Watertown Library Turned Into Glamorous Venue for 150th Anniversary Gala

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Charlie Breitrose

Guests at the Watertown Free Public LIbrary's 150th Anniversary Gala entered through a building decked out for a celebration.

Guests at the Watertown Free Public LIbrary’s 150th Anniversary Gala entered through a building decked out for a celebration.

The normally subdued Watertown Free Public Library was transformed into a glittering, glamorous party venue on Saturday night in celebration of its 150th Anniversary.

Several hundred people filled the library for the 150th anniversary Gala Celebration. Strings of lights were draped in the entryway to the library, and vases full of flowers decorated tables around the library.

Several hundred people filled the Watertown Library for the 150th celebration. Some came dressed in gowns.

The anticipation was high for the event, and it took about three minutes for the flow of people waiting for the gala to begin to get through the door.

Guests were treated to a free drink and a huge spread of food which covered the tables in the periodicals room on the second floor.The information desk on the second floor of the library was turned into a bar.

Meanwhile, children and teens enjoyed slices of pizza.

Library fans enjoyed the large spread of food at the 150th Anniversary Gala.

Diners enjoyed live music, and nearby, people perused a special exhibition of artwork inspired by the library and made by Watertown residents. The show will be up for the until the end of April.

The Library encouraged people to “dress to feel fabulous,” and people responded, coming decked out in in ball gowns, suits, and other attire fitting for a gala.

Vases of flower arrangements livened up the library for the 150th Gala.

Several local officials spoke about their love for the library, including State Sen. Will Brownsberger, State Rep. Jonathan Hecht, Town Manager Michael Driscoll, Chair of the Library Trustees Tim Tracy, and Library Director Leone Cole. Town Council Vice President Vincent Piccirilli read a proclamation from the Council in honor of the Library’s 150th Anniversary.

After the event, the Watertown Library staff released the following statement on Facebook:

“Thank you Watertown, for supporting and growing this library for 150 years. We had an absolute blast at the gala last night and everyone looked fabulous. Here’s to the next 150!”

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