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Purloined Letters Exhibition Opens, Edgar Allan Poe Bust Revealed at Boston Public Library

Posted on October 9th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
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Desktop149Exhibition displays correspondence of Oscar Wilde, Edwin Austin Abbey, Bram Stoker

The exhibition Purloined Letters: Literary Correspondence and its Unintended Recipients opens in the Special Collections Lobby at the Central Library in Copley Square on Wednesday, October 15. Purloined Letters features an array of rare and important purloined, or stolen, letters written by revered literary figures. Also in October, a bronze bust of Edgar Allan Poe will be unveiled at the library, honoring the Boston-born poet, author, and critic.

“Purloined Letters gives us the rare opportunity to delve deeper into the lives of the writers and learn more about them than, in many cases, their published works may reveal,” said Susan Glover, Keeper of Special Collections at the Boston Public Library. Read more »

Renovation of the Central Library in Copley Square Progressing

Posted on October 6th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
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renoOctober 21 roundtable offers public the opportunity to see the project model

As renovations continue at Boston Public Library’s Copley Square location, library users and other interested members of the public are invited to a roundtable meeting for an update on the project and a look ahead to future improvements planned. The renovation roundtable will take place on Tuesday, October 21, at 6 p.m. in the Guastavino Room at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.

On display will be the three-dimensional model of the renovated library created by architects from William Rawn Associates Architects, Inc. Library staff members will be on hand to provide an overview of the project and answer questions. The first phase of the renovation, which includes a new children’s library, teen area, nonfiction collections, reference services, and community reading area is on track to be completed in March 2015. The second phase of the renovation, scheduled for completion in the summer of 2016, includes improvements to the first floor, mezzanine, lower level, and exterior of the Johnson building, which opened in 1972 and faces Boylston Street. Read more »

East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library Awarded Prestigious LEED® Green Building Certification

Posted on September 30th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
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EBleedToday Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that the East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library earned LEED Gold certification. Established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute, LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is the world’s foremost certification program for the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of green buildings.

“The City of Boston is committed to green design practices and eco-friendly development,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “By earning LEED Gold certification, the state-of-the art East Boston branch demonstrates how a successful architectural addition to a community can also be a sustainable one.”

The East Boston Branch, a 15,000 square foot building at 365 Bremen Street designed by William Rawn Associates Architects, Inc., opened in November 2013. The library building earned LEED certification for green design and construction in the areas of energy use, lighting, water, and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. The City of Boston’s Property and Construction Management department managed this capital project. The East Boston Branch was funded by the City of Boston and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Read more »

October Author Talks & Lectures across the Boston Public Library System

Posted on September 22nd, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
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booksBrighton, North End, South End, West End, West Roxbury branches and Central Library to host

Boston Public Library locations will host author talks and a range of lectures during the month of October. Highlights include:

• As part of an author panel, Florence Ladd explores the expatriate experience, the social mobility of African Americans, and the dynamics of family reunions in The Spirit of Josephine, while Matthew Pratt Guterl highlights the ambitions of the first African American superstar in Josephine Baker and the Rainbow Tribe. Thursday, October 2, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.

• Local historian Anthony Sammarco details the delicious saga of The Baker Chocolate Company through a slide lecture on Thursday, October 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Brighton Branch, located at 40 Academy Hill Road. Read more »

Free Homework Help at the Boston Public Library

Posted on September 3rd, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
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Citywide academic assistance offered to schoolchildren

kidBoston Public Library’s homework help program begins Monday, September 15, offering free drop-in homework help, academic support, and mentoring during the school year. Students across Boston can receive assistance in all K-8 subject areas.

Homework help is offered 2-4 afternoons per week in Boston Public Library branches, depending on location, and is available on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at the Central Library in Copley Square.

“The program is not only a free resource for children needing assistance with school work, but it is also a paid opportunity for teens to gain valuable job experience and share their knowledge with young learners,” said Jessi Snow, Youth Services Coordinator at Boston Public Library. Read more »