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Come meet local author Jane Willan at the library on Saturday, Oct 13 at 11 am.

The Hour of Death: A Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn Mystery (#2)

Jane Willan’s The Hour of Death will be a Christmas delight for fans of G. M. Malliet, set on the island of Wales.

Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn make sleuthing a work of art. But will they paint themselves into a corner when they investigate the Village Art Society president’s death?

As Yuletide settles upon Gwenafwy Abbey, the rural Welsh convent’s peace is shattered when Tiffany Reese, president of the Village Art Society, is found dead on the floor of the parish hall. Sister Agatha, whose interests lie more with reading and writing mystery stories than with making the abbey’s world-renowned organic gouda, is not shy about inserting herself into the case. With the not-entirely-eager assistance of Father Selwyn, she begins her investigation.

Not long after the murder, a sequence of unsettling events befalls artist-in-residence Lucy Pennoyer. Her dog is kidnapped; she receives a threatening letter; and she is run off the road by a mysterious car. Will her next work of art be forever unfinished?

Sister Agatha has no shortage of suspects to check off her naughty-or-nice list, until finally, Tiffany’s half-brother, Kendrick Geddings, emerges as the prime suspect. There never was any love lost between Tiffany and Kendrick, and of late they had been locked in a vicious battle for control of the family estate. But if Sister Agatha thinks she has the case wrapped up, she’ll have to think again when Kendrick ends up dead. ​

HOT NEWS Try Libby eBook users!!!

Axis360 will NO LONGER be available after June 30, 2018 instead eBook users should download the Libby app from their devices app store.

Libby is the new Overdrive App for the Massachusetts eBook collection. You can also access the collection at  on both platforms you will need your Montgomery Library card number.  Your card number is on the back of your library card or you can contact the library.

Click here for access to the eBook collection:

You can learn more about the Libby App here: Libby GS Guide 0518

  • Mobile Devices:

    You need to download

    the Libby app from your

    devices app store. This is for novels, audiobooks and movies.

    1. Follow the prompts, yes if you have a Library card
    2. Next prompt select: “ I’ll search for a Library.
    3. At the next prompt type in “SAILS Library Network”
    4. Choose between Kindle or Libby App
    5. Choose: “Sign in with My library card”
    6. choose “MassCat Library Patrons
      Enter with your barcode and PIN/password. Your barcode as your Login and the PIN/password is what you use to login to MassCat.

    For Desk Top version:

    Go to Sign In (right-hand side in blue)
    On the “Select Your Library from the List Below” choose “MassCat Library Patrons”
    Sign in with your barcode and PIN/password

Yoga at the Town Hall


Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm for all ALL LEVELS.

Only $10 please bring your own Mats.

For more information contact Chris Brown at


New at the Library….

Hello & Welcome to Sandra Shelnut

The Library is happy to announce that Library Assistant position has been filled by long time volunteer and former Trustee Sandy Shelnut. Ms Shelnut has volunteered at the library for a number of years and is well known to our patrons. Her family has been a part of the library since it’s start, the first librarian being Grace Ria Sumner Hall, our name sake.

Karen Chaffee has graciously agreed to sit in the vacant Trustees seat till election.


New Items On the Shelves

Upcoming Events

Local author Visit October 13 at 11 am Jane Willan

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Adult Coloring club will be on this month on second Thursday of the month .

Any patron who has completed an Adult coloring page and who would like to post it on our Facebook page is welcome too! Let see your work!

Inter Library Loan

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CommCat is the new search tool for Inter Library Loan. Now you can search EVERY library in state at ONE site. To start have your library card with its 14 number and your MassCat PIN, the same one you use to access MassCat .  Usually this is written on the back of your library card. If not contact the library and we will create a new temporary one for you.

Go to :

Login is in the upper right hand corner.  Have questions? Patron FAQ should be able to quickly solve most issues or contact us at the library.

As a member of the MassCat network, the library offers patrons access to items in other libraries across the state. Patrons can place loan requests through the catalog or see library staff for assistance.

Public Computers

Computers are available for the public. Individuals must have a library card or photo ID. The public access computers can print (black and white only). There is also free wireless access.


The Library has a copier available for public use. Donations welcome.

Loan Policies

All item loans (except Museum passes) are for 2 weeks. Overdue items will be charged .10 cents per library business day. Renewals can be done on patron’s MassCat accounts online, at the library, by email or phone message.

If an item is more than 21 days overdue, or is returned with damage beyond normal wear and tear, the patron will be charged full replacement cost for the item. All items have the replacement cost on the item record. The patron may clear their account by returning the items if found, or paying the billed cost. If the materials belong to another library, checks must be made out to the owning library. If a lost item is found after payment, the item is considered purchased and no refund will be given. Replacement items may be accepted for lost items, upon approval of the Library Director. Please talk to staff for further details.


Donation Policies

The Library enjoys the generosity of its patrons but the Library Director has discretion of accepting items. Items maybe used in our catalog or added to the book sale as needed. Gently loved children books are accepted on a case by case bases. Please no text books, Readers Digest condensed books or items moldy or damaged.

Local History Section

(item list coming soon)
Appointments with local Historians


Tuesdays: 10:00AM – 5:30PM
Thursdays: 4:00PM – 8:00PM
Saturdays: 9:30AM – 12:30PM
Winter/weather cancellations are posted here and on Channels 22 WWLP and 40 WGGB. No fees will be issued during closings and if Gateway Regional School is closed we are usually closed as well. Stay safe on the roads and read a good book!

Online Catalogs

Links to all Gale, Britannica, and ProQuest databases

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Throughout the year, the Library offers a variety of programs for adults and children, including Book Discussion Groups, Story Hours, Summer Reading Programs, Performances, Author Readings, Grace Hall Memorial Library Friends Book Sale.

Museum Passes

Mass MoCA: Admits 2 Adults and 2 Children (under 16) for free
Smith College Museum of Art: 8 Adults for free
Old Sturbridge Village: Valid for 4 half price admissions
Springfield Museums: $2 off general admission for 4 patrons
Norman Rockwell Museum: 2 admissions at $10, 10% off at cafe & Gift shop
Mystic Aquarium: $5 off per person for 4 patrons
Historic Deerfield: admits 4
USS Constitution Museum: Free up to 9 patrons
DCR State Park Pass: free parking to state Parks


Wistariahurst: Admits 2 for One house tour or One Lecture, Workshop or concert

Hancock Shaker Village: 2 adults & 2 Youths (13-17) Free Children under 12 are Always Free


We will be closed on days that Gateway Regional School system is closed. Postings of closing are on our Facebook page, Channel WWLP 22 and WGGB 40

NO Late fees during Snow days, accounts will be updated on the next business day.  You can always email us a message for renewal, request or searches at


Paula Stipek-Long, Librarian
Sandra Shelnut, Assistant Librarian

Library Trustees

Christine Brown (term expires 2021)
Lynn Gebo (term expires 2020
Temporary: Karen Chaffee Position open (term expires 2019)


1st Thursday of every other month


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