Marlborough Hospital opens little library with health and wellness books

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Marlborough Hospital opens little library with health and wellness books
Mayor Arthur Vigeant, left, and Schools Superintendent Mary Murphy, center, join staff from Marlborough Hospital in opening the Little Free Library near the main entrance on Aug. 3. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

MARLBOROUGH – The latest addition to UMass Memorial Health Marlborough Hospital is something that can be taken – and given – freely.

The Little Free Library by the main entrance will offer a variety of health and wellness books for patients and community members who may not otherwise have access to these materials.

The library opened on Aug. 3 with Mayor Arthur Vigeant and Superintendent Mary Murphy on hand to help stock it.

According to Ellen Carlucci, Marlborough Hospital’s vice president of development, marketing and communications, the new library will be “continually monitored and stocked” by the hospital.

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Rebecca Osterfield, a community health and outreach worker at the hospital, will oversee the library. This includes ensuring that the books are “culturally sensitive.”

Some of these books will be in Spanish and Portuguese; the hospital has also placed an order for books in Haitian Creole.

Carlucci said outreach such as the Little Free Library has been a welcome change after three years of pandemic-related testing, vaccines and other programs.

“We’re back to help educate people about health and wellness,” she said.

Golf tournament

UMass Memorial Health will present the 27th annual Marlborough Hospital Golf Classic on Monday, Aug. 28, at the Haven Country Club in Boylston.

The proceeds will go toward a new Brevera breast biopsy system, which is the world’s first and only solution to combine vacuum-assisted breast tissue collection, real-time imaging, verification and advanced post-biopsy handling – all in one, integrated system. This will improve the patient experience at the Women’s Imaging Center by offering a quicker and more comfortable procedure to all patients.

Register via the hospital’s website, www.ummhealth.org/marlborough-hospital.

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