Boston Public Library
Another week, another snub by the Menino administration toward the good people of Lower Mills and Mattapan.
The mayor made a ceremonial appearance on Tuesday at the Mildred Avenue Community Center (which is in Mattapan, not Roxbury, as the mayor’s office stated in its press releases) to announce the expansion of broadband Internet capacity in city facilities. The federally funded program will bring new computers and higher-speed online access to 48 facilities across the city — including community centers and libraries. Read more
In the month of March State Rep. Carlos Henriquez of the 5th Suffolk district will hold four community meetings in his district to discuss new laws and policy, also to address the issues and concerns of his constituents. The following dates and locations are: March 2nd (Viet Aide, 42 Charles st), 16th (Grove Hall library, 41 geneva ave), 23rd (Roxbury YMCA, 285 MLK Blvd), and 30th (Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, 504 Dudley st).
There was a breakthrough this week in the effort to save four Boston Public Library branches, including the one in Lower Mills, that were slated for closure earlier this year. The battle, however, is far from over. Read more
May. 19, 2010
By Reporter Staff
The Reporter has learned that Boston Public Library officials are organizing a meeting for this Monday, May 24, to form a task force as they move forward with their plans to close the Lower Mills Library. The meeting is slated for 6:30 p.m. on Monday at Carney Hospital, in the president’s board room.
Koren Stembridge, the BPL’s chief director of partnerships, said Wednesday that the meeting would discuss “transitioning services from the library.” The meeting, she said, is open to the public, although the Reporter had not been officially notified about the meeting as of press time this week. Stembridge said that the meeting was announced at Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Lower Mills Civic Association. Read more
The City Council's budget-vetting committee is scheduled to take testimony on the Boston Public Library system's budget on June 3. Read more
Books and computer access are still the ultimate lures, but the soon-to-open Mattapan branch library rewards visitors with a public space that would be well-suited to a prestigious college campus. The Blue Hill Avenue building, which will open to the public during an official celebration on Saturday morning, got a final thumbs-up from Mayor Tom Menino, who toured it on Monday morning along with the architect, library staff and other elected officials. Read more