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Boston Public Library Celebrates National Library Card Sign-up Month

Posted on August 28th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
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Boston Public Library celebrates Library Card Sign-up Month in September, a time when libraries across the country remind children, teens, and adults about the power of their library card.

“Our libraries are invaluable resources for community members and play a critical role in furthering the education of our residents,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I encourage Bostonians to take advantage of the free services the library system provides and sign up for a card.”

Sign up for a Boston Public Library card can be done in person at Boston Public Library locations across the city with a photo ID and proof of current residence. For immediate access to the library’s digital resources, many people start with a Boston Public Library e-card via www.bpl.org/ecard. An e-card opens the door to free e-books and audiobooks; streaming music, television, and video; digital magazines, online language learning programs, career resources, and more. Read more »

‘Back to School: Geography in the Classroom’ Exhibition Opens September 2

Posted on August 26th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
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Norman B. Leventhal Map Center examines the evolution of geographic education

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The exhibition Back to School: Geography in the Classroom opens at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library on Tuesday, September 2, and runs through January 25, 2015. The exhibition, curated by assistant curator Stephanie Cyr, focuses on the variety of formats used to engage American schoolchildren in the late 18th to 20th centuries to develop their geographic skills.

Traditionally viewed as an essential subject for boys’ and girls’ education, geography was taught to American children in primary school, and to young adults studying in high school and college settings. In this display of 40 maps, globes, games, atlases and related objects, the evolution of geographic education is examined through observing visual aids used by teachers in the classroom and viewing unique student-produced geography projects dating back hundreds of years. Read more »

September Author Talks and Lectures at Boston Public Library Locations

Posted on August 21st, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
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beeLocal authors, historians, and bestselling writers on the schedule

Boston Public Library will host author talks and a range of lectures during the month of September. Highlights from across the library system include:

• Bestselling author Sue Miller will read from her new novel The Arsonist on Tuesday, September 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the South End Branch at 685 Tremont Street. Part of the South End Writes series.

• City Archaeologist Joe Bagley explores how the 30,000 artifacts discovered at recent dig sites shed light on over three centuries of daily life in the North End on Wednesday, September 10, at 6 p.m. in the Abbey Room at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Read more »

Boston Public Library Serves Historical and Cultural Institutions Across Massachusetts

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
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Library for the Commonwealth service increases access to digitization

mapUnder the designation as Library for the Commonwealth, Boston Public Library serves all residents of Massachusetts and offers free resources to public libraries and other historical, cultural, and educational institutions across the state. Since 2011, the library has worked to digitize and preserve collections from 145 organizations in nearly 100 towns across Massachusetts. These digitized items will be shared online via DigitalCommonwealth.org, which is a BPL-built and maintained repository and portal where statewide collections will reside for future generations to discover.

“Massachusetts is a state with a deep and rich history. Our goal with this service is to broadly share Boston’s diverse collections alongside the treasures of other organizations throughout the Commonwealth,” said Amy E. Ryan, President of Boston Public Library. Read more »

Seven Ways to Sync with the Boston Public Library This Summer

Posted on July 31st, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
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Boston Public Library’s collections can be easily accessed from home, a local coffee shop, or even the beach. Anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Massachusetts can have a Boston Public Library card. Many residents of the Commonwealth start with an e-card, available online at www.bpl.org/ecard, which grants immediate access to the BPL’s digital resources.

Here are seven ways to sync with the Boston Public Library’s collections and services this summer – all while on the go:

1. Download e-books. Search for e-books – including Kindle titles – and audiobooks in the Boston Public Library’s catalog alongside printed books. Watch a brief tutorial about how to download the books to your e-reader, computer, or mobile device via www.bpl.org/collections/downloadable.htm. Read more »