lady teaching man computerTODAY Southbridge Savings Bank presents: FREE Adult Computer Classes

@ the Richard Sugden Library, Spencer begins Wednesday, October 7, 2015 from 2:00 – 3:00 . Adults are invited to attend FREE beginning/intermediate computer classes. Come even if you’ve never used a computer before! You are encouraged to bring your lap top computer or tablet. We have some lap tops to share. Classes held the FIRST WEDNESDAY of each month.

Columbus DayLIBRARY CLOSED OCTOBER 12. 2015 in celebration of Columbus Day.


Science TellersFull Steam Ahead Grant, grand Steam Logoopening program:


presented by Science Tellers. This free program will be held for pre-k, on October 20th at 1:30!

In a faraway world with castles, kings, an ice sorceress and a powerful item called the Horn of Fire, two young villagers take a daring journey to release the dragons and save the entire kingdom!

Join us as we learn about dry ice and the changing states of matter through the tale of “Dragons & Dreams.” Wouldn’t dragon’s breath be an amazing sight to see?! Well, get ready to see it … feel it … smell it … maybe even taste it! This story features interactive and explosive experiments with dry ice, fog, smoke-filled bubbles, flying rockets and more. Enjoy this spectacular adventure and be swept away to a world where dragons are real and dreams come true — and where only the most daring of people will survive to tell the tale!

Steam LogoFull Steam Ahead at the Richard Sugden Library!

Pre-k hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, & math programs.

It’s all free! Can’t make it to the events?  Come to the library to experience our indoor and outdoor discovery zone! Something new to try every time you come!

See the schedule of events on the Kids Page (3rd Tuesday of the month at 1:30)

Steam Grant attributionThis project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (16.75.03).

STEAM Spencer logoCheck out the Kids Page for Pre-School programs, Family Night, STEAM Team, Lego club and more!

Teens KinectCheck out the Teen Page for Monday Mania, Teens Kinect and more!

Telescope and Kill-A-Watt Meter Now Available

To borrow the telescope/ Kill-A-Watt Meter, patrons must be 18+ years with a C/WMARS library card in good standing. They may be borrowed for 3 weeks. To reserve either one, ask at the Main Desk, or call the library at 508-885-7513. 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.

 Library Telescope displayTelescope Available 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 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. The Aldrich Astronomical Society, Inc. is working in collaboration with the Cornerstones of Science who are based in Brunswick, Maine to support the Library Telescope Program.  See the following links for night sky information: Aldrich Astronomical Society, Sky and Telescope.com, Astronomy.comNASA.

The Aldrich Astronomical Society, Inc. is excited and happy to extend this outstanding educational outreach program to libraries throughout their Massachusetts service area through their Adopt a Library Program.

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. Donated by National Grid and Mass Save

Museum Passes

Old Sturbridge VilliageOld Sturbridge Village 

An 1830s New England Living History Museum. Daytime Admission prices with Library pass Adults $12.00, Seniors (55 and over) $11.00, Youths (3-17) $5.00, Children age 2 and under admitted Free.

Ecotaruim kidEcotarium 

The EcoTarium is a unique indoor-outdoor museum in Worcester, MA. Set in an urban oasis, the EcoTarium offers a chance to walk through the treetops, take a thrilling multimedia journey through the galaxy at a digital planetarium, meet wildlife, stroll nature trails, and get hands-on with family-friendly exhibits. Tuesday-Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-5 year-round.

Museum coupon admits 2 adults and 2 children in one vehicle (Children under 2 free) at 50% regular museum admission price (You pay $7.00 adults; $5.00 children 2-18, $5.00 senior citizens and college students with ID. Active military personnel and military spouses receive 2 for 1 admission. Valid for up to 2 free admissions with purchase of same or lesser value. Military ID required.

EBT Cards: Present your EBT card and photo ID for a discounted $2 per person cash admission. Discount applies for up to four people per card, per visit during regular business hours and cannot be combined with other offers or used for special events. The admission fee must be paid in cash. Credit card or check transactions cannot be processed for this program.) *Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

state park hiking picMassachusetts State Park Pass

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation “ParksPass” hang-tag 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 picTower Hill Botanic Garden

Museum Pass admits up to 2 people for half-price admission. Children under 6 are free. Cost with the pass,  Adults $6, Seniors $4.50, Youth (6-18) $3.50, Massachusetts EBT Cardholders (any age) $2, Members and children under 6 free, and Active Military free.

Tower Hill is the home of the Worcester County Horticultural Society. This 130+ acre botanical garden boasts remarkable views of Mt. Wachusett and Wachusett Reservoir. Tuesday-Sunday and Holidays, Mondays 9-5 year round. Open Wednesday evenings until 9pm (May 13th through December 31st). The Garden is Closed Mondays EXCEPT federal holidays. Guided Garden Tour every Sunday, 2:00 pm

USS Constitution Museum kid picUSS Constitution Museum

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

*NOTE: The USS Constitution Museum and the USS Constitution (the Ship) are not operated by the same organization. 

CWMARSLog into your C/WMARS account

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.

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!

Library TrusteesTrustees meet the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:00 pm. If you would like to be added to the agenda, see the Library Director

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.

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Charitable Needs Commission (Prouty Fund)

Charitable Needs Commission (a.k.a. The Prouty Fund) will now be meeting the FIRST Monday of each month October – June at 6:30 pm in the Town Hall Conference Room A (downstairs).

The fund is responsible for the distribution of moneys from the Melinda Prouty Harrington Fund. The purpose of the fund is to assist Spencer residents who can not make their utility bills on their own. The committee has established a rule that applicants must have been Spencer residents for at least 1 year. The assistance is intended to be a one time payment to help the applicant pay an outstanding bill – i.e. rent, utilities. It operates on a voucher system. Once the committee approval is obtained, if the request is for food, the applicant is given a voucher which can then be presented at a supermarket to pay for groceries. If the request is for something other than food the voucher is forwarded, by the committee, to the landlord, utility, etc. to pay an outstanding bill.