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Meet a Bibliocycle Librarian

Posted on July 28th, 2014 by admin in General
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Emily Meyer, the children’s librarian at the Uphams Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library, recently completed her first stop with the Bibliocycle at the Dudley Town Farmer’s Market. This summer, the Biblocycle travels throughout Boston’s neighborhood to serve the city’s residents where are – out and about. View the complete schedule of stops at www.bpl.org/community.

Why did you want to get involved in this outreach effort?IMG_3920

I want the chance to interact with people I don’t normally see in my library; they might not know what libraries can offer or where branches are located. Seeing new faces and hopefully making them into regular library users is one of the program’s big goals.

What has the reaction been so far?

People are excited – we had kids ride over here with us and cars honked in support the whole way. This is a new and a different form of library service.

How long have you been biking and what do you like about it?
I’ve been biking since early childhood and biked as a means of transportation during college. Now I mostly bike for recreation on the bike paths in and around the city.  I’m hoping through participating in this program I will become more comfortable with urban biking and start using my bike to get to work when the weather is nice. My favorite things about biking are the exercise benefits and the ability to avoid getting stuck in traffic.

What do you hope the program accomplishes?

We hope this brings our outreach efforts to a new level through reaching people where they are; whether they don’t have the time to visit a location or the hours don’t work for them. As we get a better idea of what they need and are looking for, we can tailor our services both with our outreach and our branch programs.

Boston Public Library’s Concerts in the Courtyard Continue in August

Posted on July 23rd, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
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Artists share their music during lunchtime and evenings this summer

concertBoston Public Library’s Concerts in the Courtyard continue through August 29, welcoming visitors to experience the music of local and international artists in a variety of genres at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. In addition to Friday lunchtime concerts at 12:30 p.m., this season the library now offers evening concerts on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. All the concerts are free and last approximately one hour.

August concerts showcase contemporary and traditional jazz, indie folk, opera, and more:

  • Properly Unprepared, Friday, August 1, 12:30 p.m. The young, five-piece jazz combo plays classics by artists such as Miles Davis along with more contemporary jazz.
  • Darlingside, Wednesday, August 6, 6 p.m. Darlingside is a Massachusetts-based indie folk quartet. Their tightly arranged tunes draw from the unexpected, featuring strains of bluegrass, classical, and barbershop. Read more »

What is Boston reading?

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by Gina Perille in General
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If you’re building a summer reading list, you might be interested in knowing what some of the most often borrowed titles are in the Boston Public Library collection. We publish a list each month of the top e-book, nonfiction, and fiction titles, as well the most popular DVDs.

Top e-books, June 2014

  1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynnread
  2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  3. Black Box by Michael Connelly
  4. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  5. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
  6. Inferno by Dan Brown
  7. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
  8. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  9. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
  10. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

And last week, we asked the library’s social media followers what they were reading this summer. There were so many responses that we made two lists: here and here.

P.S. Did you know that Boston Public Library has 34,000 e-book titles for you to choose from? They’re all in our catalog.

Bibliocycle Rolls Out Successfully

Posted on July 10th, 2014 by Gina Perille in General
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Boston Public Library’s Bibliocycle had a successful launch. This librarian-powered outreach program is offered in partnership with Boston Bikes, which is part of the City of Boston’s Transportation department. Look for the Bibliocycle at farmer’s markets, fairs, and other community events throughout the city. Features of the program include library card sign-up, book checkout, demonstrations of Boston Public Library’s digital resources, and help with reference questions.

“This initiative gives the library the opportunity to expand our reach and to connect with communities throughout the city. Through efforts like the Bibliocycle, Boston Public Library team members can meet people where they already are, which is out and about in the neighborhoods,” said Katrina Morse, program organizer and generalist librarian at the Grove Hall Branch. “Some of these residents may not otherwise visit a library location in their neighborhood, and that is who we would like to connect with the most.”

Read Boston Magazine’s coverage: The Bibliocycle Will Bring You Books by Bike

Read BostInno’s coverage: This Bicycle-Library Hybrid is Coming to a Boston Neighborhood Near You

Read Boston.com’s coverage: Boston Public Library Goes Mobile with ‘Bibliocycle’

The mobile collection of up to 50 books includes new releases, bestsellers, cooking, gardening, picture books, and bike repair titles. On select dates, Boston Bikes team members will accompany librarians in order to provide bike and healthy living tips.

“With Bibliocycle, Boston Bikes is excited to integrate biking into everyday life. It is a great way for us to inspire healthy minds and healthy bodies throughout the city,” said Nicole Freedman, director of bicycle programs for the City of Boston.

BPL’s Bibliocycle travels to neighborhoods throughout the summer and into the fall. The complete schedule of Bibliocycle visits can be found at bpl.org/community. The checkout limit is 10 items per person. Fines and book returns are not handled by the Bibliocycle team. Those have to be taken care of at one of Boston Public Library’s many brick-and-mortar locations.

Jon Ramos and Brian Pace constructed the trailer display.

Mayor Walsh Launches Innovative Mobile Reading Initiatives across Boston

Posted on July 8th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
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CITY OF BOSTON. Office of the Mayor, Martin J. Walsh

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, July 8, 2014703bike

BOSTON – Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the launch of the Boston Public Library’s Bibliocycle, and the re-launch of ReadBoston’s Storymobile, now in its nineteenth year. Both programs use a human-powered bicycle with an attached trailer to make their services mobile, and will be pedaling through Boston’s neighborhoods this summer.

“The Bibliocycle and Storymobile are innovative ways to reimagine libraries, and promote reading and learning across all generations,” said Mayor Walsh. “These services will keep kids reading through the summer and help to prevent summertime learning loss, while expanding library accessibility for adults.”

Boston Public Library’s Bibliocycle

The Bibliocycle is a partnership between the Boston Public Library (BPL) and Boston Bikes that will enable the library to take its free offerings to the streets in a friendly, active way. Features of the Bibliocycle program include library card sign up, book checkout, demonstrations of BPL’s digital resources, and help with reference questions. The mobile collection of up to 50 books includes new releases, bestsellers, cooking, gardening, picture books, and bike repair titles. The checkout limit is 10 items per person.

The Bibliocycle will travel to markets, fairs, and neighborhood events throughout the summer and fall to serve city residents, and the complete schedule can be found at bpl.org/community. On select dates, Boston Bikes team members will accompany librarians in order to provide bike and healthy living tips.

The Bibliocycle team is not equipped to handle fines and book returns, and patrons will need to visit one of BPL’s many brick-and-mortar locations to complete that type of transaction. Read more »