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Just a happy note to let everyone know that Copley has consented to installing the Meridian St. Library Plaque in our beautiful new library as a momentous reminder of the fact that the first public branch library in the City of Boston and in fact the country was in East Boston. It is a great day for history and heritage of the Boston Public Library at the East Boston Branch Library. "It is a great time to be a Friend of the Library.Earlier Christine Schonhart, Director of Branch Libraries for the BPL, wrote Maddy McComiskey of the East Boston Friends of the Libraries.
We have the plaque and I'm sure we can find a place for it at the new branch. I will ask our Facilities department to begin that process. It was certainly not a slight to the East Boston history, only that we had only discussed adding the Druker plaque to the quiet reading room and had not planned for the East Boston plaque. But we can make it happen in the quiet reading room...
Sincerely,Here's a picture of the plaque!
I am writing you because I am troubled about the decision not to include the Meridian St. outdoor Plaque in the new library. (I don't want to hear there wasn't any room.)
I was in the library looked around and was pleased the plaque from Orient Heights was installed prominently in the adult reading room.
Much to my chagrin after looking around at the entire library I realized the Meridian St. Plaque was not anywhere I could see. I asked the librarians where it might be thinking perhaps it was on an outside wall. I was told it was at Copley in the archives. Really!
Over and Over this plaque was mentioned as something that should be installed at the new library. I really do not remember who I myself spoke to about it. All I know is it was mentioned. From now on that will make me put everything in witting.
Anyway I feel that again the opportunity to promote the history and heritage of East Boston's legacy of being East Boston's first branch Library in the country has been put put in the archive at Copley. That plaque distinctly mentions that the First Branch Library in the country was in East Boston. I strongly feel the plaque should be retrieved and installed at the new library for generations of East Bostonians to be proud of.
I am writing this as a citizen of East Boston. Believe me I am not the only one that feels this way.
John Riberio, myself, and Susan Brauner would like to meet with you at your office or at the new library this coming Friday. Let me know how that is for you.
The Friends of the Library East Boston Branch met on Nov. 25th 2013. We had a full agenda beginning with a request that the library implement ongoing programs presenting authors, music, culture and art for adults, teens and children. A collaboration of local schools, dance studios, music venues (locally Zumix) playing out their art, music, writing poetry etc. Things mentioned by patrons was the desire to have many, many, many more books on the bare shelves. Not only are the shelves bare they said, but it is hard to find books look for books because of the bending down. It was requested something be done to heighten the existing book shelves and again more more more books. Compared to the 65,000 available at the old libraries in East Boston, 18,000 or 20,000 books is skimpy
Commenting on the library everyone agreed it was a beautiful building and state of the art and it will win a prize but commented the adult reading room is small. Where are rest of the the paintings (FLK)? How come there aren't any young children's tables and chairs? And where are the local artists and schools going to display their work? There isn't a good display system anywhere in the library. A good quality permanent hardware system to hang and display exhibits could be installed throughout the library. It wouldn't be nice to hammer nails to hang a display.
Friends of the Library need an ongoing book sale. Friends needs this to help fund the $400.00 Zoo passes every year. Patrons like to buy books on the cheep. Who doesn't like a bargain?
The community needs a large bulletin board in the front of the building. Our community likes to know what is going on.
These comments were put together from comments from patrons who have called, stopped us in the street, walked to our houses to let us know what they thought because they know we are affiliated with the library somehow. Patrons have commented on what they see and would like to have fixed.
We ended the meeting with the Friends agreeing to contact the people in command to request these things be fixed or implemented as soon as possible.