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Jamaica Plain Public Library
12 Sedgwick St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
This branch will celebrate 100 years in the same building in 2011. While small by the standard of some libraries, thisMore branch has focused collections in several areas, such as graphic novels, Spanish language books for adults and children, mysteries, local history, travel guides and movies on DVD. The building has tall, school house-style windows and 25-foot ceilings. Built as a mirror image of itself, it has two huge fireplaces (they are not used for heating, however.) An auditorium downstairs hosts community events, including readings and even the occasional dance party. This branch has a dedicated Friends of the Library group that runs the annual book sale and every March has a fundraiser featuring Irish music, amid other efforts. You can reach the president of the Friends group, Don Haber, at the library's address and phone number. The branch also has a very active and frequently updated Facebook page.
Connolly Branch Library
433 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

The Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library boasts a collection of more than 40,000 items, with nearly half ofMore them in Spanish.

"Spanish is what we're known for," says Jane Bickford, the branch librarian.

The library is housed in a 1932 building that has been restored to near original condition. The 20-plus foot plaster ceiling of the main room is decorated with rosettes and geometric patterns.

In addition to the collections and resources, the branch has a 150-person lecture hall. There is a stage and sound system. Non-profit organizations are welcome to use the space by arrangement with the librarian. For-profit groups may rent the hall after hours.