During the summer months of June, July, and August the Library's Saturday hours will change to 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Thank you to the College of the Holy Cross for funding the Library's Saturday summer hours!
This summer, Read Beyond the Beaten Path with Beaman Library's Summer Reading Program! To get started, visit Beaman Library's Beanstack website and register for the Summer Reading Challenge for your age group. If you are unfamiliar with Beanstack, please call or visit the Library and a staff member will be happy to help you!
The Summer 2022: Read Beyond the Beaten Path for Adults challenge will occur throughout June, July, and August. For this challenge, adult readers will log the number of minutes read each day! This really exciting change allows readers an opportunity to log more often and earn more Beanstack badges!
If you read or listen to at least 500 minutes of content borrowed from Beaman Library this summer, you will be entered in an end-of-challenge prize drawing. And, the more minutes you read translates into more drawing entries. Prizes will include gift certificates to some of our local dining establishments. Visit the Programming for Adults page to learn more about this challenge and the fun events.
The Summer 2022: Read Beyond the Beaten Path for Teens challenge will also occur throughout June, July, and August. For this challenge, young adult readers will log the number of minutes read each day! For every 100 minutes read, a new camp-related Beanstack badge will be earned and readers can come in to claim a scratch off ticket. Each scratch off ticket will reveal a prize that can be collected at the Library. Once teen readers have recorded 1,000 minutes, they will be entered in the grand prize drawing for a prize valued at $100! Please visit the Programming for Teens page to learn more about this challenge and the exciting schedule of programs being offered.
The Summer 2022: Read Beyond the Beaten Path for Kids challenge will run from June 21 through August 16. This Summer Reading Program features an outdoor adventure theme, skill development, and a variety of other exciting experiences; Summer Camp at the Library! Using Beanstack, you will log each book you borrow and read from Beaman Library to earn badges, prize tickets, and rewards. You may also earn extra tickets by participating in some of the many activities the Library will be offering! Use your tickets to enter raffles for the many prizes that are available. And, read 20 minutes every day to be entered into a special drawing for a $50 gift card. Head over to The Children's Room to learn more about this challenge and all of the fun programming scheduled for this summer!
Summer programming and prizes have been paid for by The Friends of Beaman Library and generous donations from the community.
The Massachusetts Statewide Summer Library Program, Read Beyond the Beaten Path, is funded by the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
Good News! Beaman Library has just added nearly 30,000 movies and other videos that inspire, educate and entertain, from Kanopy. Free to cardholders who live in West Boylston*, Kanopy’s unique selection offers something for everyone, from award winning indie films to important and timely documentaries, to foreign films, popular cinema, children’s shows and more.
Many of Kanopy’s videos are not available on Netflix or any other streaming video platform, and the experience is easy-to-use and completely advertisement free. To sign up, visit beamanlibrary.kanopy.com. We hope you enjoy this new service!
*If you do not live in West Boylston you can access Kanopy with a Boston Public Library ecard. Many libraries now have a subscription to Kanopy so check out the library in your town!
Kanopy partners with libraries and filmmakers around the globe to give patrons, students and faculty free access to high-quality films that stimulate imagination, promote learning, and spark meaningful conversations. Many films on Kanopy, including from iconic film companies such as A24, Criterion Collection, Paramount, PBS and Kino Lorber, are unavailable elsewhere. The Kanopy app is available on iOS and Android along with all major streaming devices, including Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Samsung Smart TV. For more information, please visit www.kanopy.com.
Beaman Library now has hotspots available for borrowing! These devices are a great option for those who need internet access while on the go or have limited or unreliable internet access at home.
There are several borrowing guidelines, some of which include:
- borrowers must be 17 years of age with a CW MARS library card in good standing.
- only one device per household may be borrowed.
- the device may be borrowed for 14 days with no renewals.
- the device must be returned directly to a Beaman Library staff member.
Call the Library at 508-835-3711 with questions regarding the hotspot lending program and the borrowing process or stop by the Library to borrow one!
Have you had an opportunity to renew your Friends of the Beaman Library membership? Membership dues provide funding for Library programming, technology, the Library Pass Program, and other expenses not covered by the municipal budget. You may renew your membership online via PayPal. If you prefer, you can complete out this form and return it to the Library with your membership fee. If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer your time to the Friends, please email email@example.com.