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TOWNSEND — A book relay, reminiscent of an historic library event of Feb. 27, 1929, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26. The event, which is sponsored by the Townsend library trustees, will relive the day 80 years ago when the town’s library book collection, which had resided in Memorial Hall since 1894, was hand-carried to the newly constructed Hart Memorial Library.

“Of course this is only a ceremonial event,” according to Library Trustee Suzanne Doust. “Our whole collection will be packed in containers and moved by truck to our new facility. But we want to give people the opportunity to share in the experience.” A gift to the town from Sterilite Corp., the new library is scheduled to be dedicated on Oct. 31.

Two books will be carried in turn by several people stationed along the route: the town’s first history, “History of the Town of Townsend, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, From The Grant of Hathorn’s Farm 1676 – 1878” by Ithamar B. Sawtelle, published in 1878.

The second volume will be “Divinity and Dust – A History of Townsend, Massachusetts 1676-1978 by Richard Norton Smith, published in 1978.

Assembling on the Memorial Hall lawn at 2:30 p.m., participants are invited to join the relay-style procession that will follow a planned route of 1.2 miles, ending at the new Collette Library at 12 Dudley Road. After the books are delivered, transportation will be provided back to Memorial Hall for a lawn party (participants are advised to bring blankets) with refreshments and entertainment.

For additional information contact Monica Kleeman at kleeman5@verison.net