Lesser Amendment to Fund East Forest Park Branch Library Passes the Senate

BOSTON — The State Senate voted to approve a budget amendment sponsored by Senator Eric P. Lesser that allocates $75,000 to fund computers and other furnishings for the new East Forest Park Branch Library, which is expected to open in 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.

“The residents of East Forest Park have been without a full-service library for the better part of the last 50 years,” Sen. Lesser said. “I’m excited to see this neighborhood revitalized with a permanent library of its own, and I’m eager to help the Springfield Public Library in any way that I can."

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 amendment will be included in the Senate version of the budget, which will be negotiated with House members before a final budget proposal is sent to the governor's desk.