News FlashNovember 4th election. Question 5 is an override to allow the return of funding of cuts made July 1st to all Town departments including the Library.

The Library was cut $92,000.00 The results of this cut were:

  • Staff reduced from 12 to 5. We lost our Teen Librarian, Early Childhood Program Coordinator, four Adult Services librarians and our Student Intern.
  • Discontinuation of our 5 weekly baby, toddler and preschool programs.
  • An end to the twice a week after school programs, all teen and adult programs.
  • The loss of Saturday hours and Tuesday and Wednesday evening hours.
  • DVD’s, books, audios and CDs purchases reduced by 20%
  • Reduction of databases and museum passes
  • Unscheduled closings due to staff shortages

“A “YES” vote would return all services to the Library.

 This message sponsored and distributed by The Friends of the Richard Sugden Library

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Databases to use with your SPENCER Library Card.

  Cypress Resume                     mango-banner-button-120x90[1]

                 Create your resume!        Learn 40 + languages!


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.

 CWMARS To log into your account, click here: C/W MARS. 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.
 student driver

Drivers Permit and License Tests

 Free Online Resources

Drivers Manual

Drivers Permit Practice Tests

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

April 01 – October 31 Open Daily, 9:00 – 6:00

*USS Constitution Hours

November 01 – March 31 Open Thursday-Sunday, 10:00 – 3:30

April 01 – September 30 Open Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 – 6:00

October 1 – October 31 Open Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 – 4:00

*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 and 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.