Standish Village Launches Rolling Library with Book Donation

BOSTON, MA — Many of us are turning to reading as a socially distant activity we can still safely engage with, and this is no different for residents at Standish Village Assisted Living and Compass Memory Support Community in Lower Mills, who recently received a donation of 50 brand new books from the Boston Public Library.

The donation comes as part of the “Books for Boston” program that has delivered more than 1,000 new children’s and adult books to a variety of organizations serving high-risk individuals in the City of Boston. The program also supports local businesses by purchasing the books from local booksellers.

Upon receiving the books, Lauren Basler, EnrichedLIFE Director at Standish Village, launched a “Rolling Library” that travels to residents’ apartments, bringing the library to them. For Basler, it was an opportunity to bring some excitement and joy to residents looking for creative ways to spend their time.

“Lots of our residents are bookworms,” says Basler. “We also offer a virtual storytime where residents read to families from across the country (and sometimes beyond), so this was a natural addition to our literary programs.” 


Learn more about Standish Village at The Boston Public Library Fund is raising money to purchase additional books to help reach the Library’s goal of 5,000 books. For more information, visit