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Have you seen our Bibliocycle? Because it’s awesome!

Posted on July 31st, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Library Services
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This is the second year the Boston Public Library has offered outreach services via our bike-riding librarians on the Bibliocycle. So far, they have visited 22 locations, checked out 89 books, chatted with 631 visitors, and signed up 23 people for library cards. Today, our brave bikers are actually biking from Mission Hill to East Boston so you may see them at spots throughout the City.

Check us out at these upcoming events:

Saturday August 5th – East Boston Farmers Market (3 p.m. – 5 p.m.)

Sunday August 9th – August Moon Festival (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Monday August 17th – South Boston Farmers Market (1 p.m. – 3 p.m )


Jamaica Plain and Faneuil meeting minutes now available

Posted on July 17th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects
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Meeting minutes from the final community meeting for the programming phase of the Faneuil branch library project are now available here

Meeting minutes from the final community meeting in the design phase of the Jamaica Plain branch library project are now available here

Thank you to all who have participated in the process so far. Post a comment on this blog, or send feedback on either project to


BPL celebrates youth authors with 826 Boston and Jeff Kinney

Posted on June 18th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Library Services

On Wednesday June 17th, the Grove Hall branch of the Boston Public Library hosted the “I Rate Today a -1,000” author party with 826 Boston, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills. For the past year, students enrolled in both the Grove Hall branch after-school program and the Roxbury after-school program worked on personal diary entries, inspired by their favorite book Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. From scary stories about knocking sounds coming from the closet, to a story about how to become “Youtube™ famous”, these stories provide a glimpse into the creative minds of kids from across the City of Boston.

Jeff Kinney, who helped support the publication of the book, was on hand to talk about how he came to be a writer and how he came to create one of the most beloved children’s book characters of our recent generation, Greg Heffley, of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Below, youth authors gather around Mr. Kinney in celebration of becoming published authors.


Reminder – Jamaica Plain branch to close for renovations August 1st

Posted on June 16th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects

In six weeks, the Jamaica Plain branch of the Boston Public Library will temporarily close for major renovations. In preparation for this closing, you may be seeing a lot of changes at the branch:

  • Collections are being weeded then inventoried to prepare for storage while the branch is closed
  • Staff are clearing out storage spaces to prepare for construction
  • Some furniture that is not being re-used in the renovation will soon go on the City of Boston Surplus site
  • As of July 1st, the collection will no longer be viewable in the online catalog, though materials will still be available for check out at the branch
  • As of July 1st, the Jamaica Plain branch will no longer be an option for picking up reserves
    • To change your pick up location – please see a staff member or follow these steps:
      • go to
      • click “My Account”
      • Log in using your Library card number and PIN
      • Click on “My Settings” and select “Preferences”
      • Select another BPL location from the drop-down list

While the branch is closed, staff will provide some programming at the Curtis Hall Community Center. Keep an eye on this blog for updates throughout construction.


Boston Public Library and the Tierney Learning Center

Posted on June 16th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Library Services
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In 2012, when the Washington Village branch had to close to prepare for new housing in the Old Colony Housing Development, the Boston Public LIbrary had a unique opportunity to provide library services in the new Tierney Learning Center just one block away from the former branch. Through the efforts of outreach librarians and staff from Beacon Communities, the library has provided hundreds of programs over the past three years, including bike maintenance, summer reading programs, Read Your Way to Fenway, baby yoga, story time, computer training, and out-of-school time programs for kids and teens.

Under the leadership of Beacon Communities, programs offered by community organizations have grown exponentially. In addition to the BPL, the Tierney Learning Center hosts programs by the Boys and Girls Club, Girl Scouts, Head Start, AES World Languages and Culture Institute among many others. BPL staff will continue to offer library programs most in demand – and our librarian’s reputation for great programs has spread throughout South Boston, with requests to have BPL library services at a number of organizations.

In the coming months, similar programs will be taken to more community locations including community centers,  Thrive in 5, Childhood Literacy Project, neighborhood pre-schools, elementary and high schools, Head Start programs, health centers and housing developments.