Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Friends of the North End Branch Library

Your dues support these and other upcoming programs as well as provide needed equipment for the library. Membership is for the calendar year, but it's never too soon to send in your dues!
Use the Membership button above to see dues rates and payment options.



Wednesday, Jan. 10, 6:00 PM

Former Globe Spotlight reporter and co-author of Black Mass, Lehr has written a gripping YA novel inspired by the true story of a young man’s false imprisonment for murder and those who fought to free him.

At the program the Friends will be selling the book at a discounted price of $15.

Assisting Communities in Challenging Times


Wednesday, Jan. 24 6:30 PM
Yarlennys Villaman, Outreach Coordinator, will outline the services and resources of the Attorney General's office. Come to learn about your rights and protections.


The Book Sale accepts donations EVERY day when the library is open. Please leave them, bagged if possible, at the base of the Book Sale shelves, rear of the library.
It's a great way to support your library.

Our Resolution:
We reduced the price of kids' books!! Now buy 5 for just $1.


The Friends of the North End Library would like to thank all of our neighbors who participated in the library Survey to improve our local library.  We are very pleased with the number of responses we received as well as the quality and thoughtfulness of the responses.  The number of responses exceeded our expectations.  We now have good information on how to improve our programs and the library in general.   The results of the survey demonstrate that the library has a loyal group of users.  The responses indicate that obviously most people use the library for the books.  Other highly enjoyed uses of the library include the author talks, book club, movie club and road trips. 

Some responses suggested that they would like more computers and additional types of programs like exercise, music and educational, e.g. how to use resources.

One consistent response mentioned the energy and devotion of our new librarian, Jennifer Hawes and the helpfulness of her staff.  

On the negative side, some people commented on the darkness of the rooms and lack of cleanliness but others mentioned that they enjoyed the clean, well lit spaces.  The difference of opinion may be because some people have not seen the recent painting and cleaning of the interior of the library.   Please come back to see how much our space has been upgraded.  As you may know, the City is in the process of renovating all of the branch libraries.  The North End renovation is a few years away.

One issue the Friends cannot easily resolve is that many people want the library to be open more hours, especially another night and on Sunday.

The Friends intend to use the information in the survey to focus our attention on improving the library experience for the North End community, including increasing the number of author talks and adding more trips and other programs suggested in the survey.

If you want to volunteer to assist the Friends in our programs, our main volunteer activities include gardening around the library, book sorting of all books for our daily book sale, preparation of flyers for our programs, developing a program or just assisting with a program. 

Every member can volunteer for whatever the member likes to do and not be obligated to be responsible for any amount of pre-determined time commitment. 

If you would like to volunteer, please send an email to, or attend our monthly board meetings which are held at the North End Library on the second Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.

 If you have paid your annual dues, you will receive our monthly newsletter which lists our activities. To pay your dues or for more information, please go to our website.

Again, thank you for assisting us in improving our library.
The mission of The Friends of the North End Branch Library is to create public support for expanding programs; to intensify community awareness and use of the library; to aid in public relations; to raise equipment and furniture fundings or related projects; to act in cooperation with the librarian; to serve as liaison between the community and the library staff; to preserve the continuity of the Boston Public Library system.

The monthly meeting is held on the second Wednesday of the month from 6:30pm - 7:30pm (September - June). Please join us in the back of the library.


Check our Monthly Schedule for Events




gardening - book sorting 
marketing - communications
programs - events - teach a class
give a lecture - start a book group

Help keep our library the best branch in Boston.

If interested in volunteering please email us at

2017-2018 OFFICERS

President - Chris Sabbey
Vice President - Rita Pagliuca
Treasurer - Judith Ives
Secretary - MJ Shultz


Friends of the North End Branch Library
P.O. Box 130197
Boston, MA 02113

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North End Branch Library
25 Parmenter Street
Boston, MA 02113

MONDAY 10:00am - 6:00pm
TUESDAY 10:00am - 6:00pm
WEDNESDAY 12:00pm - 8:00pm
THURSDAY 10:00am - 6:00pm
FRIDAY 9:00am - 5:00pm
SATURDAY 9:00am - 2:00pm