Welcome!

Paige Memorial Library

Come to the Paige and learn about the Uncommon trees around the Common with Peter Schmid.

The weather report is good.  The spring flowers are blooming.  Peter has much to tell you about our trees around the Paige and beyond.  Come and enjoy a Spring evening stroll.

You might want to wear your walking shoes and bring a camera. You will enjoy our lovely trees and their stories, 6:00 pm Tuesday, May 17

Come enjoy the Paige Memorial Library – even when you do not come inside! 

* Walk between the orange flags to envision what Boy Scout Nick Bousquet is planning as his Eagle Scout project.   He is honoring his great-great-aunt Grace Hanson who served as librarian at the Paige Library for 50 years until she retired in her 90s.  

* Discover the beaver lodge. 

* Play in the Goddard playground.

* Watch the Canadian geese and ducks swimming in the pond.

* Enjoy the blossoming Spring flowers planted by Peter Schmid, Jim Czachor, and Anne Barnes.

Show us your love of TREES!  Send the Paige Memorial Library a poem, a story, a drawing, a photo, a painting, a sculpture,… anything to celebrate trees and Nature for the months of April and May.  If you cannot send or bring it in, photograph it and share it with us at director.paigelibrary@gmail.com.  View daily postings on Facebook!!!  https://www.facebook.com/paigelibraryhardwickma

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Look for tree-inspired activities in 7 libraries!

We are doing things dedicated to trees and nature in honor of the East Quabbin Association of Libraries’ Community Read. It was inspired by Witness Tree by Lynda Mapes, environmental reporter for the Seattle Times. On May 22, over Zoom, she will discuss her research and her book The Witness Tree written as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT and a Bullard Fellow at the Harvard Forest. There will be a visit to the tree at the Harvard Forest in Petersham.  This program is supported by the Hardwick/New Braintree Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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The Paige Writers (page writers!!) will not meet on April 28 so that you can attend the Davis Bates event at the Town House, but join us on May 12 at 6:00 pm!

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We are open our regular hours – except for holidays and bad weather events.

We want to stay safe and to keep you safe, so we ask that you to

* wear a mask covering your nose and mouth

* sanitize your hands

* keep a safe distance from others

* use Curbside service if you have been exposed to or have symptoms of Covid

* drop returned books in the outdoor drop box.

The number of people allowed inside the library at one time will be limited.

Toys are not available in the children’s area and Story Hour is held outdoors weather permitting.

The Paige Memorial Library

is a full member of the CWMars Library System
Those of you who already have a CWMars card from another library will use that card, but Paige will automatically be registered as your home library according to your zip code.

Those of you who need a CWMars card will get a new number and a new card the first time you check books out through CWMars at the Paige Library. You will fill out this form with current information.

Come into the Library to learn more about the T-Mobile Hotspots provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners for your use!

Call 413-477-6704, or email director.paigelibrary@gmail.com if you need more information.
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It is PUZZLE SEASON!

Come choose a puzzle to complete. We have plenty for your enjoyment!

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Book Sale

We have moved some books to the entryway for your shopping convenience. The donations from your purchases go to the Friends of the Paige Memorial Library so that they can provide money for presentations, summer reading, program supplies, holiday decorations, and some much-needed gifts like our new American flag, our OPEN flag, a bench, and an air purifier.

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If you are vaccinated then the illness is like a head coldor a flu….one can only hope it continues to weaken…

If you test positive for COVID-19 ISOLATE

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status:Stay home for 5 days.If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house. Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.  (The virus will continue to be shed although it will be weak and inactive) If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.

If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 QUARANTINE

If you: Have been boosted
OR
Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months
OR
Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months
Wear a mask around others for 10 days.Test on day 5, if possible. If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.
If you: Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted
OR
Completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted
OR
Are unvaccinated
Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days.Test on day 5, if possible. If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home

Thank you all!!

Judie O’Donnell RN MPH 
Wachusett MRC
P.O. Box 555
Hubbardston, MA 01452
website: wachusettmrc.org
tel.: 978-928-3834

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
 Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.  Margaret Mead

Go to  townofhardwick.com for up to date town information.

To find vaccine sites, go to  https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/

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Find our beaver family lodge on your walk around the library, then borrow a book on beavers!

Our Beaver family has added height to their lodge.

Beavers resurface their lodges with a new layer of vegetation and seal them up with a mud shell in the late fall. Extra layers make it warmer. They leave an unsealed circle in the center of the roof to allow moist, stale air to be released. On a cold day you may see steam rising from the beavers in the lodge.

Local Info  

Town of Hardwick Website – Provides information on municipal services, municipal government meetings, and other information of local interest.

My Town Government – Provides a listing of all upcoming municipal meetings in Hardwick, as well as an archive of past meeting minutes.

Quabbin Regional School District – Information about the Hardwick and regional school system.

Hardwick Town Fair – Learn more about one of our nations oldest traditional town fairs, hosted annually in Hardwick each summer.

Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation –   a non-profit organization committed to economic development and helping small businesses grow and prosper     
QVCDC      413-967-3001          23 West Main Street, Ware, MA 01082
“Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation (QVCDC) is a member-based, non-profit 501(C)(3) corporation in partnership with the Quaboag Valley Business Assistance Corporation (QVBAC), of which both are committed to economic development and helping small businesses grow and prosper. Serving the 20 towns of the Quaboag Region and Southern Worcester County. Our Mission: “To improve the quality of life in the Quaboag Valley by addressing the economic environmental, and social needs of its residents while maintaining the integrity and character of each community in the region.”