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Asian Pacific Heritage Month

Posted on May 15th, 2014 by admin in General
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kitesMay 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.

Children’s Book Week

Posted on May 15th, 2014 by admin in General
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barbaraThis week marks a special occasion for librarians and young readers alike while the nation celebrates Children’s Book Week from May 12-18. Books for young readers are Barbara Rhodes’ specialty; she has been a BPL librarian for the past 31 years and a children’s librarian in the Jamaica Plain community since 1990. “Jamaica Plain is a wonderful neighborhood with so many library supporters and people who love to read,” she said.

With an influx of young families settling in the area, Barbara sees high attendance numbers at the children’s programs, which are tailored to the youngest library users from 0-6 months and extend to middle and high school aged-youth. “I enjoy working with children at an early age and watch as they grow up – we have a number of teenagers who come in who attended story times as little kids. It’s rewarding to see how the library serves cardholders through various stages of their lives,” she says. In honor of Children’s Book Week, below are book recommendations from Barbara Rhodes, which include her favorites and popular series at the Jamaica Plain Branch:

Dudley Branch Springs Ahead

Posted on April 16th, 2014 by admin in General
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The Dudley Branch has undergone several improvements recently, which include upgrades to the lighting for the interior and exterior, fresh paint in the lobby, security cameras, landscaping, and the addition of a welcoming marquee sign in the front of the building.

And inside the library’s walls, a new staff member dedicated to working with the City’s teen population has the library poised for growth alongside the Dudley Square community. Meet Veronica Koven-Matasy, Teen Librarian, Dudley Branch. Veronica is the newest staff member of the Dudley Branch. She grew up in Dorchester, attended Boston Latin School, and graduated with a degree in classics from Harvard University. After spending a year in England and receiving her degree in library sciences from the University of North Carolina, she returned to the Boston area in 2013 to pursue a career in her hometown. While Veronica initially thought about a career in higher education, she decided the library field was a better fit as times have changed. “The role of libraries has expanded greatly; they offer so many social services and programs other than, of course, books,” she said. As the new teen librarian, Veronica hopes to work closely with teens looking to improve their computer skills. One of her first teen programs coincided with the library’s celebration of Teen Tech Week in which she ran a “Code Your Own Adventure” program that uses the software Twine to design a game that is fun and builds career skills. “I’m excited to make book selections, grow our programs, and especially get to know our library users that are passionate about learning,” she said.

Opening the ‘Dear Boston’ Exhibition

Posted on April 8th, 2014 by Gina Perille in General
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The exhibition Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial opened this week to an appreciative audience and a wide range of well wishers. During the opening program, the speakers included Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Senator Ed Markey as well as Boston Public Library President Amy E. Ryan, New England Museum Association Executive Director Dan Yaeger, and Iron Mountain Director of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Samantha Joseph.

Created in honor of the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon, Dear Boston features select pieces from the makeshift memorial created in Copley Square. The exhibition is organized by a partnership that includes the Boston City ArchivesBoston Art CommissionNew England Museum Association, Boston Public Library, and Iron Mountain. Rainey Tisdale is the curator.

The Dear Boston exhibition is open through May 11. It is part of a larger array of programs offered by the Boston Public Library in honor and commemoration of the 2013 Boston Marathon.

BPL Collections & National Poetry Month

Posted on April 7th, 2014 by admin in General
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shakespeareApril is a busy a month at the Boston Public Library, with many events taking place in honor of National Poetry Month. Today, the library hosts the Boston Shakespeare Sonnet-thon, which takes place in Rabb Lecture Hall from 5-8:30 p.m.

April is also the birth month of William Shakespeare, a favorite of the library. Two Collections of Distinction honor Shakespeare and the arts:

Shakespeare: The BPL holds one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in a public institution focusing on the writings of William Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The collection was the first in the United States to include the first four folios of the collected works of William Shakespeare, as well as some 45 early quarto editions of individual plays, many published during Shakespeare’s lifetime. As the preeminent Shakespeare collection from 19th-century America, this collection of 15,000 volumes is strong in Shakespeare’s most important editions, as well as source material, commentaries, and criticism.

Boston Theater: This collection is the only comprehensive history of Boston theater in the city. It documents the administrative, financial, and performance histories of five Boston theaters from 1794–2003. These theaters are the Federal Street Theatre (1793–1852), the first independent theater in Boston; the Tremont Theatre (1839–1843); the Boston Theatre and Opera House (1852–1856); the Charles Playhouse (1958–2003), the city’s only regional theater; and the Triangle Theater (1980–1988), a gay and lesbian theater. The collection contains programs, playbills, reviews, production material, costume and set designs, and trustees’ meeting minutes, as well as blueprints and construction and site plans.

To learn more about these and other collections, visit www.bpl.org/distinction.