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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.

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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 www.bpl.org
      • 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.

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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.

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The Bibliocycle is back!

Posted on June 2nd, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Library Services
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The Boston Public Library is proud to announce the return of the Bibliocycle – coming to a farmers’ market or community festival near you. Launched in 2014 by a group of ‘bike-minded’ librarians, the Bibliocycle is a small cart full of books for all ages, pulled through the streets of Boston by your local staff. In addition to borrowing books and getting a library card, this year, you can check out magazines or come to a pop-up story time for kids.

Your organization can request a visit by the  Bibliocycle team by visiting this page and clicking “Request a Bibliocycle Visit”. A team member will get back to you to get further information and to let  you know if we are able to fit your event into the schedule (also posted on the site).

Thank you to Boston Bikes for their continued support of the Bibliocycle.

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Brighton Branch celebrates new public art

Posted on June 1st, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services
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On Thursday May 14th members of the Friends of the Brighton Branch Library, BPL staff, and elected officials joined artist Richard Duca as he unveiled his latest sculpture, “Wings of the Imagination”, at the Brighton Branch of the Boston Public Library. Thanks to the Boston Arts Commission, The Browne Fund, The Henderson Fund and the Patricia Gordon estate, the Friends were able to bring this beautiful new piece of art to the community. While it is a piece of art, it is also functional – curl up with a good book on a warm summer day in one of the three chairs that make up the sculpture or get inspired by   quotes from literature engraved in the stone work surrounding the piece. 

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