Fine Amnesty returns!

For the entire month of March 2016 you can bring your donations of canned foods (low sodium vegetables preferred), peanut butter, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, healthy all-fruit jams and jellies, low sodium hearty soups, shelf stable milk, and other non-perishables directly to the Library and have your fines waived. Your donations will then be delivered to The Family Pantry where they will benefit local community members.

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Harwich holds its 1st Community Read Feb-May 2015!

Harwich Reads: Growing Our Community

The purpose  is for people to come together through the reading and discussion of a common book. In our town we are also holding programs in different locations surrounding the common theme of gardening.

We will read 2 books over the next few months: Animal, Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Visit for more information about programs

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New Circulation Policies beginning Nov. 5, 2014

On Nov 5, three new circulation policies will take effect, based on votes
by CLAMS library directors at the June Membership meeting, as follows:

1. The maximum number of checked out items per patron will be 50.

2. The maximum number of holds allowed per patron will be 100.

3. A patron’s account will be blocked when they have one or more billed

In order to implement the third policy, we will be standardizing the overdue notices and bills for most items. There will be two overdue notices and one bill, sent two weeks apart (e.g., 1st overdue notice sent 2 weeks after the due date, 2nd overdue notice sent 2 weeks after the 1st notice, bill sent 2 weeks after the 2nd OD notice).

If there are any questions feel free to contact Suzanne Martell, Assistant Library Director at 508-430-7562 ext 7 or

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Seed Lending Library Now Open!

Thanks to the help of Tara Laidlaw from Cape Cod Food Hub we have opened a Seed Lending Library for individuals to come “borrow” seeds to grow in their garden this summer. Saving seeds and passing them down to the next generation has happened for years but lately there has been a trend toward eating produce that is GMO (genetically modified organism) free. Beginning with heirloom or open-pollinated seeds, gardeners will select seeds and plant them taking care to not cross pollinate them with other species. Continue reading

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New Service —- Book A Librarian

Need help with Microsoft Word? Signing up for email? Attaching a document to email? Help with your new tablet? How to use the CLAMS catalog? Other technology questions?

Library cardholders can book a thirty minute appointment with one of our qualified staff members to learn more about browsing the Internet, creating or checking email, Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Brooks Free Library!

While the town observes the holiday, the library will be closed  on Thursday, November 28 and  Friday, November 29 so please plan ahead.  We will be open our normal hours of 10:00 AM till 7:00 PM on Wednesday, November 27 and 10:00 AM till 4:00 PM on Saturday November 30.

Starting immediately after Thanksgiving it’s fine amnesty time at the library, which will runs through the month of December.   Continue reading

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Institution Cards for Teachers and Homeschooling Parents

Mornings are brighter, evenings are cozier, and Cape Cod has settled in for the school year.  Educators looking for supplemental materials are invited to visit Brooks Free Library.  Did you know that teachers and homeschooling parents are entitled to an institution card for classroom materials?  Items checked out on an institution card have a longer loan period – 28 days, allowing for flexibility and time to review items you are considering.

If you have limited time to peruse our library shelves, you may wish to use our online catalog ( to search for materials. Continue reading

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