March 4, 2017
The Curley K-8 Library will re-open next fall!
Principal Grassa announced to the Library Committee the availability of funds in the school’s budget for a full-time paraprofessional position in the library. With this exciting news, and the $35,000 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, April 1 at 9am at the Eastern Bank community room, 687 Centre Street, JP.
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. 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