On Thursday, October 3rd, the Tynan Elementary School students and school community cut the ribbon on their beautiful new school library. There was much excitement as Principal Leslie Gant, Parent Services Coordinator Orlando Diaz, Librarian Liz Toczko, and Tynan students, staff and parents entered the newly completed school library for the first time. The Tynan was this year’s recipient of Boston’s fifth consecutive Target School Library Makeover. As a result of the makeover, the library at the Tynan received colorful new flooring; brightly painted walls; new furniture; 2,000 new books; laptops; and a mobile iPad cart.
Approximately 150 Target employees volunteered their time that day to shelve new books and assemble furniture for the library makeover, paint murals around the school, visit classrooms to conduct readers theatre workshops and help with other projects to make the day a success.
As part of the library makeover celebration, each student and his or her siblings also received a backpack filled with seven new books to add to their home libraries.
Superintendent John McDonough, City Councillor Bill Linehan and Representative Nick Collins were among the speakers at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. All spoke about to the importance of the new library for the Tynan School community.
The school library event also coincided with the kickoff for Boston’s third consecutive Target Meals for Minds program. With this program, Target, in collaboration with the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), brings a mobile food pantry to Boston schools. The food pantry is a grocery store style set up where Tynan families are able to choose up to 22 pounds of healthy food per child to bring home. As part of the Target Meals for Minds program, the GBFB will continue to bring this service to the Tynan School on a monthly basis.
We are tremendously grateful to Target and their partners the Heart of America Foundation, Suffolk Construction, the Greater Boston Food Bank and others for this incredible gift to the Tynan Elementary School community. The new library space will inspire readers and learners for many years to come. For more information about the Tynan’s Target School Library Makeover, please see the Boston Public Schools website.