The Library has served the community for 125 years (since 1892).
This is an unofficial website for the Southwick, MA Public Library. It is not funded by town funds or town funded staff. It serves as a supplement to the official town website and library pages on that site. To access the town website visit: southwickma.org An article was published in the December 12, 2016 issue of BusinessWest featuring Southwick. To read the article online click here.
For information on the library click on any of the tabs at the top of the page for related information. Library Links the monthly newsletter of the library provides information on current events, programs and activities at the library.
Southwick is a residential community in the western part of the state with a 2010 population of 9,502 according to the U.S. Bureau of the Census. For more information on the town visit the official town website or southwickma.info an unofficial site with information and links to information for residents, businesses and potential new residents and businesses.
((January 28, 2017) The February issue of Library Links is now avaiable for viewing and dowlloading. This is the time of year to join or renew your membership in the Friends of the Southwick Public Library. Additional information and an application is included in the back of Library Links.
January 2017) The library is currently planning for the Summer Reading Program in July/August 2017. The 125th anniversity of the library will be celebrated during that time. For the latest news read Library Links the monthly newsletter of the Library. Copies are available at the Circulation Desk and Town Hall (outside the Town Clerk's Office). Copies are also available at the Library Links tab on this website.
(January 13, 2017) There is currently an opening for a Library Trustee. The position (unpaid volunteer) will be appointed by the Select Board and the Library Trustees as a joint appointment. The position is until town elections in May 2017. Anyone that wants to be on the board after that time would have to be elected at the town elections in May. The Select Board is currently soliciting letters of interest from registered voters in town. For more information about the process contact the Select Board at 569-5995. For information on what a trustee does you can read past trustee meeting minutes on the town website. Trustees generally meet once per month at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the Library.
(January 2, 2017) For a list of January events at the Library read Library Links the monthly newsletter. Click here for a copy.
(December 2, 2016) The Library has added a six day per week subscription to the Wall Street Journal. This is funded by a generous contribution from the Friends of the Southwick Public Library.The Friends group is currently raising funds for the library with the annual Gift Baskets program. More information is available in the current issue of Library Links or visit the Library.
(December 1, 2016) For a list of December events at the Library read Library Links the monthly newsletter. Click here for a copy.
(November 16, 2016) Christmas Holiday A decision was made by the Library Trustees at their November 15 meeting that since Town Hall would be closed on December 23 and December 26 the library would be closed. In accordance with the needs of the public the library will be open on December 24. The following provides details:
The library will be closed on Friday (December 23) and on Monday (December 26). The library will be open on Saturday (December 24) regular Saturday hours 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
(October 5, 2016) Today ceiling tiles and patching is ongoing as a result of the new fire suppression system installation completed last Thursday. Inspections were completed last Friday.
((September 29, 2016) The library is expected to be fully open to the public on Thursday and Friday October 6 & 7. The library is expected to be closed on Saturday October 8 for carpet cleaning as a result of the recent construction.The library will be closed on Monday October 10 for the Columbus Day holiday.
Thanks to the public, the Director, Assistant Director and staff of the library, the town administration and maintenance staff during the construction since early July.
September 14, 2016) It is anticipated that the full library facility will be open to the public in early October. No actual date is available.
(September 2, 2016) Construction continues on the fire suppression system. No updated information is currently available. The September issue of Library Links is available here. This electronic version is not available in the typical format found on this website. It will be replaced if we are able to obtain it electronically. This edition includes information on new materials received during the Summer as well as programs upcoming in September and the coming months. For current information call the library during opening hours or visit Facebook. Other links on this website have not been updated.
August 27, 2016) The library will begin to provide services on Saturdays as of September 10, 2016. The construction project is expected to be completed by the end of September. Events during September will be held generally at Town Hall at 454 College Highway. More details are expected in the September issue of Library Links which will be available on this site.
(August 7, 2016) The library continues to provide services as described below at the library building. Library programs are being held at Town Hall at 454 College Highway. To order books or other materials order them online or call the library at 569-1221.
The latest information we have is that construction may be completed by mid-September. As information becomes available it will be shared with the public. Information from the contractor is shared first with the Office of the Select Board 569-5995 at Town Hall. Wi-Fi is available 24/7 in the library public with the use of your Wi-Fi enabled devices.
(July 13, 2016) The Friends of the Southwick Public Library craft fair will be held on October 15, 2016 at Town Hall. For details and an application to be a vendor click here.
(July 9, 2016) The Library is providing service to the public including inter-library loan, programs, and Internet access (via Wi-Fi). Wi-Fi is available 24 hours per day outside the building. Books and other materials can be ordered online via the library catalog at southwickma.org/library or by calling the library during regular business hours at 569-1221. Most public programs are being held at the Town Hall at 454 College Highway. For a listing of programs during July and August click on the list shown below. Books and other materials can be dropped off at the library 24 hours per day in accordance with existing library policies.
(July 7, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.) For a list of Southwick Public Library events as part of the Summer Reading Program click here. Most programs will take place at Town Hall at 454 College Highway. Questions can be directed to the Library staff at 569-1221. Books and other materials can be dropped off at the Library as usual. To order materials call the Library or order online. The public can only enter the library vestibule during the replacement of the library fire suppression system. Library materials will be available for pickup at the library entrance.
(July 1, 2016) 4:30 p.m. The Southwick Public Library will close about 4:30 p.m. due to the expected weather. Town Hall has advised that town buildings will be closing at this time. The library will reopen on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. The online catalog and Wi-Fi will continue to operate.
(June 28, 2016) The library public access to the entire of the library building beyond the library vestibule will be restricted as of Friday July 8, 2016 until September 2016. This is caused by the replacement of the fire suppression system. Library programs will continue most at the Town Hall at 454 College Highway. Library users can continue to borrow materials at the library by ordering them on the library website, etc. For more information press releases and other information will be posted on the Town Website southwickma.org/library, on Channel 15, and in local media including The Westfield News and the Southwick News. For more information visit the library prior to July 8 or call the library at 569-1221. Library staff will continue to be at the library.
The library was only provided with the information on the closing on June 28, 2016. We apologize in advance for the impact this has on the public.
(June 20, 2016) The Library will be closed on Saturdays during July and August. In addition the Library will be closed on Monday July 4.
((June 3, 2016) The Library is open on Saturdays through the month of June including Saturday June 4 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Parking will be available for the Library during the High School graduation nearby.
May 13, 2016) The Town of Southwick opened bids on the Library Fire Suppression System (sprinkler) on Thursday May 12, 2016. This is a project that has been in the planning phase for some time. A contract is expected to be awarded in the next few weeks subject to review of the responses to the RFP. The project is expected to impact the public in that the facility will be closed to the public for some time during construction. No dates or details are available at this time.
The new Young Adult (YA) librarian began work at the library in February 2016.
(January 6, 2016) The drainage work in the library parking lot and behind the building is part of a project to improve the drainage created at the library and water coming from parking at the Southwick Regional School. We have been advised that the drainage work is completed. In the Spring the parking lot will be repaved. We appreciate your patience with the impact this has had on parking. The entire lot is available for parking.
(December 12, 2015) A position for Young Adult Librarian is currently open at the library. For further information visit
((November 12, 2015) Last month the library website (southwicklibrary.info) had 660 users for the month which is the largest number in 2015. This website is funded and maintained without town funds or staff.
November 12, 2015) It was announced at the November 10, 2015 Board of Trustees meeting that the Mass Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) at their November 6, 2015 meeting certified a number of Mass. public libraries for fiscal year 2016 including Southwick. Certification allows residents to borrow books and other material from libraries statewide and beyond. This also allows Southwick to receive state grant funds from the MBLC. In the past these funds have funded the purchase of a new computer server, shelving and new computers for both the public and staff use in the library.
(November 7, 2015) The Town of Southwick currently has a solicitation for contractors to bid on the replacement of the fire suppression system (internal sprinklers) at the Southwick Public Library. The work would probably be conducted this winter which may require closing of the building to the public. It is anticipated that a process will be developed to allow the pickup and drop off of materials by the public without entry to the building during construction. More details will be announced when dates for construction becomes available.
(September 19, 2015) The Friends Craft Fair on October 24, 2015 has no additional room for crafters. Currently there are more than 30 crafters scheduled. Thanks for the crafters that have signed up to participate. Thanks for your interest and watch for our announcement for 2016 event.
(July 14, 2015) The Library released the following information for the public:
Southwick Public Library Hosts Wingmasters Birds of Prey
On Tuesday, July 21, Southwick Public Library will host Wingmasters Birds of Prey. This program is for adults, teens and children ages 6 & up and will take place at 11:00 a.m. the Southwick Town Hall. Julie Anne Collier is a real live hero to birds of prey that have been injured in the wild. Meet rehabilitated owls, hawks, and more.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Southwick Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Southwick Public Library SuperHero Training Camp July 23
Super Hero Training Camp for kids and teens (Grades 2 -12) will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 23 in the Southwick Public Library's Community Room. Do you have what it takes to rescue the critter over the Lake of Fire? Test your agility with the hoop event? Become a Super Hero for the day with the training camp challenge. This program is part of the Every Hero Has a Story Suntime Reading Program at Southwick Public Library. All you need is your CWMARS Library Card to register for Suntime Reading today.
Every Hero Has a Story Summer Reading Program is sponsored by Southwick Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
(July 2, 2015) Several programs for children scheduled in July and August have changed the dates of the events. This includes Lego and a book discussion. For the new dates refer to the updated June 2015 Library Links available here. Library Links is not published in July and August.
(June 27, 2015) The Library Open House for the start of the Summer Reading Program was very successful. The weather was good and children enjoyed the large games outside on the lawn. Face painting was also available under the tent in the parking lot. Refreshments were available in the Community Room. Thanks to those that stopped by and enjoyed the activities available today.
(June 11, 2015) The Friends of the Southwick Public Librarywill be holding a Fall Craft/Agricultural Fair on October 24, 2015. For more information click here for an exhibitor application or visit the Friends page on this website.
(June 11, 2015) The Library will have an Open House on Saturday June 27 for the kickoff of the Summer Reading Program. A number of activities are scheduled for June 27. Library Trustees and represents of the Friends of the Southwick Public Library will be on hand to support the regular library staff for the day. Meetings of the two groups were held this week to firm up plans for the day.
(May 22, 2015) The Library will be closed on Saturday May 23 and Monday May 25 for the Memorial Day holiday.
(May 21, 2015) The Library has purchased three new printers for use with the public access computers in the adult area (near the Reference Desk). Coming soon will be a wireless printer for public use.
(May 20, 2015) The Library budget for fiscal year 2016 (July 1 - June 30, 2016) was approved at the Annual Town Meeting (ATM) on Tuesday May 19, 2015. Between the new budget and continued support of the Friends of the Southwick Public Library it is anticipated that some new and additional programs will be available in the coming year.
Talking about young people, author Salman Rushdie said:
No shortage of book readers ... reading online or a book is not either or.
Source: WTIC-AM radio interview on 6/14/08 about 8:25 a.m. discussing his new book.
The contents of this website are copyrighted by the owner of this domain 2008-2014, except for the contents of the paper edition of Library Links which is provided by the Southwick Public Library. This site is not the responsibility of the Town of Southwick or the Southwick Public Library and is not funded by the Town of Southwick or the Southwick Public Library.