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A library sprouts in Mattapan while other cities eye cuts
By Globe Staff
Officials broke ground today for the first new library in Boston in more than six years at a rainy ceremony in Mattapan at a time when budget shortfalls are forcing cities and towns across the state to cut hours and reduce the number of librarians.
The $16.7 million building on Blue Hill Avenue will be 21,000 square feet and will include a community room, circulation desk, book drop, an enclosed courtyard, and a craft room. It will replace the existing Mattapan library on Hazelton Street.
"Libraries are a tremendous neighborhood resource," Mayor Thomas M. Menino said in a statement. "They are a place for kids to go after school and somewhere for community groups to meet. After years of planning and hard work, I am proud to break ground for this branch today knowing the benefits it will bring to Mattapan."
Tight budgets have forced towns such as Northbridge, Saugus, Medway, and Gloucester to target libraries for cuts.