The Public in the Library is a snapshot of the people who use the M.N. Spear Memorial Library during this moment in time, 2022. The photos will be on display in the library and eventually, they will be on exhibit in the new Shutesbury Library, bringing a piece of the old to the new.

This project was supported by the Shutesbury Cultural Council and the photos were taken by Shutesbury photographer, Jamie Malcolm Brown.

Click here  to see more photos.


How to contact the Library

If you want to request a pickup (for people in households that have Covid), place a hold, renew your library card, or ask a general question, call 259-1213 during our regular open hours or email us at our new address,  

The Friends of the M.N. Spear Memorial Library!

Books, Audiobooks, Magazines, DVDs and More

Search the Catalog.

Didn’t find what you were looking for in        CW MARS?

Try the Commonwealth Catalog, a statewide resource beyond our local resources. Requests will be delivered for pickup here in Shutesbury.

Digital Resources

Thousands of free digital books, audiobooks and magazines through Overdrive.

Stream popular, independent, and documentary films on kanopy. Free with your Shutesbury library card.

Digital streaming of movies and TV shows, eBooks, Audiobooks, and music on Hoopla. Four free borrows a month with your Shutesbury library card.

Offered in partnership with the Tewksbury Public Library

Wednesdays at noon, through May 24, on Zoom

May 24 ~ Explore The Lowell National Historical ParkMore information and registration links HERE

Presidential Libraries and Museums - A series of virtual talks

The M.N. Spear Memorial Library, in collaboration with the Tewksbury Library, is pleased to present a series of online presentations from Presidential Libraries and Museums. Join us on Tuesdays at 2 pm on Zoom. Register for one or all of the following presentations HERE

Human Rights Are Women's Rights with the Clinton Presidential Library

Tuesday, May 16th, 2:00—3:00 PM

Lyndon Johnson -- Teacher, Politician, President with the LBJ Presidential Library

Tuesday, May 30th, 2:00—3:00 PM

Gender Equality & The Carter Administration with the Carter Presidential Library

Tuesday, June 6th, 2:00—3:00 PM

Bert & Lou -- The Story of the Herbert Hoover Family with the Hoover Presidential Library

Tuesday, June 13th, 2:00—3:00 PM

Interrogating Presidential Photos with the Ford Presidential Library

Tuesday, June 20th, 2:00—3:00 PM

Out of The Archives - A Look Back at The Marshall Plan with the Truman Presidential Library

Tuesday, June 27TH, 2:00—3:00 PM

Register for one or all of the following presentations HERE

Native Americans of New England: History, Colonial Legacies, and Survival

Thursday, June 1st - 7:00—8:00 PM - on Zoom

This program is offered in partnership with the Tewksbury Library.

Explore the history of Native Americans in New England. While we will not turn a blind eye to the impact that colonization, dispossession, and racism had on the story of Indigenous peoples in the region, we will also explore Native American resistance, adaptation, and survival under often harsh and unfavorable circumstances. Moreover, we will examine some of the colonial legacies that still shape the views and (mis-) perceptions about Indigenous peoples to this day. 

Led by Christoph Strobel, a Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is the author of War and Colonization in the Early American Northeast, Native Americans of New England (2021 Choice Outstanding Academic Title); The Global Atlantic: 1400–1900, The Testing Grounds of Modern Empire; and, co-author with Alice Nash, of Daily Life of Native Americans from Post-Columbian through Nineteenth-Century America. Christoph has also published three books on immigration and his scholarly essays appear in many academic journals and in various edited collections.  

Register directly on Zoom HERE.

Nancy Horan in Conversation with Therese Fowler 

Wednesday, June 28th, 7pm, on Zoom  

This program is offered in collaboration with the Burlington Public Library.

Please register directly on Zoom HERE 

Nancy Horan, author of the million-copy New York Times bestseller Loving Frank, returns with her new book The House of Lincoln, a sweeping historical novel, which tells the story of Abraham Lincoln's ascendance from rumpled lawyer to U.S. president to the Great Emancipator through the eyes of a young asylum-seeker who arrives in Lincoln's home of Springfield from Madeira, Portugal.  Join Nancy Horan and Therese Fowler as they discuss Nancy’s new book, The House of Lincoln which will be published June 6.

In addition to her new book, NANCY HORAN is the author Loving Frank (2007) which chronicles a little-known chapter in the life of legendary American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and his client, Mamah Cheney, and Under the Wide and Starry Sky (2014) which explores the unlikely relationship of Robert Louis Stevenson and his spirited American wife, Fanny Van de Grift Stevenson.  A native Midwesterner, Nancy Horan was a Chicago journalist before turning to fiction writing. She now lives with her husband on an island in Puget Sound.                                           

THERESE ANNE FOWLER is the New York Times bestselling author of It All Comes Down To This (2022), A Good Neighborhood (2020), A Well-Behaved Woman (2018), and Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald (2013). Raised in the Midwest, she migrated to North Carolina in 1995. She holds a B.A. in sociology/cultural anthropology and an MFA in creative writing from North Carolina State University.                                          

Tales & Tunes with Katie

Fridays, 8:45-9:45 INSIDE at the Shutesbury Elementary School

March 3rd, 10th, 17th, & 24th

April 7th, 14th, & 28th

Masks are requested for inside programs.

Registration not required, however if programs are cancelled or rescheduled those registered will get notification of any changes. 

* Registration Link

Offered in collaboration with the Union 28 Community Network for Children and Shutesbury Elementary School

The Library is pleased to offer a variety of ongoing fitness classes for adults. These free classes are funded by the Library, the Friends of the Library, the Shutesbury Recreation Committee and the Council on Aging.


To register for one or more of these classes, please email


Strength Training with Dr. Kathy Sward

Tuesdays, 9 am, on Zoom


 Gentle Yoga with Jeannette

Wednesdays, 9 am on Zoom


Strength Training with Jay

Thursdays, 8:30 am on Zoom


Therapeutic Yoga with Dr. Kathy Sward

Fridays, 9 am on Zoom

Adults and teens ages 14 and up are invited to join us for one or more fiber arts workshops. 

Click for more info

Roadtown Reads

The Roadtown Reads Book Club meets monthly from 

September through May.

More info on the Roadtown Reads Book Club page!

Newcomers are welcome!

Email to be added to the Google Group.

Books are available at the Library.

Science Fiction

Usually meets on the first Wednesday of the month.Next Meeting: Wednesday, April 5th, 7:30 pm, On Zoom.For  April we will be discussing two books, Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt and Goliath by Tochi Onyebuchi  Email to join the list!  Books are available at the library.Newcomers are welcome! 

Fun for Kids!

An innovative early learning product for students in grade levels kindergarten through second grade 

Pebble Go Animals & Biographies is specifically designed for K-3 students. Packed with informational articles, ready-made activities, and literacy supports for students of all abilities, it boosts engagement and fosters independent learning in core subject areas. 

Inclement Weather?

If possible, announcements about weather related closures will be posted on the Library's Facebook page, If situations allow, closure information will also be posted on this website.

COVID-19 Information

Shutesbury Board of Health

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Information from the U.S. public health agency - including steps to prevent illness,  advice for talking with children, and much more.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH)

Statewide updates – including cases, quarantines, and monitoring

Global Map of COVID-19 Cases - John Hopkins University

Free Fun Stuff for Kids!

Fun ~ Free ~ Online resources for families!