Taft Public Library

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History of the Library

The Taft Public Library was established in 1881 with a gift of $1000 from Mrs. William R. Huston in memory of her brother, Putnam W. Taft.  The Town provided the use of the small brick building which now serves as the Mendon Historical Museum.  On August 17, 1881, a public inauguration was held at the First Parish church with an address by Rev. Carlton Staples.  A quotation from his address reads:

“This library has been founded especially for the young.  It is the earnest desire of the donor that they may regard it especially as their institution, and take a deep interest in its preservation and usefulness.”

The Library opened for the delivery of books on August 20, 1881 with Rev. George F. Clark as Librarian.  There was a total of 1478 volumes in the library and the number of borrowers for th first year was 329.

As of 2011, the Library has over 37,230 materials and the number of registered users is 2,228.

Library Trustees

Name Title
Amy Fahey Chair(Term Expires May 2022)
Ellen Agro Secretary (Term Expires 5/12/20)
Kelley Aubut (Term Expires 5/18/21)
Leigh Martin MURSD School Comm. Rep. (Term Expires May 2021)
Dr. Joseph Maruszczak Superintendent of Schools
Wayne Phipps (Term Expires 5/12/20)
Shana Miller Trustee Term expires May 2022

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Andrew Jenrich Library Director (508) 473-3259
Tara Windsor Children's Librarian
Martha Grady Library Technician
Paula Pearlmen Library Technician
Patricia Bulock Library Technician
Kristi Heumann Library Technician
Kristin Taft Library Technician
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