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While Uphams Corner is closed for the summer, all hold request pickups designated for Uphams Corner will be routed to the Grove Hall branch. Visit the Grove Hall branch page for contact information, hours and directions.
DISTINCTIVE ASPECTS OF THE COLLECTION The Uphams Corner Branch has a core collection which reflects the needs and interest of the surrounding community. The fiction collection is especially strong in African American fiction, romance and thrillers. Nonfiction includes special collections for adult learners – literacy, exam books and career exploration.
The Youth Room enjoys a unique space in a converted swimming pool, giving younger members of the community an area to call their own. Collections include extensive picture book, fiction, and young adult collections as well as growing sections for graphic novels.
Both the adult and the youth collections have materials in French, Portuguese and Spanish reflecting the languages spoken and read in the Uphams Corner neighborhood.
PROGRAMMING OFFERED Family story times are offered weekly for children 5 and under. There are also bimonthly meetings of the Lego Builders club, open children ages 4-14. For teens and adults we have technology classes a few times a month.
PROGRAMMING OFFERED The branch hosts monthly programs for adults and families alternating between informational and entertaining offerings including concerts, crafts and lectures on topics of local interest. The branch has special programming for school aged children during vacation times. During the summer, Uphams Corner participates in the Read Your Way to Fenway and Statewide Summer Reading programs.
HISTORY In 1904 the Uphams Corner Branch moved from a temporary store-front location on Dudley Street to the two-year-old municipal building on Columbia Road. Upon entering the building, the adult room was on the left, a floor above the swimming pool, and the children's room used a common area on the right side of the hall. When the swimming pool developed leaks and fell into disuse for some time, the children's room took occupancy in this space. It maintained a separate entrance and circulation desk until the 1970s. After renovations to the building in 1989, only one entrance to the branch remained -- through the adult room. Many residents still recall the swimming pool and public showers of their childhood.