Tonight's the Night of the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Friends of the South End Library: 6:30 PM.

FOSEL _Annual Mtg Flyer_5-11The Friends of the South End Library (FOSEL) will hold their Annual Meeting tonight at the South End branch at 6:30 PM. The board will give updates on programs past and future, fundraising efforts, and initial efforts underway by FOSEL, the Rutland Square Association RSA) and the Parks Department to redesign Library Park. The RSA is the official Parks Partner for Library Park. Its board and volunteers, as well as FOSEL's board and volunteers, have cleaned, trimmed, planted, swept and generally fussed over the park for decades. FOSEL intends is to create a strong community outreach and participation program for the park's future.

The fundraising campaign, the first community-wide outreach by FOSEL, has for its main goal the installation of a handicapped-accessible door to the South End library. The branch already features an elevator that can accommodate wheelchairs and strollers to access the second floor community room, but getting into the building from the street still requires a major effort by the less abled. Over the years, FOSEL has made many requests for an automatic door but for a number of reasons those requests have not met with desired results. By raising the funds privately, we expect the City will do all it can to partner with FOSEL to get the door in place quickly.

Bring your questions and suggestions.

As always, FOSEL will offer refreshments.