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Women’s History Month

Posted on March 19th, 2015 by Anna Williams in General

SWWMarch is Women’s History Month, and Boston Public Library locations host a variety of events and activities that honor women. Programs Include:

  • Lecture: Writer and educator Desiree Taylor explores the life of former slave Amanda Berry Smith on Saturday, March 21, at 11 a.m. at the Jamaica Plain Branch.
  • Kids Club: Children ages 5 and older read about three female naturalists – Maria Merian, Jane Goodall, and Wangari Maathai – and make a nature journal on Wednesday, March 25, at 4 p.m. at the Jamaica Plain Branch.
  • Crafts: Children ages 4-7 listen to stories and make crafts about women in history on Fridays, March 20 and 27, at 3:30 p.m. in the Children’s Library at the Central Library in Copley Square.
  • Family Art: Children and families listen to stories about artist Frida Kahlo and create artwork in her style on Saturday, March 28, at 3 p.m. in the Children’s Library at the Central Library.
  • Open Mic Night: Share stories and memories of a woman who has made a difference in your life on Monday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Connolly Branch.

You can also explore notable women in history year round by visiting our digitized collections. Highlights include the papers of Emily Dickinson, a rare first of edition of Phillis Wheatley’s Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, the work of book designer Sarah Wyman Whitman, and images of Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart.

The Handel and Haydn Society: Bringing Music to Life for 200 Years Exhibition Opens at BPL

Posted on March 17th, 2015 by Rosemary Lavery in General

1865 postponed concertArchives tell the story of 200 years of music history

The exhibition The Handel and Haydn Society: Bringing Music to Life for 200 Years opens at the Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square in the Cheverus Room on Tuesday, March 24, and runs through Saturday, September 5. The bicentennial exhibition explores Handel and Haydn Society’s long musical history and features original artifacts drawn from H+H’s private archives and the Boston Public Library’s Rare Books & Manuscripts Department, including photographs, program books, newspaper clippings, and other materials dating back to the early 1800s.

“This exhibition is a must-see for classical music fans and admirers of the Handel and Haydn Society. But all visitors with interests in Boston and American history will find a great deal here that is appealing, illuminating, and fun,” said Handel and Haydn Society’s Executive Director and CEO Marie-Hélène Bernard. “It’s perfect for families.” Read more »

Libraries Are for Making: Teen Tech Week at the BPL

Posted on March 6th, 2015 by admin in General
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Basic CMYKWorkshops for teens take place March 9-14

Boston teens are invited to check out a wealth of programs during the Young Adult Library Services Association’s nationally celebrated Teen Tech Week, which takes place March 9-14 with the theme “Libraries Are for Making.” Six neighborhood locations in the Boston Public Library system have events planned, including the Central Library and Grove Hall, Dudley, East Boston, Hyde Park, and Mattapan branches.  Offerings throughout the system range from coding and gaming workshops to learning about the BPL’s digital resources.

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The Central Library’s Teen Central, which opened last month, features a digital lab complete with a 3D printer and more than a dozen software programs to enhance teen’s experiences with technology. A few highlights of BPL programs for Teen Tech Week  include the Central Library’s Digital Lab 3D Design workshop on Wednesday, March 11, at 3 p.m., at 700 Boylston Street and an Hour of Code with the Best Buy Geek Squad on Monday, March 9, at 4 p.m. at the Mattapan Branch, located at 1350 Blue Hill Avenue.  View the complete schedule of events for Teen Tech Week via the BPL calendar.

BPL Celebrates Central Library Renovation: Opening of Johnson Building Second Floor

Posted on February 24th, 2015 by admin in General
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The ribbon cutting for the renovated second floor of the Johnson building took place this past Saturday, February 21, as Mayor Walsh, President Ryan, and  library users celebrated the completion of the first phase of the Central Library Renovation. The new second floor features a new children’s library, teen area, nonfiction collection, reference services, and a community reading area. A key feature in the Children’s Library is an early literacy area for the youngest learners, with a sensory learning wall intended to help children explore the world around them as they grow. In addition to collections for learners of all ages, other features include a story time space, technology and computer area, and a tween nook. Teen Central offers a media room, digital lab, diner-style booths for group work, quiet study space, and of course, teen collections. More than 3,500 visits to the children and teen rooms took place on opening weekend. Phase two of the renovation, to be complete in the summer of 2016, includes improvements to the exterior, first floor, mezzanine, and lower level. Follow project progress via the Compass blog.



Celebrate Black History Month

Posted on February 1st, 2015 by admin in General
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black is 2015 coverOne of the ways the Boston Public Library celebrates Black History Month each February is through the annual publishing of the Black Is booklist, a list of  recent books concerning the African American experience. The list is compiled by a committee of BPL librarians across the system and is organized into the following categories: historical fiction, international, urban, nonfiction, expressions, history and contemporary issues, and fiction. Authors include Steve Harvey, Wendy Williams, Toni Braxton, Oprah Winfrey, and more. Copies of the booklist are available at all Boston Public Library locations across the city.

The BPL also honors Black History Month through a variety of themed programming, including film series and presentations. Highlights include:

  • Film Series: The West End and Lower Mills branches host a Black History Month Film Series on Wednesdays and select Fridays in February.
  • Panel Discussion: Erica DeSimone and Fidel Louis facilitate conversation about their book Voices Beyond Bondage: An Anthology of Verse by African Americans of the 19th Century on Tuesday, February 10, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library.
  • Photo Presentation: Boston-based photojournalist Don West discusses his book Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership, a collection of photographs and profiles on 127 African-American leaders. Thursday, February 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the West End Branch.

To view dates, times, and more information on these and additional programs, please visit the library’s calendar.