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PASCOAG PUBLIC LIBRARY

 HISTORY

      

The Pascoag Public Library was the first library in the town of Burrillville. It was founded in 1871 by a group of women who called themselves the Pascoag Union Sewing Society. In 1873 they renamed themselves the Ladies Pascoag Library Association, appointed a librarian, and purchased 163 books which were housed in the librarian’s local store. The Library moved four times between 1883 and 1899 when Samuel Mellor offered the use of a room rent free over his mill office on Sayles Avenue where it remained until 1913 when it moved to the Steere Building on Main Street. At this time charges associated with the loan of books were discontinued and the library became known as the Pascoag Free Public Library.


A bequest of $500 from Miss Rosamond A. Steere stipulated that the money be used for a free public library building within ten years. This started the building fund which grew through numerous fundraisers and donations. The present home of the Pascoag Public Library at 57 Church Street was erected in 1924. The Library is still privately owned by the Ladies Pascoag Library Association and governed by the Board of Trustees which is still composed of all women.


PRESENT DAY

Pascoag Library is open 26 hours per week and is a full service library providing the same services as larger libraries while retaining the small-town ambience. Patrons can borrow materials from all the public libraries in the state through the Ocean State Libraries (OSL) network. It has 16,500 volumes of hardcover fiction, non-fiction, classics, children’s books, adult and children’s DVD’s, and audio books including the latest bestsellers in both fiction and non-fiction.


The library is open as follows:

WINTER hours:

Monday: 1 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday & Thursday: 10-12 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.
Friday: 1-6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


SUMMER hours:

Monday: 1-8 p.m.
Tuesday: 1-5 p.m.
Wednesday & Thursday: 10-12 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.
Friday: 1-6 p.m.
Saturday: closed.


Pascoag Library periodically offers early childhood literacy programs such as “Mother Goose on the Loose,” Sleepy Time Stories, and Baby Time Lapsits, Game Days, a Lego Club, and has recently added a Teen & Tween Book Club. The Children’s Summer Reading Program is held each year in July and August. A variety of adult and family programs are also held throughout the year.

Visit our website to keep informed of activities at Pascoag Library or reserve a book from your home computer through the online catalog using your library card. Three Dell desktop computers and ten laptop computers are available for public use with color laser printing capability. Black and white printing is 10 cents a copy and color is 25 cents a copy. A wireless printer with scanner and photo printing and color copying capability is available – price for printing photos is 30 cents each. A fax and copy machine is also available for use by the public. The charge for a fax is $1.00 for local numbers and $2.00 for long distance numbers. Copies are 10 cent each for black & white; 25 cents each for color copies.

Pascoag also has wireless access for those who wish to bring their own laptops. A Microfilm Reader/Printer is also available for use by patrons. The library has copies of the “Burrillville Gazette” (Feb. 12, 1880 to March 5, 1887). From March 12, 1897 through December 19, 1899 it was called “The Herald and Burrillville News Gazette.” There is also the “Pascoag Herald” from April 1892 through April 12, 1918 and the Woonsocket Call from 1928 to 1948. Pascoag’s collection does not overlap with the new Microfilm printer recently acquired by the Jesse Smith Library.

Pascoag Library is only partially subsidized by the town of Burrillville for operating expenses. All improvements to the property and equipment owned by the library have been obtained over the years through various grants received from sources such as the Champlin Foundation and the Levy Foundation.

Construction of the 36x22 ft. addition to the library was completed in September 2011. In November, 2010 Pascoag Library received a $252,000 grant from the Champlin Foundation to FULLY FUND this addition and the June Rockwell Levy Foundation awarded a $20,000 grant to fund construction of a handicap ramp and the fire and burglar alarm system. Since Pascoag Library is a privately-owned, tax-exempt entity NO TOWN MONIES ARE INVOLVED; AND THERE IS NO IMPACT ON THE TAXES OF THE RESIDENTS OF BURRILLVILLE.

The addition is dedicated to HELEN FAIRBROTHER MORONEY, President of the Board of Trustees, for being the motivating force behind the pursuit of funding for this project. The library reopened on September 12th, 2011.

Pascoag Public Library is an integral part of the history of the town of Burrillville.


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