Field Memorial Library

Conway, Massachusetts

Knowledge is power.

Location & Hours

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

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

About Conway

Please Note:

The Field Memorial Library will be closed on Monday Jan. 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day, a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January celebrating the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader.

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

Calendar

Please Note:

Friends Meeting – The Friends typically meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM. The next scheduled meeting is February 12, 2020. All are welcome.


Book Club The FML Book Club is reading Button Man by Andrew Gross. 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 conwayfmldir@gmail.com.

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News & Notices

Libraries in the Woods

FML has joined with 23 other libraries in our area to form a “community read” project called the “Libraries in the Woods.” In the spring, each library will sponsor their own projects inspired by the non-fiction work “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer.  Subtitled “Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants” Braiding Sweetgrass forms a powerful presentation of indigenous peoples’ understanding of nature and sustainable ecosystems, contemporary botanical science, a close up portrayal of how plants particularly valued by native peoples are formed in ways that support the environment and provide valuable resources to human beings. Kimmerer writes as a descendant of the Onondaga tribe from upstate New York, a PhD in botany, a fearlessly curious botanical explorer, and a poetic writer. She skillfully weaves indigenous knowledge with contemporary scientific, botanical knowledge. She also provides vignettes of the forces that have led to climate change, global warming, and environmental destruction. This work informs the challenge to think and act in ways that may help to address the destructive exploitation of earth’s resources and seek to conserve, restore, and otherwise care for the earth on which we are all dependent. Please join us in reading Braiding Sweetgrass.

Basket Exhibit

Inspired by reading Braiding Sweetgrass, the Field Memorial Library is hosting an exhibit of Native American sweetgrass and ash splint baskets. Kimmerer writes that “we must unlearn impatience” and these baskets, provided by the Friends of the library, radiate patience in their design and development.  The exhibition is viewable on the hours and days the Library is open and we hope you will enjoy seeing these beautiful expressions of Native American art and craft.

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.

A “New Titles” at FML list will be coming soon. Please check back.


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.

A new book and audiobook order is in the works. Please check back for details.

Many thanks to Lillian Jackman of Wilder Hill Gardens in Conway, for providing the beautiful annuals in pots out front during our growing season. 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;
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 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, Acting 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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