Thursday, September 5, 2019

Friends in the news

Friends of the Medway Library co-Presidents Diane Busa and Meg Hamilton recently presented a check for $19,000 to the Medway Library trustees.

MEDWAY -- Friends of the Medway Library co-Presidents Diane Busa and Meg Hamilton recently presented a check for $19,000 to the Medway Library trustees.
The Friends raised the money at their popular May and October book sales, as well as at various pop-up book sales throughout the year. The library will use these funds for new books, programs, and museum passes.
“The Medway Library is very grateful to the Friends of the Library for everything they do, from running wonderful family programs like the Gingerbread Festival to devoting many hours to sorting books and holding book sales to benefit the library,” said library Director Margaret Perkins. “We would like to thank the Friends for their very generous donation.”
Hamilton said the Friends will try to have leisurely Friends-only book sales in August and September at which members can buy up to 10 books without the usual crowds.
During June, July and August, the Friends group also holds a summer beach reads sale of paperback books for $1 each. Also later this summer and fall will be other pop-up, week-long sales, including media such as CD’s, DVD’s, audio books and vinyl records, an art book sale, and separate children’s and YA book sales.
In addition to supporting the library with cash donations, The Friends also help with various library programs, including in the Makerspace and the free summer lunch program. The Friends obtain discount passes to Southwick’s Zoo and hold community programs such as Lego Club, Family Movies and the December Gingerbread Festival.
The Friends also support the library Makerspace and has contributed to the purchase, along with Exelon Generation, of a new workstation for the public’s use.
“The Makerspace is a hidden treasure. People use the machines to convert old Super 8 movies, slides, and video tapes to DVDs and other digital formats,” said library trustee Trudi Stefan. “There is a 3-D printer as well as a large format printer. The Makerspace also has a knitting machine, sewing machines, and various tools and materials. There is so much to do in the area.”
“We have fewer than 15 active volunteers,” said Hamilton, ” but they are the best. They love giving back to the community and we have such fun during our sorting sessions. Imagine what Friends could do if we had more volunteers. You can help us whenever you
can. ”
Membership in the Friends is $10 single, $15 family. For more information about the Friends, check out the website at
Patrons can also donate books and receive a tax donation while helping the library.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Lego Club at the Medway Library


The LEGO Club!

Sponsored by The Friends of the Medway Library

The next session will be held on

4-5:00 pm in the Cole room
Lego fans, 1st grade and up, are invited to have fun building Lego Creations based on the theme of the day or they can just free build.    

Creations will be displayed at the library and a digital photo will be emailed to you.
Space is limited, so you must register. 
Thank you to all who have donated Legos or given special donations for us to buy Legos.  We are always looking for more Legos so we can have more children be involved in this fun and creative activity.    We can always use more Green and Blue plates or other building platforms.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Upcoming Lego Club Dates

Lego Club at the Library!



Register in advance using the links provided
or by calling the Library at (508)533-3217

Sponsored by the Friends of the Medway Library


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Medway Library Maker Space Certification Sessions

New Equipment:
DVD/CD Buffer
Large Format Printer
Thermal Laminator 
Silhouette Cameo 3 Vinyl/Paper Cutter
8mm/Super 8 film converter

If you would like to use the 3D printer,  you will need to complete the certification process.  You will be shown how to download an object and adjust the size,  the procedure for paying for the object & and how to print the object.

Walk in certifications every Thursday from 3:30 to 5:00 pm

or contact the library

If you would like to use the New Bulky Knitting Machine,  you will need to complete the certification process.  You will be shown which yarn to use,  how to set up the needle bed,  how to cast on the yarn, adjust tension and create a small project.  This will allow you to be able to explore the machine and try different knitting techniques on your own.

If you would like to use the Soldering Iron,  you will need to complete the certification process.  You will be given an overview of the tools required to properly solder electronic components and wires.   You will be shown the proper safety procedures and how to solder and desolder a small electronic component.   

Please contact the library if you would like to be certified on the Soldering Iron.   Leave your name and email and someone will contact you to schedule the certification session

 If you would like to use the Sewing Machines,  you will need to complete the certification process.  You will be shown how to thread and operate the machines.   You will also be given a take home informational handout that you can refer to when you are in the room working on your future project.

Please contact the library if you would like to be certified on the Sewing Machines.   Leave your name and email and someone will contact you to schedule the certification session

To speed up the process, please fill out the Makerspace Waiver and Room Agreement forms prior to certification (parents or guardians must sign for minors).
Forms are available at the circulation desk.

Sunday, May 13, 2018


Discount tickets to the Southwick Zoo in Mendon, are available for purchase at the Medway Library circulation desk. The cost of a discount ticket is only $20.00 each!  (Regular prices are $28.00 for an adult, $24.00 for children 3-12 and $22 for seniors 62+.)

 The library will ONLY accept a check or cash as payment for the tickets! 

Tickets do not have an expiration date so they make the perfect Holiday and Birthday Gift...

Discount tickets CAN NOT be used to 
upgrade to Zoo-It-All Ticket

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Do you have slides that you want to convert to a digital format?

Did you know that the Medway Library Makerspace has a 2 devices to convert Slides, negatives and photos to a digital format?

It also has a machine to convert VHS tapes to a DVD.

check out this article by our very own Meg Hamilton, co-president of the Friends:

PERSPECTIVE: Rediscovering memories in new Maker Space at Medway Library

By Meg Hamilton

I’ve been on a downsizing kick lately and wondered what to do with the hundreds of slides and family VHS tapes that have been stored in my basement closet for decades. I hadn’t viewed them in years, since I have no slide projector and our old VCR is no longer working.
I had thought about having the slides and tapes professionally converted, but it was extremely expensive to do so.
Luckily, I discovered the new Medway Library Makerspace and its equipment that converts slides, negatives, photos, or VHS tapes to digital format.
First I was worried that the technology would be too advanced for me. After all, I once thought I had to rewind a DVD for the next person to view it. But I was amazed at how simple it was to do so using the step- by-step directions.
My first batch of slides was from a trip to Europe in the 1970’s with my best friend, and I immediately started laughing at the photo of her waving to a gargoyle on the roof of Notre Dame. I soon copied all 150 slides and placed them on my flash drive. Later that day I transferred them to a CD and sent them to my friend, who now lives in Virginia. She called me immediately after receiving them, and we reminisced for an hour. I also emailed individual photos to my children who were fascinated to see their mom in her 20’s breaking rules by wading in a Roman fountain to cool off.
As for those old VHS tapes, they were even easier to convert. All I needed were some blank DVDs on which to record. I rediscovered Thanksgiving gatherings at my parents’ home, visits to the zoo with my children, and high school graduations. I sent copies to various family members, all of whom were excited to see these old movies after so many years. And yes, those of us who saw ourselves with permed hair and acid washed jeans were appalled that we were such victims of 80’s fashion.
Despite the fashion risks, I encourage you to check out the new Medway Library Makerspace, especially the slide and VHS tape converters. Maybe the place should be renamed The Space Maker, since I now have much more room in my storage closet. I’ve consolidated and preserved my memories at the same time.
Now that I have finished, I have my eye on the Makerspace’s 3-D printer. Hmmm, maybe I can create some hip new frames for my reading glasses.