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BPL Social Media Followers’ Favorite Picture Books

Posted on November 24th, 2015 by BPL News in General

November is National Picture Book Month. In celebration, the Boston Public Library asked its Facebook and Twitter followers to name their (or their children’s) favorite picture book. Here are their answers. Find a list of these titles in our catalog via

1. The Story of Ferdinand
by Munro Leaf

Books12. Good Job, Little Bear
by Martin Waddell, illustrated by Barbara Firth

3. The Paper Bag Princess
by Robert N. Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko

4. Make Way for Ducklings
by Robert McCloskey

5. I Had A Favorite Dress
by Boni Ashburn, illustrated by Julia Denos

6. The Incredible Book Eating Boy
by Oliver Jeffers

7. The Tiger Who Came to Tea
by Judith Kerr

8. The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash
by Trinka Hakes Noble, illustrated by Steven Kellogg

9. Madeline
by Ludwig Bemelmans

10. Gigantosaurus
by Jonny Duddle

Books211. Green Eggs and Ham
by Dr. Seuss

12. Pierre in the Air
by Andrea Beck

13. The Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings
by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey, illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers

14. In the Night Kitchen
by Maurice Sendak

15. D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths
by Ingri D’Aulaire

16. King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub
by Audrey Wood, illustrated by Don Wood

17. Blueberries for Sal
by Robert McCloskey

18. Corduroy
by Don Freeman

19. No, David!
by David Shannon

20. Benjy’s Dog House
by Margaret Bloy Graham

Books321. Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs
by Judi Barrett, illustrated by Ronald Barrett

22. Goodnight Moon
by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd

23. Ladybug Girl
by David Soman and Jacky Davis

24. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
by Bill Martin and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert

25. The Velveteen Rabbit
by Margery Williams Bianco



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Boston Public Library Presidential Search Committee Announces Listening Sessions

Posted on November 20th, 2015 by BPL News in Media Releases
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The Boston Public Library Presidential Search Committee will host two listening sessions in the coming weeks. The sessions on Monday, November 30 and Saturday, December 12 will be an opportunity for the community to share their thoughts on what qualities they believe the next leader of the Boston Public Library (BPL) should have in an open and conversational forum. Additional listening sessions in neighborhoods across the city will be added and announced as the BPL Presidential Search continues.

“The inaugural listening session at the Mattapan Branch provided information that will contribute to how the Search Committee evaluates candidates for the position of BPL President,” said John Palfrey, Chair of the BPL Presidential Search Committee. “It’s very important to hear from a diversity of voices, and I encourage Bostonians to be a part of this process.”

The listening sessions will be held on the following dates:

  • Monday, November 30 at 6:30 p.m. – Brighton Branch of the BPL, 40 Academy Hill Rd
  • Saturday, December 12 at 9:00 a.m. – Central Library in Copley Square, Commonwealth Salon, 700 Boylston St

For those who are unable to attend a listening session, the public is encouraged to tweet comments at the Boston Public Library Twitter handle via @bplboston and at Presidential Search Committee Chair John Palfrey at @jpalfrey. In addition, comments can be submitted via

The Boston Public Library Presidential Search Committee is charged with locating, recruiting, interviewing, and evaluating top candidates for the position of BPL President in conjunction with executive search firm, Spencer Stuart.


A Wednesday in Teen Central

Posted on November 19th, 2015 by BPL News in General

Teen CentralWriting workshops; graphic design software; video games; and, of course, books – all this and more is waiting for teens at the Central Library’s Teen Central, which combines the best of traditional library resources with cutting-edge technology, housed in a welcoming, vibrant space. Since opening in February 2015, Teen Central has become the go-to place for area teens to not only read and study but to also learn and use advanced digital software, explore many interests, and hang out with friends.

When Teen Central’s doors open at 9 a.m., teens are already waiting to come in. It is a popular place for teens from nearby high schools to work on homework or relax during their free periods. On the morning of Wednesday, November 4, Kiahna Morales and Diamante Gause, both seniors at Snowden International High School, are studying in Teen Central’s diner-style booths. Kiahna has checked out a laptop – one of Teen Central’s most used resources – and is working on homework for her history class. She says she and Diamante visit Teen Central every day during their free periods to do homework, use the digital lab, and play video games. In the media lounge, a colorful space decorated with vintage video games, another group of teens lounge in bean bag chairs and play NBA 2K on the two eighty-inch monitors. Teens can access over thirty different games to play on Wii U, PS4, and Xbox.

YoungWritersProgramAround 2:30 p.m., as schools are letting out, Teen Central fills up with teens from high schools all over Boston. Each month, librarians offer a number of programs, including technology workshops and author talks. At 3 p.m., librarian Anna Draves hosts the Young Writer’s Program, a weekly event during the month of November which gives teens participating in National Novel Writing Month the chance to write together and exchange tips and tricks. Jordy, a junior at Snowden International, hopes to complete one hundred pages of a horror novel by the end of the month. On this Wednesday, he is using prompt cards to help him gather ideas for his plot. Anna Draves says that the Young Writer’s Program challenges the idea that writing is a solitary activity by bringing teens together to support one another.

At 4 p.m., Teen Central’s Teen Tech Mentors arrive. The Teen Tech Mentor program encourages peer-to-peer learning by training the mentors in the Lab’s TeenTechMentorstechnology – including software for coding, graphic design, 2D animation, and creating and editing movies and music – so they can in turn teach other teens these skills. Fahad Anwar, a freshman at Boston Latin School, and Teneh Exilien, a sophomore at Boston Latin Academy, are the inaugural members of the Teen Tech program. They have completed their month-long training in the lab’s technology and are currently assisting with technology workshops including Tween Tuesdays and helping other teens on a one-on-one basis. In the spring, they will each plan and lead four technology programs of their own. As part of this paid program, Fahad and Teneh will also participate in career trainings and create a resume which highlights their work as mentors. Teneh praises the program for giving teens the opportunity to learn technology through teaching others.

“There is never a dull moment in Teen Central,” says Jessi Snow, Team Leader of Central Library’s Teen Services. “The space is buzzing with activity all day. From the media lounge to the digital lab, from our great collection of books to dedicated space for studying and hanging out, there is something for every teen.”

Ongoing and upcoming Teen Central programs and events include the Anime Society, a Cosplay Design Workshop, and an author talk with young adult author Sister Souljah.

For Teen Central’s hours, visit, and find the full schedule of programs via

Boston Public Library and Digital Commonwealth Renew Partnership to Digitize State Cultural Treasures

Posted on November 19th, 2015 by BPL News in Media Releases
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flower250 Massachusetts Cultural Institutions represented in Digital Commonwealth

Today Boston Public Library announced its renewed partnership commitment with Digital Commonwealth to maintain and expand Digital, which provides access to digital resources of cultural heritage organizations throughout Massachusetts. Collections in Digital include thousands of images, documents, and sound recordings from member institutions which are openly accessible to researchers, students, and the intellectually curious. Boston Public Library’s development of the Digital Commonwealth repository system provides a means of managing and preserving digital collections to ensure they will be accessible to future generations.

“As part of our statewide responsibilities, we are happy to enter the next phase of our relationship with Digital Commonwealth, partnering to ensure Massachusetts’ shared history and culture are not only preserved but made accessible and discoverable by all,” said Boston Public Library President Interim President David Leonard.  Read more »

American Revolution Exhibition Crosses the 100,000 Visitor Mark

Posted on November 19th, 2015 by BPL News in Media Releases

We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence Concludes November 29

On Friday, the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center’s newest exhibition, We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence welcomed its 100,000th visitor since opening in May at the Boston Public Library. The exhibition is the most successful in the Map Center’s history, and has been visited by individuals from 46 states and 51 countries. We Are One closes its doors on November 29 before moving to Colonial Williamsburg in 2016.

“This exhibition has succeeded beyond our wildest expectations,” said Jan Spitz, executive director of the Leventhal Map Center. “Tourists, visitors, scholars and regular Bostonians have flocked here over the last six months, and I think that’s a testament to the rarity and incredible historical value of the items in the collection.”

The 100,000th visitor was Jeremy Asprey of Dorchester. He said he has an interest in history and maps and visits the Map Center’s website regularly, which was where he learned about the exhibition. As the 100,000th visitor he received a free We Are One catalog. Read more »