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BPL Reunites North End Fence with Blacksmith’s Family

Posted on August 8th, 2014 by admin in General
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Desktop135As reported in the July 29 edition of the North End Regional Review, Boston Public Library is reuniting a treasured fence to the family of the blacksmith who constructed it decades ago.

An ornate iron fence surrounded the property of the North End Branch until 2007, when it was taken down in conjunction with the branch renovation to create garden space. The fence is in excellent condition and has been carefully stored in the basement of the Central Library in Copley Square ever since.

The library was contacted by the family of the blacksmith who built it and requested to have it returned to honor his memory. Today, the family of George D’Addario visited the library to take it home.

“It’s an honor to help reunite the D’Addario family with a piece of their history. Libraries help people research families and facts each day, but it is rare to be involved in producing such tangible results,” said Christine Schonhart, Director of Library Services, Branches.

North End Fence

Family members of George D’Addario visit the Central Library in Copley Square pick up a fence that was crafted by one of their ancestors. Christine Schonhart (at center), the library’s director of library services, branches, gives them a helping hand.

Meet a Bibliocycle Librarian

Posted on July 28th, 2014 by admin in General
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Emily Meyer, the children’s librarian at the Uphams Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library, recently completed her first stop with the Bibliocycle at the Dudley Town Farmer’s Market. This summer, the Biblocycle travels throughout Boston’s neighborhood to serve the city’s residents where are – out and about. View the complete schedule of stops at www.bpl.org/community.

Why did you want to get involved in this outreach effort?IMG_3920

I want the chance to interact with people I don’t normally see in my library; they might not know what libraries can offer or where branches are located. Seeing new faces and hopefully making them into regular library users is one of the program’s big goals.

What has the reaction been so far?

People are excited – we had kids ride over here with us and cars honked in support the whole way. This is a new and a different form of library service.

How long have you been biking and what do you like about it?
I’ve been biking since early childhood and biked as a means of transportation during college. Now I mostly bike for recreation on the bike paths in and around the city.  I’m hoping through participating in this program I will become more comfortable with urban biking and start using my bike to get to work when the weather is nice. My favorite things about biking are the exercise benefits and the ability to avoid getting stuck in traffic.

What do you hope the program accomplishes?

We hope this brings our outreach efforts to a new level through reaching people where they are; whether they don’t have the time to visit a location or the hours don’t work for them. As we get a better idea of what they need and are looking for, we can tailor our services both with our outreach and our branch programs.

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.

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.