Open Hours beginning August 4, 2020


Begininng Tuesday August 4, 2020 the Hubbardston Public Library will be open to patrons.  Tuesdays we will be open from 4:00 p.m.m to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (noon)  We will only allow eight patrons in at one time.  All patrons over the age of two must wear a mask.  Please practice social distancing as much as possible.  The toys in the Childrens Room have been removed.  If we are at capacity and there is a line outside, there will be a time limit of twenty minutes per patron.  The public computer and copier are avilable for patron use.  If you need to fax something, the library staff will handle it for you.  There is no cost for using the computer, but if you print from it, it is .10 for black and white pages and .25 for color pages.  The copier is also .10 per page, while faxing is $1.00 per page.  The staff will clean the bathroom and public use areas frequently. 
We want to remain open for our patrons, so if you have a fever, a cough or you just don't feel well, we are still offering curbside pickup on Mondays and Thursdays.  Please don't come into the library if you are sick.  If the staff becomes sick, we will have to close again for a fourteen day quarantine.  that includes curbside pickup.
 

Meal Time Magic

featuring Ed the Wizard


Hi Everyone, we are thrilled to introduce Ed the Wizard's Meal time Magic program   We are so excited that Ed the Wizard is willing to teach you some magic.  Check out the video above, and yes, we have his book of Meal Time Magic tricks at the Library available for check.  This program is supported by a grant from the Hubbardston Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency

 

Curbside Pickup begins Monday June 15, 2020


Hubbardston Public Library Curbside Pickup

Beginning June 15, 2020
What is curbside pickup service?
Curbside pickup is a service that the Hubbardston Public Library is offering patrons to access our collection while the library is still closed to the public.  You may place holds on library materials, then schedule a pick up outside the library.
How do I let the library know the titles that I want to borrow?
There are three ways to place holds:
1. You can place holds on Hubbardston items by going to www.cwmars.org At the main page, go to the upper right hand corner of th escreen and click on “My Account”

Enter your account name or barcode number, and password and click “Login”

Before you begin searching for items to borrow, make sure to limit the search to “Hubbardston Public Library” If you do not limit the search to Hubbardston, you could place a hold on an item from another library. Until that library opens AND Inter-library loans resume, your hold will not be filled. 

The limit for items holds per card is 20.
2. Request holds by email:  You may send your hold requests to hubpubstaff@gmail.com Please provide your library card number, a phone number to reach you at, the title, author if applicable, and type of media(for example, Game of Thrones is both a book and a television series).  You will be limited to 10 holds per email sent per week.
3. Request holds by phone.  You may call and leave a message at 978-928-4775.  Please speak clearly.   If you choose to request your holds by phone, you will be limited to 5 hold requests. Again, we will need the title, author if applicable and type of media.
What is the curbside pickup procedure?
When your holds are ready for pickup, we will contact you by the phone number or email you have provided us to set up a time for pickup.  Please let us know what vehicle you will be driving.  Curbside Pickup days will be on Mondays from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Thursdays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Drive up to the front of the Library (Main Street) at the appointed time.  One of our librarians will have you items checked out and bagged.  We will walk the items out to your car.
What if I won’t be arriving in a car?
We will have a wireless doorbell installed near the manual lift to the right of the entrance that you may ring to let us know you are outside.  We will then bring your items to the bottom of the front stairs.
I have library materials to return. Can I give them to the staff while picking up new library materials?
To maximize social distancing, our book return is open and you may return your items there.  Your returned items will be placed in quarantine for 72 hours, at which point they will be checked in.  You will not incur any late fees for books returned under quarantine.
When will the Library be open again?
If the COVID-19 numbers continue to drop in Massachusetts and the state moves to Phase 3, we expect to reopen with reduced hours in early July.  We will reopen on Mondays and Thursdays, and use our curbside pickup hours.  Masks will be required for entrance to the Library.  We will attempt to maintain social distancing in the library as best we can. If the state needs to move back to Phase 2, or if one of the librarians test positive for COVID-19, the Library will close again, as we will have to quarantine for fourteen days.  Story time will continue online until further notice.  The computer will be available for use, please note though it is the only public one and we may have to limit your time if there are people also waiting to use it.  There will be book carts available for items you have handled and chosen not to borrow.  These items will be placed in 72 hours quarantine for everyone’s safety.  The librarians will continue to clean high traffic areas throughout the day.
 

Story Time Online!

Check our Facebook Page on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Miss Michelle is offering story time on Wednesdays on our Hubbardston Public Library Facebook page!  Head on over on Wednesdays at 10:30 am to hear a story. 

Library History

  The Hubbardston Public Library was founded in 1872, and originally housed its collection of books in the local Mechanics Hall. In 1874, Jonas G. Clark, a native of Hubbardston and founder of Clark University, purchased the Main Street Property and funded the construction of the brick and stone library building.
 
The building is in the Second Empire/Italianate style and was designed by Elbridge Boyden and Son, of Worcester. In September 1875, the Hubbardston Public Library opened the doors at its 7 Main Street location, where you can find it today. The first floor was originally half library, half post office, hence the  plaques you might notice flanking the front door. The gallery level was added to the rear of the building in 1929. Many residents recall the gallery's original translucent glass floor.
The property underwent a historical restoration project in 2000 to address many of its needed repairs.
In 2016, the library had an interior restoration which included restoring the original heart pine floors, new carpet in the entry, electrical work, a new sunny yellow paint in the children's room and some new furnishings.
Up next for the library is developing a long range plan.