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Boston Public Library Announces Playwright in Residence Program

Posted on June 26th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

John J King of Fresh Ink Theatre to develop a play using BPL collections

Boston Public Library announces today its first playwright in residence, John J King, in collaboration with Fresh Ink Theatre Company, a venture in which King will utilize the library’s collections and resources to develop and workshop a new play commissioned by Fresh Ink, with various opportunities for the public to observe and participate in the play’s creation. A public reading of the play will take place in spring 2018.

“The Playwright in Residence program was created to strengthen Boston Public Library’s role in the arts community and enliven the library spaces with creative works that can be enjoyed by library users, visitors, and arts appreciators alike,” said Michael Colford, Director of Library Services for the Boston Public Library.  “We greatly look forward to collaborating with John J King and Fresh Ink to develop an inspiring and entertaining production.”

“This residency perfectly aligns with Fresh Ink’s aim to support local writers, and it also gives a company of our size the resources needed to commission a brand new project,” said Jessie Baxter, Literary Director of Fresh Ink Theatre. “We are eager to develop a piece that focuses on our local community and explores issues that are relevant beyond Boston, and we are grateful for the opportunity to share our mission with a wider audience. John J King is an exciting collaborator and brings so much creativity and vision to this project — we look forward to seeing how his work grows as a result of his time at BPL!” Read more »

Five Couples Exchange Vows in Boston Public Library Wedding Ceremony Giveaway

Posted on June 15th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

wedding2Couples marry in the courtyard of one of Boston’s most historic institutions for free

Boston Public Library hosted the wedding ceremonies of five couples in the first-ever giveaway of this kind on Sunday, June 11, in the iconic Italianate courtyard at the Central Library in Copley Square. Winners were selected via an online lottery held in early 2017.

“Long a much sought-after wedding venue, this initiative offered everyone regardless of economic capacity a chance to have Boston Public Library be a part of their lives on this special occasion,” said David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library. “I extend my thanks to our sponsors whose efforts greatly enhanced these ceremonies and provided lasting memories for the newlyweds.”

“Words cannot express the joy we experienced at our wedding ceremony; this has been a dream come true and we will never forget the kindness that you have shown and how special you have made us feel. Thank you for our fairytale dream wedding!” said newlyweds Aldrich and Wilmar C. Read more »

Read Your Way to Fenway Begins at Boston Public Library

Posted on June 12th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

fenwayYouth ages 5 -17 read and write their way to Fenway Park this summer

Boston Public Library’s annual Read Your Way to Fenway summer reading contest is underway, in which children and teens ages 5-17 read a minimum of three books for a chance to win tickets to watch the Red Sox play at Fenway Park on Sunday, August 27 at 1:35 p.m. vs. the Baltimore Orioles. Readers may download an application in English or Spanish via or pick up an application at any Boston Public Library location.

“Boston Public Library is extremely grateful to our sponsors for their support; Read Your Way to Fenway is an ideal educational program that keeps children invested in reading out of school and provides an opportunity to experience a great summertime tradition at one of America’s most beloved ballparks,” said Farouqua Abuzeit, Youth Services Manager for Boston Public Library.

Essays are due to any BPL location on August 1. Winners, accompanied to the game by a parent or guardian, receive three Red Sox tickets and a Red Sox t-shirt, hat, backpack, and vouchers for food at Fenway Park.

Read Your Way to Fenway is generously sponsored by John Hancock, the Red Sox Foundation, and the Boston Public Library.


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Boston Public Library’s Summer Reading Program for All Ages Begins

Posted on June 8th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

summer reading 2Boston Public Library locations offer summer programs ( for children, teens, and adults, beginning this month and running through August, to provide free, quality educational opportunities for people of all ages in the City of Boston.

“Summer is a wonderful time for our students to explore their City, and that includes the Boston Public Libraries,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “BPL is helping to make summer reading and learning a fun experience that students will look forward to. I encourage all students and parents to take advantage of the important resources that BPL offers.”

“We are extremely grateful to our sponsors for their support, as these significant programs for patrons and visitors encourage reading, learning, and connectivity to the library during the summer months through a variety of fun, enriching events and experiences,” said Farouqua Abuzeit, Boston Public Library’s Manager of Youth Services. Read more »

Boston Public Library Celebrates Pride Month with Inaugural Booklist, Programs in June

Posted on June 1st, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

prideBoston Public Library celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride Month with its first ever “We Are Pride” booklist for children, teens, and adults, and a variety of LGBTQ+ events and programs take place at the Central Library in Copley Square and branch locations across the city. Visit for a complete list of resources. The booklist is available online and at all locations beginning today.

“Boston Public Library is free to all and an inclusive community, and our celebration of Pride Month reflects these essential founding principles that we honor not only in June, but each and every day,” said David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library.

“We Are Pride” is a curated list by Boston Public Library staff of recent books for all ages concerning the diverse experiences of the LGBTQ+ community. The list features fiction and nonfiction, and the categories biography/memoir, expressions, and romance and erotica, in addition to recommended titles for children and teens. Read more »