Posted on August 29th, 2014 by admin in General
Tags: Children and Teens, Foundation, Fun, Red Sox, summer programs, youth services
As part of the 19th annual Read Your Way to Fenway contest, close to 500 young people won 3 tickets for themselves and a parent or guardian to the August 24th Red Sox game versus the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park. The winners also received a Red Sox hat, shirt, and bag and a voucher for a Fenway Frank and a soda or water. To enter the contest, youth between the ages of 5 and 17 read 3 books and submitted an essay about their favorite to any Boston Public Library location.
Children’s and teen librarians across the Boston Public Library system selected a top essay for each library library location — 25 in all — and of those top twenty-five, six were randomly chosen as grand prize winners. The writers of those six essays were honored on the field in a pre-game ceremony. These winners included Kathleen He from the Brighton Branch, Oliver Fox from the West End Branch, Raymond Baez of the Egleston Square Branch, Cooper Santamato from the Central Library, Joshua Ortiz from the Hyde Park Branch, and Jasmine Wong Wynot of the Honan-Allston Branch.
Read Your Way to Fenway not only encourages kids and teens to stay engaged with reading during the summer months but also provides the opportunity to cheer on the home team. The program is made possible by the Boston Public Library Foundation, John Hancock, the Boston Red Sox Foundation, and Aramark.
Posted on August 26th, 2014 by admin in General
Tags: Bibliocycle, BPLBibliocycle, Fun, Outreach
Boston Public Library’s newest outreach program, the Bibliocycle – a bike and book trailer – has visited many community events, farmer’s markets, and fairs this past summer and will continue through September. Massachusetts residents can sign up for a Boston Public Library card, borrow books, see demonstrations of the library’s digital resources, and more when the Bibliocycle visits. Recent visits include the Uphams Corner Street Fair, ParkScience Children’s Festival in Franklin Park, and the Family Nurturing Center’s Back to School Backpack event in Dorchester.
To date, the Bibliocycle program has more than 450 visitors, book checkouts in a variety of genres, library card signups, story times, and seedshare packets distributed. Librarians are taking note of the types of popular books checked out in order to adjust what they bring to an event, given the Bibliocycle has a limit to how many items it can safely carry.
“It is incredibly rewarding to help find new ways to bring the library’s services to the residents of Boston, while at the same time encouraging them to consider the bicycle as a means of transportation and exercise,” said Katrina Morse, Program Organizer and Generalist Librarian, Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library.
Visit www.bpl.org/community for the complete schedule of events or the BPL’s collection of Bibliocycle photos on Flickr.
Posted on August 8th, 2014 by admin in General
Tags: branches, North End
As 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.
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.
Posted on July 28th, 2014 by admin in General
Tags: Bibliocycle, BostonBikes, BPLBibliocycle, Outreach
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?
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.