The Magnolia Library & Community Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit library and a community gathering space, a central hub of the Magnolia section of Gloucester, Massachusetts. You may have stopped by MLCC to vote, attend a function, listen in during a town hall meeting, give blood or play basketball. With our revamped library space and growing offering of youth-focused programming, MLCC has a lot to offer!
MLCC is managed by its board of directors and volunteers and supported by fundraising events and generous donations from our neighbors and friends.
The building features the John Benotti Library and Reading Room, the Charles Jones Hall and the Edward C. Richardson Suite. With the help of donations and volunteers, the building is continuously being improved. The second floor also includes the Frances Hines room, the home of the Magnolia Arts Exchange (MAX).
Visiting the library recently, you may have seen the plaque featuring Alice Frances Story, the librarian of the Magnolia Library Association beginning in 1891. Ms. Story would serve the library for 20 years as its first permanent librarian, alongside Miss Elizabeth T. Thornton, who would later serve as Head librarian for a number of years.
Over the years, many Magnolia residents have served as
volunteer librarians, board members, gardeners, painters,
event planners and supporters. Although the board of directors
is responsible to serve as the caretakers of MLCC, it takes a village!
If you are interested in more history of this diverse and vibrant community by the sea, please visit the folks at Magnolia Historical Society.