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Stevens Memorial Library is led by Emily Donnelly, our Library Director. Learn more about us and get involved! Big things are happening at SML... Educational. Culture. Recreation. Art. Information. History. Activities & Events.
Emily is a Philadelphia native who has worked as a librarian for over a decade. She has multiple college degrees, including a Master's Degree in Library Science.
She was the children's librarian at the Boston Public Library for seven years. Her passion for literature and libraries has been consistent since high school, she loves Ashburnham and we've been fortunate to have her since October 2014.
Born, raised, and educated in Gardner, Janet has been a resident of Ashburnham for over 35 years. She and her husband raised their family here and continue to be incredibly active in the community.
Janet has coached girls softball, worked in the Ashburnham Westminster Regional School District, and was involved in Girl Scouts for many years.
Keith has lived in Ashburnham since 1980 and raised three children here. He has been on the library staff since 2009.
Keith's a graduate of UMass/Amherst and Boston University and has previously worked as a teacher, corporate communications specialist, and video producer. His interests include singing and playing the guitar, gardening, camping, and of course, books!
The Trustees of the Stevens Memorial Library are citizens of Ashburnham and are elected by town voters. Each serves a term of three (3) years.
In addition to email, you may also contact each Trustee by leaving a message for them here at the library. A Trustee will return your call in a timely manner.
❯ Ed Vitone, Chair Email
❯ Paula St. Laurent Kuehl, Treasurer
❯ Candace Wright
❯ Christopher Rigby
❯ Anne Olivari
❯ Jessica Caouette
All Library Board of Trustee Meetings are open to the public. The Trustees meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 4:00.
To find Trustees agendas & minutes from 1968-2012, please click here. For more recent minutes, please go here and click Library Board of Trustees.
Stevens Memorial Library Mission Statement
The Stevens Memorial Library supports its community through the provision of materials, programs, space, and technology to aid in the educational, cultural, and recreational development of its entire community.
The library is committed to providing a welcoming space for Ashburnham citizens and residents of neighboring communities without regard to gender, race, age, religion, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.
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Our membership roster includes families, individuals, and businesses in the Ashburnham area. Their annual membership dues, provide important financial support to the library; support that translates into entertaining and educational activities for children and adults, new materials for all library patrons to enjoy, and physical improvements to our building and grounds.
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THE LIBRARY'S HISTORY
Ashburnham’s first library was established in 1793 through the sale of shares at two dollars apiece. This library managed to be self-supporting through the contributions of its members (and aided by share sales, financial and material donations, and book sales) until 1833, when it was disbanded. Its contents were distributed among its members.
In 1850, “the [private] Ladies’ Library Association was organized and a collection of books of approved character was continued by renewals until 1884” (Stearns 534).
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