Full time Custodian sought for library

The Brewster Ladies’ Library is seeking applicants for a Building Custodian.  Position is responsible for daily cleaning, maintenance and minor repairs to the Library building and grounds. Duties include, but are not limited to; preparing rooms for scheduled meetings and programs; minor carpentry, electrical and plumbing repairs; assists with snow & ice removal at the Library; safety check of building as needed.  High School Diploma and minimum of 1 year experience in the maintenance of buildings required, or any combination of education & experience. This is a 35 hour a week, Grade 2 SEIU Union position, with a pay range of $17.47 – $22.71 per hour, some weekends required. Please send cover letter, resume and references to director@brewsterladieslibrary.org. Position open until filled, but preference will be given to those who apply before 1/1/18. Full job description

One Book, One Town Program Series Begins January 14

The Brewster Ladies’ Library will sponsor a One Book, One Town read in January 2018.  Join your neighbors and read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (originally published in 1953). Then, check out one or more of the many exciting programs the Library is putting on in honor of the One Book selection!

About the Book:

“In a society in which books are outlawed, Montag, a regimented fireman in charge of burning the forbidden volumes, meets a revolutionary school teacher who dares to read. Suddenly he finds himself a hunted fugitive, forced to choose not only between two women, but between personal safety and intellectual freedom.”  – Library Catalog

About the Series:

January 14 – Screening of the 1966 film based on Bradbury’s bestseller (2:00 p.m.)

January 18 – Third Thursday Documentary on cooking with mindfulness (1:30 p.m.)

January 20 – Vicki Summers of Cape Rep Theater performs her one-woman play (1:00 p.m.)

January 21-28 – Brewster Unplugged – Learn something new @ the library!

January 21 – Sunday Concert featuring Jacqueline Schwab on piano (2:00 p.m.)

January 23 – Learn to knit with our knitting groups (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)

January 24 – Learn to knit with our knitting groups (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

January 25 – Evening Book Group discusses Fahrenheit 451 (6:30 p.m.)

January 26 – Family Fort Night (5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)  **Registration Required

January 27 – Games Day (1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

January 28 – Lecture and Discussion with Margot Stienstra, psychotherapist (2:00 p.m.)

The Brewster Ladies’ Library has a new telescope

Patrons can now check out a telescope at the Brewster Ladies’ Library.

The telescope will only go out to patrons 18 years of age or older, who fill out a Library Telescope Lending Agreement form at the library. The telescope goes out for 1 week. Patrons need to bring a Driver’s License and a CLAMS card to check out the telescope.

Patrons will check out:

  • Telescope and 2 lens caps
  • Eyepiece (in the focuser) on the side of the optical tube assembly
  • EZ-Finder and battery pack (on the top of the telescope optical tube assembly). This projects an LED light, not a laser.
  • Pouch (with 3 items inside:1-laminated user guide,  2-Audubon Constellation Guide, and 3-Headlight)

This telescope can only be checked out and returned to the main circulation desk at the Brewster Ladies’ Library. It can never be returned in the book drop or at any other library.

The telescope was funded by the Gertrude Pomeroy Foundation, and will be maintained by the Aldrich Astronomical Society, Inc. as part of their Library Telescope Program.

Library Director Search Reopened

The Board of Directors of the Brewster Ladies’ Library is seeking an innovative, energetic individual as its next Library Director. The ideal candidate will have a strong public service orientation and will be capable of providing leadership that produces positive relationships with the public, the Town of Brewster and the staff.  The Brewster Ladies’ Library has been awarded a Provisional Construction Grant of $4,655,737 by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and anticipates the project to start in 2021.  Preference will be given to candidates with building renovation experience.

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and references via email to the Brewster Ladies’ Library Association Board of Directors at:

Position remains open until filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply by November 22, 2017.

Full job posting available here.

Full job description available here.

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!


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.

State Announces Grant Awards

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners voted to place the Brewster Ladies’ Library on a waitlist for a Provisional Construction Grant.

The Town of Brewster and the Library will be awarded $4,655,737.

Waitlisted libraries receive construction grants as the funding becomes available either through the existing bond bill or a future bond authorization. It may be 2020 before the award is given.

The Brewster Ladies’ Library Board, Staff and the Library Building Committee have designed 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 was filed January 27, 2017 and the State approved the application on July 13, 2017.

What happens next?
Watch this presentation.

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.

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.