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Naming of Children’s Library Lion Cubs

Posted on April 23rd, 2015 by admin in General
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The Central Library’s Children’s Library lion cubs are nameless no more. Earlier this week, a ceremony was held to name the cubs and honor the children who won the naming contest. Seven children submitted the three winning names: Leon, Cubby, and Dandelion. The winners met Boston Public Library president Amy Ryan and received a prize packet. Below are some of their inspirations for the names:

Eve: “I named you Cubby because you rhyme with chubby. And you’re a little chubby.”

Maddie: “I named you Cubby because you are a very cute lion cub.”

Maia on Dandelion’s name: “I picked you because you look yellow.”

Lucia: “I chose Leon because it’s a special name and not that many lions have that name.”

Visit www.bpl.org/kids to find out more about Boston Public Library events and programs for children.

May Author Talks & Lectures at Boston Public Library Locations

Posted on April 23rd, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
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Boston Public Library locations across the city host several author talks this month, with topics ranging from colonial Boston to children’s literature. Highlights include:

• Enjoy reading from an eclectic mixture of published, emerging, and aspiring writers during Hispanic Writers Week on Monday, May 4, at 6 p.m. at the Connolly Branch, located at 433 Centre Street.
• In an illustrated talk, author and BPL staff member John DeVito counts down the top ten most popular First Ladies of America on your movie, TV, and computer screens at three branch locations throughout the month. Read more »

Are You Money Smart?

Posted on April 13th, 2015 by admin in General
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The library invites children, teens, and adults to get “Money Smart” from April 18-25, in conjunction with Money Smart Week, a national initiative to educate consumers on ways to manage their personal finances. Learn about online account safety, budgeting basics, investing, planning for retirement, and more. All programs, classes, and workshops take place at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. View the BPL calendar for details on specific workshops or download the flyer.

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Central Library Renovation Profiles: Sydney Thiel, Major Projects Coordinator

Posted on April 10th, 2015 by Anna Williams in General
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Sydney provides a behind-the-scenes look at the Central Library’s Johnson Level 2 renovation that opened in February 2015 and looks ahead to the ongoing renovations, set to open summer 2016.

Sydney ThielWhat is your role in the Central Library renovation?

As Major Projects Coordinator, my job is to understand and collect information about the vision and goals for the renovation and ensure that the design elements of the space incorporate and meet those objectives. I also am heavily involved in the supplemental design projects of the renovation. For the Johnson Level 2 renovation, for instance, I oversaw the fabrication and installation of the Children’s Library StoryScape area, lion cubs, early literacy sensory wall, bookbirds, and the interior decoration features of Teen Central.

What was one of your goals for the Johnson Level 2 renovation?

One of my main goals with the second floor renovation – and for the upcoming phase 2 of the renovation – was to ensure that the finished project met the library’s aspirations and vision. On a personal level, when working on the Children’s Library, my goal was to create a space I could picture my four-year-old daughter using and enjoying. It was very rewarding to be able to show her the new Children’s Library and see her reaction. She loves it.

What is your favorite thing about the Johnson Level 2 renovation?

I enjoy the liveliness of the space. It is much more uplifting and vibrant than it used to be, and it is now a destination in Boston. It is a place where visitors can partake of everything the library has to offer.

What has most surprised you about the public’s reaction to the renovations?

I am surprised by how much buzz there has been around the renovation in the Boston community. I was recently walking in Jamaica Plain when I overheard two people talking about how amazing the renovation is and how people need to see it. As a civic project, the renovation is meant to benefit the public, so it is very rewarding to know that it resonates with the people it is intended to serve.

What are you most looking forward to about working on the next phase of the renovation?

I am eager to start exploring how we can keep phase one and phase two of the renovation consistent with one another through design elements such as colors and finishes. I am also interested in looking into how we can further visually connect the McKim building with the Johnson building. Instead of two distinct buildings, I hope that after the renovation is complete the McKim and Johnson buildings will feel more open to one another and reflect that they are both part of the same Central Library. I am also looking forward to seeing the streetscape outside the Johnson building transformed through landscaping. Once trees and seating are added, the library will extend its presence outside its walls.

State Representative and Trustee Byron Rushing Honored with Library Advocacy Award

Posted on April 9th, 2015 by admin in General
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Trustee Rushing3Boston Public Library Trustee and State Representative Byron Rushing was honored on Wednesday, April 1, by the Massachusetts Library Association (MLA) at their annual Legislative Day. Representative Rushing was the recipient of the Library Advocacy Award for his continued efforts to increase library funding from the state. Pictured (at right) with him are President Amy Ryan and Chair of the BPL Trustees Jeffrey Rudman in the Great Hall of the State House.

“The honor is well deserved. Trustee Rushing is a tireless advocate for libraries both in the city of Boston as well as throughout the Commonwealth. His support ensures that all libraries, regardless of size or location, will have the resources needed to provide educational opportunities to people throughout the state,” said Amy E. Ryan, President of the Boston Public Library.