Library CLOSED Until Further Notice.  In response to concerns around COVID-19 and in an effort to ensure the health and safety of staff and patrons town buildings are closed to the public.  The town website has more information about town departments. For updates on Spencer cases check out the Spencer Town Website.  (4/28/20)

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Wendy O’Leary is hosting online Zoom meetings 
every week on Tuesdays.

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Learn about & practice mindfulness, & discuss using these tools to enhance our relationship with ourselves and others.  Drop-in when you’re available.  You do not need to come every week.  Facilitated by Wendy O’Leary.

Fundamentals of Mindfulness

(Four Week Series)

Zoom Classes Thursdays July 9, 16, 23 & 30 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.  This series will include the progressive teachings in a more developmental way (as opposed to the drop-in groups where Wendy weaves in various techniques and sometimes people miss a piece here or there).  The intention is to provide a foundation for practice through this class.

Another way of looking at the series is as an introductory overview of mindfulness concepts and practice, includes working with thoughts and emotions.  Learn and practice basics of mindfulness meditation to support developing a personal practice. The series includes recommendations for formal, informal and in the moment practices.  The workshop will be taught by Wendy O’Leary, M.Ed.

For more information you can find Wendy online at, or on her Facebook page Wendy O’Leary, Educator, Author, Consultant.

Signup requiredSpace is limited. To signup email Wendy at 

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AdultsTeen Mania (Grades 6-12)Imagination Station (K – Grade 5), and Pre-K

Adult Library Program Recordings

The Road to Vote: Boston Women’s Suffrage Trail

View the 10-10-2019 program on Spencer Cable Access YouTube.

Spencer Then and Now Programs:

School Days

View the 10-10-2019 program on Spencer Cable Access YouTube.


View the 8/1/2019 program on Spencer Cable Access.


View the 5/15/2019 program on Spencer Cable Access.

History of the Massasoit Hotel

View the 3/7/19 program on Spencer Cable Access!

Spencer Through Time Take Two!

View the 11/1/2018 program on Spencer Cable Access!

Luther Hill Park Grand Re-opening

Take a look at the Luther Hill Park Grand Re-Opening – July 1, 2018!

 Spencer through Time

Spencer Through Time, book by Frank and Hannah Morrill, library program (held on June 9, 2018) can be viewed here!

2020 Census At A Glance - Magoffin County High School

Fill out the 2020 Federal Census Form Here

This year there are 2 census (the Town Census, and the Federal Census).  Federal Census get towns more money and services. Your information is confidential and not shared with anyone.

No fines for overdue materials

Due dates for items have been changed to the end of May.

Tax Day has been moved from April 15th to July 15th.

Summer 2019 Adult Program Slideshow

 Past Adult Program Slideshows

Postponed until further notice:

Book Discussion

Adults are invited to discuss the book: Killers of the Flower Moon By David Grann.  

  • At the end of the nineteenth century, the Osage Indians were driven onto a presumed worthless expanse of land in northeastern Oklahoma.
  • Their territory turned out to be on top one of the largest oil deposits in the United States and prospectors were required to pay the tribe for leases and royalties.
  • By the 1920s, the members of Osage Nation had become the wealthiest people per capita in the world.
  • The Osage began to die under mysterious circumstances.
  • As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four and local law enforcement made little progress, the fledgling Federal Bureau of Investigation was called in.

 Read the book prior to the discussion.  Books available at Library’s Main Desk.  Sign up here, at, or visit or call the Richard Sugden Library, Spencer, at 508-885-7513 x 1.

Postponed until further notice.

Alzheimer’s Disease: Know the 10 Signs.  Early Detection Matters.

Space is limited. Sign up required.  If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it’s time to learn the facts.  Early detection of Alzheimer’s disease gives you a chance to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies and plan for the future.  This interactive workshop features video clips of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Workshop is presented by the Alzheimer’s Association® .

Postponed until further notice.

Photo Exhibit on Display: People of Color

March 4, 2020—April 15, 2020: Photographs of William Bullard: People of Color in Worcester, MA Circa. 1900.  Bullard’s collection of 5400  glass negatives were taken primarily in Worcester County.   Photographs from those glass negatives make up this exhibit.  Presented by local historian, Frank J. Morrill.  This exhibit  is a must see.  Many of these photographs were on display at the Worcester Art Museum (WAM)!

Postponed until further notice.

People of Color: A Night of Stories!

Local historian, Frank Morrill shares stories about the photography exhibit on display at the library.  Stories and slide-show include people in the exhibit and their descendants.  He will also be accompanied by a special guest! The program will be held on the ground floor in the Richard Sugden Library Community Room, 8 Pleasant St. Spencer.

Postponed until further notice:


Spencer Writers Group

All types of writers, Adults (Grades 9+) are invited.  Spencer Writer’s Group is held the FIRST Monday of each month (unless there is a holiday; the second Monday) from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Come prepared to write! Light refreshments will be served. Register today! Questions?  Contact Sharon Legasey at

Writers, mark your calendar: poet visit May 4th!  Come and be inspired by poet, John Brand.  

FREE Adult Computer Class 

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Adults Beginning / Intermediate computer classes are held the first Wednesday, of each month from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Not sure what you want to learn? Come learn ways to keep in touch with your children, friends, grandchildren and more! Come even if you’ve never used a computer before! We have lap tops to share, or bring your lap top computer, phone, tablet…

Happiness Trap Book Group with Wendy O’Leary.

Please plan to attend all 8 sessions (1/month).  Workshops are held the SECOND Tuesdays: March 10, April 14 & May 12.  The group is held 1:30 pm –3:00 pm.

Postponed until further notice:

Fundamentals of Mindfulness (4 part workshop series) 

Thursdays July 9, 16, 23 & 30 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm to be held @ the Richard Sugden Library, Spencer.  The four week series will include an introductory overview of mindfulness concepts and practice, working with thoughts and emotions, the basics of mindfulness meditation to support developing a personal practice , and recommendations for formal, informal and in the moment practices.  Workshop taught by Wendy O’Leary, M.Ed.  For more information you can find Wendy online at, or on her Facebook page Wendy O’Leary, Educator, Author, Consultant.  Signup required Space is limited.  Registration begins May 2020!

The Richard Sugden Library has reduced price passes to the Ecotarium, Old SturbridgeVillage, Massachusetts State Parks (free), Tower Hill Botanic Garden, and the USS Constitution Museum (free).

Borrow a Hot Spot (Free WiFi device)

The Library Hot Spot is a small, easy-to-use mobile device that allows you to connect Wi-Fi enabled devices like laptops, tablets, and smartphones to the internet for free.  The Hot Spot can be used at home, in a car, at the park…

Borrowers must be 18+ years with a library card in good standing. They go out for 2 weeks with no renewal. For more information click here.


At the Library, we have free WiFi as well as computers available for free use. Computer printing: black and white for $0.10 / page, and color printouts for $0.15 / page.Wireless printing is not available at this time.

copy machineWe offer black and white copies for $0.10 /page.


Massasoit Art Guild provides monthly displays of artwork.

Local Artisans and Crafters Display @ the Library  Richard Sugden Library continues to support local artists by hosting local artisans, crafters and collectors by displaying their work in a glass case on the main floor.

Kill-A-Watt Meter

May be reserved at the Main Desk. You must be age 18+ with a C/WMARS library card in good standing may borrow the Kill-A-Watt Meter. Once you have been notified that the Kill-A-Watt Meter is available. You will have 3 business days to check it out, or it will go to the next person on the list.

Drivers Permit and License Tests

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Free online Resources    Drivers Manual      Drivers Permit Practice Tests