Mayor Robert Hedlund announced that town of Weymouth annual reports dating back to 1850 have been digitized and are now accessible online for use by local historians, genealogists and residents. As a member of the Digital Commonwealth, the Weymouth Public Libraries had its collection of 167 years of annual reports from 1850 to 2017 as well as 25 town meeting warrants digitized for free by the Boston Public Library. “As we prepare for our 400th anniversary in 2022, initiatives and projects like this will help us tell Weymouth’s story and celebrate its role in our nation’s history,” said Mayor Robert Hedlund. “Now, with a few clicks, local historians and genealogists have easy and free access to 167 years of Weymouth’s history as found in its annual reports.” The collection can be found on the Internet Archive at http://bit.ly/2D1FaLp or via a link on the library’s website at http://weymouth.ma.us/library. “While it is always important to conserve and digitize our local history, now when we are in our temporary space as a new Tufts Library is built and our local history collection is in storage, it is useful to have this collection of annual reports online and available for anyone to search and read,” said Robert MacLean, director of library services. Previously, the Weymouth Public Libraries has had its collections of high school yearbooks dating back to 1914, historic photographs and more than 5,000 butterflies and insects digitized by the Boston Public Library. Also, the Weymouth Public Libraries has digitized the Weymouth Gazette and News from 1867 through 1921 and items from its historic collections including Civil War diaries and items connected to the abolitionist movement. As the Library for the Commonwealth, the Boston Public Library has digitized more than 500,000 items for more than 260 cultural institutions in 161 municipalities across Massachusetts. This service is funded through the Massachusetts state operating budget. Digital Commonwealth is a non-profit collaborative organization founded in 2006 that provides resources and services to support the creation, management and dissemination of cultural heritage materials held by Massachusetts libraries, museums, historical societies and archives.
Read to Campbell and Hope
Join us in welcoming Campbell and Hope to Fogg Library for Kids! as they listen to beginning readers read stories to them. Campbell is a Bernese mountain dog and will be at Fogg Library for Kids! from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 19. Hope is a cocker spaniel and will be at the library from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 22. They are gentle and patient listeners who will help reluctant readers practice their reading skills. Register online if you would like an email reminder.
All branches of the Weymouth Public Libraries will be closed on Jan. 21 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Links to our digital collections, which are available 24/7, can be found at http://weymouth.ma.us/library.