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It is the mission of the Turner Free Library in Randolph to serve the informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs of all of the members of the diverse Randolph Community bu providing access to professional staff, cutting edge technology, and quality materials, programs and services. The library seeks to encourage reading and use of current technology for life-long learning and the enrichment of life in the community.
The Turner Free Library was founded through a generous donation by the Turner Family in 1874. Randolph was one of the first towns in Massachusetts to have a public library. The original structure was a dignified granite building located in the heart of Randolph, Crawford Square. Arson claimed this majestic building on December 6, 1962. The building and it’s contents were utterly demolished. In an astonishing and selfless act of devotion to public library service "business" was resumed that very day, with six books in a space on loan from the Congregational Church next door. The "new" library opened as the firefighters were continuing to subdue the blaze. For a time the library operated out of a station wagon with a sign on top which read: "Turner Free Library" and was driven around town by volunteers.The library was rebuilt on the original land donated by the Turners and opened on September 6, 1966. Service to the public was deemed so important that they opened before the furniture was delivered.
Turner Free Library continues to serve the people of Randolph proudly from the "new" building. A vibrant community center, the library offers programs for all ages, large movie and music collections, a new teen area, and a dynamic children’s room.
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