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SUMMER READING PROGRAM 2016

Read-with-Me 
Birth to age 7 
On Your Mark, get Set, Read!
Ages 7 to 13
This summer the Walpole Public Library is taking part in the statewide reading program: On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! Children from birth to age 7 can take part in our Read-with-me Program. Registration begins Monday June 27. The program runs from June 27 to August 27. Participants are encouraged to spend twenty minutes a day listening to stories or practicing their own early reading skills. All participants who bring a copy of their reading log to the Dedham Savings branch in Walpole will receive a prize. Additionally, children who read for at least ten hours over the course of the summer will be entered to win a special raffle prize!

 
This summer the Walpole Public Library is taking part in the statewide reading program: On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! All children ages 7 to 13, who are reading independently, are eligible to participate in the reading program. Registration begins Monday June 27. The program runs from June 27 to August 27. Registrants who log their reading will be registered in our cool weekly raffles and be eligible for an amazing selection of prizes from program sponsor the Boston Bruins! All participants who bring a copy of their reading log to the Dedham Savings branch in Walpole will receive even more prizes. Additionally, children who read at least ten books over the course of the summer will be entered to win one of two Kindles, generously donated by Dedham Savings!

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To the ELEANOR M. HARDING Children's Room!

A special tribute to a fine lady…

Eleanor M. "Soosie" (MacLean) Harding was hired as the first children's librarian at the Walpole Public Library in 1930. To honor the many years of kindness, support and exuberance that Mrs. Harding gave to this Library, the Children's Room, was dedicated in her name in 1990.

Mrs. Harding passed away in Walpole, at the age of 92, January 25, 1999. She was the wife of Dr. Harry W. Harding, married 61 years with two sons, Colin and Samuel and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mrs. Harding was born in Swampscott and was the daughter of Norman Everett and Henrietta (Stewart) MacLean.

Raised in Lynn, Mrs. Harding spent summers with relatives in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island. She was a member of the Silsby Street Quaker Meeting in Lynn. In 1930, she moved to Walpole and, in 1990, moved to Mattapoisett. Mrs. Harding was a 1925 graduate of Lynn Classical High School and graduated from Simmons College in 1929 with a degree in library science -- quite an accomplishment for women in her day.

From 1929-30, she worked for Sun Life Assurance Co. in Montreal. Her friend and former classmate Cas Eaton gave her the nickname "Soosie" after a Harry Lauder tune, "Soosie MacLean." She remained the children's librarian until 1938. She was a library trustee from 1943-90.

Mrs. Harding was a lifetime member of the Walpole Footlighters; a director of the Walpole Area Visiting Nurse Association; active in the Girl Scouts and the Walpole chapter of the American Red Cross; a member of the Walpole Historical Society and was a volunteer at the East Walpole Community Library. With the Footlighters, she appeared in 29 productions and served in all but two of the positions on the board of directors. She performed in Call it a Day, Solid Gold Cadillac, The Late George Apley and The Girls in 509. Mrs. Harding was instrumental in keeping the Footlighters going during World War II and participated in a number of joint productions with inmates of the Walpole State Prison. In 1988, she received the Ruth McIntire Award for Community Theater Service.

Mrs. Harding certainly brightened her corner of our world.

 

"You must do something to make the world more beautiful."
- Miss Rumphius
by Barbara Cooney


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