Interlibrary Loan Update

I would like to thank everyone for their patience over the last couple of weeks with the ILL issues. Due to the ice storm and the storm last Friday we have not recieved and ILL delivery in the last two weeks. I have spoken with the regional library and we will be receiving a delivery this Friday. So keep your fingers crossed for a nice day on Friday.

Holiday Closings

Just a reminder the library will be closed the following dates during the next two weeks for the holidays.

Wednesday December 24th
Thursday December 25th

Wednesday December 31st
Thursday January 1st

Interlibrary Loan

Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to inform you that last Friday's Interlibrary Loan delivery was cancelled due to the weather. This means that we have not recieved any items though Interlibrary Loan . If you are waiting for and item it will be here on Friday.






Cookie Fun

On Saturday Jodi hosted a cookie decorating program here at the library and I thought that I would share some of the fun they had with you.

Automation Update

I know that everyone will be as excited as I am with the latest automation update. Starting in January 2009 the library will begin automating process. This is a large undertaking that will take time, but by 2010 we should have a fully functional online catalog that you can search from anywhere in the world. This process will bring with it a lot of new and exciting changes to our small library. All of which I will keep you updated on.

The first of these many changes are the barcodes that we are placing on all of the books and movies in the library. This is the first of many small steps that we will take over the next months. As this is a large project, we are looking for help. So if you are interested in helping please contact myself or Jodi.

Library Policy Changes to the Museum Pass and the Inclement Weather Policies

The Library Trustees have approved the follow policy changes. These policy changes will be posted for 30 days, from November 14th, 2008 before they take effect on December 14th, 2008. If you have any comments please submit them in writing to the library.

Museum Pass Policy:
Passes may be reserved and it must be picked up one hour prior to closing. Only one pass per patron can be reserved one at a time. The pass must be returned by the opening of the next business day. If the pass is late, a fine of $10 a day shall be imposed. If the pass is lost, the patron must replace it at the original cost.

Inclement Weather Closing Policy:
The library will be closed when the town hall closes.

The bookmobile was here!!!!

I'm happy to announce that last week the library had a visit from the bookmobile. This means that there is a new selection of books and movies for all ages. So stop on by and take a look.

Bookmobile Visit

Good news everyone the Bookmobile was here today! I'm so excited to let everyone know that we have a ton of new items in the collection, for everyone. Hope to see you soon!

New DVDs

I happy to announce that we have a few new items to the collection. For the Young Adults in town we have three new books.

Spanking Shakespeare by Jake Wizner
Loving Will Shakespeare by Carolyn Meyer
Beastly by Alex Finn

Yes, I know that two of the titles have Shakespeare in them, but believe me they are two completely different books.

For the Children's collection we have two new DVDs Enchanted and Ella Enchanted. Also stop by to see some of the great treasures that have been pulled from the stacks. Which included one of my favorites; The Missing Mitten Mystery by Steven Kellogg.

New to the adult collection we have The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski. And for those Indy fans that couldn't wait to the fourth movie to come out, we now have Indiana Jones that the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on DVD.

These are just some of the new items that we have in the library today. Now if you stop by after Thursday we will have a fresh selection of items from the Bookmobile. Which I know is over due and everyone is waiting for. So stop in and take one of these great items home for the weekend.

Winter Hours

It’s that time of year again; winter is just around the corner, and with the snow comes winter hours for the library. Starting next Tuesdays Nov. 4th the library will be open the following hours.

Tuesdays: 12-5pm
Wednesday: 1-5pm
Thursdays and Fridays: 2-6 pm
Saturdays: 10am-2pm

There have been some minor changes made as you see, but the library will still be open 5 days a week. The weekly groups such as the knitting and scrap booking group will still be meeting at their regular times.

Library Update

The past week at the library we have many new additions to the collection. We have new books and audio books for everyone to check out. Some of these books are donations and I would like to thank everyone who has donated. If you are looking for large print books we have added around seven books to the large print collection. The authors included James Patterson and Danielle Steel.

We also have a new section in the library. Next to the audio books we have the Advance Reading Copy section. These are books that the Book Loft donated to the library and they are now looking for a good home. So stop by and see if there is a book that you would like to adopt. They are yours to keep, and then pass them along.

As promised I have started a new blog entitled Staff Picks, ( This is where Jodi and I will be highlighting books and movies that we have in the collection. It is just a place where everyone can go to see what we have here. This is not limited to just mine and Jodi’s picks, it can be yours as well. If there is a book you have read or a movie you have seen, and you want to share it with the community; write a short paragraph about the book/movie and email to me at and I’ll add your review to the blog.

Welcome to Jodi

I’m happy to announce that the library assistant opening has been filled. Jodi Magner, has accepted the position and is the new library assistant. I’m very happy that she has chosen to join our library, and I’m sure that she will receive the same warm welcome that I have. Next time you are in the area stop by and say hello to Jodi.

Book Club Books for Nov and Dec

Good Evening Everyone,
I just wanted to let you know that the book club has chosen their next two books. For Friday November 7th they are reading ‘A Change of Heart’ by Jodi Picoult. In December on the 5th the book club will be reading ‘The Children’ by Edith Wharton, a wonderful local author. If you need a copy of either book please contact me at the library, either by phone or email. Both Fridays the book club meets at 6pm here at the library. We hope to see you there!

Thank You!

I would like to extend my thanks to Jean Stackhouse for the donation of several large print books to the library. They are a wonderful addition to the library, and soon will be in the large print collection.

October Fun

They say time flies when you are having fun, and it’s true. From meeting the many different groups that use the library. From the Knitting Group, to the Scrap Book Group, the Book Club, and meeting everyone else, it has been a fun filled busy three weeks. Things are changing here at the library along with the leaves on the trees. Paula has decorated the library with a wonderful fall / Halloween theme and my many thanks to her for undertaking that task. The library is now ready to face the new season.

I lived in Salem, MA for four years, the Halloween capital, as I call it. Where Halloween is more than just one day out of the year, it’s a whole month worth of celebration of all things spooky and mystical. To help your family to get into that Halloween sprit (maybe just a little early) we have display of books for children and young adults, which contain monsters, magic and scary stories as their main themes.

If books are not what you are looking for, you are in luck, on Oct 4th at 1pm the library is hosting Mary Jo Maichak an award winning storyteller. She has stories that will sure to bring out your Halloween sprit. Please keep in mind that this program does contain some scary stories that might not be appropriate for children under the age of 5.

Lastly, I would like to thank everyone who has welcomed me into the community; it has been great to meet you all.

New to the collection

I know that I’m not ready to admit that summer is fast coming to an end, and I’m guessing that many of you are not ready as well. As the nights grow cooler, the best way to fight the chill is to curl up with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book. Well I’m happy to announce that the library has eight new books to choose from.

New to the Children Section we have ‘The Graves Family Goes Camping’ by Patricia Polacco. When the Graves family and their collection creepy pets go camping at the lake and meet a fire breathing dragon. The question becomes, can they make it though the weekend? This is a great book to read with Halloween coming up.

We also have Eric Hunter latest book in the Warrior: Power of Three series ‘Eclipse’ in. You’ll have to wait for this book because it’s already out. (If you would like to check it out, please give me a call and I’ll place you on the wait list.)

Just in to the Adult Collection we have six new books:
Why we hate us by Dick Meyer
Poisoned Profits by Philip and Alice Shabecoff
First Daughter by Eric Van Lustbader
Deception’s Daughter by Cordelia Frances Biddle
It Only Takes a Moment by Mary Jane Clark
American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

Lastly, the library also has added to its audio book collection. Stop by and take a look at our growing audio book collection. Audio books are a great way to listen to a story when you have your hands otherwise occupied. Remember the door is always open, hope to see you soon.

Hello from Danielle

My name is Danielle and I’m the new Library Director. I just wanted to say that I’m happy to be a part of your community. I look forward to meeting each of you and learning more about this community and the part that the library plays. So stop in for a good book, movie, to use the computers, or just to say hi. The doors always open!



September is National Library Card Month, but for us its just National Library Membership Month! Bring in a friend to join our library during the month of September. Stay and play a game or read a magazine. Thanks!!

Thank you!!!


Library Trustees
Mrs. Nancy Kearns, Chairperson

I am visiting my family in West Stockbridge for 5 weeks this summer.

I would like to thank you and your staff for the wonderful variety of activities made available to the public through the library in general, and for the Summer Reading Program in particular.

Specifically, I would like to mention how much my family and I appreciated the work of Mrs. Jennifer Sturgis and her team of volunteers during the several sessions we attended.

She was warm and friendly, and has a wonderful way with children. In our case, where my 10 children do not speak English very well, she was welcoming, sensitive and considerate of their needs. The variety of activities which she ran, her enthusiasm and flexibility contributed to many hours of much-appreciated, educational enjoyment for our family and others at the library during our visit.

May I add that I found her to be a competent librarian, as well as informative and helpful regarding local concerns as well.

Individuals like Mrs. Sturgis keep people checking out, and returning to, the library.

J.B. Ullman
Miami, FL
Jerusalem, Israel

new director

hey gang. The Trustees hired a new director this Saturday. Her name is Danielle, she has her degree in Library Science, should be as asset to the WSPL.

I want to thank everybody who welcomed me and helped me along and I know you will do the same for Danielle.

Thanks to Mr. Polizzi!!

Hey hey hey!

The Library now has a chess set!
Lets schedule some matches huh?

Thank you, Mike Polizzi for donating a great set!

Thank you!!

A very special Thank You goes out to Marie Sturgis who has graciously given the Library a checkers set!

Come on in for a match-up!! Maybe The Library will even have a play-off!!

New Manga Novels Arrive!!

Thanks to a generous donation from our Cady, The WSPL now has the first ten books in the series of.....

by Tsugumi Ohba

Does anybody have.....

The Library is looking for a chess and checkers set, does anybody have an extra, we will use it in good health!! Thanks!!

Lost Season One!

The West Stockbridge Library now has Season One of the hit TV series LOST on DVD!

Super Cool Science!

Our special presentation from Boston Museum of Science was huge success. Over 30 friends and family enjoyed the show! A special thank you to Karen our patient and vibrant presenter.

Super Cool Science was a huge success!

Summer Party!!

Our Summer Reading Party was a smashing success! Sidewalk chalk, cupcakes and fun, fun, fun!!!

More Pictures of our amazing artwork to come!!

Story Hour Saturday at 11AM!!

Summer Reading Party!!

Come One, Come All!

Wednesday at 4PM!!

Its the End of Summer Reading Party! Wackka Wackka!
Our kids rock for the reading and all the fun they have had at our library this summer! Thank you to everyone for helping out and supporting our Library!!

Book Club!

The next Book Club Meeting is September 5 at 6PM.
We will be finishing up on THE NEW EARTH, and then delving into THE TIPPING POINT by Malcolm Gladwell. WSPL has 4 copies of The Tipping Point available for your convenience!!

See you then!!

PS. October's book is
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan

Elaine Hoffman Pottery in the House!

The Twilight Series Has Arrived!

Get in on whats hot!
The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer is where it is at with the Young Adult Readers throughout our great nation.
The WSPL has the series, come and see what the ruckus is about!
Soon to be a Major Motion Picture!

August 14 at 4PM!

Boston Museum of Science will be here for a special presentation of SUPER COLD SCIENCE.

Zucchini Festival!!


COOKIES - An original recipe for chocolate zucchini cookies by our own Lucy Belleville.
Only $3 for 6TOTE BAGS - Historical West Stockbridge Library tote bags in 2 sizes at $10 & $15


Schedule of events for August 12 - 16, 2008!

Hello! Mark your calendars!

August 13 at 2pm - Knitting Club

August 13, at 4PM - SUMMER READING PROGRAM PARTY!! Sidewalk Chalk Art, balloons, and yummy treats - all while we celebrate all the terrific reading accomplished by our super kids!!

August 14 at 4PM - THE BOSTON MUSEUM OF SCIENCE will be here for SUPER COOL SCIENCE, extreme cold temperatures can cause materials to undergo drastic changes!! FREE fun for the whole family!!

August 16 at 11AM - RED SOX RALLY STORY HOUR!! Lets cheer our favorite team with the special story hour from books by Jerry Remy! GO SOX!!

Summer Reading Program !SUMMER!

Hey Hey Hey!!

Tomorrow, August 6, 2008 we will be celebrating
at our Summer Reading Program! So bring your flip-flops, summer smiles and get ready for summer reading! Time to enjoy summer while its here!!

July 30 at 4PM
Come and explore China as we get ready for the
Summer Olympics!
Story time and crafts!
Games and fun all afternoon!
**Remember read more than 5 books, log them into your page. End of Summer Reading Program Party August 13th!

Summer Reading Party Planned!

August 13 at 4PM!!

Friends of the Library will be helping us celebrate all the fun summer reading our Children's Group has accomplished.

**Remember read more than 5 books and log them into and rewards will be given!!

Winners of Summer Reading Random Drawing!!

Winners listed for Summer Reading Raffle are:

Stephanie Higgins
Emily Hunter

Come on into the Library to pick up your special prize!

Last Winner for the Week!

Kristina've won a random drawing! Come to the library to pick up your prize!

Another Winner!

Jacob've won a chimpanzee jigsaw puzzle in a random drawing because you're registered for the Summer Reading Program online!! Come on in and pick up your prize!

Paula win!!!!

Paula! You've just won this week's random drawing for being registered in the Summer Reading Program!!! Paula has won the book Secret Girl written by West Stockbridge's own Brucie Jacobs!

Summer Reading Program

Wednesdays through August 6th, from 4-5PM, kids are invited to come to the library for some fun learning, games, crafts, and to meet some new friends!!

Library Assistant - HIRED!!!

The library was fortunate to have Jennifer Sturgis apply for the Library Assistant position! She grew up in W. Stockbridge and has recently moved back to town with her family. Jennifer will start at the library on July 2nd!

New Books Have Arrived!

New Adult Books!
Sundays at Tiffany's (Patterson)
Phantom Prey (Sandford)
Careless In Red (George)
Santa Fe Dead (Woods)
New Kids' Books!
The London Eye Mystery
The Mysterious Benedict Society
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey (Mysterious Benedict Society)
Ivy and Bean Book 1: Book 1
Camp Creepy Time (Hardcover)
The Quest Begins (Seekers Series #1)
Trainstop (picture book)

Kick off to the Summer Reading Program

John Porcino will be at the library to perform his One Earth: A Program of Environmental Stories and Songs on June 21st at 11AM. The program is a playful/participatory program of stories , songs and music that celebrates the beauty of the natural world, explores our interconnections with that world and empowers people to take small (or large ) steps, in their lives, to care for the environment and kicks off the summer reading program, Wild Reads!

Interlibrary Loan

Thanks to Shirley at the Western Mass Regional Library System, I now know how to order interlibrary loan materials online! Ordered materials should arrive a lot faster now! Please let me know if you have any requests!


Book Club

The Book Club will meet on June 6th at 6PM to discuss Crawfish Dreams by Nancy Rawles! Come join in on the fun!

Trustees' Meeting

The next Trustees' Meeting will be Thursday, May 15th at 3PM. These meeting are open to the public!

Jenga Tournament Winner!

After a fierce tournament that lasted an hour yesterday, we had a Jenga winner! Brockque Tonini cleaned up in the end in a final nail-biter competition with the library director! The competitors were Jacob, Paula, Robin, AJ, and the Champion, Brockque. Paula was taunted and jeered but put on a tremendous performance! Robin had the steady hands of a surgeon, Jacob had the confidence of youth, and AJ was just going for it! In the end, Brockque demonstrated superior skill and strategy! Congratulations Brockque!!! He won the book Conrad's Fate by Diana Wynne Jones, which was generously donated by the Bookloft!

Opportunity to Help the Artists' Community

Libraries and the artist community share a natural connection. Librariescelebrate art in all its forms and provide the stage for many artists toconnect with their audience. This spring libraries have the opportunityto help secure the future vitality of our cultural community.
The Artists Foundation, a non-profit Massachusetts art organizationestablished to foster development of artists in all disciplines (visual,literary, performing, craft, etc..), is currently collecting data inorder to better understand and support Massachusetts artists and theirneeds.
Libraries may assist the Artists Foundation by making theirquestionnaire Stand Up and Be Counted available on their librarywebsite. The questionnaire may be completed on-line <> can bedownloaded off the Artists Foundation's website, or artists may requestthat it be mailed to them by calling 617-464-3559. By encouraging localartists to participate in this survey, the library will be reaching outto this important part of our community.
All of the aggregate data collected through the questionnaire will beavailable free on-line while preserving the privacy and data integrityof individual survey records (personal contact information will not bepublically shared).

Taken from an email with permission from Celeste Bruno of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners


The Bookmobile came last week! The library has a new selection of children's and adult books, adult large print, movies, and audio books! Come see what's new!

Spring Break!!!

Spring break is coming up, and there will be STUFF for kids to do in the library April 23rd-25th, Wednesday through Friday, 4-6PM! Wednesday there will be arts and crafts....lots of paper projects to choose from! Thursday will be Music Review based on criteria that YOU decide is important. Bring a few song titles with you and they'll be downloaded for the group to listen to and then review. Friday there will be a Jenga Tournament!! Bring your steady hands!


Ron Kujawski, weekly gardening columnist for The Berkshire Eagle and The Berkshire Record will discuss the cultivationand display of summer flowering bulbs. “Among the boldest and most colorful flowers in summergardens are the so-called summer flowering bulbs. Oftenunknown to beginning gardeners and under appreciated by veteran gardeners, these bulbs are among the easiest plants to grow”. This presentation will answer all of your questions aboutsummer flowering bulbs.

April 12th at 10:30AM-12PM in the New Town Hall. 21 State Line Rd. in the Conference Room.

Book Club

The next book discussion will be on May 2nd at 6PM in the library. The book is In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O'Brien. Everyone is welcome!

Saturday Morning Lecture Series

The Friends of the Library have published their lecture series on a set of DVD's. The set is available at the library for $40. And starting on April 12th, one lecture will be shown each Saturday at 10AM in the library. Bring a cup of coffee, relax, and learn!
April 12th: Marble Quarries
April 19th: Travel Back in Time
April 26th: Railroads

New Books Are Here!

New books are here!
Stranger in Paradise by Robert B. Parker
Appeal, The by John Grisham
Losing It by Valeri Bertinelli (backordered)
Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella
Strangers in Death by JD Robb
Betrayal by John Lescroart
Carrot Cake Murder by Fluke
Shadows of the Night by Joyce

Volunteerism is Alive in the Library!

Volunteers are always needed at the library for reshelving materials, processing books, reading for Story Time and Crafts, and manning the circulation desk! No previous training necessary. Contact the library for more information. Pictured here is our youngest volunteer! He's always willing to do very important tasks like stamping book pockets!

Successful Adult Egg Hunt!

There was an enthusiastic group of about 15 adult egg hunters today! The winners were Chris and Sarah Grenoble, a mother daughter team! Marshall Fischer came in second place! Paper eggs were hidden in magazines, the card catalog, in the local business section, in paperbacks, large print books, music books, videos, fiction and non-fiction. Hunters were given clues, and in some cases, computer research was necessary. It was a fun way to learn more about how much the library has to offer and how to do research to find materials currently in the library.

Poetry Slam March 13th!

The West Stockbridge Public Library hosted it's first Poety Slam on March 13th! The emcee, Vanessa Vargas, was wonderful and really had everyone participating. There were three winners who are all eligible to go on to the Regional Competition in May. Hilary Russell, from Sheffield, came in first place, Karel Fisher, from Richmond, was second, and the super brave local youngster, Juri Kiin of West Stockbridge, stole third. Prizes were donated by Hotchkiss Mobiles, Molly Bruce Jacobs, Hoffman Pottery, West Stockbridge Video, and the Bookloft. The WS Friends of the Library and Cultural Council also helped sponsored the event. A big THANKS to everyone that helped pull this together!

AJ ColeWest Stockbridge Library Director
Photo: Juri Kiin, Hilary Russell, Karel Fisher, and Vanessa Vargas

Virtual Tour

Hold on to your lunch. We're going for a spin!


The following museum passes have been provided by the Friends of the West Stockbridge Library.


Ashley House and Bart's Cobble

Berkshire Bontanical Garden

Berkshire Museum

Clark Art Institute


DCR Parks Pass

The Folly at Feilds Farm

Hancock Shaker Village

Mass MOCA Mission House

The Mount


Norman Rockwell Museum

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Ventfort Hall

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