Library Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday:
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday & Friday:
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.



The MacDowell Library provides a space and program to meet the evolving needs of our 21st century learning community. The library’s resources blend the traditional print environment with increasingly availability of e-text in this digital age. In the library space itself, students and faculty can find space to work collaboratively with peers and colleagues or individually, get assistance from a librarian in using one of our electronic databases for research, or find a book to read for pleasure.

Book Clubs

List of 3 items.

  • 9th Grade Book Club

    Founded by alums of the Middle School Book Club, the 9th grade book club picks up where the Middle School Club leaves off. Book loving students gather on Thursdays during club block to eat pizza and share discussion on our most recent read. Book are selected by the students and recent titles include Storm and Siege by Leigh Bardugo and The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Steadman
  • Middle School Book Club

    The Middle School Book Club is a group of avid 6th, 7th, and 8th grade readers who love to get together to talk books and plan book-related activities. We meet on Tuesdays during Middle School lunch/break, and about once a month we plan a lunch to discuss a book we’ve read. Most of the books we read are suggested by the students. Some titles we’ve enjoyed over the years are Wonder by R.J. Palacio, A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass, Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson, and Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.

    In the spring, the book club plans a “library lock-in” where we camp out overnight in the library. In past years, we’ve also planned events like outings to movies based on books we’ve loved.
  • Parent/Faculty Book Club

    This is a group of parent and faculty bookworms who gather around six times in evenings during the school year to discuss a book or series of books that we might not read on our own, but feel enrich us as readers. Over the years we’ve read Ulysses by James Joyce, War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace and The Ambassadors by Henry James among others.

Meet the Library

List of 3 members.

  • Diane DeVore 

    Librarian, Performing Arts, Drama, Grade 8 Speech Coordinator
  • Karen Starr 

    Assistant Librarian
  • Bruce Taylor 

    Assist. to the Librarian, Media Literacy, Transportation Coord., Game Day Operations Coord.

Resources for Research

The following resources are available to the Rivers community at the library or through the Riversnet. Please log in through Riversnet for online access.

Rivers Library Catalog
Gale Group Databases
World Book Encyclopedia
Massachusetts Newsstand
OED Online
American History in Video
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