At Holliston Library (2022)

Hours and location

The Holliston Public Library is at 752 Washington St. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Call 508-429-0617 or visit www.hollistonlibrary.org for more information.

You can help

The Friends of the Holliston Public Library reminds shoppers who order online from Amazon.com to use the link on the library website. Amazon.com donates a portion of all sales to the library at no cost to the shopper when their site is accessed through the library website. The link can be found on the right side of the home page at www.hollistonlibrary.org. There are no logins or passwords and no personal information is shared with the library. The program works all year for Amazon purchases. For more information, call 508-429-0617 and speak to Leslie or email lmcdonnell@minlib.net.

Library news

HISTORY BOOK CLUB: The History Book Club meets once a month in the Gilman Room, lower level, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Attend as many meetings as you like. Read the selected book and come to the discussion led by Mary Miley. Bring your ideas, questions and comments, or simply listen. Copies of the selected book are available at the library. Membership is free and open to everyone. For more information, call the library at 508-429-0617 or email Miley at mmiley@prac.com.

Here is the schedule.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 15: "Ike's Bluff: Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World" by Evan Thomas
  • Thursday, Nov. 21: "Six months in 1945: FDR, Stalin, Churchill and Truman" by Michael Dobbs
  • Tuesday, Dec. 17: Choose a book of history or biography and review it for the group

MORNING BOOK CLUB: This group meets on the first Monday of each month at 11 a.m. If the first Monday is a holiday, the group meets on the second Monday. Read the selected book and attend the discussion. Add your own thoughts or sit and listen. Attend as many sessions as you like. The selected titles are available to borrow from the library. Refreshments are served, courtesy of the Friends of the Holliston Library. Discussion leaders are Laura Kurzontkowki and Leslie McDonnell. The club meets in the Gilman Room, lower level. Contact Leslie McDonnell at 508-429-0617 or lmcdonnell@minlib.net.

Here is the schedule.

  • Nov 4: "Buddha in the Attic" by Julie Otsuka
  • Dec 2: "The Flight of Gemma Hardy" by Margot Livesey
  • Jan 6: "A Train in Winter" by Caroline Moorehead

MOTHER DAUGHTER BOOK CLUB from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the lower level of the Gilman Room. Daughters in the sixth grade and up are invited to bring their moms to read and discuss a selected title to be announced. Pizza and a surprise activity are included. Contact Jennifer Keen at 508-429-0617 or jkeen@minlib.net.

PASTEL PAINT LIKE THE MASTERS: GEORGIA O'KEEFE is on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Gilman Room on the lower level. Pastel artist Greg Maichack will show patrons how to create like O'Keefe. All materials will be included. Patrons will be able to take their own work home. This event is limited to 25 with registration required and beginning on Oct. 28. This is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For information, contact Leslie McDonnell at 508-429-0617 or lmcdonnell@minlib.net.

HOLLISTON STROLL from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30, in the Gilman Room at the Library. Drop in out of the cold for a craft during this popular Holliston event. This is for all ages. Contact Tracy Alexander at 508-429-0619 or at talexander@minlib.net.

MOTHER DAUGHTER BOOK CLUB from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the lower level of the Gilman Room. Daughters in the sixth grade and up are invited to bring their moms to read and discuss a selected title to be announced. Pizza and a surprise activity are included. Contact Jennifer Keen at 508-429-0617 or jkeen@minlib.net.

LOCAL AUTHOR MIKE TOUGIAS will speak about his latest book "A Storm Too Soon," on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Gilman Room on the lower level. The book is a true story of a rescue at sea. Contact Leslie McDonnell at 508-429-0617 or lmcdonnell@minlib.net.

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS to be discussed on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Gilman Room. College consultant Joanne Apesos will show students and parents how to find the right scholarship for college. Contact Leslie McDonnell at 508-429-0617 or lmcdonnell@minlib.net.

Programs for Children

TALES AND TUNES FOR TOTS meets the Gilman Room on Fridays, Oct. 18 and Nov. 1, 15 and 29 and Dec. 13, from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Listen to stories, sing songs and dance with Miss Tracy. This is for ages 1 to 3 and siblings. Contact Tracy Alexander at 508-429-0619 or at talexander@minlib.net.

READING RASCALS BOOK CLUB meets on Tuesday, Nov. 12 and Dec. 3, from 4 to 4:45 p.m. in the Gilman Room. Read the selected book ahead of time, then come in for a discussion, snack and fun activities related to the book. Books are available at the Children's Desk approximately 2 weeks before the meeting. Sign up at the Children's Desk. This is for kids in grades 1 and 2. Contact Tracy Alexander at 508-429-0619 or at talexander@minlib.net.

BABY KNEADS SIGNING is on Wednesdays, Oct. 23 and Nov. 6, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Gilman Room. Learn how to reduce frustration and help give your baby the ability to communicate before he/she can speak. Review research and benefits, learn and practice several signs, and learn how to teach American Sign Language to your baby. This is for kids aged 2 months to pre-verbal. Sign up at the Children's Desk. Contact Tracy Alexander at 508-429-0619 or at talexander@minlib.net.

PAWS TO READ is on Thursday, Oct. 17 and Nov. 21, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Gilman Room. Cuddle up with a therapy dog and a good book. Children in grades 2 and up are invited to come and read a book to Penny the therapy dog or one of her friends. Sign up for a 15-minute slot at the Children's Desk. Contact Tracy Alexander at 508-429-0619 or at talexander@minlib.net.

WILD BOOK BUNCH BOOK CLUB meets on Tuesday, Oct. 22 and Nov. 19 and Dec. 10, from 4 to 4:45 p.m. in the Gilman Room. Read the selected book ahead of time, then come in for a discussion, snack and fun activities related to the book. Books are available at the Children's Desk approximately two weeks before the meeting. This is for kids in grades 2 and 3. Contact Tracy Alexander at 508-429-0619 or at talexander@minlib.net.

STORIES FOR SPROUTING READERS is on Friday, Oct. 25, Nov. 8 and 22 and Dec. 6 and 20, from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. in the Gilman Room. This is for ages 3 to 5 and siblings. Listen to theme-based stories and sing and dance with Miss Tracy. Contact Tracy Alexander at 508-429-0619 or at talexander@minlib.net.

BUDDING BOOKWORMS BOOK CLUB meets on Tuesday, Oct. 29, Nov. 26 and Dec. 17, from 4 to 4:45 p.m. in the Gilman Room. Read the selected book ahead of time, then come for a discussion, snack and fun activities related to the book. Books are available at the Children's Desk approximately two weeks before the meeting. This is for kids in grades 4 and 5. Sign up at the Children's Desk. Contact Tracy Alexander at 508-429-0619 or at talexander@minlib.net.

HALLOWEEN PARTY is at the library on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. in the Gilman Room. Drop in to play games, sing songs and do a craft. Don't forget to wear your costume. This is for ages 2 to 5. Contact Tracy Alexander at 508-429-0619 or at talexander@minlib.net.

PAMELA PINTERPARSON is at the library on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 11 to 11:45 a.m. in the Gilman Room. Move and groove to the music with Miss Pamela. This is for all ages. Contact Tracy Alexander at 508-429-0619 or at talexander@minlib.net.

LEGO CLUB meets on Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Gilman Room. Build your own creation with Legos provided by the library. Creations will be on display for the month in the Children's Room. This is for ages 6 and up. Contact Tracy Alexander at 508-429-0619 or at talexander@minlib.net.

ORNAMENT DECORATING will takes place on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Gilman Room. Come make two ornaments for the holidays, one to take home and one to adorn the tree at the library. This is for ages 5 and up. It is sponsored by the Garden Club and the Friends of the Library. Sign up at the Children's Desk. Contact Tracy Alexander at 508-429-0619 or at talexander@minlib.net.

LEGO CLUB meets on Tuesday, Dec. 31, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Gilman Room. Build your own creation with Legos provided by the library. Creations will be on display for the month in the Children's Room. This is for ages 6 and up. Contact Tracy Alexander at 508-429-0619 or at talexander@minlib.net.

Ongoing programs

MUSEUM PASSES: Only Holliston residents can reserve passes in advance. Non-residents may check out passes no more than one hour before closing on the day before they wish to use the pass or at any time on the actual day. This is to give Holliston residents the opportunity to use the pass first. Passes are available in the children's room. A valid library card is needed and can be obtained for free with identification. Every museum pass has its own rule, and some passes require a co-pay. See our pass policy for details. Returnable passes may be returned in their pouch in the book drop at the lower entrance anytime of the day or night. The fine for late passes is $3 a day. Holliston Library has passes for:

  • Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield
  • Children's Museum in Boston
  • Ecotarium in Worcester
  • Garden in the Woods in Framingham
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston
  • Lookout Farm in Natick
  • Massachusetts state parks
  • Museum of Fine Arts in Boston
  • Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Conn.
  • New England Aquarium in Boston (The aquarium now requires timed tickets. Patrons using library passes cannot get timed tickets until they arrive at the aquarium itself. The aquarium advises library users to arrive early and get in line at the box office.)
  • Roger Williams Zoo Park in Providence, R.I.
  • Science Museum in Boston
  • Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston

THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY sell discount passes to Southwick Zoo in Mendon for $12 each. Regular admission is $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 3 to 12 and people 62 and older. Children 2 and under are free. Tickets are undated and can be used at any time during the season. Purchase tickets by cash or by check at the children's desk.

ZINIO is a collection of electronic magazines subscribed to by the library. You can get them through your home computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Sign up for as many subscriptions as you like. An email will arrive as each new issue of that time becomes available. This is a gift of the Friends. The Economist is a gift from the Murphy family.

FREEZE YOUR RESERVES: Don't lose your place in line simply because you are away or too busy. Go to the Minuteman catalog and log into your account using your library card and PIN. Click on your holds and check off those you want to freeze on the right side of the screen. Click update list. Icicles will appear around those you have frozen and they will stay frozen until you unfreeze them.

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