The Parker Hill Branch of the Boston Public Library (BPL) closed on July 1 to undergo a year-long renovation, and the branch’s community programming has been reassigned to various other community centers near the library.
Parker Hill Branch library’s renovation will cost $2.4 million and consist mostly of repairs and improvements. It is expected to be closed for approximately one year from the July 1 close date.
Roxbury Community College Library is available for the public to pick up hold items. Residents may also choose to pick up their items at any other BPL location.
Starting in September, library staff will be cooperating with community organizations to offer programming around the Mission Hill neighborhood.
Yoga classes for older adults will be hosted at the Tobin Community Center, and are expected to start this September. These classes are for adults aged 55 and up. It will be held on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., but yoga supplies and instructors have not yet been confirmed.
Family Story Time will begin Sept. 12 and will be held every Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. while Boston Public Schools are in session. This program offers stories and songs for ages 0-4, and welcome siblings. Family Story Time will be located at the Community Room at Mission Grammar School at 94 St. Alphonsus St.
The Homework Help program begins Sept. 19 in the Music Room of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church at 1575 Tremont St. Homework Help will be available every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 3:30-5:30 p.m. when Boston Public Schools are in session. Students can do their homework with teen mentors. Basic school supplies and laptops will be available.
DIY for Kids is beginning Sept. 14. Kids aged five and up can drop-in on Thursday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. to do a fun project with Rachel. This program will be held only when Boston Public Schools are in session, and will be located in the Music Room of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church at 1575 Tremont St.
The book discussion group will meet on the third Thursday of every month at 1:30 p.m. beginning in September at Mission Hill Health Movement at 1534 Tremont St. In December, the group will meet on the second Thursday, Dec. 14. For titles, residents can check the BPL Events calendar or sign up for PH Updates.
A pop-up library will be organized on the second Weds. of the month from 3-7 p.m. Residents will get the chance to do a craft project, mingle, and seek assistance from library staff. Limited materials will be available for checkout and laptops will be available for use. The fall dates are Wednesday Sept. 13, Wednesday Oct. 11, and Wednesday Nov. 8. Pop-up library events will be held at Mission Hill Health Movement at 1534 Tremont St.
There will also be several Bibliocycle visits to the neighborhood. Bibliocycle is a bike and book trailer created as a result of collaboration between BPL and Boston Bikes to take to farmer’s markets, fairs, and other community events throughout the city. Massachusetts residents can sign up for a Boston Public Library card, borrow books, see demonstrations of the library’s digital resources at a Bibliocycle visit.
Bibliocycle visits will be on Wednesday Aug. 16 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Sheehy Park; on Thursday Aug. 24 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Brigham Circle Farmer’s Market; on Friday Sept. 15 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Roxbury Crossing Farmer’s Market; and on Tuesday Sept. 19 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Sheehy Park.
Residents can use computers at Northeastern University’s NE Crossing at 1175 Tremont St. Their hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Some nights and Saturday times are available by request.
To learn more about service updates, BPL distributes information via Facebook, BPL.org, and an email distribution list. Residents can sign up for the list at bit.ly/BPLParker.