(This page is in the process of being updated. Other library staff profiles will be added and current ones may be edited or otherwise improved. April 2019)
Anne Smart, Branch Librarian
Anne has worked for the BPL for about 29 years and came to the South End library in 1996. Before that, she worked on staff at the Charlestown and East Boston branches. She runs the South End library book group, which meets every third Thursday.
Her favorite book is Old in Art School by Nell Irvin Painter, an African-American history professor who left Princeton University to attend art school and become a painter at age 64.
Euronna Taylor, Senior Library Assistant
Euronna started at the BPL in 2012, first as a ‘floater,’ being at whatever BPL location that is short-handed, and then at the Grove Hall branch. She arrived at the South End library in December 2018, to replace longtime library assistant, Deborah Madrey, who had retired. Before coming to the BPL, Euronna worked at the BPS Snowdon International School on Newbury Street, where she specialized in inspiring students, especially boys, to become independent readers. She found books written by Sanyika Shakur were very helpful, especially Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member.
Her favorite books are by Louise Penny, who wrote the mystery series about Armand Gamache. She prefers “mystery” over “crime fiction” as it is less anxiety provoking. And she likes romance novels, too. Her favorite: Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Euronna grew up in the area, and is the parent of five children of whom three are in college.
Matt Krug has been with the BPL since 2008 when he began as a generalist in the now-closed Meridian branch in East Boston. He came to the South End library in 2013. He is passionate about music and works in conventional and unconventional sound design in the sound studio at his home. Library. His favorite readings include Giovanni's Room, by James Baldwin, a, nything written by Langston Hughes, Before Night Falls, by Reinaldo Arenas and books written by the music ethnomusicologist, Alan Lomax.
Matt lives with his wife, an artist and teacher, his young son and two cats in Roslindale.
Shakera Laguerre arrived at the South End library in April 2019 as a Senior Library Assistant. She has been with the BPL for about five-and-a-half years, working at different branches including Egleston, Connelly and Hyde Park. Her favorite book is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloots.
Carol Glass, Special Librarian. Carol has worked for the BPL for 21 years. She grew up in Dorchester and has three children and three grandchildren who live in the Greater Boston area. Her husband, John Hampton, was the chef who for many years prepared popular meals for the library’s Holiday Party.
Her favorite books are the Curtis Black series by Kimberla Lawson Roby.
Margaret Gardner, Children's Librarian
Margaret has worked for the South End Library for 13 years. Her favorite all-time book is Torah. Her favorite children's book is King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry
Library service was established in the South End in 1877. The branch was located in the Mercantile Library Association until 1879 when it was moved to the English High School. In 1904, the Branch relocated to 397 Shawmut Avenue and then again in 1923 to the John J. Williams Municipal Building at Shawmut Avenue and West Brookline Street. On June 7, 1971, the South End Branch moved to a new building at its present location, which was on the site of the original Mercantile building (source: www.bpl.org/branches/southend)