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Author talk and signing

Join us on Wednesday, December 3rd at 7 p.m. as we welcome local author J. R. Greene to the library. He will be doing a short talk on his new book “B.V. Brook’s Pre-Quabbin Art, Photos and Postcards”. After the talk, Mr. Greene will be selling and signing the book, as well as the 30th Anniversary edition of his Quabbin HIstory Calendar, which features 12 pictures of the towns flooded to make the Quabbin Reservoir from Mr. Greene’s collection. A portion of the proceeds of sales of the books and calendars will be donated to the Young Men’s Library.Greene_BV_Brooks_cover

Burt V. Brooks (1849-1934) was a longtime resident of Greenwich, MA, one of the four towns destroyed to create the Quabbin Reservoir water supply.  He produced many paintings, photographs and postcards of three of these lost towns.  This book includes a biographical sketch of Brooks, and lists of his paintings, photographs and postcards known to the author.

Ninety of these work in all three forms are illustrated here. They depict the early 20th century rural lifestyle of the doomed valley, and document Brooks’ sensitivity to the world around him. (From the book jacket)

Magnifier Now Available

 

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Due to a generous donation by Ware resident Diane Quirk, the library now has an Optelec Clearview+ magnifier.  This magnifier is made to help those with low vision be able to read items printed in regular text sizes by magnifying them on the monitor screen.  It may also be useful for library patrons engaged in historical research so they can see old photographs more clearly.  If you would like to use the magnifier please come in any time the library is open and a staff member will be glad to show you how it works.

Many thanks to Mrs. Quirk for her generous donation.

New Library Hours

Due to town wide budget cuts, the library’s Thursday hours will be shortened by 3 hours.  Effective on Thursday, July 3, 2014, the new hours will be 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.  This change in hours will be ongoing after that date.

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