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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series Creator Visits Boston Public Library

Posted on April 17th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

Jeff Kinney is part of “Gateway to Reading” lectures in Copley Squarejk

Boston Public Library’s 2014 Lowell Lecture Series welcomes Diary of a Wimpy Kid series author and illustrator Jeff Kinney on Sunday, April 27, at 2 p.m. Kinney will speak in Rabb Lecture Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. The Lowell Lecture Series runs through May and features beloved authors and illustrators, noted scholars in the children’s literature field, and experts who bring the love of writing and reading to children in groundbreaking ways.

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has more than 120 million copies in print in 44 countries around the world. The ninth book in the series is scheduled for release on November 4, 2014. The month of April is designated as Wimpy Kid Month, and Kinney will not only celebrate the month at the Boston Public Library on April 27 but will reveal the cover of book nine in a webcast the next morning, Monday, April 28, at 9 a.m. Diary of a Wimpy Kid won Favorite Book at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards four times, and Kinney was twice voted Author of the Year at the Children’s Choice Book Awards. Kinney was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and is the creator of, a virtual world for kids. Read more »

Dudley Branch Springs Ahead

Posted on April 16th, 2014 by admin in General


The Dudley Branch has undergone several improvements recently, which include upgrades to the lighting for the interior and exterior, fresh paint in the lobby, security cameras, landscaping, and the addition of a welcoming marquee sign in the front of the building.

And inside the library’s walls, a new staff member dedicated to working with the City’s teen population has the library poised for growth alongside the Dudley Square community. Meet Veronica Koven-Matasy, Teen Librarian, Dudley Branch. Veronica is the newest staff member of the Dudley Branch. She grew up in Dorchester, attended Boston Latin School, and graduated with a degree in classics from Harvard University. After spending a year in England and receiving her degree in library sciences from the University of North Carolina, she returned to the Boston area in 2013 to pursue a career in her hometown. While Veronica initially thought about a career in higher education, she decided the library field was a better fit as times have changed. “The role of libraries has expanded greatly; they offer so many social services and programs other than, of course, books,” she said. As the new teen librarian, Veronica hopes to work closely with teens looking to improve their computer skills. One of her first teen programs coincided with the library’s celebration of Teen Tech Week in which she ran a “Code Your Own Adventure” program that uses the software Twine to design a game that is fun and builds career skills. “I’m excited to make book selections, grow our programs, and especially get to know our library users that are passionate about learning,” she said.

Opening the ‘Dear Boston’ Exhibition

Posted on April 8th, 2014 by Gina Perille in General
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The exhibition Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial opened this week to an appreciative audience and a wide range of well wishers. During the opening program, the speakers included Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Senator Ed Markey as well as Boston Public Library President Amy E. Ryan, New England Museum Association Executive Director Dan Yaeger, and Iron Mountain Director of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Samantha Joseph.

Created in honor of the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon, Dear Boston features select pieces from the makeshift memorial created in Copley Square. The exhibition is organized by a partnership that includes the Boston City ArchivesBoston Art CommissionNew England Museum Association, Boston Public Library, and Iron Mountain. Rainey Tisdale is the curator.

The Dear Boston exhibition is open through May 11. It is part of a larger array of programs offered by the Boston Public Library in honor and commemoration of the 2013 Boston Marathon.

Boston Public Library Commemorates Boston Marathon April 14-19

Posted on April 7th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

Courtyard concerts, author talks, art & architecture tours planned at Central Librarymckim

Boston Public Library is offering dedicated programs April 14-19 in honor of the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon, all to be held at the Central Library in Copley Square. The library welcomes visitors not only to reflect and gather as one community but to experience and enjoy programs that serve as a respite during this week of remembrance.

On Tuesday, April 15, there will be a delayed public opening of the Central Library; public service hours will take place from 4-9 p.m. On Sunday, April 20, the Central Library will be open exclusively for viewing of the Dear Boston exhibition from 1-5 p.m. via the Dartmouth Street entrance only. All Boston Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, April 21, in observance of Patriot’s Day. Read more »

BPL Collections & National Poetry Month

Posted on April 7th, 2014 by admin in General
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shakespeareApril is a busy a month at the Boston Public Library, with many events taking place in honor of National Poetry Month. Today, the library hosts the Boston Shakespeare Sonnet-thon, which takes place in Rabb Lecture Hall from 5-8:30 p.m.

April is also the birth month of William Shakespeare, a favorite of the library. Two Collections of Distinction honor Shakespeare and the arts:

Shakespeare: The BPL holds one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in a public institution focusing on the writings of William Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The collection was the first in the United States to include the first four folios of the collected works of William Shakespeare, as well as some 45 early quarto editions of individual plays, many published during Shakespeare’s lifetime. As the preeminent Shakespeare collection from 19th-century America, this collection of 15,000 volumes is strong in Shakespeare’s most important editions, as well as source material, commentaries, and criticism.

Boston Theater: This collection is the only comprehensive history of Boston theater in the city. It documents the administrative, financial, and performance histories of five Boston theaters from 1794–2003. These theaters are the Federal Street Theatre (1793–1852), the first independent theater in Boston; the Tremont Theatre (1839–1843); the Boston Theatre and Opera House (1852–1856); the Charles Playhouse (1958–2003), the city’s only regional theater; and the Triangle Theater (1980–1988), a gay and lesbian theater. The collection contains programs, playbills, reviews, production material, costume and set designs, and trustees’ meeting minutes, as well as blueprints and construction and site plans.

To learn more about these and other collections, visit