Lesser Amendment to Fund East Forest Park Branch Library Makes it into Final Budget

BOSTON — A budget amendment proposed by Senator Eric P. Lesser that provides $75,000 in state funding to fund computers and other furnishings for the new East Forest Park Branch Library has made it into the final state budget for fiscal year 2019.

The new East Forest Park Branch Library will be located on Surrey Road in Springfield, adjacent to Mary Dryden School and the new Pope Francis High School, and is expected to open in 2019.

“Libraries are the great equalizer, giving everyone equal access to information and the tools to succeed. The residents of East Forest Park have been without a full-service library for the better part of the last 50 years, and I’m excited to see this neighborhood have a permanent library of its own,” said Sen. Lesser. “I’m also eager to see this neighborhood revitalized after the 2011 tornado, and this library, alongside the new Pope Francis High School, will contribute to that renewal.”

“This is another great win for our new East Forest Park Library, and will further enhance the learning experience at the library. I am proud to help bring this money and project home,” said Rep. Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

The library’s new location will be a permanent home for the library, which is currently located in a shopping plaza on Island Pond Road. Limited by its size, the library — which is the second busiest in the City of Springfield — has only eight computers and no space for teens.

The funding will be used specifically to purchase computers and other technology resources to support computer literacy.

The legislature overrode a number of Gov. Baker’s budget vetoes, including the funding allocated for the library. The funding will be in the final budget signed by the Governor, but he still must release the funds.

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