Did you know the story of the Hardwick Fair-y Village?
The Fairies were aware of the Hardwick Fair because it is the oldest Fair in the U.S.A. They wanted so very much to come to the Famous Hardwick Fair that they asked their human friends to build them a village so that they could visit. They enlisted the help of Peter Schmid, the Architect, and the patrons of the Paige Memorial Library to do the work.
Architect Schmid lined the Where River bed with stone, created the bridge, and landscaped the hill. Patrons worked at the library and at home to construct very special buildings for the Fairies using natural objects and colorful and shiny things to please the Fairies.
The Hardwick Fair-y Village’s Cinematographer, John Czabaj, captured the Hardwick Fair-y Village and Ambrosia on film for your enjoyment: https://www.facebook.com/paigelibraryhardwickma/videos/362541725584369https://www.facebook.com/paigelibraryhardwickma/videos/362541725584369
The Fair is over for 2021 but you can leave a message in the Hollow Log Mail Box at the entrance to the Paige Library. Address it to the Hardwick Fair-ies or to Ambrosia and wait for a response.
May the magic of the Fair-ies always be with you!
Go to townofhardwick.com for up to date town information.
To find vaccine sites, go to https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/
Paige thanks you for keeping us ALL safe!
Welcome to the next chapter at Paige Memorial Library!
Paige Memorial Library is now a member of the
CWMars Interlibrary loan system
MassCat has treated us well; but wanting to offer our Patrons the best service possible, we are moving to CWMars. MassCat is graciously helping us through the transition so there is no disruption in service at this time.
Those of you who already have a CWMars card from another library will use that card. Yes, Paige will be automatically registered as your home library and will get credit for your check-outs.
Those of you who need a CWMars card will get a new number and a new card the first time you check books out at the Paige.
We do not know yet if, as we change over, there may be some days when we cannot transact check-outs on our automated system . On those days we may be able to hand write the transactions. More about that on a later post.
Want to learn more about what you can expect from CWMars?
Come explore these new YA selections for some very interesting reading!
Paige Library is Open for Browsing
Appointments are not necessary to browse.
Patrons must still wear a mask, hand sanitize, and maintain social distancing.
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.
Curbside service is still offered.
Find our beaver family lodge on your walk around the library, then borrow a book on beavers!
Beavers are common and abundant throughout most of Massachusetts. They are becoming increasingly common in southeastern Massachusetts, but are still absent from Cape Cod and the islands. Since European settlement, more than half of the wetlands in the lower 48 states have been lost and therefore fewer beavers. Trapping in the early days also brought down the populatiom. Click the hotlink to read about what Mass Audobon says about beavers.
Here are some brand new books and audiobooks
We are still offering curbside service.
Order whatever you would like and, IF WE DO NOT HAVE IT, we will do our very best to get it for you!!
Check our website and Facebook for our newest books
To order your books – Call 413-477-6704 or Email
Don’t know what to order? Check our catalog
- Sign on to http://www.paigelibrary.com/
- Go to “catalog”, then “Search Our Online Catalog”
- Go to “Advanced Search”
- Fill in any keywords or author’s name
- Limit your search if you would like by checking “item type”
- Scroll down further and find “Location and Availability” “Library:”
- Where it says “All libraries” select “Paige Memorial”
- Check “Only items currently available for loan or reference”
- THEN, click on “Search”.
Write down your requests, and call or email to arrange a time to pick them up!
- Your books will be checked out to your account
- the order will go into a bag with your name or initials on it
the bag will be placed on the bench outside the library or in bad weather, on the top step or in the foyer.
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