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Central Library Renovation Profiles: Angie Ortiz, Teen Central’s 2015 Summer Intern

Posted on August 26th, 2015 by admin in General
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IMG_6614Angie Ortiz, 18, is a recent graduate of Boston Arts Academy. This summer she worked as Teen Central’s Boston Youth Fund Summer Intern. Here, she reflects on her experience.

What was your role at Teen Central?

As Teen Central’s BYF Summer Intern, I assisted with classes in the digital lab. I really liked to help with animation and iMovie programs and to show teens how to make storybooks for animation or trailers. It was cool for me to see them apply what they learned into something that they enjoyed making. I also assisted with shelving and pulling books, and I blogged about video games. I also helped with expanding our technology and media lounge. For instance, I had teens vote on what games they’d like to see added to our game collection.

IMG_05460How long have you been visiting Teen Central?

I’ve been coming to the Boston Public Library for a long time with my mom.* I’d hang out in the Teen Room before it was renovated. When I got a little older, I stopped coming, but when I heard about the renovations I had to come back to see what it was like. I thought Teen Central was so cool, and I wanted to work there. I was president and founder of my high school’s gamers club, and when I saw all the awesome resources in Teen Central’s Lounge, I brought the club there for our meetings. They really liked it, and a lot of the kids started hanging out in Teen Central on their own.

When you weren’t working, what did you like to do in Teen Central?

I liked to hang out in the Lounge, but I also liked to use the programs in the Lab. I used Photoshop to illustrate, paint, and animate GIFs. I met with friends here, and we played board games and card games. I also checked out books here.

How does this renovation benefit you and other teens?

It’s a friendly, expansive space that is welcoming to teenagers. It’s a safe space. The librarians are very helpful, and always have been. One of my favorite parts of the renovation is the addition of technology. That’s a big deal, as most occupations now require computer knowledge. There are still some teens who don’t know how to use computers, and a library is a great space for them to learn how to do that.

IMG_005536What are your plans now that you’ve graduated high school?

I’ll be attending Lesley University on a full scholarship to study animation in the fall. I want to go into game animation. There’s a huge gap of women in the video game industry, and I want to create more female protagonists and stronger representation for women in games.

What books would you recommend to other teens?

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan. It’s part of the Heroes of Olympus series, a sequel to the Percy Jackson novels that I read when I was young. The books are about a boy who doesn’t fit in at school but found a place where he belonged and was a hero. I was having a hard time at school, and the Percy Jackson books inspired me to go to Boston Arts Academy, where I founded the gamers club and made a lot of friends. The main characters are funny, regular teens, too.

*Angie’s mom is BPL Board of Trustees Vice Chair Evelyn Arana-Ortiz.

450 Boston Public Library Summer Reading Participants Experience the Magic of Fenway Park

Posted on August 25th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases

RYWTF Three_TyBellittiPart of the annual Read Your Way to Fenway youth essay contest.

On Sunday, the Boston Public Library was at Fenway Park to celebrate the 453 winners of the 20th annual Read Your Way to Fenway summer essay contest. The youth, ages 5-17, read a minimum of three books during the summer months and wrote an essay about their favorite one to win three tickets to Sunday’s Red Sox versus Kansas City game.  In total 1,359 game tickets were distributed. Read Your Way to Fenway was made possible this year by the Boston Public Library Foundation, the Boston Red Sox Foundation, John Hancock, and Aramark.

“We are deeply appreciative of the Red Sox organization and all our partners in Read Your Way to Fenway as this program is a fun and engaging way to keep our city’s youth excited about reading during the summer and an opportunity to enjoy one of America’s favorite pastimes,” said David Leonard, Interim President of the Boston Public Library.

“We know that literacy is an essential ingredient in education,” said Dr. Charles Steinberg, the Red Sox’ Executive Vice President & Senior Advisor to the President/CEO. “And we know that education is the equalizer in our country.  We are so grateful to the Boston Public Library for being such a great community partner.”

In addition six lucky participants from across the BPL system were invited to stand on the field, including: Nyalees Cruz from the Uphams Corner Branch, Yohannes Bekele from the Dudley Branch, Denecio Campozano-Hill from the Egleston Square Branch, Mona Wang from the West Roxbury Branch, Shantel Teixeira from the Fields Corner Branch, and Hassatou Barry from the Roslindale Branch.

This summer in support of Read Your Way to Fenway, author Dan Gutman and author and illustrator Matt Tavares visited multiple branches and the Central Library to share their baseball-themed books.

 

About BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-four branches, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit bpl.org.

 

Photo Credit: Ty Bellitti

 

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Comic Books, E-books Added to Boston Public Library’s Free Streaming Media Service

Posted on August 25th, 2015 by admin in General
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Boston Public Library’s free streaming media service hoopla now offers 2,500 comic books for all ages and nearly 20,000 e-books, with new titles added weekly. Comic books from publishers such as DC Comics, Titan Comics, and IDW include Watchmen, Batgirl, Doctor Who, Peanuts, and My Little Pony. Users who download the latest version of the streaming media app can have full-page and panel-by-panel views for a digital reading experience that is as immersive as reading a physical comic book. E-book genres include cook books, history, health and fitness, gardening, graphic novels, fiction, and more.

The new comics and e-books join the movies, television shows, music, and audiobooks that have been available through the BPL’s streaming media service since March 2014. Boston Public Library card and eCard holders can access this digital content instantly from anywhere for streaming or temporary download for their smartphones, tablets, or computers. All titles are available 24 hours a day for simultaneous access with no waiting periods. Users can borrow up to 10 total items per calendar month. Records for all comics and e-books can be found in the library’s catalog, as well as through the app. E-books and comics have a 21-day checkout period.

To access the service, visit www.bpl.org/collections/hoopla.htm. Library users can log in with their Boston Public Library card, create a hoopla reader account, and download an app for iOS and Android devices. They will also find information on the digital media service, along with “getting started” tips and check-out guides.

 

Central Library Renovation Lighting in Johnson Building

Posted on August 17th, 2015 by admin in General

IMG_5284The BPL is very mindful of the needs of all of its users, of all ages, students, children, laptop users, researchers, and those who are visually impaired. The importance of quality illumination is a cornerstone in the Central Library Renovation project. The quantity of lighting in these spaces meets or exceeds library lighting standards and is significantly brighter than the original lighting design. The new design has increased daylight, more overall ambient lighting, and more task lighting at desk areas to satisfy the range of user reading requirements.

By changing the original tinted glass windows to clear glass, natural lighting is increased, adding significant brightness to the perimeter areas. Reading areas have been placed to take advantage of this increase in natural light. In addition, a major reading area lines the edges of the skylit Deferrari Hall. The new interior wall finishes are illuminated to balance contrast and add brightness. The new light fixtures have a higher efficiency to maximize the amount of electric light permitted by the energy code. The result is higher general lighting throughout. In addition, a generous number of task lights have been installed specifically to address the needs of users who require higher localized lighting.

Other important factors that contribute to the quality of illumination include glare control and the color rendering of the light sources. The new light fixtures provide much greater glare control, which improves visual comfort, making the reading areas a more pleasant environment. The new light sources have improved color rendering so that colors appear more true to users expectations. The overall result is a space that is comfortable, cheerful, and provides a range of study conditions to satisfy the full range of the Boston Public Library’s patrons.

Scaffolding in Deferrari Hall

Posted on August 5th, 2015 by admin in General
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Contractors are installing scaffolding in Deferrari Hall in the Central Library’s Johnson building in conjunction with the Central Library Renovation. The scaffolding, running 80 feet high, is required for access to repair plaster around skylights and to replace light fixtures in the ceiling. Following the two week installation period taking place at night, the scaffolding will remain in place through November. The pathways to the stairs and the elevator will remain open to public access. Please email askjbi@bpl.org with any questions about the Central Library Renovation and follow the Compass blog for updates.