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East Boston Branch Celebrates First Anniversary

Posted on November 9th, 2014 by admin in General

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The East Boston Branch at 365 Bremen Street completed its first full year of operations, marking a busy and productive year for the branch and its communities of users. Below are a few highlights from this past year:

  • Teens and Boston Bikes: Boston has many urban bike paths, and learning how to navigate the city safely is key. Teens learned bike safety rules and bike mechanics, meeting once a week for four weeks, and teens that attended three of the four sessions then received a bike, lock, and a helmet. They also learned about the parts of the bike and regular maintenance work, such as fixing flat tires or broken chains.
  • Eastie Week Open House: The branch participated in neighborhood celebrations honoring Eastie Week in June through a variety of activities for people of all ages. The branch hosted an ice cream social for 500 attendees, a farm visit, Spanish dancing, and a bilingual magic show.
  • Children’s programs: Homework help, story times, science experiments, arts & crafts, preschool films, and lapsits are among the activities children participated in this past year, which were met with high attendance numbers and youth ready and excited to learn.
  • Lego Mindstorm Robotics: Best Buy’s Geek Squad visited the branch during national Teen Tech Week, bringing Lego Mindstorm kits as part of a robotics program. Aspiring engineers and designers broke up into teams and designed a robot and programmed the robot to drive through a maze.
  • Adult Education Classes: English conversations groups and computer classes in Spanish generate much enthusiasm as each are often filled to capacity with adults eager to practice their English or acquire computer literacy skills.

Features of the library include dedicated areas for children, teens, and adults, free building-wide wifi, 54 computers, a flexible multipurpose room, an early literacy nook, and a quiet reading room with local history materials. Designed for building and energy efficiency, the branch recently achieved LEED Gold certification from the United States Green Building Council. The East Boston Branch’s reach, a library formula used to determine level of activity, is second only to that of the Central Library in Copley Square and continues to grow each quarter.

Seedsharing in the Branches

Posted on October 7th, 2014 by admin in General

Boston Public Library launched its pilot SeedShare program this past summer, debuting at the the Mattapan, Grove Hall, and East Boston branches. Over the course of the summer, Boston Natural Areas Network held workshops on gardening basics and most recently, saving and storing seeds for future use. In total, 300 seed packets were borrowed and more than 100 people attended the gardening workshops. The most popular seeds at Grove Hall were were cucumber, basil, and greens of all kinds. Seed packets were also available via the Bibliocycle that made its debut this summer as well.

The Mattapan Branch has four garden beds in the back of the building and over the course of many months, library users cleared, prepped, planted, maintained, and harvested  vegetables to take home. “Families and teens come back and tell me all about their mini gardens; some are dying, some are thriving, but it is all about doing something new and learning,” said Caren Rosales, Teen Librarian at the Mattapan Branch.

The program is a partnership between the City of Boston Office of Food Initiatives, Greenovate Boston, Boston Natural Areas Network, and Boston Public Library. The library encourages all who borrowed seeds to return a few for next season; and of course, happy harvesting.

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East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library Awarded Prestigious LEED® Green Building Certification

Posted on September 30th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

EBleedToday Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that the East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library earned LEED Gold certification. Established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute, LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is the world’s foremost certification program for the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of green buildings.

“The City of Boston is committed to green design practices and eco-friendly development,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “By earning LEED Gold certification, the state-of-the art East Boston branch demonstrates how a successful architectural addition to a community can also be a sustainable one.”

The East Boston Branch, a 15,000 square foot building at 365 Bremen Street designed by William Rawn Associates Architects, Inc., opened in November 2013. The library building earned LEED certification for green design and construction in the areas of energy use, lighting, water, and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. The City of Boston’s Property and Construction Management department managed this capital project. The East Boston Branch was funded by the City of Boston and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. (more…)

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.