Summer Reading Starts Here

Welcome to the Brewster Ladies’ Library  2017 Summer Reading Page!

Registration for Kids & Teens begins Wednesday June 21st and the program runs through Friday, August 18th. 

CLICK HERE to register for the Summer Reading program and to access your Reading Logs when you come back. (Note that it won’t work until Wednesday, June 21st)

CLICK HERE to view a list of the library’s Kids and Teens Summer Programs.

CLICK HERE to see the Nauset Elementary Schools Summer Reading List.

Summer Reading for Adults begins Tuesday June 27th.
There is a full array of exciting programs coming up this summer including author talks by Robert Finch, Lauren Wolk, Neville Frankel  and more!
Click Here for a full summer schedule of adult programs.
Beginning on Tuesday, June 27, there will be a weekly drawing for prizes and a grand prize drawing at the end of the summer.  Patrons who donate non-perishable food items will receive one raffle ticket to be entered into that week’s drawing.  The first weekly drawing will take place on Tuesday, July 5.   All raffle tickets will also be entered into a grand prize drawing, which, in the spirit of the 2017 summer reading theme, “Build A Better World,” will be a donation to a local charity in the name of the winner (who will be able to chose the charity from a list).

Build a Better World with us this summer!


Full-Time Employment Opportunity

The Brewster Ladies’ Library is seeking a full-time Custodian to clean and maintain the physical building as well as some outdoor maintenance including snow removal.  Duties also include minor carpentry, mechanical, and plumbing repairs.  The start date for this 35 hour position is July 5, 2017. The hours will be Tuesday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

This is a Grade 3 SEIU union position with a pay range of $17.47 – $22.71 per hour.

The full job description is here.

Please email cover letter and resume by Tuesday, June 27, 2017 to


Library Design Plans – A Look to the Future

The Brewster Ladies’ Library Board, Staff and the Library Building Committee have been writing a Library Building Program for the next 20 years.

The work started in 2013, when the Library Board formed a Feasibility Committee to study the interior design and operations of the library. Since then,  there have been surveys and focus groups to obtain community feedback. Design funding grants were received from the State, the Town and the Eddy Foundation to hire a Project Manager and an Architect to take the program from ideas to schematics.

The Library Building Committee presented the preliminary design schematics to the Board of Selectmen on August 1, 2016.  At the November 14, 2016 Town Meeting, permission to apply for a State Construction Grant in January 2017 was granted. Voters also approved the preliminary design schemes.

The grant will be filed January 27, 2017 and the State will announce awards by July 2017.
Why renovate?
Watch this presentation.
The design schematics can be seen here.
At the November 14, 2016 Town Meeting the community approved the Library’s request to apply for the grant.
The community also approved the preliminary design schemes.

Library Newsletter Awarded First Place Prize

The Brewster Ladies’ Library Association’s monthly newsletter was awarded First Place by the Public Relations Committee of the Massachusetts Library Association at the 2017 annual State Conference which was held in Hyannis in May.

The Library’s Annual Report was awarded Second Place.

Congratulations to Library Board member Mary Ducharme, who has been the editor for the online newsletter for six years and the annual report editor for the last four. Recognition also goes to Library staff member Angie Howes who writes the press for the newsletter.

To receive the Library’s newsletter, visit the Brewster Ladies’ Library web site and register today!


Online Magazines


Zinio – A Digital Magazine Collection Now Available to Brewster Patrons
The Brewster Ladies’ Library now offers electronic magazines with Zinio, an e-magazine platform that allows all Brewster patrons to browse from the Library’s collection of popular titles without worrying about holds, checkout periods, or renewals. Once a magazine is “checked out”, the patron has permanent possession of the e-magazine as long as they wish, including all available back issues since the Library’s acquisition of Zinio in January 2016.

The thirty-five e-magazines that Brewster currently subscribes to through Zinio include some of our library’s most highly requested magazines, such as Vanity Fair, Martha Stewart Living, House Beautiful, Vegetarian Times, and Cook’s Illustrated. Our Zinio subscription also includes several magazines that are new to the Library, from Newsweek and Marie Claire to Food Network Magazine and Family Circle.

To start, click on the Zinio button. Then create your account and you are ready to have your online magazine collection.

New Program – Local Poem of the Month

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The Brewster Ladies’ Library is now accepting submissions for its “Local Poem of the Month” display.
Each month, the library will feature a single poem by a Cape or Islands writer.


Poets do not have to be a Brewster resident or a Brewster Ladies’ Library patron in order to submit work.
As of December 1, 2015, the library will be accepting submissions on a rolling basis.


Guidelines for the program may be found here.


Commonwealth eBook Collections

The Commonwealth eBook Collections program was created to better serve, educate, and inform the patrons of Massachusetts Libraries.  Use this catalog to search for eBooks and more from our partners, BiblioLabs, EBL, and Baker & Taylor. Search for a book, check it out and download these materials to your device, and you’re off and running!  TheCommonwealth eBook Collections program is brought to you by the Massachusetts Library System in partnership with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and your local library, funded, in part, by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Access all of the great content in one place: the Commonwealth eBook Collections Catalog.  This catalog does the work of sorting through all three collections to find you the best content possible.

Missed a Concert or Book Talk?

Missed a concert or book talk? Most of our programs are recorded and you may watch them at your convenience.

Brewster Government Channel 18 – Brewster Ladies’ Library Videos

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Read current and past issues of our e-newsletters here.


Nickerson 2016 Lectures Now Available for Viewing

As part of the 2016 Frances M. Nickerson Lecture Series, Thomas Farragher, a Boston Globe columnist and associate editor, spoke about journalism and the eight years he spent as the editor of the Spotlight Team in Boston. His presentation was recorded and can now be viewed here.


Michael Coyne, Professor of Educational Psychology in the Special Education Program at the University of Connecticut and a Researcher for the Center for Behavioral Education and Research spoke about the teaching of reading. Dr. Coyne has expertise in beginning reading and early vocabulary. His pilot reading initiative is showing dramatic positive results for children in grades K-3.

His presentation can now be viewed here.


Byron Pitts,  Emmy-award winning journalist and co-anchor of ABC’s Nightline, spoke about the importance of literacy. Author of Step Out on Nothing, Pitts chronicled his story of overcoming illiteracy and a debilitating stutter, turning struggles into strength.

His presentation is available here.