Weymouth Tufts Library to celebrate its first anniversary on October 2
WEYMOUTH – One year after opening the doors to the new Tufts library, residents and staff will come together for a “first anniversary” celebration on Saturday October 2nd.
The celebration will include activities for all ages, including a lecture from the building architect, a lecture on Weymouth granite, goat yoga, a children’s art class, storytelling hours and more.
Library director Rob MacLean said nearly 94,000 people have visited the new building since it opened and the end of August 2021.
“We look forward to welcoming even more new visitors alongside familiar faces as we highlight what the Weymouth building and public libraries have to offer,” he said.
The 50,000 square foot Tufts Library officially opened to the public on October 1, 2020. It features half a dozen meeting rooms, a digital media lab with high-tech editing software, a history collection local, a quiet reading room and spaces specially designed for children, tweens and teens.
Mayor Robert Hedlund said the new library is the “economic foothold of Weymouth Landing” and a destination of choice for all families in Weymouth.
Until October 2, adults who purchase three or more items will win a raffle ticket and have the chance to win prizes, including gift cards and items from the Friends of the Library bookstore.
The library will be hosting special events in the week leading up to October 2, including a talk by author Judith Kelley and an evening family concert by Rock rhythms. Events will continue until the fall.
The Boston Classical Guitar Society will perform at the library at 3 p.m. on Saturdays September 25, October 23 and November 27.
Dave McLellan will kick off the series, followed by Michael Bester and Amanda Roeder on guitar and flute on October 23. Hampton trio will conclude the series with music from the French Baroque period and a selection of contemporary American and international works.
To register and for more information, visit weymouth.assabetinteractive.com.
The Weymouth Historical Commission and Weymouth Public Libraries will also sponsor three Thursday evening lectures by authors and contributors to recent books on the history of Weymouth.
Mark Schneider will launch the series on October 7 with a discussion of his new book, “Colonial Weymouth: The Forgotten Second Settlement”. Schneider is a retired professor and member of the Weymouth Historical Commission who has written books on African American history and Congressmen Joe Moakley and Gerry Studds.
On October 21, David Finney will explain how he created the historical maps for Schneider’s book on Weymouth. Finney is a retired history buff, sailor and architect.
On November 9, Josh Cutler will speak about his new book, “The Boston Gentlemen’s Mob: Maria Chapman and the Abolition Riot of 1835”. Cutler is the state representative for the Sixth District of Plymouth and the author of “Mobtown Massacre: Alexander Hanson and the Baltimore Newspaper War of 1812”.
All three events will take place at 7 p.m. in Room 138 on the Main Floor of the New Tufts Library at 46 Broad St.