Fund Our Library

December 2017

The Curley K-8 Library will re-open in 2018!

We are grateful for all of our library volunteers, and to everyone who donated to the Library Fundraising Campaign! The Curley and Jamaica Plain communities believe strongly in libraries in our schools! 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 in 2017.

What’s going on in the library?

* The library’s grand opening will be this winter. Renovations to the room are forthcoming, but in the meantime, we are cataloging books from the former school libraries (the Curley used to have 2 libraries!) cleaning, organizing, and preparing orders of NEW books and furniture!

* On Friday, October 27, Caldecott Medalist Javaka Steptoe visited the Curley as part of the Boston Book Festival Shelf Help initiative.

IMG_20171027_102124Steptoe recited his 2017 Caldecott Medal winning picture book biography, Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean‑Michel Basquiat with the help of students who performed the roles of Basquiat and his parents.

Visit the Boston Book Festival’s website to donate a book, and learn more about the program.

Are you interested in helping the Curley Library?

Your tax deductible donation will go toward the restoration of library services for the 950 students at the Curley K-8 School, including:
-new books
-new computers for students
-a fresh coat of paint, furniture, carpet and other improvements to make the library an inviting and exciting place for students!

Donations can be made via PayPal, or mail a check made out to:

Friends of the Curley K-8 School
40 Pershing Road
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Join us!
Please let us know if you would like to join the Library Committee. There are opportunities for direct service in the library. We need help with assembling furniture, refurbishing woodwork, and organizing and cataloging books. Email parent Pam Yosca at and indicate if your availability allows you to be trained for regular work, or if you’d like to join a one day work crew.

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

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.

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