Welcome to Paige Memorial Library! Come visit us and see all we have to offer. We provide books, DVDs, audiobooks, computer access, printing/copying service, free wifi, reference assistance, and so much more to anyone who comes through our doors. We offer a variety of events for children and adults throughout the year. Please visit our Events page to find out what is going on now.
Paige Memorial Library , 87 Petersham Road, Hardwick, MA
Mark your calendars!!
6:00 PM at the Town House on the Hardwick Common
Drum, Drums, Drumming with Tim Kane
Professional and Certified Drummer Tim Kane RETURNS to take small and large audiences on a journey into the rich American history of drums as well as their immigrant and primal roots abroad.
Participants don’t need any drumming experience, and parents are openly encouraged to be with their children and play along with them.
Drumming is one of the best therapeutic, cardiovascular and fun exercises out there. Kane uses live drum demonstrations and performance mixed in with his narrative to convey the true art of drumming in a thorough and fun historical account. Each participant creates collaborative rhythmic jams after learning the basics. The magic is found in the group building upon its own creations and playing along to music from New Orleans jazz, Amazon, Native American Territories, and South America rain forests.
Tim Kane has been teaching music and playing drums and percussion for over 30 years and lives locally in Brookfield, MA.
6:00 PM at the Paige Memorial Library
Local Author Ed Londergan + love for local history = noteworthy historical fiction
The Devil’s Elbow
Set in colonial Massachusetts, The Devil’s Elbow follows Jack Parker from his orphan childhood days as an apprentice to a greedy and brutal Boston merchant to the isolated pioneer settlement of Brookfield, where he ends up in the fight of his life to protect the people and things he loves. The book is set against the background of King Philip’s War, the single greatest catastrophe to occur in seventeenth-century Puritan New England.
The Long Journey Home
The second book in the Brookfield saga, The Long Journey Home continues the story of Jack and Becky Parker as they strive to make a life for themselves on the frontier in early colonial Massachusetts. During a violent and turbulent era, they endure every hardship to see their family grow and prosper … and survive. In their unstoppable love, they will sacrifice everything to be together.
Ed Londergan Bio
A freelance writer and editor, newspaper columnist, writing coach, workshop teacher, and amateur colonial historian, Ed Londergan has always been fascinated by American history. He began researching the battles of King Philips’s War and was amazed by what he found. He decided to bring history back to life through the eyes of Jack Parker, a young orphaned boy from Ipswich, and his passage into adulthood during a very dangerous and frightening time. The result was The Devil’s Elbow, which won an honorable mention in the juvenile fiction category at the 2013 New England Book Festival. Londergan’s newest book, The Long Journey Home, also a New England Book Festival award-winner, continues the story with Jack Parker’s capture and escape and his brutal trek home through the winter wilderness to the wife and son he loves beyond measure, so together, they can find the one place that is truly home. The third and final book in the series, The Farmhouse, is expected to be published early 2018.
The Children’s Paige
Come to the library on the third Thursday
of the month you were born
We are planning a party each month at 4:00 PM to celebrate our patrons and their special days! There will be a cupcake and an activity and lots of good wishes!
You must register to make sure we know you are coming. Stop in, call 477-6704 or email email@example.com to register.
FUNdamentals of Art
Did you enjoy high school art class?
Come join us to explore art materials and experiences, to increase your understanding and appreciation of making art, and to appreciate art as recreation and relaxation.
Thursdays 5 to 7 PM
Story and Toys Play Group at Paige Memorial Library, 87 Petersham Road, Hardwick, Wednesdays 10:30 to 11:30 AM. Moms, bring your babies, your toddlers and your preschoolers. It is a nice way to socialize with other mothers and for children to meet new friends. Paige has some delightful interactive toys, doll houses and building blocks and plenty of books. Bring your own snack.
COME SEE WHAT’S NEW AT PAIGE!!
Drop in whenever we are open to write a letter on the computer, explore the Internet, copy a document, take out an audio book, or a movie on DVD. The technology is here for you to use and we can show you how!
Do you have new technology? a cell phone or tablet? Come in and ask questions. We may teach you some new tricks!!
Come by and learn about some healthy plants to keep you fit and well! Hosted by local gardening expert Roberta McQuaid, learn all sorts of planting tips and tricks for the whole family! Stay tuned for more information!