Hundreds Attend Gala Celebrating Library’s 150th Anniversary

Watertown Free Public Library – In July of 1868, a town meeting approved a $6,000 dollar gift to establish a Watertown public library. The principal of the high school, Solon Whitney, was selected as the library director. Whitney would spend that summer collecting over 2,000 books for the library’s grand opening. On March 31, 1869, Watertown’s first public library opened in a small room in the basement of Town Hall, which at the time was located at the corner of Main Street and Church Street. Fast forward 150 years later, and the Watertown Free Public Library has evolved into one of the finest in Massachusetts. On Saturday, April 6, the library hosted a gala to celebrate its 150th anniversary with the community.

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Produced by Dan Hogan, News Producer
April 11, 2019

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