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Oxford , MA 01540
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In 1902, The Town of Oxford was granted cash from former Oxford resident, Charles Larned, in hopes of building a Free Public Library in memory of his mother, Clarissa Larned. Thus, building began of the Charles Larned Memorial Library on the former Hyde lot, a piece of land voted on by the citizenâ€™s of Oxford. Construction of the building was completed in 1903, and the Library was open to the public.
â€‹Perhaps the most notable piece of architecture in the early part of the building would be its stained glass window at the top of the stairs in the front foyer. The image depicts the arrival of the Pilgrimâ€™s in Plymouth from Holland, and the caption reads â€śLet there be light.â€ť In the original design of the building, there was a â€śstackâ€ť area beyond the former circulation desk, now the reference desk. This area is well known among Oxford citizens whom used the library prior to 2000, mostly because of itâ€™s unique glass floor and dumbwaiter.
â€‹In 1985, librarian, Timothy Kelley was appointed. It wasnâ€™t long afterwards when in 1995, it was proposed that the library receive a refurbishing and an addition. Thus, the expansion of the Oxford Library began. The original stack area with itâ€™s glass floor was razed to make room for the current circulation and stack areas. The childrenâ€™s room was also completely overhauled, with a bay window and brand new toys - a project headed by former Childrenâ€™s librarian and current Charlton Public Library Director, Cheryl Hansen. The grand opening of the new addition to the library took place in April 2000.
â€‹The library has approximately 8,274 current patrons, with about 3,000-4,000 circulations a month in the adult circulation department alone.