A History of Libraries In The Bay State

Saturday June 03, 2023

A History of Libraries In The Bay State
Wednesday, June 14, 7PM – HYBRID

From the early days of European settlement to the present, Boston and Massachusetts have been friendly to the printed word. In fact, the first printing press in British North America arrived at Harvard in 1636. Libraries — private, public, and academic — quickly followed. Massachusetts author and historian Alan Earls will present a slideshow and discussion of some of the important milestones, architectural gems, and key figures in this story as well as an overview of just how richly endowed we are with libraries of all kinds today. Highlights include Ben Franklin’s gift to found the first free public library in Franklin; the first library for industrial workers; the first children’s library; and the first tax-payer funded town and city libraries, as well as pioneering cataloging systems, philanthropists, architects, and more.
Hybrid program- Two ways to attend: watch with us at the Rowley Library on Wed., June 14 at 7PM, or sign up to watch from home at www.rowleylibrary.org/calendar (the Zoom link will be emailed to you).
For more information, check our web site at www.rowleylibrary.org/calendar, or call (978) 948-2850. The Rowley Library is located at 141 Main St. in Rowley.

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