Beals Memorial Library to celebrate its 108th birthday

  • The Trustees and Friends of the Library invite patrons to join them for the Beals Birthday Bash on Saturday, Oct. 2. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Report
Published: 9/27/2021 1:14:52 PM
Modified: 9/27/2021 1:14:50 PM

WINCHENDON — On Saturday, Oct. 2, the Beals Memorial Library will celebrate the 108th anniversary of the library’s historic 1913 opening with a special Beals Birthday Bash. Come join the party, grab a cupcake, and wish the library a happy birthday.

The festivities kick off at 10 a.m. with the dedication of the library’s new park bench in honor of long-time library supporter and advocate, Barbara Lafrennie. She was a former assistant librarian and an integral part of the Beals family as a trustee, patron and member of the Friends of the Library.

Following the bench dedication, there will be several fun activities for all ages until 12:30 p.m. Throughout the event, party-goers can play Beals Birthday Bingo, a fun and self-guided way to learn more about the library, its history and its resources. The game will take participants inside and outside the building in search of the objects depicted on their bingo cards. Cards can be picked up at the side entrance of the library and dropped off on the way out. A drawing will be held at the end of the day for a Family Activity Bag filled with things every member of the family will enjoy.

In the children’s room, kids will have the chance to make a birthday card for the Beals, and to tell the staff what they wish for the library in the future. The director’s office will have a slideshow on the history of the library created by former Trustee and current Selectperson, Rick Ward.

In the auditorium, patrons can get information about current library programs and upcoming events, as well as an opportunity to sign up for a “Library Walk-about” with the trustees. The walk-abouts are designed as a way for participants to think through the possibilities and improvements for each room in the library, so that we can better serve and connect with our community.

Also in the auditorium at 11 a.m., the library will take a moment to honor its 108 years of service to the community with a symbolic cutting of the cake. Ethan Stone will be on hand to mark the event by tickling the ivories of the library’s historic 1860s Chickering grand piano, and a special Beals Birthday Bash Cupcake, courtesy of Slutty Muffins, will be given to each guest to take home.

Finally, at 12:30 p.m., there will be a “Teen Building” team building game for teenage guests to wrap up the day. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of the event.

The Beals Memorial Library is located at 50 Pleasant St. in Winchendon. All guests who attend the party must wear masks when entering the building. For more information, call the library at 978-297-0300 or visit the library’s website at

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