Montague — Public Libraries

Extracted from "History of the Connecticut Valley in Massachusetts, Volume II," by Louis H. Everts, 1879.

      Montague Centre has a public library, which contains about 1700 volumes. It occupies an apartment in the town-hall building, and is held in deserved popular favor. About ten years ago a young lady school-teacher of the town, Miss Bailey, conceived the idea of founding a public library, and by her individual exertions succeeded in collecting quite a number of books. Her efforts stimulated others, and as a result a fair was projected for the benefit of the enterprise. By this fair upward of $1000 was obtained, and with that fund the library was successfully established. It is supported by town contributions and receipts from members.
      Turner's Falls has a library association, which was organized in January, 1876, and provided with funds by private subscription. Its library-rooms are in the Colla block, and in its library are now about 1000 volumes. Support is derived in part from the town and in part from membership fees.

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