Growing up in East Boston, home of the first branch library in America, Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero had a keen sense of the importance of branch libraries to local neighborhoods. “The branches are uniquely Boston,” he says. “They double as community centers—a place for reading groups, exhibitions, lectures, research, and community-based activities. They’re the lifeblood of the community.”
Now an Associate with Nixon Peabody LLP, a Global 100 law firm, Ronaldo also served as a member of the Boston Public Library’s Strategic Planning Committee. He sees this initiative as a way for the library and local communities to build a future together. “It’s a way to sit down and think about a systematic approach for where the library should be,” he says.
He also recognizes that, in this era of limited resources, creative strategies are needed. “We need to keep changing to meet the needs of the communities on a day-to-day basis,” he says. “I’m more than honored to be a part of it. The library is a special place.”
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