The Friends of the South End Library, Inc., (FOSEL) is a neighborhood organization dedicated to the support of the South End library, improve the physical appearances of the library and the park, and raised funds for its popular programming.  

About Us

FOSEL has built on the efforts of many previous and current South End residents who have advocated and volunteered since it opened at its present location, on Tremont Street between Rutland Square and West Newton Street, in 1971.  In 2008,  FOSEL became a charitable, non-profit under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Its EIN is 26-2025971.

What we do

FOSEL has sponsored programming for children, teens, adults and seniors. These include the popular Easter Egg Hunt, the author series The South End Writes/The Library Invites; the Local/Focus Project to use the Tremont Street window(s) to showcase local artists, creative entrepreneurs, and non-profits within the mission of the library; the summer jazz concert series with Pat Loomis and Friends in Library Park; and the Holiday Party with Pat Loomis's band that also features a festive meal prepared by the husband of library staffer Carol Glass.

Accomplished highlights

We have installed and planted tree pits around the library; swept, cleaned up, watered and planted sections of Library Park; refurbished and repaired the library's seating area; re-upholstered and repaired the staff's circulation counter; completed handicapped accessibility at the library by getting automatic door-openers installed; replaced unattractive signage for the South End branch with beautiful new signage on its Tremont Street side; refinished seven oak library tables; paid for carpet cleaning and window washing; and in 2016 repaired, refurbished and reinstalled the large drapes in the second-floor community room. Most recently, with the help of the Mayor's Office for Urban Mechanics, two colorful groundwater-regulating /solar-energy powered LightWell installations were placed in Library Park to provide a lively presence in the park at night and to promote sustainable water filtration and groundwater protection.

Board of Directors

President: Marleen Nienhuis
(2 Yr term - expires Jan. 2019)
Treasurer: Barbara Sommerfeld
(2 Yr term - expires Jan. 2019)
Clerk/Secretary: Ed Hostetter
(2 Yr term - expires Jan. 2019)

(1 Yr term - expires Jan. 2018)
Kim Clark
Marilyn Davilier
Maura Harrington
Michelle Laboy
Jeanne Pelletier
Jon Santiago

Advisory Board

Susanna Coit
Liane Crawford
Stephen Fox
Don Haber
Jacqueline McRath
Mary Owens
Lois Russell
Licia Sky
Anne Smart
Karen Watson

Annual Meeting

January 2018