Field Memorial Library

Conway, Massachusetts

Knowledge is power.

Location & Hours

1 Elm St.
Conway, Massachusetts 01341
413-369-4646

The Field Memorial Library is open!
As we continue working to manage any exposure to Covid 19, we may guide patrons to certain areas of the library to maintain social distancing. If you would like to schedule a browse time, call during open hours or email director@fieldmemoriallibrary.org

Open Monday 3-6; Wednesday 2-7; Saturday 10-2.

Face coverings and social distancing are required.

“Steps-Side” pick up and return is still available. Email <director@fieldmemoriallibrary.org> with your requests and to arrange a pickup time.

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.

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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.

Inter-Library Loan Request Form

News & Notices:

The Field Memorial Library is happy to welcome to our rotunda an art exhibit by Conway artist Debra Hoyle. Please stop by to enjoy Debra’s collages and paintings. On view now!

About Debra Hoyle

About Debra Hoyle’s art at the FML

Click here to visit our Station Eleven page for links to discussions and events related to the spring 2021 Western Mass community read program.

Two new workshop programs are coming to the FML but they are postponed from fall 2021. New dates will be announced as soon as they are scheduled

Exploring Creative Writing Dates to be determined

Poetry and the Art of Listening: Exploring Ourselves through Poetry Dates to be determined


Click on the workshop name for details.

Link to video about Marshall Field and the Field Memorial Library

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

Our children’s room has hundreds of titles as board books, early readers, juvenile, and young adults in fiction and non-fiction. You can stop by during open hours or make a browsing appointment. We look forward to seeing you at the library!

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: director@fieldmemoriallibrary.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

At that site, in the Library eBooks and Audiobooks (LEA) section, you can get an “eCard” from the Boston Public Library in a few minutes and then borrow eBooks etc from the BPL as well as CWMars if you do not already have a CWMars card.

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=

Storyline Online:
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.

Please Note:

Friends Meetings – The Friends typically meet on the second Wednesday of each month. Meetings have resumed and please contact Co-President Linda McDaniel at lindamcdaniel2@verizon.net


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.

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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

FICTION:
Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
There There by Tommy Orange
Masked Prey by John Sanford
The Dry by Jane Harper

NON-FICTION
After the Fact? The truth about fake news by M. Gilroy-Ware
Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race by Isaacson
More Myself: A Journey by Alicia Keys

CHILDREN’s
Steam Train, Dream Train by Rinker & Lichtenheld
A day at the airport By Richard Scarry
Elephant & Piggie Biggie! Volume 1 by Mo Willems

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 
Mass MoCA   
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
413-369-4646

Library Trustees 

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

Library Staff

David Whittier, Director; Sara Luttrell, Library Assistant.; 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.


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