Posted on December 4th, 2013 by admin in General
Tags: Fun, LEGO
Help Boston Public Library have some fun and vote for the BPL as the Boston landmark you’d most like to see built out of LEGO bricks.
Boston Public Library was recently named one of ten finalists in a fun Facebook contest put on by Legoland Discovery Center Boston. The landmark with the most votes will be constructed out of LEGO bricks in a Boston MINILAND display (a city made entirely of LEGO bricks) in conjunction with the Legoland Discovery Center’s opening in May 2014.
Votes are being collected through December 13.
CLICK HERE to vote.
Posted on November 21st, 2013 by admin in Media Releases
Adams Street, South End, and Central Library in Copley Square to host
Throughout December, Boston Public Library will host author talks at the Central Library in Copley Square and branch locations. Author appearances include:
- Author David Misch draws from his work Funny: The Book – Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Comedy as he presents “The History of Ha!,” a survey of comedy and everything funny that’s ever happened. Tuesday, December 3, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Read more »
Posted on November 19th, 2013 by admin in Media Releases
Digital Public Library of America and Internet Archive share vision to increase access
Boston Public Library (BPL) has two partners-in-residence at its Copley Square location that represent a continuing, collaborative commitment to expanding information access to all. The Internet Archive and Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) operate on the third floor of the BPL’s Johnson Building at 700 Boylston Street. The partners are located near Boston Public Library’s technical services team, enabling strategic proximity to the library’s digital resources. Read more »
Posted on November 18th, 2013 by admin in General
Tags: Inside BPL Collections
Boston Public Library’s Collections of Distinction feature historical marvels from around the world, including thousands of items that date back to as early as the 10th century. Among the collections are incuanbula, or “incunables,” which are books printed from the time that Johann Gutenberg perfected moveable types, sometime between 1440–1445 until January 1, 1501. The term comes from the Latin for “things from the cradle,” i.e., the cradle of printing. The incunables have stood the test of time – books of this age were printed on 100% rag paper and look as crisp and white today as the day they were printed, even though they are more than 500 years old.
The two earliest titles in the library’s collection of incunabula are attributed to Johann Gutenberg – a leaf from the Gutenberg Bible, printed between 1454-1455, and Catholicon, printed in 1460. The latter is one of only 12 copies located in the United States and the only one printed on vellum (calfskin).
Additional treasures in the collection:
- Nuremberg Chronicle (1493), the first encyclopedic history of the world
- Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (1499) printed by Aldus Manutius
- Divina Commedia (1481) by Dante Alighieri with etchings by Sandro Botticelli
- early editions of The Golden Legend and Canterbury Tales
- the famous Columbus letter (1493) written to Isabella and Ferdinand documenting Columbus’ discoveries of the New World
- a unique copy of an early Spanish Passion printed in Burgos in 1493
- writings of Eusebius, Boccaccio, Martialis, and Thomas Aquinas
Visit the Collections of Distinction page to learn more.
Posted on November 4th, 2013 by admin in Media Releases
New exhibition features colonial North America treasures created in Boston
The exhibition Made in Boston opens at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library on Friday, November 8. This exhibition brings together, for the first time in decades, a majority of maps made in Boston in the century before the American Revolution.
“Made in Boston is a significant contribution to the history of American map making and printing; each map details this historic time period and brings to life the unique stories of colonial Bostonians and people throughout North America,” said Ronald Grim, Curator of Maps. Read more »