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646 East Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127
617-268-0180
Branch Librarian: Frances Francis
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12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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DISTINCTIVE ASPECTS OF THE COLLECTION
The branch holds a special collection of South Boston historical materials. There is a large collection of adult music CDs. A set of historical maps of Boston is on permanent display.

RECURRING PROGRAMMING OFFERED
For adults, a weekly film series is offered, and a Book Discussion Group meets monthly. Friends’ Book Sales are held monthly, September through June.

Toddler and preschool story times are offered, as well as preschool films bi-weekly.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING OFFERED
Lecture programs are offered throughout the year focusing on topics of local interest including local history. The Branch hosts an Annual Art Festival, an open exhibit of artwork by the community’s adult and teen artists, and an Annual Fall Fair, a family-friendly event featuring fall-themed activities, both held in the Branch’s beautiful walled garden. The Branch hosts the Annual Marjorie M. Gibbons Memorial Lecture, which features subjects related specifically to the South Boston community. A monthly exhibit space is available for local adult and teen artists.

Summer reading programs are offered as well as a variety of special programming for children such as crafts and performers.

 

SB Children's Room Winter Display
Children's Room Celebrates Winter 2012
Adults Room
Adults' Room
Teen Room
Teen Room
Local South Boston Teen Art Project
Local South Boston Teen Art Project

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HISTORY
The South Boston Branch first opened in April 1872 in the Masonic building at 372 West Broadway. It was the second branch library established in the United States. When the Masonic building was sold in 1948 the South Boston Branch was closed. In response to high demand for library service the branch was reopened in June 1950 in a storefront at 385-8 West Broadway where it remained until destroyed by fire in May 1957. Construction of the present building was underway which consolidated the City Point Branch with the South Boston Branch.