Lower Mills

Council presses BPL officials on finances, branch closings

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Oct. 7, 2010

Councillor Charles Yancey: Presses BPL to keep branches openCouncillor Charles Yancey: Presses BPL to keep branches openFour libraries, including the Boston Public Library system’s Lower Mills branch, remain slated for closure next spring and both proponents and opponents are digging in for a battle over the Menino administration proposal.

Several city councillors and a number of library activists this week reiterated their opposition to the closures as administration officials asked for patience and said they were pushing ahead with meetings in each of the four communities – Lower Mills, South Boston, Brighton, and East Boston – affected by potential closures in each of those neighborhoods.

City Councillor Charles Yancey, who chaired a Post Audit Committee hearing into the library system’s finances on Monday, said he was seeking to “lower the temperature” and “detoxify” what he called a “poisoned” atmosphere.

“We’re going to do whatever we can to find resources” to keep the libraries open, he said after the hearing.  Read more

Library supporters asked to be 'patient' as city regroups on branch closings

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Oct. 1, 2010

A Menino administration official on Thursday night pleaded for patience from residents pushing to keep open libraries slated for closure. Justin Holmes, who handles constituent engagement for the mayor, said the administration had spent the summer in conversations with elected leaders over the proposal to close four branch libraries.

Supporters of the city’s libraries met with Boston Public Library President Amy Ryan and other library officials at the Copley Square branch Thursday night.  Read more

EDITORIAL: Lower Mills won’t be steamrolled by city

Mayor Menino and his administration are fooling themselves if they think that neighbors in Lower Mills are prepared to give up in the fight to keep our branch library open. Any discussion about the BPL’s services in Lower Mills needs to be based on a fundamental premise: That the Lower Mills branch will not close as threatened in the next year and that any discussion of how to reform the BPL needs to start from scratch.  Read more

BPL forming task force for Lower Mills shut-down

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

Wednesdays for Little Wigglers

Join Miss Maija on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. for storytimes, fingerplays and dancing!

Miss Maija

Little Wigglers Story time and Playgroup

Join Miss Maija Wednesday mornings in the Community Room. Miss Maija will read stories at 10:30, followed by dancing that leads to the playgroup.The stories are fun for the children to hear. The playgroup brings together toddlers and babies with music and play! If you and your family are new to the area, it's a great opportunity to get out there, meet other local parents, and get the scoop on our great neighborhood! The stories start at 10:30, so come for the stories, and stay for the playgroup!

Maija Meadows

Little Wigglers Storytime and Playgroup

Join Miss Maija on Wednesday mornings! Miss Maija will read stories at 10:30 a.m., followed by music and play! The stories are a fun way to get your toddler engaged with reading. The playgroup has young children from babies to age four who have a lot of fun playing and socializing. If you and your family are new to the area, it's a great opportunity to get out, meet other local parents and get the scoop on our great neighborhood! Wednesday Mornings. Come for the stories and stay to play!

Maija Meadows- Children's Librarian