Posted on March 9th, 2014 by Anna Williams in General
Tags: Boston, Connick, digital collect, Flickr, gouaches, stained glass
Boston Public Library Digital Services team recently completed digitizing the Charles J. Connick and Associates archives for the state of Massachusetts. Connick Studios (1913-1986) was a leading and renowned producer of stained glass designs. These amazingly detailed pieces of art may be seen locally at Boston College, Marsh Chapel at Boston University, Holy Cross Cathedral, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Forest Hills Cemetery just to name a few.
The digitization of Connick’s study gouaches (rhymes with “galoshes”), or paintings made with opaque watercolors, provides the public with insight into the artist’s creative process, methods, and materials and encourages an appreciation of his finished work. Scholars are now be able to easily access and study Connick’s designs, while reduced handling and improved oversight of the collection helps to increase its longevity. This digitization project was made possible through the support of the Boston Foundation for Architecture, the Boston Society of Architects, and the Associates of the Boston Public Library.
Boston Area Charles J. Connick Stained Glass Locations
Posted on March 3rd, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
New exhibition in Copley Square celebrates Women’s History Month
The exhibition Public Women, Private Lives opens at the Boston Public Library’s Copley Square location on Friday, March 7, and runs through May 30 this year. March is Women’s History Month and the exhibition celebrates distinguished female writers from the 17th century onward whose works influence the tastes and perceptions of generations of readers. The feelings and daily lives of these women are brought to life through exploration of their published text and personal correspondence with friends and family.
“The women featured in the exhibition reveal much about their personalities through their writing and give a glimpse not only into their lives, but provide context for a time that brought forth pioneers in the literature field,” said curator Kimberly Reynolds. Read more »
Posted on March 1st, 2014 by Gina Perille in General
Tags: arts, culture, Exhibitions, Films, Inside BPL Collections
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Boston Public Library has a variety of events and exhibitions on the schedule:
- West African Women’s Empowerment: A Story in Photographs, an exhibition at the Faneuil Branch in Brighton.
- Public Women, Private Lives, an exhibition opening March 7 in the Rare Books Lobby at the Central Library in Copley Square.
- Women of History Film Series at the South Boston Branch at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays.
- March 4: Queen Christina, starring Greta Garbo (1933)
- March 11: Calamity Jane, starring Doris Day (1953)
- March 18: Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep (2009)
- March 25: The Young Victoria, starring Emily Blunt (2009)
- Monday Night Film Series at the Central Library in Copley Square. The films begin at 6 p.m. and feature famous leading ladies from Massachusetts.
- March 3: Dangerous (1935)
- March 10: Harvey (1950)
- March 17: Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
- March 24: Moonstruck (1987)
- March 31: The Accidental Tourist (1988)
Of course, notable women in history can be discovered throughout the library’s collections each day. Several appear within Boston Public Library’s collections of distinction, such as Francis Clalin, book designer Sarah Wyman Whitman, and the abolitionist Weston sisters. Others are highlighted via our digitized collections such as Amelia Earhart and Emily Dickinson.
Posted on February 27th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
Tags: arts, Creativity, Fun, Technology, Teens
Workshops for teens scheduled March 10-15
Boston teens are invited to check out the Boston Public Library during Teen Tech Week, which takes place March 10-15. Seven neighborhood locations in the Boston Public Library system have events planned, ranging from coding and programming workshops to finding creative ways to re-use and recycle technology components via art.
“Digital literacy and creative literacy are important parts of a well-rounded learner’s skill set,” said Jessi Snow, Coordinator of Youth Services. “Teen Tech Week is a way for the Boston Public Library to welcome teens to the library and to all the opportunities that libraries make possible.”
Download the flyer (PDF, two pages).
Teen Tech Week is an annual and national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association. In 2014, the theme is DIY @ your library (do it yourself) with the goal of raising awareness about how Boston Public Library creates a space to extend teens’ learning beyond the classroom where they can explore, create, and share content, and learn to be competent and ethical users of digital media. Read more »
Posted on February 20th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
Arthur series creator and experts on local history on the schedule
Boston Public Library will host lectures and author talks at the Central Library in Copley Square and branch locations through the month of March, highlighting the works of writers and experts in a variety of genres.
Local history enthusiasts can enjoy talks on the neighborhoods of Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, and Dorchester and also learn about the Charles River and the unique power of oral history in recapturing family stories.
One special highlight for families is the appearance of Marc Brown – the creator, author, and illustrator of the acclaimed Arthur series – on Sunday, March 9, at 2 p.m. Mr. Brown is speaking at the Central Library in Copley Square in conjunction with the library’s 2014 Lowell Lecture Series, which is dedicated to the theme “Gateway to Reading.” Read more »