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Celebrate African Dance at Lower Mills Library, Apr. 5

Let rhythm from a warm place get this April moving! Celebrate African Dance with special guest Wyoma at the Lower Mills Branch Library this Tuesday, April 5 at 10:30 a.m. This event occurs as part of the normally scheduled Preschool Storytime and is intended for children and families (but all are welcome.)

Lower Mills Branch
Boston Public Library
27 Richmond Street
Dorchester, MA 02124

Boston Public Library Homework Assistance Program (HAP)

Phone: 

617-859-2335

Email: 

jsnow@bpl.org

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Locations in the Dorchester Area:

690 Adams Street, Adams Branch; Monday & Wednesday 4:00-6:00 pm

690 Washington Street, Codman Square Branch; Monday & Thursday 4:00-6:00pm

1520 Dorchester Ave, Fields Corner Branch; Tuesday 4:00-6:00pm

5 Crawford Street, Grove Hall Branch; Thursday 4:00-6:00pm

27 Richmond Street, Lower Mills; Monday & Thursday 4:00-6:00pm

500 Columbia Road, Upham's Corner Branch Thursday 4:00-6:00pm

Mission: 

To offer free educational tutoring in all areas of Boston. Open to students in all grades.

Key Partners: 

Boston Public Library, Boston Teachers' Union

Created: 
10/29/2010

Boston Public Library, Grove Hall Branch

Phone: 

(617) 427-3337

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Mon, Tues, Weds: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thurs: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Fri & Sat: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Mission: 

The Boston Public Library's mission is to preserve and provide access to historical record of our society, and to serve the cultural, educational, and informational needs of the City and the Commonwealth.

Location

BPL Grove Hall Branch
41 Geneva Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States
Key Partners: 

Part of the City of Boston library system. Click here to read more about Dorchester's libraries.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

To register for a free library card online, click here!

Key Programs Offered: 
  • Homework Assistance Program

    Free one-on-one homework help for students in grades K-8 from high-achieving high school mentors. Available at every BPL branch Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5:30PM.

  • Boston Teachers' Union Tutors

    Tutoring for students in all grades from BPS teachers. Days and times vary by location. Grove Hall: Thursday 4-6PM.

  • Ongoing Programs

    Tuesdays: 10:30am, Preschool Storytime: Stories and songs followed by movies.
    Wednesdays: 10:30am, Computer Troubleshooting: If you need assistance with submitting a resume, establishing an email account, or applying for a job online, this program is for you.
    10:30am, Japanimation: Do you love Anime and Manga? Then join us every Wednesday for Anime screenings and lively discussion. For teens ages 13-18.
    Thursdays: 12:30pm, Library Basics: Learn how to use the library and find the information that you need. Library Basics will keep you up to date on the latest BPL programs and services.
    Fridays: 10:30am, Job Seekers Roundtable: Offers people who are seeking employment an opportunity to share experiences, strategies, and ideas with other job seekers. Library staff will explore and share job leads and schedule guest speakers.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
05/21/2010

DISTINCTIVE ASPECTS OF THE COLLECTION
The Grove Hall collection has a strong component of African-American literature.

RECURRING PROGRAMMING OFFERED
Preschool story hours are offered weekly for children.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING OFFERED
An annual musical program of jazz has been offered over the past several years, inspiring local interest in initiating a neighborhood jazz festival.

HISTORY
The first library in this section of Roxbury opened May 1, 1898 in the rear of Mr. Mowry's Drug Store at the corner of Warren Street and Haynes Park with one table, eight chairs, two shelves and 200 books. It was so well patronized that the Trustees of the BPL voted in 1905 to open a reading room. In 1919 the building on the corner of Warren and Savin Streets officially became the Warren Street Branch Library. In 1926, this branch moved into its new quarters in the New Roxbury Memorial High School and thus became the Memorial Branch Library. The Memorial Branch was replaced in December 1970 by the Grove Hall Branch Library located at the corner of Warren and Crawford Streets.

On April 4, 2009 the new branch library at 41 Geneva Avenue, Dorchester opened. Located in the newly-renovated Jeremiah E. Burke High School, the new library was designed by Schwartz/Silver Architects. It features a designated young adult room and young adult librarian, in keeping with its unique configuration, adjacent to the high school.

Boston Public Library, Lower Mills Branch

Phone: 

(617) 298-7841

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Mon & Thurs: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Tues & Weds: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fri: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Mission: 

The Boston Public Library's mission is to preserve and provide access to historical record of our society, and to serve the cultural, educational, and informational needs of the City and the Commonwealth.

Location

BPL Lower Mills Branch
27 Richmond Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

Part of the Boston Public Library system. Click here to read more about Dorchester's libraries.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

To register for a free library card online, click here!

Key Programs Offered: 
  • Homework Assistance Program

    Free one-on-one homework help for students in grades K-8 from high-achieving high school mentors. Available at every BPL branch Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5:30PM.

  • Boston Teachers' Union Tutors

    Tutoring for students in all grades from BPS teachers. Days and times vary by location. Lower Mills: Monday and Thursday 4-6PM.

  • Ongoing Programs
  • Tuesdays: 10:30am, Preschool Adventures with Ms. Maija: storytime and a fun activity.
    Wednesdays: 10:30am, Little Wigglers Storytime and Playgroup: Ms. Maija will read a story and then we'll have some fun with music, dancing, and playing with our friends.
    Fridays: 10:30am, Preschool Films: 3-10 minute short films for preschoolers.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

library

Created: 
05/26/2010

DISTINCTIVE ASPECTS OF THE COLLECTION
The branch has a particularly strong mystery collection, and has been building its medical study and reference collection to support the schools and colleges in the neighborhood. The fiction collection continues to expand, providing various genres for diverse readers. Books and ephemera related to Dorchester, and particularly Lower Mills, history are well represented in the collection.

RECURRING PROGRAMMING OFFERED
Preschool story hours are offered twice weekly for children. Trivia night is held once a month for school-aged children. Pre-school films are also shown weekly. Students who attend the Pope John Paul II Academy, Lower Mills campus and The Charles Taylor Elementary School use the branch daily. Teachers also bring classes to check out material that may support their curriculum. For adults, the Book Discussion Group meets every third Thursday of the month. Beginners Internet instruction is available by appointment.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING OFFERED
Lecture programs are typically offered in the fall or spring focusing on a variety of topics including local history. In June, an Outdoor Music Concert is held. Summer reading programs are offered for children and additional events are scheduled during these months.

HISTORY
Library service in Lower Mills was first offered through a branch delivery post in 1875; it was open three hours each day to take requests for books and to deliver books requested from the Central Library and the Dorchester Branch Library. Full branch services began in 1876 with a dedicated collection and expanded hours. In 1883, branch service was moved into the vacated Blue Hills Bank building. In 1931, space owned by the American Legion was purchased and in 1936 a small addition was completed. Eventually the collection outgrew that building and the present Lower Mills Branch Library building was opened in 1981.

In 2005, the branch was renovated, a new façade was designed, and the heating and cooling systems were up-dated. The building in general got a “face lift” and is bright and airy.

Boston Public Library, Fields Corner Branch

Phone: 

(617) 436-2155

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Closed July - August)

Mission: 

The Boston Public Library's mission is to preserve and provide access to historical record of our society, and to serve the cultural, educational, and informational needs of the City and the Commonwealth.

Location

BPL Fields Corner Branch
1520 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

To register for a free library card, click here! Check the library's schedule at http://www.bpl.org/branches/fc_calendar.htm

Key Programs Offered: 

Wednesdays: 10:30 a.m., Preschool Films & Fun: Films you (mostly) can't find on television, stories, songs, and play. Fridays: 10 a.m., Tots Storytime: Stories for children ages 3 to 5.

  • Homework Assistance Program

    Free one-on-one homework help for students in grades K-8 from high-achieving high school mentors. Available at every BPL branch Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5:30PM.

  • Boston Teachers' Union Tutors

    Tutoring for students in all grades from BPS teachers. Days and times vary by location. Fields Corner: Tuesday 4-6 p.m.

  • Ongoing Programs

Distinctive Aspects of the Collection:
This branch has a growing collection of Vietnamese materials - including books, DVDs, CDs, and magazines. There is also a strong children's and teen fiction collection, featuring a wide variety of summer reading list titles. There is also a large selection of popular dvds in all genres, best-sellers, romances, mysteries, African-American fiction, classics and audiobook/music CDs. 

Special Programming: The Fields Corner Branch hosts a free art enrichment program for children every summer, in collaboration with DotArt. Drop-in science and craft programs are offered several times during the year, along with school vacation programming and vibrant summer reading programs. HISTORY The Fields Corner Branch opened in 1969. It was the successor to the old Dorchester Branch which was also located in Fields Corner.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
05/21/2010

Boston Public Library, Adams Street Branch

Phone: 

(617) 436-6900

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Mondays and Wednesdays 12 to 8 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Homework Assistance Program Monday-Thursday 3:30-5:30PM; tutoring Monday and Wednesday 4-6PM

Mission: 

Service was first provided in 1875 through a delivery station established in Neponset on Walnut Street. A reading room was opened at 362 Neponset Avenue in 1947. The present branch library building was opened in 1951, and at the time represented the first new neighborhood facility built in 20 years.

Location

BPL Adams Street Branch
690 Adams Street Adams Village
02122
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

To register for a library card, click here!

Key Programs Offered: 
  • Homework Assistance Program

    Free one-on-one homework help for students in grades K-8 from high-achieving high school mentors. Available at every BPL branch Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5:30PM.

  • Boston Teachers' Union Tutors

    Tutoring for students in all grades from BPS teachers. Days and times vary by location. Adams street: Monday and Wednesday 4-6PM.

  • Reading Readiness for Preschoolers

    Tuesdays: 10:30am, Stories songs and activities designed to reinforce the building blocks of reading. Includes performances by children's performers.

  • All libraries also provide computers for public use and FREE wireless access.
Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
05/21/2010

DISTINCTIVE ASPECTS OF THE COLLECTION
The Adams Street Branch supports the broad interests of a passionate reading neighborhood with outstanding mystery, history and summer reading collections. The branch has been complemented on its eclectic and varied audio-visual collection and extensive list of films. They also have a wide range of CDs to borrow!

RECURRING PROGRAMMING OFFERED
The Adams Street Branch is more than a library: it is a community gathering place for the local business association, many neighborhood organizations including a women’s writing group, and three Girl Scout troops that use our community room on a regular basis. Adams Street offers a variety of programs, from well-attended toddler, lap sit, Reading Readiness and Pajama story times to a busy Friday morning Play Group, and for adults a Monday afternoon film series.

The Adams Street Branch is teamed with the Richard J. Murphy School and Murphy Community Center as part of Mayor Menino’s Community Learning Initiative, a multi-department collaboration aimed at helping Boston’s youth reach their full potential by coordinating learning and recreation throughout the day.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING OFFERED
During the spring, summer and fall months, a reading garden provides a beautiful setting for special children’s events, musical performances for adults and kids, and piñatas on occasion. The branch regularly schedules lectures on a variety of topics in the community room, and offers special programs for children during school vacation weeks as well as an active schedule of summer reading events. The Adams Street Branch is also the hub for BPL participation in The Big Read, a program designed to restore reading for pleasure to the center of American life.

HISTORY
Service to the Adams Street neighborhood was first provided in 1875 through a delivery station on Walnut Street. A reading room was opened at 362 Neponset Avenue in 1947. The present branch library building was opened in 1951, and represented the first new neighborhood facility built in 20 years. In 2004, through the fundraising efforts of the Friends of the Adams Street Library, a portion of the library’s yard was transformed into a Reading Garden, featuring decorative brickwork, colorful landscaping and wrought iron benches, a peaceful oasis in the midst of a busy urban neighborhood.

Boston Public Library, Upham's Corner Branch

Phone: 

(617) 265-0139

Email: 
Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Mon through Weds: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thurs: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Fri: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Mission: 

The Boston Public Library's mission is to preserve and provide access to historical record of our society, and to serve the cultural, educational, and informational needs of the City and the Commonwealth

Location

BPL Uphams Corner Branch
500 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

Part of the Boston Public Library system. Click here to learn more about Dorchester's libraries!

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Click here to register for a free library card online!

Key Programs Offered: 
  • Homework Assistance Program

    Free one-on-one homework help for students in grades K-8 from high-achieving high school mentors. Available at every BPL branch Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5:30PM.

  • Boston Teachers' Union Tutors

    Tutoring for students in all grades from BPS teachers. Days and times vary by location. Upham's Corner: Thursday 4-6PM.

  • Ongoing Programs

    Wednesdays: 10:30am, Reading Readiness Dance Workshop: Erica Siegel will lead pre-reading children in a fun reading readiness program that incorporates dance, movement, and stories.
    Thursdays: 5pm, Crafts with Mrs. C: Children aged 8-16 are invited to come make a craft to take home.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
05/21/2010

DISTINCTIVE ASPECTS OF THE COLLECTION
The Uphams Corner Branch has a collection which reflects the needs and interest of the surrounding community. In addition to a core group of popular fiction and representative nonfiction, there are materials in French, Portuguese and Spanish languages, well rounded African American authors and reference sections and a large DVD collection.

RECURRING PROGRAMMING OFFERED
Preschool, Reading Readiness and toddler programs are offered weekly. Teenagers are available four afternoons a week to help children with their homework through the HAP program.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING OFFERED
The branch hosts monthly programs for adults and families alternating between informational and entertaining offerings. During the summer Uphams Corner participates in the Read Your Way to Fenway and Statewide Summer Reading programs.

HISTORY
In 1904 the Uphams Corner Branch Library moved from a temporary store-front location on Dudley Street to the two-year-old municipal building on Columbia Road. Upon entering the building, the adult room was on the left, a floor above the swimming pool, and the children's room used a common area on the right side of the hall. When the swimming pool developed leaks and fell into disuse for some time, the children's room took occupancy in this space. It maintained a separate entrance and circulation desk until the 1970s. After renovations to the building in 1989, only one entrance to the Library remained -- through the adult room. Many residents still recall the swimming pool and public showers of their childhood.

Boston Public Library, Codman Square Branch

Phone: 

(617) 436-8214

Email: 
Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Mon & Thurs: 12pm-8pm, Tues & Weds: 10am-6pm, Fri & Sat: 9am-5pm

Location

BPL Codman Square Branch
690 Washington St
Dorchester, MA
United States
Key Partners: 
  • Dorchester-Franklin Field Community Learning Initiative

    Partnership with Perkins Community Center, Joseph Lee Elementary, Lee Academy Pilot School, DotWell

  • LiveWire Learning Community

    New initiative between Dorchester-Franklin Field Community Learning Initiative and FableVision Learning. Read more about this exciting new project here.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

To register for a library card online, click here!

Key Programs Offered: 
  • Homework Assistance Program

    Free one-on-one homework help for students in grades K-8 from high-achieving high school mentors. Available at every BPL branch Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5:30PM.

  • Boston Teachers' Union Tutors

    Tutoring for students in all grades from BPS teachers. Days and times vary by location. Codman: Monday and Thursday 4-6PM.

  • Ongoing programs

    Tuesdays: 11am, Preschool Storytime: stories and activities
    Thursdays: 4pm, Chess Time: Every Thursday at 4 we will get out the library's new chess boards for kids to play chess with.
    Fridays: 10:30am, Preschool Storytime: Daycares and camps are welcome to an hour of stories & preschool-appropriate movies and TV shows from the library's collection. 3pm, Game Day: Ask at the desk for the board games - there will be a variety of board games for you to choose from. All are welcome!

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Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
05/21/2010

DISTINCTIVE ASPECTS OF THE COLLECTION
The branch holds a very good reference collection on African-American history. There is a large Children's section of biographies as well as an excellent collection of material in large print format. We have a large urban fiction collection. Local History collection is for in-library use and cannot be borrowed. Additional copies, if found elsewhere in the library, may be available for borrowing. Codman Square has medium sized collections of Spanish and French language materials.

RECURRING PROGRAMMING OFFERED
Preschool Story hours, Toddler Tales, Chess and Movies programs are offered weekly for children.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING OFFERED
Book readings by local authors and programs that respond to the community interests and hobbies. Summer reading programs are offered for children.

The Codman Square Branch is teamed with the Joseph Lee Elementary School and the Lee Academy Pilot School and the Perkins Community Center as part of Mayor Menino’s Community Learning Initiative, a multi-department collaboration aimed at helping Boston’s youth reach their full potential by coordinating learning and recreation throughout the day.

HISTORY
Opened in 1905 the branch was named for John Codman a local preacher and patriot. Originally housed at 6 Norfolk Street, the branch moved to its present location in 1978. The building was designed by Eco-Texture, Inc.

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