Treasures at the Lynn Public Library

Hosted By: 

Lynn Community Association, Inc.
Come visit Lynn’s “temple of books”, the Lynn Public Library, and learn about its many non-literary treasures: 1. Four 17-ton Corinthian columns—each carved right here in Lynn from one solid piece of Indiana limestone. At the time of construction, the largest stones ever lathed in North America; 2. Learn the meaning of entasis; 3. A larger than life painting of Charles Sumner, a Senator from MA during the Civil War; 4. One-of-a-kind Saugus pot—the first casting made in America, Saugus Ironworks, c. 1642; 5. Mounted dinosaur head in the children’s room; 6. Computer robot; 7. Oversized columnated wooden conference table made from a single piece of mahogany installed prior to the building’s completion; 8. Six floors of closed stacks with glass floors never before open to the public; 9. Signed document by John Hancock; 10. The Awakening of Ignorance mural in reading room (34 x 15 feet) on a single canvas. The treasures are too numerous to mention. Even those who frequent the Library will be surprised to see and learn about this history! Tours will be conducted by Theresa Hurley, Chief Librarian.

Capacity: 

80

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Location: 

5 North Common St., Lynn, MA, 01902

Driving Directions: 

Rte-1 North to C-1 Revere/Lynn exit. Follow C-1 to rotary. Start left around the rotary then right on to Rte-107. Follow Rte-107 (Western Ave. in Lynn) past the General Electric Company. From this point, continue to the fifth set of traffic lights. Turn right on to Franklin Street. Just beyond the next set of lights, on the right is the library (parking lot and rear entrance). The library is a large granite building located at the junction of Franklin and North Common Streets. Parking also available for Trails & Sails visitors at St. Stephen's Memorial Episcopal Church, 74 South Common St – join them for their Trails & Sails tour of the stained glass windows on 9/19, 10 AM – 3 PM.