PEPPERELL --Promoting a spirit of inclusion and welcome for the local community and visitors, the Lawrence Library is pleased to announce the grand opening of a newly constructed accessible trail, the only one of its kind at a public library in Massachusetts.

The library spur trail is accessible to people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments, and allows people of varying abilities to enjoy the trail and all of the natural elements it encompasses.

The Library Board of Trustees, Nashoba Conservation Trust, and The Friends of the Library invite the public to the grand opening of the accessible trail and native garden behind the Lawrence Library, at the head of the Greens Brook Trail. The new garden features plants that are native to the area.

"This was really a collaborative project," said Director Deb Spratt, who added that the effort was made possible with the input and hard work of members from the Board of Library Trustees, Nashoba Conservation Trust, Pepperell Conservation, Friends of the Lawrence Library; and the Pepperell Department of Public Works, which provided the composite base for the trail itself. "We are so grateful to everyone who really made this project a priority and who took the time out of their busy schedules to make sure everyone in this community feels respected, included and acknowledged."

The event will feature a story walk to read while enjoying the trail - Looking Out for Sarah by Glenna Lang. There will also be live music, and light refreshments.


"Nashoba Conservation Trust is honored to have helped design and build Lawrence Library's accessible trail" said Ken Hartlage, President. "We believe everyone should be able to enjoy Pepperell's natural heritage, and we hope this project can serve as a template for additional accessible trail projects in our community. We are deeply grateful to the volunteers who turned this vision into a reality, and to the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation Inc. whose financial support helped bring this project to fruition."

The reception is sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. Call the library at 978-433-0330 for more information.