Posted on February 22nd, 2012 by Alison Murphy in Foundation
Tags: Dennis Lehane, Maureen Feeney, Mayor Menino, Pool Party, Uphams Corner
Maureen Feeney and Dennis Lehane talk about the importance of the Uphams Corner library to the community.
The Friends of Uphams Corner Branch Library do! This year’s annual Pool Party was held Friday, February 10th at the Uphams Corner branch. Notable guests and honorees included Dennis Lehane, Maureen Feeney, and Mayor Menino.
The Pool Party is named for the library’s distinctive Children’s Room, which is housed – you guessed it – in a former swimming pool. The library was decked out in summer decor, from cut-outs of fish that the children of Uphams Corner had colored themselves, to swimsuits that the staff had brought in and hung, to the colorful leis that were provided to all the guests. There was live music by the band Conscious Reggae, and a silent auction that included such items as gift certificates to Tavolo Restaurant (the most bid-on item), and a painting by Liz Carney (the highest dollar item).
This year, Councilwoman Maureen Feeney was honored for her public service, in particular her work around the library. “She worked so hard for this library,” said branch librarian Georgia Titonis, “and it wasn’t even in her district. You kind have to say thank you.” Dennis Lehane also spoke about the importance of the public library in his own life. Lehane grew up several blocks away from the Uphams Corner branch, and gave credit to the library for his ultimate success as a writer. “You heroes who teach,” he addressed the audience, which included many library staff, “without you, I’m not saying I would necessarily be in jail or any of those other clichés, but I certainly wouldn’t be where I am now.” Dennis Lehane recently donated copies of his works in Portuguese to the Uphams Corner library.
This is the first Pool Party in seven years, and it was a rousing success, raising upwards of $5,000 for the branch. The money will go chiefly towards the funding of materials and programs for the Cape Verdean community, which makes up about 40% of the Uphams Corner community. The library has encountered barriers in serving this population because of the lack of funding for Creole or Portuguese resources. Ms. Titonis said that they hope to institute a monthly story time in Creole or Portuguese, and to obtain more materials in these languages. In addition, the library is hoping to fund more ESL classes in the future.
Hopefully this is the first of many such events. Clearly the community is invested in the success of its library, and determined to help it continue to grow. When asked what her favorite part of being a librarian was, Ms. Titonis said, “I don’t get bored. The people in Uphams Corner are lovely, and they care about this library and they love it.” As do we.
Posted on February 14th, 2012 by Alison Murphy in Foundation
Tags: Lowell Lecture, Remembering the Civil War, Susan Hockfield
Susan Hockfield presents at the latest in our Lowell Lecture series, "Remembering the Civil War."
On April 10th, 1860, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was founded. Two days later, the Civil War begun.
Thus began the compelling address of Susan Hockfield, president of MIT and the latest presenter in the BPL Lowell Lecture series, “Remembering the Civil War.” Dr. Hockfield spoke this past week on the life of William Barton Rogers, founder and first president of MIT, and how his vision for a polytechnic institute was affected by the breakout of the Civil War. “ was an intensely upright person and found the reality and politics of slavery appalling.” Despite the upheaval of war, Rogers and his ambition of bringing America into the 20th century through labor and industrialization was able to lead MIT through this difficult period in our nation’s history, and on to become what it is today: the manufacturer of some of our nation’s leading scientific and technological minds.
“As a nation, we cannot remain economically strong, we can’t continue to be intellectually vibrant, if we can’t make the products we invent here,” Dr. Hockfield said. “Rogers founded MIT in order to accelerate the industrialization of America, and we’re working on the same project today. It changes era by era, but it’s a place where I think MIT has served the nation well.”
Transcript below, video to follow. Interested in attending one of our Lowell Lectures? See here for a list of upcoming lectures: http://www.bpl.org/news/lowell/ Read more »
Posted on January 25th, 2012 by Colleen Greco in Foundation
Are you a thriller fan? Then join us on Wednesday, April 25th at 5:30PM, when the Boston Public Library will play host to the Big Thrill, an event featuring acclaimed thriller writers such as Lee Child, Charlaine Harris (author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels), Tess Gerritsen (author of the Boston-based Rizzoli and Isles series), Karin Slaughter, and David Hosp. There will be beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres, as well as a silent auction full of exciting prizes (including a manuscript review from agents of the represented authors, for all you aspiring writers!). Come meet these award-winning authors and hear the story behind the stories. Thank you to those who attended.
Posted on December 22nd, 2011 by David McKay in Foundation
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Posted on November 15th, 2011 by Colleen Greco in Foundation
Thank you to all our Sponsors, Table Hosts, Patrons, Contributors and Guests who made the Boston Public Library Foundation 2011 Fall Gala an evening to remember! You helped us raise over $517,000 to support the Boston Public Library and Foundation. This represents a $100,000 increase over the last gala. The foundation would like to especially thank our lead sponsor Fidelity.
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