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SeedShare in Bloom at Boston Public Library

Posted on June 3rd, 2014 by admin in General

The Mattapan, Grove Hall, and East Boston branches have extended their collections far beyond books and now offer a SeedShare program as the gardening season is well underway. Those with green thumbs or beginners may choose from a variety of seeds and borrow up to five packets to grow flowers or vegetables in their gardens. Boston Natural Areas Network hosts workshops at the branches on planting, caring for, and extracting seeds to donate back to the branches. The program is a partnership between the City of Boston Office of Food Initiatives, Greenovate Boston, Boston Natural Areas Network, and Boston Public Library. Visit or call any of the participating branches for more information. A fun fact: the first seed to be borrowed from the Mattapan Branch was morning glory.

East Boston Branch Team Members

Posted on May 21st, 2014 by admin in General

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Youth Services Librarian, East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library

As the youth services librarian for the East Boston Branch, Angela works with the large population of children and teens who visit the library to do homework, check out books, and participate in the library’s growing programs for youth. “We’ve had a steady stream of children and teens who come in after school and say, ‘So what are we doing today?’ They are very active library users and want to take advantage of our programs,” she said. Born in Bolivia, Angela frequented libraries after coming to the United States and was grateful for the access to free services, which influenced her decision to become a librarian and help others in a similar way.

 

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Programs and Community Outreach Librarian, East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library

Now in her sixth year of service at the Boston Public Library, Julia develops programming for the East Boston Branch and works with community organizations to bring people of all ages to the new branch. “Library users are really enjoying the new building and people who haven’t been to a library in a while are stunned at its beauty. Everyone is invited to enjoy the new space and utilize the services,” she said. ESL groups, author talks, bookmaking workshops, and exhibitions featuring local artists are examples of program ideas she has received thus far, and she encourages users to share ideas with library staff. “My job is very rewarding; I love interacting with patrons and helping them find what they are looking for. And the best part is that all our services are free.”

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Margaret Kelly

Branch Librarian, East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library

“My favorite part of being a librarian is building connections and relationships with people who walk through our doors,” says Margaret, who has been a librarian for 21 years. The East Boston Branch is still quite new. The feedback on the building and services continues to be positive and happy. “People who haven’t been to a library in a long time are coming in and want to be a part of something new and exciting for this community. They come in, look around, and then stay for a while. We’re a very active branch and I know we’ll keep growing,” she says.

East Boston Branch Portraits

Posted on January 8th, 2014 by admin in General

Enjoy this collection of portraits and quotes featuring East Boston Branch library users assembled in celebration of the new branch.

“I love East Boston’s activism and its diversity.
We can make this new library a gathering place
for people of all cultures, where young and old
combine to make one community.” –Debra Cave

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“The new East Boston Branch
epitomizes the opportunity
for the growth of this community.”
–Celeste Myers

“The library stands out and will be a new space
for the community to explore and experience.”
–Liz Nofziger

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“Libraries are as important as they’ve ever been.
I’m thrilled to introduce the library to my
young sons and watch them explore
and grow in the new building.”
–Gretchen Schneider

“I’m excited to see what new books will be in the library;
fiction, nonfiction, I like them all!” –Kiely Hernandez

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“I love libraries; I go to my branch every day.
A great thing about the library in my community
is that it’s diverse and everyone is invited.”
–Glenda Hernandez