Library and Endowment History

1858: One hundred people in Townsend each donated three dollars to purchase a set of books they could share.

1882: Townsend’s library became a truly “free” and public library.

1929: The library moved into the Hart Memorial Library Building.

1969: The library expanded by building a children’s room in the basement.

1980’s: Trustees begin to address the overwhelming space limitations and lack of handicap access at the Hart Building.

2007: Sterilite Corporation announces the gifting of a new highway facility and community complex including a new library, senior center and community meeting room.

2008: Townsend Public Library Endowment, Inc. incorporated as a non-profit organization to show appreciation for Sterilite Corporation’s awe-inspiring gift.

2009: Endowment receives its first gift, $100,000 donation from Joyce and Paul Rheingold in memory of Joyce’s parents, Alice and Earle Bagley.

2009: Library moves into the Collette Building adjacent to the new Meeting Hall literally “opening the door” to the spacious display of the collection and the comfortable accommodation for the creative and innovative programs which are now possible.