Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates):
Mon, Tues, Weds: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thurs: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Fri & Sat: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Boston Public Library's mission is to preserve and provide access to historical record of our society, and to serve the cultural, educational, and informational needs of the City and the Commonwealth.
BPL Grove Hall Branch
41 Geneva Avenue
Part of the City of Boston library system. Click here to read more about Dorchester's libraries.
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures:
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Key Programs Offered:
- Homework Assistance Program
Free one-on-one homework help for students in grades K-8 from high-achieving high school mentors. Available at every BPL branch Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5:30PM.
- Boston Teachers' Union Tutors
Tutoring for students in all grades from BPS teachers. Days and times vary by location. Grove Hall: Thursday 4-6PM.
- Ongoing Programs
Tuesdays: 10:30am, Preschool Storytime: Stories and songs followed by movies.
Wednesdays: 10:30am, Computer Troubleshooting: If you need assistance with submitting a resume, establishing an email account, or applying for a job online, this program is for you.
10:30am, Japanimation: Do you love Anime and Manga? Then join us every Wednesday for Anime screenings and lively discussion. For teens ages 13-18.
Thursdays: 12:30pm, Library Basics: Learn how to use the library and find the information that you need. Library Basics will keep you up to date on the latest BPL programs and services.
Fridays: 10:30am, Job Seekers Roundtable: Offers people who are seeking employment an opportunity to share experiences, strategies, and ideas with other job seekers. Library staff will explore and share job leads and schedule guest speakers.
DISTINCTIVE ASPECTS OF THE COLLECTION
The Grove Hall collection has a strong component of African-American literature.
RECURRING PROGRAMMING OFFERED
Preschool story hours are offered weekly for children.
SPECIAL PROGRAMMING OFFERED
An annual musical program of jazz has been offered over the past several years, inspiring local interest in initiating a neighborhood jazz festival.
The first library in this section of Roxbury opened May 1, 1898 in the rear of Mr. Mowry's Drug Store at the corner of Warren Street and Haynes Park with one table, eight chairs, two shelves and 200 books. It was so well patronized that the Trustees of the BPL voted in 1905 to open a reading room. In 1919 the building on the corner of Warren and Savin Streets officially became the Warren Street Branch Library. In 1926, this branch moved into its new quarters in the New Roxbury Memorial High School and thus became the Memorial Branch Library. The Memorial Branch was replaced in December 1970 by the Grove Hall Branch Library located at the corner of Warren and Crawford Streets.
On April 4, 2009 the new branch library at 41 Geneva Avenue, Dorchester opened. Located in the newly-renovated Jeremiah E. Burke High School, the new library was designed by Schwartz/Silver Architects. It features a designated young adult room and young adult librarian, in keeping with its unique configuration, adjacent to the high school.