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What is Boston reading?

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by Gina Perille in General
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If you’re building a summer reading list, you might be interested in knowing what some of the most often borrowed titles are in the Boston Public Library collection. We publish a list each month of the top e-book, nonfiction, and fiction titles, as well the most popular DVDs.

Top e-books, June 2014

  1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynnread
  2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  3. Black Box by Michael Connelly
  4. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  5. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
  6. Inferno by Dan Brown
  7. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
  8. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  9. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
  10. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

And last week, we asked the library’s social media followers what they were reading this summer. There were so many responses that we made two lists: here and here.

P.S. Did you know that Boston Public Library has 34,000 e-book titles for you to choose from? They’re all in our catalog.

Bibliocycle Rolls Out Successfully

Posted on July 10th, 2014 by Gina Perille in General
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Boston Public Library’s Bibliocycle had a successful launch. This librarian-powered outreach program is offered in partnership with Boston Bikes, which is part of the City of Boston’s Transportation department. Look for the Bibliocycle at farmer’s markets, fairs, and other community events throughout the city. Features of the program include library card sign-up, book checkout, demonstrations of Boston Public Library’s digital resources, and help with reference questions.

“This initiative gives the library the opportunity to expand our reach and to connect with communities throughout the city. Through efforts like the Bibliocycle, Boston Public Library team members can meet people where they already are, which is out and about in the neighborhoods,” said Katrina Morse, program organizer and generalist librarian at the Grove Hall Branch. “Some of these residents may not otherwise visit a library location in their neighborhood, and that is who we would like to connect with the most.”

Read Boston Magazine’s coverage: The Bibliocycle Will Bring You Books by Bike

Read BostInno’s coverage: This Bicycle-Library Hybrid is Coming to a Boston Neighborhood Near You

Read Boston.com’s coverage: Boston Public Library Goes Mobile with ‘Bibliocycle’

The mobile collection of up to 50 books includes new releases, bestsellers, cooking, gardening, picture books, and bike repair titles. On select dates, Boston Bikes team members will accompany librarians in order to provide bike and healthy living tips.

“With Bibliocycle, Boston Bikes is excited to integrate biking into everyday life. It is a great way for us to inspire healthy minds and healthy bodies throughout the city,” said Nicole Freedman, director of bicycle programs for the City of Boston.

BPL’s Bibliocycle travels to neighborhoods throughout the summer and into the fall. The complete schedule of Bibliocycle visits can be found at bpl.org/community. The checkout limit is 10 items per person. Fines and book returns are not handled by the Bibliocycle team. Those have to be taken care of at one of Boston Public Library’s many brick-and-mortar locations.

Jon Ramos and Brian Pace constructed the trailer display.

Mayor Walsh Launches Innovative Mobile Reading Initiatives across Boston

Posted on July 8th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
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CITY OF BOSTON. Office of the Mayor, Martin J. Walsh

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, July 8, 2014703bike

BOSTON – Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the launch of the Boston Public Library’s Bibliocycle, and the re-launch of ReadBoston’s Storymobile, now in its nineteenth year. Both programs use a human-powered bicycle with an attached trailer to make their services mobile, and will be pedaling through Boston’s neighborhoods this summer.

“The Bibliocycle and Storymobile are innovative ways to reimagine libraries, and promote reading and learning across all generations,” said Mayor Walsh. “These services will keep kids reading through the summer and help to prevent summertime learning loss, while expanding library accessibility for adults.”

Boston Public Library’s Bibliocycle

The Bibliocycle is a partnership between the Boston Public Library (BPL) and Boston Bikes that will enable the library to take its free offerings to the streets in a friendly, active way. Features of the Bibliocycle program include library card sign up, book checkout, demonstrations of BPL’s digital resources, and help with reference questions. The mobile collection of up to 50 books includes new releases, bestsellers, cooking, gardening, picture books, and bike repair titles. The checkout limit is 10 items per person.

The Bibliocycle will travel to markets, fairs, and neighborhood events throughout the summer and fall to serve city residents, and the complete schedule can be found at bpl.org/community. On select dates, Boston Bikes team members will accompany librarians in order to provide bike and healthy living tips.

The Bibliocycle team is not equipped to handle fines and book returns, and patrons will need to visit one of BPL’s many brick-and-mortar locations to complete that type of transaction. Read more »

Boston Public Library’s Summer of Opportunities for Youth Begins

Posted on June 11th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
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Free activities for children and teens at library locations across the city fizz

Boston Public Library’s summer programs for youth (www.bpl.org/summer) begin this month, marking a summer of opportunity and imagining the future for young Bostonians.

All programs offered are free and are designed to educate and entertain young people while they are out of school. “The summer months are an optimal time to provide children and teens with opportunities to develop their interests and engage in programs that are both fun and educational,” said Jessi Snow, Youth Services Coordinator for the Boston Public Library system.

“Fizz Boom Read” programs for children include crafts, workshops, and games that explore science, nature, history, and books. Kids at Boston Public Library locations will receive visits from Boston Nature Center, Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, ReadBoston, Countdown to Kindergarten, USS Constitution Museum, and more. Read more »

Boston Public Library Shows #BostonPride

Posted on June 7th, 2014 by Gina Perille in General
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In honor of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) month, four rainbow flags fly on the front of the Central Library’s historic McKim Building in Copley Square. The rainbow flag was first used to symbolize gay pride and diversity by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker and the original was hand-dyed. It first flew in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade on June 25, 1978. (Source: bostonpride.org)

The 2014 Pride parade takes places on Saturday, June 14, and begins in Copley Square.

Visit the library’s calendar to find LGBT programs during June, including a film series at the West End Branch and a series of programs for teens.