The Southborough Public Library was founded in 1852, but it wasn’t until 1911 that it moved into its current home on Main Street. The Library is celebrating 100 years in its lovely brick building with a number of festivities this year. First up is a youth writing and art contest. Read on for more details.
In 1911 The Southborough Library, at 25 Main Street, moved its books and artifacts from the library’s location in the Town Hall at 17 Common Street, down the hill to a new and beautiful building on land donated by the Burnett family. That was 100 years ago.
Join the Library Trustees, Friends and staff of the Library in celebrating this centennial. Events planned are: a writing & art contest, a time capsule, historical displays at the Library and at the Historical Society, and will culminate with an Open House at the Library on Saturday, September 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Library.
The Friends of the Library are sponsoring the Writing and Art Contest for Southborough citizens, age 4-18. Four through seven-year-olds can color a picture that Children’s Librarian Kim Ivers has selected. Eight through thirteen-year-olds can write an essay, or take a photo that describes, “What the Library Means to Me.” Fourteen through eighteen-year-olds may take a photo, write an essay or create a video about “Why The Library is Important to the Community.” The contest begins on June 1 and submissions are due by July 15 (entry form). Winners will be announced in the Fall.
Library Director Jane Cain and volunteers from the Friends of the Library are gathering stories and photos to record the century that the Library has called 25 Main Street home. For more information, or to get involved in coordinating activities, call the Library at 508.485.5031.
For the fascinating story of how the Southborough Library came to be, read this post.