To recreate the time 100 years ago when the Medfield Memorial Library was dedicated, the town will reenact that event on Sunday at 2PM on the original building’s steps facing Rte. 109, and to make it more realistic, cars will be banned from in front of the library. This from Colleen Sullivan of the library committee orchestrating the event –
This Sunday, Oct 1st from 2pm – 5pm, the Medfield Memorial Public Library is having a BIG Celebration! The Library is 100 years old and we will be holding a reenactment of the 1917 Dedication of the Library on the front steps (facing Main St) at 2pm!
Granville Dailey, the NYC investor, and part owner of the Straw Hat Factory was the man who hired famed architect Wm G. Perry to design the Library and Dailey dedicated the building to his deceased wife and daughter (hence the words “Memorial Public Library” on the top of the portico) in 1917 on the same front steps that we see today.
“Granville” will be joining us to hand the “key” to the Library to our Selectmen, and a ribbon cutting. Because there is very little space on the sidewalk, Medfield Police Chief, Bob Meaney, directed by our Selectmen, have agreed to re-route/detour traffic on Rt 109 for a short period of time, beginning at 1:30pm – approximately 2:15 or 2:30pm. Traffic on North St will not be impacted, and traffic on 109 will be directed around this small area in front of the Library for that 45min – 1hr time frame only.
We appreciate your cooperation during this very special event celebrating 100 years of our Public Library and “Granville”, the man who made it all happen.
If you have a moment, please stop by to watch the reenactment, or come inside for refreshments, giveaways, and view the 1917-2017 timeline and much more.
Library Board of Trustees
Library Centennial Committee