Field Memorial Library

Conway, Massachusetts

Knowledge is power.

Location & Hours

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

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Massachusetts governor Baker has extended the emergency closure of all non-essential business until May 18, 2020.

Beginning May 18, “non-essential” entities will be phased in as they prepare to operate under new conditions to prevent virus transmission. The Field Memorial Library will be closed until further notice as we work out our re-opening. Please check here for updates on when and under what conditions the FML will re-open before coming to the library.

Normal Hours:
Monday 3-6
Wednesday 2-7
Saturday 10-2

Our closing is in the interest of public health and safety as we face the COVID-19 situation. If you have any questions email me at director@fieldmemoriallibrary.org. All overdue fines will be waived during this time.

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Please click below for a message from the Field Memorial Library regarding the Corona Virus

Click below for a message from a virologist at the University of San Diego on how to protect yourself from viruses in general, and Corona in particular

About Conway

Scroll down, and keep scrolling, for links to a variety of 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 dozens 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/wiki/Main_Page

Project Gutenberg Children’s Bookshelf: https://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Category:Children%27s_Bookshelf

Braiding Sweetgrass author Robin Kimmerer referred to the strawberry as “ode min, the heart berry.  We recognize them as the leaders of the berries, the first to bear fruit” (p. 23). Lovers of strawberry shortcake would most likely agree.
Click on the image to the right for details on registering for this timely event sponsored by our friends at the Northfield Public Library.

Does the idea of Fibonacci numbers make your heart flutter?

Check out this video for an easy and fun introduction to:
Doodling in Math: Spirals, Fibonacci, and Being a Plant

Please scroll down for more information about our library resources and events.

CalendarSuspended until further notice

Please Note:

Friends Meeting – The Friends typically meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM. Friends meetings are cancelled during the Coronavirus emergency. Check back for updates on when the meetings will resume. All are welcome.


Book Club The FML Book Club is cancelled during the Coronavirus emergency. Check back for updates on when the meetings will resume. If you are interested in joining the group, please contact David Whittier at conwayfmldir@gmail.com.

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News & Notices

Libraries in the Woods

The Field Memorial Library has 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, 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.

Want to dive deeper into contemporary botanical science? Here is a link to a Podcast episode of “In Defense of Plants” on botanical chemistry.

What Plants Can Teach Us – A Talk with Robin Wall Kimmerer award-winning author of Braiding Sweetgrass, blends science’s polished art of seeing with indigenous wisdom. An expert bryologist and inspiration for Elizabeth Gilbert’s Signature of All Things, she shares how mosses are ancient storytellers from whom we can learn much about cooperation and sharing limited resources. After Dr. Kimmerer’s lecture, she speaks in conversation with Elizabeth Gilbert. Click here: What Plants Can Teach Us

Visit the Libraries in the Woods Facebook page for information about the project at participating libraries https://www.facebook.com/librariesinthewoods

Emergence magazine sponsored a Q&A with Braiding Sweetgrass author Robin Wall Kimmerer and British nature writer Robert Macfarlane best known for his books on landscape, nature, place, people and language, including The Old Ways (2012), Landmarks (2015), The Lost Words (2017) and Underland (2019). Together they create a rich conversation about nature over time and in this particular time of the Coronavirus.

Click this link to Emergence Magazine, then scroll down to the “Watch Recorded Session” link to see the interview. It’s well worth it if you are interested!

Basket, Maps, & Quotations ExhibitCurrently Closed

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 will again be viewable when the Library re-opens for normal hours (M 3-6PM, W 2-7PM, Sat. 10AM-2PM) . We hope you will enjoy seeing the baskets as beautiful expressions of Native American art and craft

The Book Discussion originally scheduled for March 21 has been postponed. We hope to reschedule a discussion of Braiding Sweetgrass when possible. 

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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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Scholarship

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:  June 15, 2020

Friends of the Field Memorial Library hosted their first Chili Cook Off on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 in the Community Room. The 10 varieties of chili contestants brought were a yummy success and participants had a great time, testing the entries and catching up with neighbors and friends.

Linda McDaniel & Grace Larson, Co-Chairs of the Field Library Friends Group celebrate their success with the Chili Cookoff
Enjoying the chili and the paraphernalia at the chili cookoff

Bring in the kids for some quality craft playtime at the library in our children’s room. – Currently Closed

“New Titles” at FML include those below. Please check back as more will be added as time allows.

FICTION:
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

NON-FICTION
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


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; Sylvia Cabral, 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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