"Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest." – Lady Bird Johnson
Established for the good of the community by Town Meeting in 1868, the Reading Public Library opened its doors for the first time on February 17, 1869. As we mark our 150th year of service in 2019, the library has grown from a single room in the town’s high school to its recently renovated and expanded location at 64 Middlesex Avenue. While much has changed over the years, the Reading Public Library has continually grown and thrived as a center of education and community.
Honor the Past
In 2019, the library will host events and programs that will help you look back, uncover and explore the past. Visit the library this spring to learn about how to research and preserve your own history. What will you discover about who you are, where you come from, and how your story adds to our community?
Celebrate the Present
In addition to the library’s sesquicentennial celebration, the Town of Reading is also commemorating its 375th anniversary. A volunteer-driven committee is hard at work planning a two-week series of music, art and community gatherings from May 31 through June 15 (www.reading375.com). Together with our second “Eats & Beats” music and food truck program scheduled for Friday, June 21, the summer is shaping up to be an exciting time in Reading!
Shape the Future
This moment in our time will be the history examined and studied by future generations. Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 8 for “Our Town, Your Story: A Community Scanning Day.” All of Reading is invited to add to our digital history with a scan of your own photo, letter or other special memory. Share your story as a part of a legacy that will preserve the culture and face of Reading today for those looking back from tomorrow.
“In my life, the stories I have heard from my family, my friends, my community, and from willing strangers all over the world have been the true source of my education.” – Holly Near