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What Type of Library User Are You?

Posted on September 17th, 2014 by admin in General
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The Pew Research Center has focused some of their work on studying on the internet, technology, and libraries recently, particularly in relation to library users’ habits, engagement, and experiences. Below are just a few highlights from their research:

  • 72% of all Americans ages 16 and older have either used a public library (in person or via website) in the past 12 months or live in a household where another family member or a child is an active recent user of the library.
  • 80% of Americans under age 30 say that librarians are a “very important” resource for libraries to have.
  • Almost one in five (18%) Americans ages 16-29 have used a mobile device to visit a public library’s website or access library resources in the past 12 months, compared with 12% of those ages 30 and older.
  • 71% of city dwellers say the library is important to them and 59% have library cards — and 69% of suburban residents say the library is important and 61% have library cards.
  • Family and friends are the primary source of book discovery for Americans 16 and older, especially so for suburban (66%) and urban residents (66%). Some 60% of rural residents say they get book recommendations from family and friends. Similarly, city dwellers (25%) and suburbanites (24%) are more likely than rural residents (18%) to have received recommendations from book stores they visit. Residents of all three kinds of communities are equally likely to say librarians and library websites are sources of book recommendations.

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To see more of Pew’s research, visit pewresearch.org/topics/libraries/. To learn how to sign-up for a Boston Public Library card, visit bit.ly/BPLgetcarded. September is national library card sign-up month. Anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Massachusetts can have a Boston Public Library card.

Latino Life Booklist

Posted on September 15th, 2014 by admin in General
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BPLlatinolifecover2014The library celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) annually through publishing the Latino Life booklist, which is a list of recent books concerning the Hispanic experience.

Latino Life 2014 features 55 titles organized into the following sections: biography, expressions, history and contemporary issues, and fiction.  Each book on the list is briefly summarized. This work was performed by a committee of  Boston Public library staff members. Copies of the booklist are available at all Boston Public Library locations across the city.

“This year’s list is quite diverse and has something for everyone; whether it is a book on Cuban poster art, Rosie Perez’s revealing autobiography, or the newest novel by Cristina Henriquez,” said Amy Manson, chair of the Latino Life booklist committee and generalist librarian at the Connolly Branch. The list is useful for not only library users, but also Latino Studies professors and high school teachers who have used the lists with their students throughout the years who have expressed their appreciation for the resource.

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Restoration Work on Art and Science Sculptures

Posted on September 11th, 2014 by admin in General
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Art and Science 4Conservators are currently at work on Bela Pratt’s (1867-1917) stately Art and Science. The two figures – Art holding her brush and palette, Science clasping a globe – were installed in 1912, and have welcomed patrons through the library doors ever since. This restoration project will return the sculptures to their intended appearance.

The work will occur in phases over two weeks. First, the bronzes and stone bases will be cleaned with an environmentally-friendly soap, and any joints between the base and statue will be re-caulked as needed. Existing coatings of wax will be stripped from the bronze, allowing any areas of discoloration and patina loss to be touched up to match the existing tones. A new protective coating of incralac and wax will complete the restoration. Restoration work occurs periodically in order to preserve the beauty and integrity of these works. This important project is made possible by the Browne Fund. Restoration work on the Bacchante statue in the courtyard will begin later this month.

Further details on the the sculptures can be found on the walking tour section of the BPL website. Visit www.bpl.org/tours for information on the library’s daily art and architecture tours.

Five Book Lists for Readers

Posted on September 8th, 2014 by Anna Williams in General
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For those who are always on the lookout for books to add to their reading lists, these five articles provide suggestions for readers of different ages and interests, including children, bike-lovers, and proud Bostonians. Visit our catalog to find a copy of one of the featured titles to take home or download to an e-reader.

1. This slideshow from Reader’s Digest highlights books that parents and children can enjoy together. From picture books to novels, the titles on this list offer cross generational appeal.

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2.  NPR’s list of bike-themed books is perfect for those who love the combination of bicycles and books as much as we do.

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3.Young adult books are no longer just for teens. The Boston Globe reviews four new YA books that readers of all ages will find engrossing.

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4. For Bostonians who want to see their city through a literary lens, this article from Boston Magazine highlights books set in Boston.

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5. With only 6% of children’s books published in 2012 featuring characters of color, finding diverse books for children can be difficult. NPR‘s list of children’s books with diverse perspectives can help get parents started.

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Free Homework Help at the Boston Public Library

Posted on September 3rd, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
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Citywide academic assistance offered to schoolchildren

kidBoston Public Library’s homework help program begins Monday, September 15, offering free drop-in homework help, academic support, and mentoring during the school year. Students across Boston can receive assistance in all K-8 subject areas.

Homework help is offered 2-4 afternoons per week in Boston Public Library branches, depending on location, and is available on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at the Central Library in Copley Square.

“The program is not only a free resource for children needing assistance with school work, but it is also a paid opportunity for teens to gain valuable job experience and share their knowledge with young learners,” said Jessi Snow, Youth Services Coordinator at Boston Public Library. Read more »