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Levi Heywood Memorial Library

55 West Lynde Street

Gardner, MA 01440

phone: 1-978-632-5298



Monday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday: Closed.*
*Closed Memorial Day weekend -
Labor Day weekend

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Mobile Printing
Print from computers & mobile devices $.10/page

inclement weather
During inclement weather call 978-632-5298 for Library closings/delays or check our facebook page


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Summer Reading Family Night
ScienceTellers 'Wild West'
Wed. July 25th 5:00 p.m.


Grab your spurs and journey with us to the Wild West, where a legendary bank-robbing outlaw is back in town, about to strike again! After the Sheriff mysteriously vanishes, two young kids must saddle up to foil the great heist — but not before stopping a runaway train, escaping an abandoned mine shaft and discovering how a mysterious piano can play an ‘instrumental’ part in putting a rotten cowboy back behind bars.

Throughout this absolutely wild adventure story, volunteers from the audience will help us explore the fascinating science behind chemical reactions, acids and bases, combustion, air pressure, inertia and more. Don’t miss this classic action-packed western with ‘notes’ of science!

No registration required.
Limited to first 100 arrivals.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Gardner Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Summer Reading Finale & Raffle Drawing
Toe Jam Puppet Band
Fri. July 27th 10:00 a.m.

Toe Jam Puppet Band

The Toe Jam Variety Show features interactive songs, stories and puppets, including a barn dance, a flying laundry song and a car wash song where the kids get sprayed with water!

No registration required.
Limited to first 100 arrivals.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Levi Heywood Memorial Library.

Book Sale

Augst 2018

Commonwealth Museum Traveling Exhibit
Le Grand Dèrangement 1755-1766
The Acadian Exile in Massachusetts

Acadian Map

For the month of July the Library will be hosting the Commonwealth Museum's traveling exhibit on the history of the Acadian exile in Massachusetts. Beginning in 1755, nearly 10,000 French inhabitants of Nova Scotia, also known as the Acadians, had their homes and property confiscated and were forcibly deported to other British colonies in America. Of these, some 2000 found themselves bound for Massachusetts. Destitute and among foreigners of a different religion and language, these Acadian families were distributed among many Massachusetts towns, where they were forced to rely on local residents for basic support. This exhibit tells the story of the Acadian experience in Massachusetts, where they were compelled to remain until the end of the war in 1763.

Summer Hours

Summer Hours

Saturday hours will resume on September 8th.

New Mobile Printing
@ the Library


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PrinterOn has mobile printing apps for iOS and Android devices that let you search for and print to all PrinterOn locations. For more information visit:

To download apps, search for PrinterOn:

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Black & white printing $.10/page cash only

July Adult Book Group
Wednesday, July 25th 4:30 p.m.

The Sea Around Us

In July, the Book Group will be reading The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson. This classic work remains as fresh today as when it first appeared in 1951. Carson's writing teems with stunning, memorable images which capture the mystery and allure of the ocean with a compelling blend of imagination and expertise.

Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Main Circulation Desk.

New members welcome.
For more information about the Book Group,
call Ann at 978-632-7638

Food for Fines
July & August 2018

Food for Fines

For the months of July and August patrons may donate non-perishable food items for the Gardner CAC and reduce their library fines.  A maximum of 10 items per patron will be accepted.  Each item reduces library fines by $1. Please see posters in the Library for a Food Pantry Wish List. 

The Library reserves the right to refuse any item.  Donated items must not be past the expiration date, dented, or in poor condition. Non-perishable items only, no glass containers.

Summer Reading 2018
Libraries Rock!

Libraries Rock!

Summer Reading Club Registration Begins Monday, June 25th

Click here for a calendar of events

Backpack Community
Mission Project
July 1st - August 8th

School Supplies

The Gardner CAC and MOC CFCE have partnered together to donate backpacks to needy children in Gardner and surrounding areas. The Library's Children's Room is a donation drop-off location for the following supplies:
Backpacks, pens/pencils, markers/crayons/erasers, rulers, loose paper, glue sticks, pencil cases, notebooks, binders, and folders.

Accepting Used Books for August Sale

Book Donations

The Friends of the Library are accepting gently used books and DVDs for their August book sale.

Sorry, we are unable to accept: Textbooks, Reader's Digest Condensed Books, Encyclopedias, VHS and any items that are in poor condition because they are torn, marked, smell unpleasant, or are dirty.

Drop-in Knitting Club
Mondays 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Adult Knitting Club

An opportunity for knitters, crocheters, and quilters to gather and work on their current projects and share information and ideas. No registration required. Please bring your own materials.

Fax Service @ the Library


The Levi Heywood Memorial Library is pleased to announce we are now providing fax service to the public! Patrons can send faxes from the Reference Desk for a fee of $1.00 for the 1st page and $.50 for each additional page.
To view our Fax Policy click here

Genealogy Research Help
Wednesdays 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


The Levi Heywood Memorial Library, in cooperation with the Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society, is offering individual help with genealogical research.  A representative of CMGS will be in the Local History Room on Wednesday evenings from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Stop by with your family research questions.

What's New?

For a list of ALL recently added items click here
(list is in alphabetical order by title)

The following DVDs have recently been added to our collection. The current month's list will be updated as new titles are added so check back throughout the month. Please feel free to place a hold on any of these titles either online through My Account, in person at the Library, or over the phone.





Last Updated: July 19, 2018