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Watertown Public Library – Memorial Bricks

Engraved Bricks Outside the Watertown Public Library

Engraved Bricks Outside the Watertown Public Library

Watertown Public Library – Memorial Bricks  Recently I was in Watertown Square and popped into the Watertown Public Library. 

It was my first time in the library since the renovation and addition.  Time flies I guess because the library project was finished in 2006. 

There’s a new twist at libraries – perhaps influenced by the popularity of bookstore cafes – local libraries have opened cafes where library patrons can eat and drink – in the library!  The Watertown Public Library has a cafe just inside the door lined with bookcases offering used books for sale.

Memorial Bricks at the Watertown Public Library

Outside the library the walkway paved with engraved bricks caught my eye.  The bricks were part of the fundraising for the library renovation.  For donations of $100 or more people could purchase a brick engraved with a message of their choice.  The bricks memorialize loved ones, pay tribute to teachers and library staff,  commemorate  book lovers – I think even a few pets are remembered here.

Here are a few of my favorite messages I came across on the bricks:

Reading Today Paves The Way. J Peschiers

Books Were My Life. I.V. Cvijanovic

John Hayward – WHS Exceptional History Teacher

For My Dear Mom Who Always Carried A Book

The Watertown Public Library is part of the Minuteman Library Network so if your town is too you can borrow books in Watertown.  Or just buy one – or a few – in the library cafe.

 The Watertown Public Library is located at 123 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472

Categories: Living Here

  1. Richard Marcus

    Wonderful site Liz-great work. Your photo from the Wat Library reminded me to check to see where my brick is located-something I’ve been meaning to do for years!

  2. Elizabeth Bolton

    Hi Richard ~ That’s cool you have a brick! I really enjoyed reading the inscriptions outside the Watertown library and thought it was such a nice idea.

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