TOWER HILL LIBRARY

LIBRARY HOURS
Open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.

LIBRARY ONLINE CATALOG
Tower Hill Library’s Online Catalog is available here.

WORCESTER COUNTY HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY TRANSACTIONS
Please click here to search Transactions of the Society 1840–2006.

ACCESS
All are welcome in the Tower Hill Library found on the lower level of the Stoddard Education and Visitors Center and members may borrow books. The Library has more than 8,000 resources including books, magazines and dvds on gardening for all ages and abilities. The Library is a great space for reading, quiet study and research. We also offer a children’s area with puzzles, drawing materials and a comfortable couch to sit and read a favorite story. When it’s warm, head outside to our Reading Garden. We love questions, so don’t hesitate to make an appointment with the librarian, Kathy Bell at kbell@towerhillbg.org or 508.869.6111 x116) if you’re working on a topic that may require research or archives assistance.

WHAT’S NEW IN THE LIBRARY
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COLLECTIONS
Tower Hill Botanic Garden opened in 1986 but its history as the Worcester County Horticultural Society dates back to the 1840s, and the Library goes back almost as far. Early library holdings began with donations from founders and members, and today the Library provides access to institutional and garden history records and regularly exhibits materials from our archives.

LIBRARY NEWS

NOW ON EXHIBIT IN THE LIBRARY
Please click here to learn about the Library’s past exhibits.

Ag, Hort, & Mechanics: Three Organizations, Three Anniversaries
On display January – June 2017
Free with Admission
2017 is a significant year for three of Worcester’s organizations. View historic material on display that show the connections between the Worcester Agricultural Society, the Worcester County Mechanics Association and our own Worcester County Horticultural Society.

The WCHS Spring Flower Show
April, 2017 through September 2017
Free with admission
The Spring Show ran for 75 years, starting Horticulture Hall on Front Street and ending at the Centrum in 1991. It was always a ‘go to’ event in Worcester and we look back with photos, prizes, articles and more from our archives.

LIBRARY PROGRAMS

Remembering the WCHS Spring Exhibitions: an Oral History Project
Saturday, May 6, 2-4 pm

Free with Admission
The Spring Exhibition held for many years in late winter in Worcester was a much anticipated and always welcome harbinger of the flowers and beauty to come. Thousands would wait in lines that stretched around the corner to see the exhibits at Horticulture Hall.  Did you or your family attend or take part in any way?  What are your memories?  We invite you to come to the Library to see our current display about the old exhibitions and share your memories.  We will be recording reminiscences on May6th but also are happy to schedule times at your convenience.  Please contact Kathy Bell at kbell@towerhillbg.org or 508-869-6111 x116 for more information or to schedule another date or time to record your memories.

Gardening Book Swap
Saturday, May 20, 9am–3pm

Limonaia
Free with admission
Tower Hill Library’s Annual Gardening Book Swap will once again take place on Plant Sale Saturday and alongside the Garden Shop’s Annual Clearance Sale in the Limonaia.  Bring the gently used gardening books you no longer need and swap them for new-to-you titles you can use. We always say: “Bring some/take some” but the reality is you can just bring or just take. If you have a lot of books you wish to donate to the Library, please contact us in advance to arrange a drop off before May 20th. Please email: kbell@towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111 x116 for questions or to arrange a donation.

WCHS Founders Walking Tour
Thursday, June 1, 6-7pm & Saturday, June 24, 2-3pm 
Members of THBG & Preservation Worcester -Free, Non-Members $10 per tour. Click here to register.
Walk in the footsteps of our founders – see where they lived, what they grew, and learn more about the Horticultural Society and where they met and held exhibitions. Meet at Worcester Common for the approximately ¾-mile walk that will proceed on Front Street to Main St. and onto Elm St.  Co-sponsored with Preservation Worcester. Pre-registration required – please note this tour is not at Tower Hill Botanic Garden.  Directions and additional information about the route will be sent upon registration.

LIBRARY SERVICES

Materials may be borrowed by Tower Hill members for one month. Returns may be made in person, by mail or by returning materials to the Reception Desk when the Library is closed.

The 2017 Book Group is full; please contact Kathy Bell (email kbell@towerhillbg.org or 508-869-6111 x116) to be placed on the wait list. We read books on gardening and nature based on a yearly theme, and meet one Saturday a month from January through April to discuss. Please view our 2017 titles and find a complete list of the books we have read here.

The Tower Hill Library is part of a project to document the outstanding gardens of Central Massachusetts. Learn more about the gardens we’re studying. Interested in joining us? Please call 508.869.6111 x116 or email kbell@towerhillbg.org.
Tower Hill Library gratefully accepts donations of lightly used books covering all aspects of gardening. We also sell an impressive collection of competitively priced used books when the Library is open. Please contact the librarian, Kathy Bell, at kbell@towerhillbg.org or 508.869.6111 x116 for more information about donations.