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Boston Public Library December Author Talks

Posted on November 30th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

Boston Public Library’s December literary events feature topics such as local history, Marshmallow Fluff, all things culinary, and more. Additionally this month, the Library is offering a variety of festive holiday programs for youth and families throughout the system. All can be viewed via www.bpl.org/calendar.

  • Prolific Pan-African author S.A. “Sunny” Abakwue discusses his work and his experiences as an author on Saturday, December 2, at 3 p.m. at the Grove Hall Branch, located at 41 Geneva Avenue in Dorchester.
  • Local author and historian Anthony Sammarco details the fascinating history of Boston’s first department store in his new book, Jordan Marsh: New England’s Largest Store on Monday, December 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the South Boston Branch, and describes Christmas traditions of Boston historically on Tuesday, December 5, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Jody Adams, a James Beard award-winning chef and cookbook author, speaks about her career on Tuesday, December 5, at 6 p.m. at the South End Branch, located at 685 Tremont Street.
  • Marshmallow Fluff was invented in Somerville and has been manufactured in Lynn since the 1950s. In celebration of Marshmallow Fluff’s centennial, Mimi Graney, author of Fluff: The Sticky Sweet Story of an American Icon, presents a fascinating narrative of Boston’s forgotten candy industry on Wednesday, December 6, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Jessica Keener discusses her novel Strangers in Budapest on Thursday, December 7, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square. The talk will be moderated by author Risa Miller.
  • Joe Bagley, City of Boston Archaeologist, shares his findings and discoveries throughout the City on Thursday, December 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Roslindale Branch, located at 4238 Washington Street.
  • Joan M. Blake reads from her book Rise up: How to Overcome Your Battles Utilizing Faith and Belief in God on Saturday, December 9, at 2 p.m. at the Grove Hall Branch, located at 41 Geneva Avenue in Dorchester.
  • Boston Globe reporter Emily Sweeney profiles Boston’s notorious criminals in Gangland Boston and discusses her work on Monday, December 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Adams Street Branch, located at 690 Adams Street in Dorchester.
  • Brian Clements, Alexandra Teague, and Dean Rader, editors of Bullets into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence discuss the work, which brings together poems by dozens of the country’s best poets, and are joined by contributing poets and citizen responders on Wednesday, December 13, at 6 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Local Jamaica Plain authors Amy Hoffman and Michelle Gabow discuss their works; Hoffman, known for her nonfiction writing, will read from The Off Season, her first novel, and Gabow, a playwright and actor, reads from God is a Dog, a collection of short stories. Thursday, December 14, at 6 p.m. at the Jamaica Plain Branch at 30 South Street.
  • Anthony Sammarco gives an intriguing history of Boston’s libraries and how the Brighton Branch came to be on Monday, December 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Brighton Branch, located at 40 Academy Hill Road.

 

About BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-four branches, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit bpl.org.

 

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November Author Talks and Lectures

Posted on October 25th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

Boston Public Library’s November author talks and lectures include events across the system featuring topics such as crime, local art and history, immigration, and more:

  • In Shallow Graves: The Hunt for the New Bedford Highway Serial Killer, investigative reporter and award-winning journalist Maureen Boyle tells the story of a case that has haunted New England for forty years and shares excerpts from her work on Thursday, November 2, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Neil Swidey, a staff writer for Boston Globe Magazine, discusses the uncanny connections between the Trump administration’s anti-immigration rhetoric and the playbook crafted a century ago by a small group of Harvard-educated Boston Brahmin. Thursday, November 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the West End Branch, located at 151 Cambridge Street. This program is sponsored by the Boston Public Library’s Baxter Fund, which promotes programs that will further the commemorative and public understanding of the history of the settlement of and immigration to New England.
  • Paul Lewis, author of A is for Asteroids, Z is for Zombies: A Bedtime Book about the Coming Apocalypse discusses global threats in the spirit of taking these threats seriously while also finding relief from the anxiety they provoke on Saturday, November 4, at 3:30 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Local writer Larry Spotted Crow Mann gives a talk about current issues affecting the Native American community today and discusses his latest book, Drumming and Dreaming: A Collection of Nipmuc Legends on Thursday, November 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Roslindale Branch, located at 4246 Washington Street.
  • Christine Verret spent five years traveling around greater Boston photographing over 420 murals and compiled them in a new book, Boston Murals. She discusses her adventures and shows slides of these colorful additions to the Boston cityscape on Monday, November 13, at 6 p.m. at the Connolly Branch, located at 433 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain.
  • Rosalyn Delores Elder’s book African American Heritage in Massachusetts—Exploring the Legacy: Places and Spaces of Significance tours 741 sites in towns across the Commonwealth that document the contributions of African Americans to our state’s history. Wednesday, November 15, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the Local and Family History Series.
  • Author and historian Anthony Sammarco reveals the fascinating history of Boston’s beloved Jordan Marsh department store on Thursday, November 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Brighton Branch, located at 40 Academy Hill Road.
  • Boston Ballerina is both a memoir of Laura Young’s personal journey and a fascinating account of Boston Ballet’s rise from a regional troupe to the internationally recognized company that it is today. Thursday, November 16 at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Laura Erickson-Schroth, MD, and Laura Jacobs, LCSW-R, authors of You’re in the Wrong Bathroom! And 20 Other Myths and Misconceptions about Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming People discuss their work on Saturday, November 18, at 2 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Local author Stephanie Schorow speaks about her book The Cocoanut Grove Fire and commemorates its 75th anniversary this year on Tuesday, November 28, at 6 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the Local and Family History Series.
  • Sam Allis, Time Magazine‘s former Rome bureau chief, reads from his new historical novel A Hero of Two Worlds on Tuesday, November 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the South End Branch, located at 685 Tremont Street. Part of the South End Writes Series.

 

About BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-four branches, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit bpl.org.

 

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Mayor Walsh and the Boston Public Library Celebrate the $14.7 Million Renovation of the Dudley Branch with a Kick-Off Celebration

Posted on October 23rd, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

dudleyTwo-year closure of the branch for construction begins November 17

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today joined David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library, elected officials and community members to celebrate the kick-off of a $14.7 million renovation of the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library. The renovation of the Roxbury library will require a temporary closure of the branch at the end of library hours on Friday, November 17, with plans to reopen in spring 2020.

“The Dudley Branch Library has been well-loved and well-used for almost 40 years,” said Mayor Walsh. “People in the community have grown up with this library, and members of all ages use their great programming. This renovation will expand the library’s capacity to foster new learning and growth opportunity for more people of the community, for many more years to come.”

Under the leadership of Mayor Walsh, the renovation project is a collaboration between the Boston Public Library, the City of Boston’s Public Facilities Department, and the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture. The architecture firm is Utile, Inc., which has been with the project through design and also worked on the original programming study completed in 2013. Read more »

Boston Public Library Transfers Sound Archives Collection to Internet Archive for Digitization, Preservation, and Public Access

Posted on October 11th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

SoundArchivesBoston Public Library has approved the transfer of significant holdings from its Sound Archives Collection to the Internet Archive, a nonprofit digital library offering permanent access to historical collections for researchers, historians, and the general public. This project will catalog and digitize a major component of the BPL’s Sound Archives Collection, which will be available where rights allow to all for free online upon the project’s completion. The BPL Sound Archives Collection contains the Library’s collection of non-circulating commercial sound recordings in a variety of historical formats, including 78 rpms and LPs. The collection includes American popular music of many genres, including classical, pop, rock, jazz, and opera from the early 1900s on the 78 rpms and through the 1980s on the LPs. The collection has remained in its current state for several decades, in storage, uncataloged and inaccessible to the public.

“Through this innovative collaboration, the Internet Archive will bring significant portions of these sound archives online and to life in a way that we couldn’t do alone, and we are thrilled to have this historic collection curated and cared for by our longtime partners for all to enjoy going forward,” said David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library. Read more »

Mayor Walsh, Boston Public Library Announce New Outreach Manager, Additional Resources for Patrons in Need

Posted on October 6th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

Full-time outreach worker will help provide resources and care to homeless and in need patrons

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the hire of a full-time outreach manager for the Boston Public Library (BPL), who will work as part of a team providing assessment, crisis intervention and intensive case management services to unsheltered individuals drawn to the spaces and resources of the Boston Public Library. The position, which has been in development since June 2017, will be based at BPL’s Central Library in Copley Square, and is funded through the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development and the Boston Public Library, and managed in partnership with Pine Street Inn.

In addition to the outreach manager, additional resources available to patrons will include the hire of a Reference Librarian specializing in Health and Human Services and a recently launched Addiction Recovery Resources in Boston Resource Guide, containing information on substance use and recovery services, and designed for both active users and their loved ones. This guide joins the Boston Public Library’s existing Housing, Health Hunger & Help Resource Guide, both of which were previewed at a recent Library Board Meeting.

“The investment in this newly created position and the resources being made available by our dedicated library staff join a range of citywide resources already helping to support and aid our homeless population in and around our libraries and across the city,” said Mayor Walsh. “These efforts directly support the BPL’s mission of serving everyone.” Read more »