Posted on October 29th, 2014 by Anna Williams in General
Tags: #KeepReading, books, Boston
The chilly temperatures and darker days make fall the perfect time to curl up with a good book. The following lists have plenty of ideas to keep readers of all interests busy throughout autumn and into the winter. Find a copy of one of the titles to take home or download to an e-reader via our catalog.
1. Just in time for Halloween, here’s a list from Oprah.com of best-selling authors’ favorite spine-tingling tales.
2. For readers who have already devoured all the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Nathaniel Hawthorne, this list from Buzzfeed has great suggestions for modern books that are reminiscent of the classics.
3. Kirkus Review‘s list of books that readers can complete in a day is perfect for book-lovers who have trouble finding the time to finish a lengthy novel.
4. When looking for a good book, who better to turn to than your fellow Bostonians? Here are the top-ten most borrowed fiction books in the Boston Public Library‘s collection for the month of September.
Posted on October 9th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
Tags: arts, culture, Exhibitions, Inside BPL Collections
Exhibition displays correspondence of Oscar Wilde, Edwin Austin Abbey, Bram Stoker
The exhibition Purloined Letters: Literary Correspondence and its Unintended Recipients opens in the Special Collections Lobby at the Central Library in Copley Square on Wednesday, October 15. Purloined Letters features an array of rare and important purloined, or stolen, letters written by revered literary figures. Also in October, a bronze bust of Edgar Allan Poe will be unveiled at the library, honoring the Boston-born poet, author, and critic.
“Purloined Letters gives us the rare opportunity to delve deeper into the lives of the writers and learn more about them than, in many cases, their published works may reveal,” said Susan Glover, Keeper of Special Collections at the Boston Public Library. Read more »
Posted on October 7th, 2014 by admin in General
Tags: Dorchester, East Boston, Grove Hall, Mattapan, SeedShare, SeedShareBos
Boston Public Library launched its pilot SeedShare program this past summer, debuting at the the Mattapan, Grove Hall, and East Boston branches. Over the course of the summer, Boston Natural Areas Network held workshops on gardening basics and most recently, saving and storing seeds for future use. In total, 300 seed packets were borrowed and more than 100 people attended the gardening workshops. The most popular seeds at Grove Hall were were cucumber, basil, and greens of all kinds. Seed packets were also available via the Bibliocycle that made its debut this summer as well.
The Mattapan Branch has four garden beds in the back of the building and over the course of many months, library users cleared, prepped, planted, maintained, and harvested vegetables to take home. “Families and teens come back and tell me all about their mini gardens; some are dying, some are thriving, but it is all about doing something new and learning,” said Caren Rosales, Teen Librarian at the Mattapan Branch.
The program is a partnership between the City of Boston Office of Food Initiatives, Greenovate Boston, Boston Natural Areas Network, and Boston Public Library. The library encourages all who borrowed seeds to return a few for next season; and of course, happy harvesting.