Library marks new era of educational opportunities for East Boston Residents
Mayor Thomas M. Menino will join Boston Public Library President Amy E. Ryan, elected officials, and East Boston residents on Saturday, November 2, to open Boston Public Library’s new East Boston Branch, located at 365 Bremen Street. The opening of the library marks a new era of educational opportunities for one of Boston’s most dynamic and growing neighborhoods. View a gallery of East Boston Branch images and read stories about the East Boston Branch on the library’s Compass blog.
“East Boston residents already know how important libraries are, and they are going to love this one. It will serve as an educational center for the whole community, bringing together children, teens, and adults for opportunities to read, learn, and contribute positively to our city,” Mayor Menino said.
The new library will open to the public at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Remarks and the official ribbon cutting will take place at 2 p.m. Programs for children and teens are scheduled throughout Saturday afternoon.
At 15,000 square feet in size and with space to accommodate nearly 20,000 books, CDs, and DVDs, the new East Boston Branch features an open floor plan with dedicated areas for children, teens, and adults. The creation of a dedicated space for teens is new for library service in East Boston as is the creation of an early literacy nook in the children’s area, the first in the Boston Public Library system. Other features of the library include free building-wide wifi, 54 computers available for public use, a flexible multipurpose room, and a quiet reading room with materials dedicated to East Boston’s history.
“Libraries have never been more important than they are today,” said Amy E. Ryan, President of the Boston Public Library. “The opening of this branch is a celebration of tireless community support. It is also a promise to East Boston residents of today and tomorrow that the library will be an active partner in their learning and a welcoming place for all.”
The new library overlooks scenic Bremen Street Park, complete with views of the Boston skyline from the library’s inviting reading porch. The diversity of East Boston is signified and celebrated by stone pavers on the exterior of the branch that show the name and distance to the capital cities of the top 21 countries of origin of the residents of East Boston.
Following Saturday’s grand opening, the public service hours for the new East Boston Branch will be Mondays 12 – 8 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thursdays 12 – 8 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The East Boston Branch is located close to MBTA bus routes, East Boston Greenway, and the Airport stop on the Blue Line.
Boston Public Library’s new East Boston Branch was designed by William Rawn Associates Architects, Inc., and is a capital project of the City of Boston, managed by the Property and Construction Management Department. The project budget is $17.25 million. Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners supported the project with a grant of $7.25 million. The branch was designed for building and energy efficiency, and will achieve LEED certification from the United States Green Building Council. A fact sheet (PDF) on the new East Boston Branch is available for download from the Boston Public Library website along with in-progress construction photos.
Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-four branches, a literacy center, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first publicly supported municipal library in America, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit www.bpl.org.
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