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Restoration Work on Art and Science Sculptures

Posted on September 11th, 2014 by admin in General
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Art and Science 4Conservators are currently at work on Bela Pratt’s (1867-1917) stately Art and Science. The two figures – Art holding her brush and palette, Science clasping a globe – were installed in 1912, and have welcomed patrons through the library doors ever since. This restoration project will return the sculptures to their intended appearance.

View an album of vintage and contemporary images of Art and Science on the library’s Facebook page.

The work will occur in phases over two weeks. First, the bronzes and stone bases will be cleaned with an environmentally-friendly soap, and any joints between the base and statue will be re-caulked as needed. Existing coatings of wax will be stripped from the bronze, allowing any areas of discoloration and patina loss to be touched up to match the existing tones. A new protective coating of incralac and wax will complete the restoration. Restoration work occurs periodically in order to preserve the beauty and integrity of these works. This important project is made possible by the Browne Fund. Restoration work on the Bacchante statue in the courtyard will begin later this month.

Further details on the the sculptures can be found on the walking tour section of the BPL website. Visit www.bpl.org/tours for information on the library’s daily art and architecture tours.

Five Book Lists for Readers

Posted on September 8th, 2014 by Anna Williams in General
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For those who are always on the lookout for books to add to their reading lists, these five articles provide suggestions for readers of different ages and interests, including children, bike-lovers, and proud Bostonians. Visit our catalog to find a copy of one of the featured titles to take home or download to an e-reader.

1. This slideshow from Reader’s Digest highlights books that parents and children can enjoy together. From picture books to novels, the titles on this list offer cross generational appeal.

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2.  NPR’s list of bike-themed books is perfect for those who love the combination of bicycles and books as much as we do.

 NPR Bikes

3.Young adult books are no longer just for teens. The Boston Globe reviews four new YA books that readers of all ages will find engrossing.

Boston Globe

4. For Bostonians who want to see their city through a literary lens, this article from Boston Magazine highlights books set in Boston.

Boston Magazine

5. With only 6% of children’s books published in 2012 featuring characters of color, finding diverse books for children can be difficult. NPR‘s list of children’s books with diverse perspectives can help get parents started.

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Read Your Way to Fenway Recap

Posted on August 29th, 2014 by admin in General
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ReadYourWaytoFenway2As 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.

Bibliocycle Rolls through Boston This Summer and Fall

Posted on August 26th, 2014 by admin in General
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Boston Public Library’s newest outreach program, the Bibliocycle – a bike and book trailer – has visited  many community events, farmers 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.

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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.