Friends of the North End Branch Library get ready to serve the holiday luncheon, food courtesy of DePasquale Ventures.

The Friends of the North End Branch Library held their annual appreciation party for North End neighbors! There was food, music, raffle and good conversation, free to everyone.

From the Friends of the North End Branch Library: Chris Sabbey (left), Terese O’Connell (2nd from left), North End Librarian Jennifer Hawes and Giving Tree creator Grant Burger of the North Bennet Street School

There was musical entertainment and a complimentary luncheon of favorite Italian dishes, including lasagna, meatballs, ravioli and pizza, was served to the very appreciative attendees.

Ray Calvecchio and singer Valerie Giglio provide musical entertainment.


The Friends set up a membership table to process Friends’ membership renewals and to welcome any new members. A festive Giving Tree with a range of items gave people the opportunity to give back to the Library by “purchasing” items that will enhance the library experience. The Giving Tree will remain in the library if anyone would like to drop by the library to donate.

Friends of the North End Branch Library at the raffle and gift table. (L-R) Phyllis Vitti, Peter Greene, Laura Benvenuto, Terese O’Connell and Chris Sabbey

Deep appreciation is also extended to Trattoria Il Panino, Quattro, Golden Goose Market, Modern Pastry Shop, Parziale’s Bakery and Maria’s Pastry Shop for their support of this Friends of the North End Library event.

If you have not yet done so, please consider joining the Friends of the North End Library. For more information, or if you have any questions, send an email to, or go to their website, and click on “Memberships – Donate” for information on how to join the Friends.

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  1. Matt: Thank you for your excellent write up. Everyone had a wonderful time as evidenced by great photos. Thank you for acknowledging our sponsors.

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