11AM to 2PM. The Cook Off is open to all free of charge. Bring your favorite Chili. Beverages and toppings will be provided. Prize for the best Chili will go to the highest vote-getter.
Bring on the heat!! We’ll warm up the winter!
Bring in the kids for some quality craft playtime at the library in our children’s room.
“New Titles” at FML include those below. Please check back as more will be added as time allows.
Ask Again, Yes by Keane, Mary Beth
A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny
Fly Already: Stories by Keret, Etgar
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Hibbert, Talia
The Giver of Stars by Moyes, Jojo
Heat and Light by Haigh, Jennifer
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Noah, Trevor
Chronicles: Volume One by Bob Dylan
Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Jacob, Mira
The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life by David Brooks
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy by Mann, Michael and Toles, Tom
From the Archives:
On Saturday, August 17, 2019, The Field Memorial Library was closed for a special event, the wedding of a life long patron of the library and her partner. The relationship of the family and the library is a lovely story and one it seems would have delighted Marshall Field. The Greenfield Recorder documented the event with an article and photos that you can review online by clicking the story title: Bride returns to Conway’s Field Memorial Library, favorite childhood place . Be forewarned that the Recorder may replace the photos with other headline videos.
The 2019 Conway Festival of the Hills Oct 5 & 6 was a resounding success with hundreds of visitors to the library art exhibit, book sale, and Under the Dome event. Thanks to numerous volunteers and friends for their time and expertise in making these events such rewarding experiences.
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 clarkart.edu;
Mass MoCA massmoca.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)
Audiobooks New in 2019: 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.
Movies in 2019: 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 The Field Memorial Library has a 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.
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
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Field Memorial Library
1 Elm St.
Conway, MA 01341
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David Whittier, Director; Sylvia Cabral, Library Assistant.; Deb Craven, Building and Grounds.
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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