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Boston Public Library Serves Historical and Cultural Institutions Across Massachusetts

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
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Library for the Commonwealth service increases access to digitization

mapUnder the designation as Library for the Commonwealth, Boston Public Library serves all residents of Massachusetts and offers free resources to public libraries and other historical, cultural, and educational institutions across the state. Since 2011, the library has worked to digitize and preserve collections from 145 organizations in nearly 100 towns across Massachusetts. These digitized items will be shared online via DigitalCommonwealth.org, which is a BPL-built and maintained repository and portal where statewide collections will reside for future generations to discover.

“Massachusetts is a state with a deep and rich history. Our goal with this service is to broadly share Boston’s diverse collections alongside the treasures of other organizations throughout the Commonwealth,” said Amy E. Ryan, President of Boston Public Library. Read more »

BPL Reunites North End Fence with Blacksmith’s Family

Posted on August 8th, 2014 by admin in General
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Desktop135As reported in the July 29 edition of the North End Regional Review, Boston Public Library is reuniting a treasured fence to the family of the blacksmith who constructed it decades ago.

An ornate iron fence surrounded the property of the North End Branch until 2007, when it was taken down in conjunction with the branch renovation to create garden space. The fence is in excellent condition and has been carefully stored in the basement of the Central Library in Copley Square ever since.

The library was contacted by the family of the blacksmith who built it and requested to have it returned to honor his memory. Today, the family of George D’Addario visited the library to take it home.

“It’s an honor to help reunite the D’Addario family with a piece of their history. Libraries help people research families and facts each day, but it is rare to be involved in producing such tangible results,” said Christine Schonhart, Director of Library Services, Branches.

North End Fence

Family members of George D’Addario visit the Central Library in Copley Square pick up a fence that was crafted by one of their ancestors. Christine Schonhart (at center), the library’s director of library services, branches, gives them a helping hand.

Seven Ways to Sync with the Boston Public Library This Summer

Posted on July 31st, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
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beachDigital resources available for on-the-go cardholders   

Boston Public Library’s collections can be easily accessed from home, a local coffee shop, or even the beach. Anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Massachusetts can have a Boston Public Library card. Many residents of the Commonwealth start with an e-card, available online at www.bpl.org/ecard, which grants immediate access to the BPL’s digital resources.

Here are seven ways to sync with the Boston Public Library’s collections and services this summer – all while on the go:

1. Download e-books. Search for e-books – including Kindle titles – and audiobooks in the Boston Public Library’s catalog alongside printed books. Watch a brief tutorial about how to download the books to your e-reader, computer, or mobile device via www.bpl.org/collections/downloadable.htm. Read more »

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 »