Boston Public Library to Offer Services in Old Colony's Tierney Learning Center
Services transition from 1226 Columbia Road to BHA’s new Joseph M. Tierney Learning Center
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March 22, 2012
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BOSTON – March 22, 2012 – Since January, the Boston Public Library (BPL) has piloted library services in the Boston Housing Authority’s (BHA) new Joseph M. Tierney Learning Center, located at 125 Mercer Street in the Old Colony Housing Development. The new facility is down the block from the Boston Public Library’s Washington Village Branch at 1226 Columbia Road. It is named after the former Boston City Council President who passed away in 2009.

“The library is proud offer services in the new facility, especially one that honors such a distinguished Bostonian,” says Christine Schonhart, BPL’s director of branch libraries. “Our weekly story times have quickly developed an enthusiastic audience among Old Colony community members and we look forward to being able to increase programming in the coming months.”

Beginning April 9, the Boston Public Library will offer increased programming at the Tierney Learning Center as the library transitions services from the Washington Village Branch location. In the new learning center, the Boston Public Library will be able to offer a range of programs not possible to deliver in the  1500 square foot Washington Village Branch, which operates without a meeting room in two connected housing development studio apartments. The new BHA facility has a meeting room, classroom, and dedicated computer center with more than twice the number of computers available in the library’s current Old Colony location.

“This represents a genuine step forward for library service for Old Colony and all of South Boston,” said Amy E. Ryan, president of the Boston Public Library. “Throughout our strategic planning process, we were asked by community members for more outreach. Being able to deliver our programs in a unique location like the Tierney Learning Center helps us all be more connected.”

Library service at the Washington Village Branch will end on Friday, March 30. Regular library service at the Tierney Learning Center will begin on Monday, April 9. The Boston Public Library will offer programming from 2:00-6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 2:00-5:00 p.m. on Friday. The library will refine its schedule based on input from the community on priority programming such as sessions on starting a business, early literacy programs, job searching, book clubs, and more. There will also be a collection of books for community members to borrow.

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