Just a few short years ago, we came together to oppose plans for shuttering our Charlestown branch library. Your overwhelming support allowed us to continue our mission and focus on you, our neighbors.

At the Charlestown branch, you can:

  • Access books, films, music and magazines. Browse our collection or reserve online

  • Discover the history of the neighborhood and City with our strong historical collection

  • Use a computer (and even learn how to use one)

  • Get homework help for K-8 students

  • Join our Book Discussion Club

The Charlestown Friends fund programming for Charlestown’s library patrons, young and old. Activities funded by our dues and donations include:

  • Early literacy activities and regular story times for babies, toddlers and preschoolers with their families or caregivers

  • A lively variety of regular programming for children including animal encounters, yoga, visual arts, and music

  • Educational sessions, author engagements, speaking events, and concerts - open to all

  • The Friends are proud to have funded the restoration of the branch's historic paintings, donated a sound system and new piano, improved library lighting, reupholstered furniture, purchased hundreds of books, DVDs and CDs, and co-sponsored Charlestown’s Annual Christmas Concert at St. Mary's Church.


join the friends

Your ongoing show of support for the Charlestown branch is key to maintaining a strong level of programming and activities in our community. As a Friend, you will receive program notices, the opportunity to volunteer for a good cause, and the satisfaction of supporting one of our neighborhoods most valued and beneficial institutions - our Library.