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30 Years Ago at the WPL


Library Lines April 1993

Every Thursday our email subscribers receive their copy of Library Lines. Library Lines is our weekly newsletter that delivers news about our upcoming & special events, storytimes, library resources & services, and much more. It’s an email newsletter, but for many years it was also a staple in the Winchester Star, Winchester’s weekly newspaper.

I thought it would be fun to take a look at what was happening at the library 30 years ago. I went into our Winchester Star Archives and found the April 1993 editions of Library Lines.

Here’s what was going on at the Winchester Public Library back then!

  • The Children’s Department offered some great programs including “A Place to Start,” a workshop to help parents select books, a Bring Your Own Games program, and a visit from Master Storyteller Jo-Ann Wang.
  • That year’s National Library Week theme was Libraries Change Lives. The WPL partnered with Eastern Massachusetts Literacy Council to recruit tutors and students for their literacy programs.
  • We had a book discussion for The Lyre of Orpheus by Roberston Davies.
  • And the best story yet, a library mystery that was never quite solved! When our custodians emptied the book-return they found a large plastic bag filled with 5 pounds of pennies. The staff had no idea who left them there or what the purpose for the gift was, but we did hold on to the pennies to see if they were claimed. If not, the pennies would go to Friends of the Library.

Also in 1993, renovation plans started for what would be the 1996 addition which extended the library to 28,000 square feet.

What’s happening in 2023? Check out our Events Calendar to see all of the great programs that we still offer. If you want to keep up to date with what’s happening at the library you can sign up for Library Lines here!

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