Librarian Leona
Photo by Gloria Kramer

ABOUT US

Hours and Holidays

The library is open Tuesdays, 3-7
Thursdays, 10-12 and 3-7
Saturdays, 10-4
Holiday closings are Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Town Meeting Day.

Mission

As the cultural and informational heart of the community, The Worthington Library seeks to engage and encourage all Worthington residents in their pursuit of life-long learning and cultural community development.  The library develops and promotes its facilities, resources, services and programs with the aim of giving residents the best possible library.  The library is committed to improving the quality of life for its community by providing equal access to services, resources and information.

History

The Worthington Library was founded in 1884 by the Rev. Frederick Sargent Huntington.  It was incorporated as a non-profit corporation on June 22, 1900 and thus, unlike most public libraries, is referred to as a “corporation library” rather than a municipal library.

The Rev. Huntington left a bequest that, together with other contributions, was used to build a library on land donated by the Rice family.  The building was dedicated on September 2, 1915 and named for the Rev. Huntington.                             

The building has had few renovations except for the creation of a children’s room in the basement in 1978-9 and other minor improvements such as the addition of a restroom and  a ramp.

In 1939, the Rice family donated books and Rice family mementos, including various artifacts belonging to Brigadier General James Clay Rice, who lost his life in the Civil war.  In 2004 many of these artifacts were lent to the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where some are on display, and in 2006 the remainder of the Rice Collection was lent to the Worthington Historical Society to become part of their archives.

The library is governed by a board of directors consisting of not less than three nor more than nine persons who are members of the library.  The directors are elected annually by the members of the library, but between annual meetings the board may fill vacancies.

Contact Us

Our library director is Leona Arthen.  You may contact her or the board of directors as follows:

By mail:

The Worthington Library
1 Huntington Road
P.O. Box 598
Worthington, MA 01098

By phone:  (413) 238-5565

By email:  theworthingtonlibrary@gmail.com