Thomaston library seeks historical photos, documents for display

Posted April 12, 2011, at 11:34 a.m.

THOMASTON — During April, the Thomaston Public Library is asking community members to step forward with any photographs, documents or items relating to the library’s more than 100-year history. The items will be used to create a “History of the Library” display on the lower level of the Thomaston Academy Building, where the library is located. The creation of the display is part of the library’s ongoing celebrations of National Library Week, held in April each year.

“We’re primarily looking for photos,” said head librarian Brian Sylvester. “The library has been in several buildings, but there are very few images of what the inside of those buildings actually looked like.” The library moved to the Thomaston Academy Building in 1986. It previously was located at 42 Main St., where the Personal Bookstore presently is located.

Sylvester also said old library cards or library notices, pictures taken at children’s events in the library, or newspaper clippings and advertisements for library programs would be welcome additions for the display.

Only copies and reproductions will be used in the actual display, said Sylvester. Original items of historical value likely will be donated to the Thomaston Historical Society, which has better facilities to store rare or fragile items. The library staff hopes to complete the display by early May.

For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

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