Associate Library Assistant (Part-Time)

Under the supervision of the Library Director, the Associate Library Assistant performs a variety of clerical and technical duties including circulation, reference and reader’s advisory, collections management, and bookkeeping in a fast-paced public library setting.

Candidates for this position should have an Associate’s Degree with at least one year library experience or equivalent public library experience. Preference given to candidates with demonstrated knowledge of library databases including Evergreen and Infotrac, internet research skills, ability to teach common office applications, and bookkeeping experience.  Candidates must have excellent customer service skills.

Submit application letter, resume, and standard town application form available at www.spencerma.gov to Library Director, Richard Sugden Library, 8 Pleasant Street, Spencer MA 01562.  Review begins June 1, 2015.  EEO Employer. Posted:  May 18, 2015

Book pileFriends of the library is now accepting book donations for the Friends of the Library Book Sale. Donations of books in good condition will be accepted. No encyclopedias, magazines, or moldy books. Books may brought into the library during open hours.

BrowniesWe are also looking for baked goods  AND volunteers to help at the sale. If you are able to bake/help, please call the library (at 508-885-7513) and let us know what you will bring. Baked goods may be dropped off Thursday (between 10 am and 7 pm) or at the beginning for the sale on Saturday at 9:00 am.

Thank you. The Summer Book & Bake Sale will be held Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 9:00 am -2:00 pm. Mark your calendar and get your beach reads!

Library Telescope displayTelescope Abailable To Borrow

Become an amateur astronomer @ your Library by borrowing one of our Orion StarBlaster Telescopes, donated by Lincoln Stamp and Coin in memory of Susan E. Root.

About the Library Telescope Lending Program: The Aldrich Astronomical Society, Inc. is pleased to be working in collaboration with the Cornerstones of Science who are based in Brunswick, Maine to support the Library Telescope Program to help foster scientific literacy and to stimulate interest in astronomy, enable people who have never looked through a telescope the chance to experience the excitement that comes from discovery and to provide a valuable asset for the community.

About the Telescope: The StarBlast 4.5 inch Astronomical Telescope is easy to use and robust. There is nothing to assemble. It has a wooden base, not the usual spindly tripod legs. The telescope is of manageable size, but has a relatively large optical tube. This means that the Moon and deep sky objects will show far more detail than one could see with the common beginner’s telescope. It also has a large field of view that allows the object to stay in the eyepiece longer.

Borrowing a Telescope:

  • Patrons age 18 and older with a C/W MARS library card in good standing may borrow the telescope kit for a three week period with no renewals.
  • A replacement fee of up to $300 will be charged if the telescope or any of the accessories are damaged beyond repair or lost.
  • Library Telescope Agreement Formmust be completed at time of borrowing.
  • To check for availability, call the library at 508-885-7513.

Kill-A-Watt Meter AND Telescope may be reserved at the Main Desk. Once you have been notified that the Telescope/Kill-A-Watt Meter is available. You will have 2 business days to check it out, or it will go to the next person on the list.

Kill-A-WattKill-A-Watt Meter Available To Borrow

The Kill-A-Watt kit helps people understand their energy use. It easily helps you measure the electrical draw on household appliances to determine how they currently use energy. Ultimately, you’ll learn how to reduce energy consumption and electric costs.

To check out the Kill-A-Watt meter you need is a C/WMARS Library Card (in good standing), to be over the age of 18, and to sign the waiver. Kill-A-Watt Meter circulates for 3 weeks with no renewal. Donated by National Grid and Mass Save

Databases to use with your SPENCER Library Card.

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GGale Power Searchale Power Search (Find information on just about anything. This database includes the Boston Globe, New York Times, magazines, health, medical, sports, biography, gardening, business, global issues, travel, history, careers, tourism, information for children, and much more!) Full-text magazines, news, encyclopedias, and e-reference books.

NNovelistovelist (Search thousands of popular fiction titles, and also retrieve author read-alikes, book lists, book discussion guides and more.)

Grove ArtOxford Art Online (Access to the entire text of the Dictionary of Art, and the Oxford Companion to Western Art. It offers ongoing additions of new and updated articles, over 3,000 thumbnail art images and line drawings displayed in the text of articles, extensive image links, and sophisticated search and navigation tools.)

Science OnlineScience Online (Learn a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive definitions, essays, diagrams, biographies, and experiments.)

Digital TreasuresDigital Treasures is a Central and Western Massachusetts digital literacy project. You will find many local historical pictures from MA.


To log into your C/WMARS account click here.

We are full members of the Central/Western MA Resource Sharing (C/W MARS) network.If you already have a C/W MARS library card, you are welcome to use it at the Richard Sugden Library. You can request items online, and have them delivered to the library using your C/W MARS card! You are also able to pay library fines/bills online.To get a free library card, bring in a photo ID and a piece of mail with your current address. *Library cards are required for all library transactions.

Museum Passes

Ecotarium www.ecotarium.org

Tuesday-Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-5 year-round. Museum coupon admits 2 adults and 2 children at 50% regular museum admission price (You pay $7.00 adults; $4.00 children 2-18, $5.00 senior citizens and college students with ID. Chilren under 2 admitted free. Active military personnel receive 2 for 1 admission with ID.)

Massachusetts State Park Pass www.mass.gov/forparks.html

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation has donated an annual “ParksPass” hangtag which entitles the bearer to free parking for one vehicle at over 50 day-use facilities in the State Parks system that charges a fee; not valid for camping.

Tower Hill Botanic Garden


Tuesday-Sunday and Holidays, Mondays 9-5 year round. Check hours for Twigs Cafe, shop and Library. Museum pass provides free admission for up to 4 people. Pass does not includes discount at the Shop at Tower Hill.

USS Constitution Museum http://www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org/

Address: Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Mass. 02129 Tel: 617-426-1812
Admits: Free admission. Limited to parties of 9 or fewer – 1 pass per party.

USS Constitution Museum* Hours  November 01 – March 31 Open Daily, 10:00 – 5:00 Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

*USS Constitution Hours November 01 – March 31 Open Thursday-Sunday, 10:00 – 3:30

*The USS Constitution Museum and the USS Constitution (the Ship) are not operated by the same organization. See the Ship’s website for the most up-to-date information about hours.

QR Code (Quick Response Code)

A two-dimensional bar code. Users with a smart phone or android can take a picture of the image of the QR code to open the Library€™s web page in your telephone’s browser.



The Library is a Free WiFi location! We have an open connection from any area of the Library! Bring in your lap top and try it out today!

The Library Mission

The mission of the Richard Sugden Library is to provide open and free access to educational, informational, recreational, historical, and cultural resources for area residents through its collections and programs. The library is a community center, offering meeting spaces and study areas for a wide variety of library and community events.