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July Literary Events at Boston Public Library Locations

Posted on July 1st, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
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Desktop219Central Library and six branches to host

Boston Public Library locations host a variety of author talks for people of all ages this month. Highlights include Revolutionary War-themed talks, children’s story times, Emmy-award winning Cokie Roberts, and more:

  • Author and illustrator Matt Tavares visits six locations in July, speaking about his book Growing Up Pedro and facilitating a drawing session for ages 7 and up.
  • Rosana Y. Wan discusses The Culinary Lives of John & Abigail Adams: A Cookbook on Monday, July 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the West Roxbury Branch, located at 1961 Centre Street. Part of the BPL’s Revolutionary War initiative, which marks the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act crisis.
  • South End author Irene Smalls reads from her books, tells stories, and shows children, parents, and caregivers how to combine reading with healthy exercise on Wednesday, July 8, at 10:30 a.m. at the South End Branch, located at 685 Tremont Street.
  • Alan R. Hoffman, the translator of Lafayette in America in 1824 and 1825: A Firsthand Account of Lafayette’s Farewell Tour of America, brings expert insight into the Marquis and his farewell tour of America on the same week as the historic arrival of the replica of Lafayette’s frigate Hermione to Boston Harbor. Thursday, July 9, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the BPL’s Revolutionary War initiative, which marks the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act crisis, and the Local & Family History Series, which shares information about the history of Boston and its diverse neighborhoods.
  • South End resident Alison Barnet shares her collection of columns from South End News about the people and places in her neighborhood on Thursday, July 9, at 2 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the Never Too Late Series, one of the country’s oldest, continuously running groups for seniors.
  • Local children’s author Carla Marrero reads from her books and leads the audience in a craft during Family Night Story Time on Tuesday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the South End Branch, located at 685 Tremont Street.
  • Frances Driscoll, author of The Swan Boat Ride, takes children back in time as she remembers when her grandmother took her for a ride on the swan boats in the Boston Public Garden. Monday, July 20, at 1 p.m. at the South End Branch, located at 685 Tremont Street.
  • Cokie Roberts details her books Founding Mothers, Ladies of Liberty, and Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington on Tuesday, July 21, at 6 p.m. in the Abbey Room at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the2015 Lowell Lecture Series, which explores social, political, cultural, and economic themes related to the American Revolutionary War era.
  • Dina Vargo brings to light the remarkable stories of audacious reformers, socialites, and criminals who made Boston what it is today in Wild Women of Boston: Mettle and Moxie in the Hub on Thursday, July 23, at 2 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the Never Too Late Series, one of the country’s oldest, continuously running groups for seniors.

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Central Library Renovation Profiles: David Kiersh, Youth Technology Coordinator, Teen Central

Posted on June 30th, 2015 by admin in General

David KiershDavid Kiersh was brought on as a member of the Central Library’s Teen Central staff in March 2015 in order to help teens take full advantage of the technology available in the digital lab.

What is your role in Teen Central?

When teens come in to the space and are interested in making something, my role is to help them access and understand the technology that will allow them to do that. Traditionally, people came to libraries to learn through reading; now, a big part of learning is doing. Because computers are such a large part of our world, teens need to understand how to create things with technology to succeed in college and jobs. The Teen Central Lab has free technology that many teens don’t have access to otherwise, and we can show them how to explore and use it.

What technologies are in the Teen Central Lab?

IMG_05460The Lab has all the tools a professional designer uses in the workplace to create digital artwork, including the latest versions of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. There are tools for web design, coding, and 2D animation as well, including Flash and Fireworks. For teens who want to make movies we have Final Cut Pro, which is used by professionals in the movie making industry. We also have GarageBand and FL Studio, two great programs for recording and mixing music. Teens can also use 3D design software and then print their creation with the MakerBot 3D printer.

What technology-themed programs do you offer in Teen Central?

We offer classes on all of these technologies. The Teen Librarians are also on hand whenever a teen comes in and wants to learn and explore. We are responsive to what teens are interested in and build programs based on that. Technology is constantly changing, and when new products and programs arise, we will provide access to those technologies and hold programs to help teens learn how to use them.

IMG_005536How do teens use the new Teen Central space?

Every teen is unique, and Teen Central has something for everyone. We’ve had kids come in who are taking college classes in graphic design and need to use the Lab for homework, while some just want to learn how to use the technology in general. Others have a YouTube channel and they use our camera to create a video and then edit it with our software. Some work with Anime Studio to make their own manga. Teens also come to check out laptops to browse the internet or do homework. They hang out with friends, play video games, and watch movies in the media lounge. We also have quiet spaces for teens who want to read or study. Teen Central is their home away from home.

What has most surprised you about the public’s reaction to Teen Central?  

Teens get excited about the potential for what they can do here. Teen Central is not only a beautiful space but it’s also a useful space. Teens can create things and share what they’ve made. They have the freedom to explore books and technology. Teen Central can support any teen’s interests.

Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square Closed July 12-14, 2015

Posted on June 29th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
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The Central Library in Copley Square located at 700 Boylston Street will be closed Sunday, July 12, 2015 – Tuesday, July 14, 2015 for electrical work related to the Central Library Renovation. During this time the Boston Public Library (BPL) is requesting that patrons visit one of the BPL’s 24 branch locations for library services, or access electronic resources such as e-books, streaming media, and digital magazines. The Central Library will reopen on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.

Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-four branches, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit



Posted on June 24th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
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East Boston, Honan-Allston, and Mattapan Branch Visits Scheduled

danielleBoston Public Library and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture announce branch visits by the City of Boston’s Poet Laureate, Danielle Legros Georges, who will travel to Boston Public Library locations this summer to meet and engage with aspiring and practicing poets throughout the city. Interested participants can bring examples of their work for discussion, or questions and comments for the Poet Laureate Program.

“The drop-in workshops from such a highly accomplished poet are a unique learning opportunity to develop one’s skills and celebrate creativity and the arts in the City of Boston,” said Christine Schonhart, Boston Public Library’s Director of Library Services for the Branches.

The following visits take place in Boston Public Library branches:

  • Saturday, June 27, from 2 – 4 p.m. at the East Boston Branch, located at 365 Bremen Street.
  • Saturday, July 25, from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Mattapan Branch, located at 1350 Blue Hill Avenue.
  • Saturday, August 8, from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Honan-Allston Branch, located at 300 North Harvard Street.

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Posted on June 23rd, 2015 by admin in Media Releases

Second phase item-by-item inventory of Print Department underway

Today, the Boston Public Library announced the results of the Print Department Report, a BPL commissioned year-long external review of the BPL Print Collection. Launched in June 2014 and conducted by Simmons College Professor Dr. Martha Mahard, the four-volume report evaluates inventory control and the current physical arrangement of the collection’s 320,000 items, and makes recommendations on how to improve intellectual control and organization of the Print Department assets moving forward. The report covers the need for improved record keeping, primarily from artwork acquired in the latter half of the last century, when new acquisitions outpaced proper documentation and organization.

Upon completion of the project in June 2015, BPL commissioned Dr. Mahard to conduct an item-by-item inventory of the Print Department, which includes 200,000 prints and 120,000 chromolithographs. Launched on June 8, the inventory will inform the next phase of Print Collection improvements.

“The Print and Special Collections play an essential role in the library fulfilling its mission as a center of knowledge,” said Michael Colford, BPL Director of Library Services. “This Print Department Report gives BPL a detailed look into how the library can be the best steward of these 320,000 works going forward. BPL is already taking steps to act on these recommendations, and will continue to use the report as the blueprint for additional improvements in the Print Department.” Read more »