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Published: 07/28/2006    print this story   email this story  

North Reading: 15 years of literary greatness


By Mary Hart
Correspondent

Where would we be without books? The town of North Reading has no need to ask that question because the Flint Memorial Library at 147 Park St. has been providing residents with books, videos and more for 15 years. In fact, says Director Helena Minton, "we are having an open house on Oct. 21 to celebrate being in the building for 15 years."

Once known as Flint Memorial Hall, the building was left vacant for some time after town offices were moved out in 1988. In 1989, Town Meeting voted to approve and fund the restoration of the building and to have it become the new facility for the Flint Memorial Library. Renovations were completed in 1991.

"We renovated the building and put an addition on the back," Minton says. "Our current second and third floor used to be one big two-story floor where plays were performed. The fourth floor is the children's room and we left the original exposed beams for added ambiance.

"And we now have wireless Internet access throughout the whole building," she continues. "IT people came through and did the testing throughout to make sure accessibility was everywhere."

A meeting room, which was part of the addition, and a work and a storage room comprise the ground floor. On the first floor, you'll find the circulation desk, a large reading room, art exhibits, teen books, audio and new fiction and nonfiction. Reference and most of nonfiction books are on the second floor, with the third floor containing an atrium, fiction, biographies and the 700s/800s in nonfiction. A beautiful children's room is on the fourth floor.

"This room is very colorful," Minton says. "One wall is a wonderful deep blue and the trim is green and yellow."

For information, visit flintmemoriallibrary.org or call 978-664-4942.

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