THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING
< Back to front page Text size +

Coolidge Corner library to offer rare access on a summer Sunday

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  July 15, 2011 12:21 PM

E-mail this article

Invalid E-mail address
Invalid E-mail address

Sending your article

The Coolidge Corner branch library will be open for a special, "one-time" occurrence on the final day of July -- a summertime Sunday during which Brookline's libraries are typically closed.

The state's busiest branch library will be in operation on July 31 from 1 to 5 p.m. "in response to requests from library patrons," who live in town as well as residents in the neighboring Allston, Brighton and other Boston neighborhoods, officials said.

"Usually all the libraries in Brookline are closed on summer Sundays, so it is rather a special occurrence for us," Brookline library trustee Judith Vanderkay wrote in an e-mail. "We’d like to see lots of people there!"

All of Boston's libraries are closed on Sundays during the summer, as are most, if not all, public libraries in Massachusetts.

"Besides being close to the Green Line and major bus routes, the Coolidge Corner branch houses our Chinese language collection and a substantial children’s area," she added of the library at 31 Pleasant Street. "It’s a cool, comfortable place to spend a hot weekend afternoon when all the other libraries are closed."

Earlier this spring, the town negotiated a new, three-year contract with library employees that allows for "the option of having one or more branches open" on summer Sundays by giving staff higher summer Sunday wages -- an additional $7 per hour, according to Town Meeting reports.

The Coolidge Corner branch is also the only Brookline library open on Saturdays during the summer when many other libraries statewide are closed or operate under reduced hours and programming.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at mjrochele@gmail.com.

E-mail this article

Invalid E-mail address
Invalid E-mail address

Sending your article