Emerson Journalism Student Files Final Report on the North End Beat

Ben Austin of Emerson College files his final report on the North End beat, including an interview with a self-described “under-21” student discussing the...

Team BPS Looking for 100 Ambassadors

The Boston Public Schools Office of Welcome Services has established a new team (a volunteer corps: Team BPS) to encourage more families to become part of the Boston Public Schools — understanding that the more people who are involved and invested, the better the schools will be for all kids.

It’s just a twice a year commitment — and in return you get many things, including a deeper connection to the community of people in Boston who believe in public education. We are reaching out to those folks who have real experiences in the schools: parents of BPS kids (current or grads), alumni, BPS teachers, community partners who work in the schools, and more. Team BPS is a Call to Action to help spread the word about the many good things happening in our schools and for our students.

Help us reach our goal of 100 ambassadors signed up by the time we announce Team BPS in early May! Join Team BPS by May 5 and receive an invite to join the Mayor and the Superintendent at the official launch of the program on May 8 at the Copley Library!

It takes just 3 or 4 minutes to fill out this online interest form:
www.bostonpublicschools.org/teambps

This Week’s Events at the North End Branch Library

Boston Public Library - North End Branch - 25 Parmenter Street Events for April 25 - May 1 Monday, Apr 26 11:00 am Films for Children On Mondays, come...

NEAD Accepting Scholarship Applications

Applications are still being accepted for the North End Against Drugs (NEAD) Scholarship Program.  The deadline is May 7th. Please note with the passing...

12 State Reps Take Action To Keep All Library Branches Open

Much to the dismay of the Mayor’s Office and BPL Trustees, a group of State Representatives from Boston, including our local 3rd Suffolk District Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, have co-sponsored three amendments in the State budget that would force the City of Boston to keep all the branch libraries open in order to receive $3 million in State funding. While the North End and West End branches survived the City’s proposed budget cuts, four branch libraries remain at risk of closing. (See BPL Trustees Vote to Close 4 Branches; North End/West End Stay Open).

Note: The 12 State Representatives are: Reps. Forry, Moran, Basile, Wallace, Allen, Fox, Honan, Malia, Michlewitz, Rushing, Sanchez and Walz.

Press Release:

Boston State Representatives Mobilize to Save Local Libraries

Twelve State Representatives from the Boston delegation in the Massachusetts State House co-sponsored three amendments that seek to keep all Boston Public Library (BPL) branches open.

“The Trustees of the Boston Public Library and the Mayor of Boston have made clear their budget priorities,” Representative Michael Moran said. “Today, as a united group of legislators from neighborhoods throughout Boston, we are standing together and clearly stating that our priorities are to keep every branch library open.”

The BPL receives over $3 million worth of funding via three separate line items in the state budget. The amendments filed today would add additional language onto each line item, making their allocation contingent upon all 26 local branches remaining open in 2011.

“We had hoped that the Board of Trustees would do the right thing by keeping each branch open,” Representative Carlo Basile said. “Today we are taking steps to make sure that the right thing for our neighborhoods does happen.”

Upcoming Events at North End Branch Library

North End Branch Library 25 Parmenter Street Tue Apr 20 11:00 am The Yo-Yo Man The Yo-Yo Man makes an entire show out of the amazing yo-yo. High skill and...

NEAD Scholarship Applications Now Available

Applications are now available for the North End Against Drugs Michelina and Raymond Costa Scholarship for the 2010-2011 academic year.  You must be a...

Volunteers Needed for NE Library Book Sale

The Friends of the North End Branch Library have received a tremendous amount of books for their upcoming book sale. They heartily thank the...

BPL Trustees Vote to Close 4 Branches; North End/West End Stay Open

Following the April 7th meeting where three budget options were proposed, the Boston Public Library Trustees voted this morning to close 4 branches while...

North End Branch Library Survives Cuts; Other Branches Still at Risk

The North End Branch Library is staying open. In a dramatic meeting at the Copley Library this morning, the Boston Public Library put forth...

LaMattina Responds to Constituents Advocating Keeping Library Branches Open

Sal LaMattina Boston City Councilor, District 1  Dear Concerned Resident: Thank you for contacting my office regarding library cutbacks. I share your concerns and I am doing...

Boston Public Library To Submit 4 Proposals; 3 With Branch Closings

In a response to constituents that sent letters to his office, City Councilor-At-Large, John Connolly, said he expects the Boston Public Library to propose...