WINTHROP — The Charles M. Bailey Public Library will host an Open House to celebrate the library’s 100th anniversary Saturday, Dec. 3.

The free events will feature an hour-long children’s party will begin at 10:30 a.m., hosted by the Winthrop Grade School fourth graders. The library trustees and staff will host an all ages Open House, which will feature brief talks from town officials and a performance by the Winthrop Area Hand Bell Ringers, at 12:30 p.m.

Photographs and newspaper clippings from the first 100 years of library service will be on display and light refreshments will be served throughout the day.

The library first opened on Bowdoin Street on Dec. 2, 1916. Charles M. Bailey, who owned one of the largest oilcloth manufacturers in America at the time, donated the rock faced and chiseled granite building. Previously, the library operated as the Winthrop Public Library, which opened in 1889 in the historic downtown Packard Block building. The library was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1985, and expanded in 2015.

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