Fund Our Library

May 8, 2017

The Curley K-8 Library will re-open next fall!

Principal Grassa and the Library Committee are pleased to announce that beginning in September 2017, a full-time paraprofessional position for the library. With this exciting news, and the $40,000 raised by our community, we can renovate the existing room, and reopen one, central, modern library in the Fall of 2017.

Thank you to Principal Grassa for her leadership, and to everyone in the Curley K-8 community who has contributed to the Library & Technology Fundraising Campaign.

Since the school has been without a functioning library since 2012, when the former lower school library was closed permanently, and the upper school facility became a storage area and meeting space, we have a lot of work to do. Would you like to help us? The Curley Library Committee asks you to please consider:

1) Joining us: we need help with assembling furniture, painting, and organizing and cataloging books. There are opportunities for one day projects, and ongoing work throughout the rest of this school year. Please email curleyk8library@gmail.com and indicate if your availability allows you to be trained for regular work, or if you’d like to join a one day/afternoon work crew.

–>Our next meeting is Saturday, May 13 at 8:30am at the school. Meet at the Centre Street entrance.

More information about the Curley Library Committee, and Boston Public Schools Library and Media Services.

2) Donating: help us reach our fundraising goal of $70,000 with a tax deductible donation, or by servicing your car!

In true Curley Cares spirit, our neighbor, Morrison’s Auto-Rite at 457 Centre Street, is offering car maintenance services for FREE with a small donation to the Curley Library.

Bring a check or money order to Morrison’s Auto-Rite made out to the Friend's of the Curley Fund for $95 and Morrison’s Auto-Rite will provide you with free care maintenance services valued at $295! All for $95, and a chance to help bring back the Curley Library.

You must bring the check in the amount of $95, made out to Friends of the Curley Library Fund, in person to Morrison’s Autorite to be eligible for these services! No credit cards, please. For complete details: Morrisons flyer

Our proposed budget for the library is:

-$25,000 for technology, including secure Chromebook carts, library computers, and other library technology
-$25,000 for renovations, including room updates and furnishings
-$20,000 for books and cataloging

The new library will serve all grades in what was formerly the upper school library, a beautiful room with wooden bookshelves built in 1932. Our vision for a new, modern library includes electronic resources and the appropriate technology to support online research. Print books will continue to be the core of the library, and the collection will reflect both the school’s curriculum, and the personal reading interests of our students. All materials will be cataloged in an online library automation system.

Donations can be made securely via Paypal, or by mail to:
Curley K-8 School SPC
40 Pershing Rd
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Attn: Curley SPC Library

Please make checks payable to Friends of the Curley.

More information about the Curley K-8 Library Fundraising campaign, please read our kickoff letter and press release:
English Library & Technology Campaign letter
Spanish Library & Technology Campaign letter
Curley K-8 Library Press Release

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