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179 Main Street, Charlestown, MA 02129
617-242-1248
Branch Librarian: Maureen Marx
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12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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Hours & Directions

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Current programs and activities

More information about the Charlestown community

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DISTINCTIVE ASPECTS OF THE COLLECTION
The branch holds an outstanding collection on local history.


RECURRING PROGRAMMING OFFERED
Reading Readiness, Lapsit and Toddler Story Hours are offered at vaious times throughout the year. A monthly book discussion group and a bi-monthly Writer's Group are offered for adults.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING OFFERED
Musical, cultural and general lecture programs are typically offered in the Fall and Spring and focus on topics of local interest including local history.

Baby Wiggle program at Charlestown Branch     Baby Wiggle program at Charlestown Branch

 

HISTORY
On January 7, 1862 the Charlestown Public Library was opened in the Warren Institution for Savings building. In planning for a year and a half the library opened with a catalog of 6,000 volumes. In 1869 the library moved to more spacious quarters in the new City Hall in City Square where it remained until 1913. The branch was then moved to the corner of Monument Square and Monument Avenue under the shadow of the Bunker Hill Monument. In 1970 the Branch was moved to its current location.