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CW MARS WELCOMES NEW MEMBER LIBRARIES

CW MARS welcomed  FIVE new member libraries on July 1st, 2021: Brimfield Public Library  in Brimfield, MA (pop: 3609)  Field Memorial Library in Conway, MA (pop: 1897) Paige Memorial Library in Hardwick, MA (pop: 2990) Leroy Pollard Memorial Library  in New Braintree, MA (pop: 999) Tyringham Free Public Library in Tyringham, MA (pop: 327) The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) offers a Small Libraries in Network (SLIN) program to help Massachusetts public libraries in municipalities with populations under 10,000 afford membership in an automated resource sharing network like CW MARS. The MBLC believes that full participation in a resource sharing network is the best way to fully serve residents and provide equal access to materials state-wide. Over the past six years, fourteen small Massachusetts public libraries have taken advantage of MBLC grant funds to join C/W MARS including the five new libraries listed above plus: Ashburnham: Stevens Memorial Library (pop:

CW MARS REAFFIRMS STATEMENT AGAINST RACISM AND XENOPHOBIA

In the light of the recent acts of violence against and ongoing discrimination of the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities in the United States, the CW MARS Social Justice Committee reaffirms our commitment to anti-racism.   CW MARS stands in solidarity with the American Library Association (ALA) and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Asian American Commission in recognizing and condemning anti-Asian hate crimes. Any type of racism or xenophobia against Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities cannot be tolerated.  CW MARS member libraries are encouraged to highlight books and other resources that promote understanding and fellowship among people of different backgrounds. For Asian Pacific Heritage Month this May we are curating a collection of electronic OverDrive titles to celebrate Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander stories

CW MARS Adds over 3000 eMagazines

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  CW MARS is pleased to announce the addition of over 3,000 magazine titles now available through our OverDrive Collection and the Libby mobile app . Magazine titles are always available , there are never any holds or waiting! The ten most popular magazine titles, based on current checkouts include: The Economist US Weekly The New Yorker HGTV Cook's Illustrated Women's World National Geographic Clean Eating Good Housekeeping Kiplinger's Personal Finance For help with magazines in Libby, visit our OverDrive FAQ

CW MARS OVER ONE MILLION DIGITAL CHECKOUTS IN 2020

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  CW MARS Announces Over One Million Ebook and Audiobook Checkouts Again in 2020. CW MARS saw an increase of 34% in checkouts on digital content in 2020 over 2019. Each year, our use of electronic materials (ebooks, audiobooks, magazines) continues to grow. 2020 reached a total of 1.808M checkouts on electronic content. This accomplishment illustrates the continued growth and importance of library digital lending of ebooks and audiobooks, especially in a year hit hard by a global pandemic. CW MARS is one of 102 systems around the world that surpassed one million checkouts (complete list here ). "This year ebooks and audiobooks took on a new level of importance for our library and our patrons," said Sulma Rubert-Silva, Associate Director of the Worcester Public Library. "While we were forced to temporarily close our doors and limit some of our services due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our librarians immediately went to work to ensure we could still serve the public. A b

CW MARS TOP TEN TITLES OF 2020

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The top ten highest circulating books in CW MARS for 2020 (includes checkouts on physical books, ebooks and audio books) are: Where the Crawdads Sing, The Dutch House, Educated, The Giver of Stars, Becoming, Everything I Never Told You, American Dirt, The Silent Patient, 28 Summers, and The Alice network. 2020 saw 1.8 Million checkouts from our CW MARS OverDrive digital catalog which is a 34% increase from the previous year. For more detailed top ten lists by format and numbers, see the 2020 Top Ten Summary Top 10 Physical Items Borrowed Top 10 Holds on Physical Items Top 10 e-Books Top 10 e-Audiobooks

CW MARS CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE

Updated: June 1, 2021 Updated: December 1, 2020 Updated: September 8, 2020 Updated: July 24, 2020 Post Date: Mar 13,2020 UPDATE: LIBRARIES REOPENING PLANS Our libraries are committed to maintaining essential library services for our users while ensuring the health and safety of our patrons and staff. Libraries across the Commonwealth are in various stages of reopening. Please check your library's website or call your library for details on what services they are providing: CW MARS Member Libraries Email notices are being sent for due date reminders, renewal status and overdue items. You can track items checked out to you in My Account . WHAT YOU CAN DO To help protect yourself and our most vulnerable populations please: Wear a cloth face covering/mask. See the l atest guidance on mask requirements: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-mask-requirements If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms including fever, coughing, shortness of breath please stay home and seek medic

PHILLIPS FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY JOINS CW MARS

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We are excited to welcome the Phillips Free Public Library in Phillipston, MA as a new CW MARS member library! Phillipston is a small rural town which was founded in 1786 and is located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. The current population is approximately 1,751. Phillipston is bordered by Petersham, Athol , Royalston , Templeton , Hubbardston , and Barre . The library was founded in 1860.