Strategic Planning

The BPL Compass

Profiles – Thomas M. Menino, Mayor, City of Boston

by Gina Perille

Mayor Thomas M MeninoA national leader on neighborhood issues, Mayor Thomas M. Menino believes that government is about helping people. Elected five times as Mayor of Boston and five times as a City Councilor from Hyde Park, he has spent a lifetime building a better Boston for residents and businesses.

“The Boston Public Library is an important place for the people of Boston to make a connection – to learning, to history, and to each other,” says Mayor Menino. “Libraries are not only a place where families can find books to read, they are also the place where people can learn how to use a computer, search for jobs, and research their family trees. Libraries are opportunity.”

While Mayor Menino has been in office, Boston’s population has grown. According to 2010 Census numbers, the City of Boston population is 617,594, a 4.8% increase over the 2000 census or 28,453 more residents. The latest numbers mark the first time since the 1970s that Boston’s population exceeded 600,000.

“Now, more than ever, building connections in our communities is an important part of a great, growing city,” says Mayor Menino. “The public library was born in Boston. We can be proud of our history and prouder still of all that libraries do for the people of Boston today.”