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Boston Public Library Presidential Search Committee Announces Listening Sessions

Posted on November 20th, 2015 by BPL News in Media Releases
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The Boston Public Library Presidential Search Committee will host two listening sessions in the coming weeks. The sessions on Monday, November 30 and Saturday, December 12 will be an opportunity for the community to share their thoughts on what qualities they believe the next leader of the Boston Public Library (BPL) should have in an open and conversational forum. Additional listening sessions in neighborhoods across the city will be added and announced as the BPL Presidential Search continues.

“The inaugural listening session at the Mattapan Branch provided information that will contribute to how the Search Committee evaluates candidates for the position of BPL President,” said John Palfrey, Chair of the BPL Presidential Search Committee. “It’s very important to hear from a diversity of voices, and I encourage Bostonians to be a part of this process.”

The listening sessions will be held on the following dates:

  • Monday, November 30 at 6:30 p.m. – Brighton Branch of the BPL, 40 Academy Hill Rd
  • Saturday, December 12 at 9:00 a.m. – Central Library in Copley Square, Commonwealth Salon, 700 Boylston St

For those who are unable to attend a listening session, the public is encouraged to tweet comments at the Boston Public Library Twitter handle via @bplboston and at Presidential Search Committee Chair John Palfrey at @jpalfrey. In addition, comments can be submitted via

The Boston Public Library Presidential Search Committee is charged with locating, recruiting, interviewing, and evaluating top candidates for the position of BPL President in conjunction with executive search firm, Spencer Stuart.


Boston Public Library and Digital Commonwealth Renew Partnership to Digitize State Cultural Treasures

Posted on November 19th, 2015 by BPL News in Media Releases
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flower250 Massachusetts Cultural Institutions represented in Digital Commonwealth

Today Boston Public Library announced its renewed partnership commitment with Digital Commonwealth to maintain and expand Digital, which provides access to digital resources of cultural heritage organizations throughout Massachusetts. Collections in Digital include thousands of images, documents, and sound recordings from member institutions which are openly accessible to researchers, students, and the intellectually curious. Boston Public Library’s development of the Digital Commonwealth repository system provides a means of managing and preserving digital collections to ensure they will be accessible to future generations.

“As part of our statewide responsibilities, we are happy to enter the next phase of our relationship with Digital Commonwealth, partnering to ensure Massachusetts’ shared history and culture are not only preserved but made accessible and discoverable by all,” said Boston Public Library President Interim President David Leonard.  Read more »

American Revolution Exhibition Crosses the 100,000 Visitor Mark

Posted on November 19th, 2015 by BPL News in Media Releases

We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence Concludes November 29

On Friday, the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center’s newest exhibition, We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence welcomed its 100,000th visitor since opening in May at the Boston Public Library. The exhibition is the most successful in the Map Center’s history, and has been visited by individuals from 46 states and 51 countries. We Are One closes its doors on November 29 before moving to Colonial Williamsburg in 2016.

“This exhibition has succeeded beyond our wildest expectations,” said Jan Spitz, executive director of the Leventhal Map Center. “Tourists, visitors, scholars and regular Bostonians have flocked here over the last six months, and I think that’s a testament to the rarity and incredible historical value of the items in the collection.”

The 100,000th visitor was Jeremy Asprey of Dorchester. He said he has an interest in history and maps and visits the Map Center’s website regularly, which was where he learned about the exhibition. As the 100,000th visitor he received a free We Are One catalog. Read more »

Boston Public Library to Host Film Premiere for Ric Burns’ The Pilgrims on November 23, 2015

Posted on November 18th, 2015 by BPL News in Media Releases
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Still 2Stunning Recreations Bring to Life the Stark, True Story of America’s Early Radical Settlers

The Pilgrims, a new film by Ric Burns narrated by celebrated actor Oliver Platt, will premiere at the Boston Public Library’s Central Library on Monday, November 23, at 6:00 p.m. Burns will conduct a question and answer session with the audience following the full screening of the movie. The Pilgrims will air on American Experience on WGBH and WGBY November 24 and Thanksgiving Day.

Produced by WETA Washington, D.C., the flagship public broadcaster in the nation’s capital, and Steeplechase Films, in association with the BBC and CTVC, this two-hour documentary endeavors to tell the true story of the Pilgrims, a small group of religious radicals whose determination to establish a separatist religious community planted the seeds for America’s founding.

Arguably one of the most fateful and resonant events of the last half millennium, the Pilgrims’ journey west across the Atlantic in the early 17th century is a seminal, if often misunderstood episode of American and world history. The Pilgrims will explore the forces, circumstances, personalities, and events that converged to exile the English group in Holland and eventually propel their crossing to the New World; a story universally familiar in broad outline, but almost entirely unfamiliar to a general audience in its rich and compelling historical actuality. Read more »

Boston Public Library Central Library Renovation: Enterprise Retail Partner Selected

Posted on November 10th, 2015 by BPL News in Media Releases

4,500 square foot location on Boylston Street will house satellite WGBH studio, and The Catered Affair’s new “Newsfeed Café”

Today, the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees, voted in favor of a joint proposal from the Catered Affair and the WGBH Educational Foundation for a new retail space in the Johnson building, part of the Central Library Renovation in Copley Square. The unique collaboration will feature The Newsfeed Café and a WGBH News satellite bureau and studio. The selection was made based on the quality of the proposal, and its alignment with the mission of the Boston Public Library as a center of community gathering and learning.

“The renovation of the Central Library in Copley Square is setting the tone for other urban libraries across the country, and this partnership is a top notch selection,” said Mayor Walsh. “I applaud the work of the Retail Tenant Advisory Committee for their diligence in selecting a partnership that will serve library patrons from Boston, and across the Commonwealth.” Read more »