Posted on July 10th, 2014 by Gina Perille in General
Tags: Bibliocycle, Boston Bikes, BPLBibliocycle, Outreach
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.
Posted on June 7th, 2014 by Gina Perille in General
Tags: #BostonPride, Back Bay, Copley Square, flags, Pride
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.
Posted on June 3rd, 2014 by admin in General
Tags: Dorchester, East Boston, Grove Hall, Mattapan, Seed, seed libraries, SeedShare, SeedShareBos
The Mattapan, Grove Hall, and East Boston branches have extended their collections far beyond books and now offer a SeedShare program as the gardening season is well underway. Those with green thumbs or beginners may choose from a variety of seeds and borrow up to five packets to grow flowers or vegetables in their gardens. Boston Natural Areas Network hosts workshops at the branches on planting, caring for, and extracting seeds to donate back to the branches. The program is a partnership between the City of Boston Office of Food Initiatives, Greenovate Boston, Boston Natural Areas Network, and Boston Public Library. Visit or call any of the participating branches for more information. A fun fact: the first seed to be borrowed from the Mattapan Branch was morning glory.
Posted on May 21st, 2014 by admin in General
Tags: Children and Teens, East Boston, youth services
Youth Services Librarian, East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library
As the youth services librarian for the East Boston Branch, Angela works with the large population of children and teens who visit the library to do homework, check out books, and participate in the library’s growing programs for youth. “We’ve had a steady stream of children and teens who come in after school and say, ‘So what are we doing today?’ They are very active library users and want to take advantage of our programs,” she said. Born in Bolivia, Angela frequented libraries after coming to the United States and was grateful for the access to free services, which influenced her decision to become a librarian and help others in a similar way.
Programs and Community Outreach Librarian, East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library
Now in her sixth year of service at the Boston Public Library, Julia develops programming for the East Boston Branch and works with community organizations to bring people of all ages to the new branch. “Library users are really enjoying the new building and people who haven’t been to a library in a while are stunned at its beauty. Everyone is invited to enjoy the new space and utilize the services,” she said. ESL groups, author talks, bookmaking workshops, and exhibitions featuring local artists are examples of program ideas she has received thus far, and she encourages users to share ideas with library staff. “My job is very rewarding; I love interacting with patrons and helping them find what they are looking for. And the best part is that all our services are free.”
Branch Librarian, East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library
“My favorite part of being a librarian is building connections and relationships with people who walk through our doors,” says Margaret, who has been a librarian for 21 years. The East Boston Branch is still quite new. The feedback on the building and services continues to be positive and happy. “People who haven’t been to a library in a long time are coming in and want to be a part of something new and exciting for this community. They come in, look around, and then stay for a while. We’re a very active branch and I know we’ll keep growing,” she says.
Posted on May 15th, 2014 by admin in General
Tags: arts, Children and Teens, Fun, Map Center
May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month and Boston Public Library is hosting numerous events to honor traditions that celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander heritage. In addition to the events, the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library features the City of Neighborhoods: The Changing Face of Boston exhibition that examines the diversity of Boston and shows a strong Asian presence in the City. Based on recent census data, over 18,000 Bostonians were born in China, and nearly 9% of Boston’s total population is of Asian descent.
The following locations host activities for various ages this month and select programs are held continually throughout the year:
- Anime Clubs: Join teens weekly at the Central Library on Fridays from 3-4:30 p.m. or Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. at the Hyde Park Branch for a feature film or episode from an Anime series.
- Brush Painting with the MFA: Explore the unique style of painting on rice paper with educators from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Using sumi ink and bamboo brushes, create your own masterpiece mounted on a scroll. For children ages six and up at several branch locations.
- Koinobori Kite-making Craft: The Uphams Corner and Fields Corner branches host workshops on Wednesday, May 21 and Tuesday, May 27. Koinobori, or fish-shaped wind socks (above), are a traditional symbol of Kodomo no Hi, or Children’s Day in Japan.
- Manga Workshops: Artist Shauna Leva teaches participants how to draw cartoon bodies and faces in the popular Japanese style of Anime and Manga. For children and teens at select library locations.
- Origami Club: Children ages 4-7 explore the art of Japanese paper folding monthly at the Central Library in Copley Square.
For information on more programs, visit www.bpl.org/calendar.