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Mayor Walsh, Community Members Celebrate Opening of Chinatown Boston Public Library

Posted on February 5th, 2018 by rlavery in Media Releases

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Mayor Martin J. Walsh and library community members today celebrated the opening of Boston Public Library Chinatown at 2 Boylston Street in the China Trade Center. The event marked the return of library services to the neighborhood for the first time in more than 50 years, and a $1 million investment in library services in Chinatown. Regular library hours will begin on Monday, February 5, at 10 a.m.

“I’m so proud that today fulfills our promise to the Chinatown community, and brings library services back to this neighborhood for all to enjoy,” said Mayor Walsh. “So many Chinatown residents have waited decades for this day, and the opening of this space marks our commitment to ensuring all neighborhoods have the resources and support they need. I look forward to residents benefitting from this space and services.”

In his 2017 State of City address, Mayor Walsh pledged to bring library services back to Chinatown. The location will operate for three to five years while plans for long-term library services in Chinatown are developed. Planning firm Miller Dyer Spears worked with the Boston Public Library (BPL), the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services and the community to develop long-term requirements for a library services program in the neighborhood. Their completed planning study is available here. Read more »

Boston Public Library Celebrates Black History Month with “Black Is” Booklist

Posted on February 1st, 2018 by rlavery in Media Releases

blackis2018coverBoston Public Library honors Black History Month with its annual “Black Is” booklist, a list of recent works concerning the African American experience compiled by staff librarians with annotations for all to enjoy.  Categories of books include international, teen, and urban fiction, and biography/memoir, expressions, and history and contemporary issues in nonfiction. Copies of the booklist will be available at all library locations this week and is available in pdf format on the BPL website.

The curated list includes authors such as actor and comedian Kevin Hart, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Imbolo Mbue, Sadeqa Johnson, Nnedi Okorafor, and more.

Previous “Black Is” booklists can be found via www.bpl.org/research/adultbooklists/blackis.htm. Boston Public Library also celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with an annual “Latino Life” Booklist, and a “We Are Pride” booklist in June.

Programs honoring Black History Month can be viewed via bpl.org/calendar, which include a Sidney Poitier film Series, children’s programs, lectures, and more.

 

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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Boston Public Library’s February Author Talks & Lectures

Posted on January 29th, 2018 by rlavery in Media Releases

Boston Public Library’s February literary events include a romance genre panel, the second Lowell Lecture Series talk focusing on the civil rights movement and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, a visit from New England Patriots player Malcolm Mitchell, and author talks at the Central Library, Grove Hall, Jamaica Plain, and South End branches. All programs and events can be viewed via www.bpl.org/calendar.

  • Kevin Powell explores America during the civil rights movement, with an emphasis on the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Thursday, February 1, at 6 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the Lowell Lectures Series “Speaking Up, Speaking Out: Voices of Social Justice.”
  • Jamaica Plain resident Rhea Becker, a longtime journalist who grew up sampling the wares in her father’s candy store, shares the history of candy in the Boston area and the United States on Thursday, February 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Jamaica Plain Branch, located at 30 South Street.
  • Leading romance authors Kristan Higgins and Sarah MacLean explore how they write happily-ever-afters when the world can seem a dangerous and scary place in a romance panel moderated by author Caroline Linden. Saturday, February 3, at 2 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • A joint poetry reading with Heather Derr-Smith, author of the award-winning book Thrust, takes place with local published poets Sonja Johanson (West Roxbury), Frances Donovan (Roslindale), and Erica Charis-Molling (Jamaica Plain) on Saturday, February 3, at 2 p.m. at the Jamaica Plain Branch, located at 30 South Street.
  • Karilyn Crockett gives her Local & Family History Lecture Series presentation “People before Highways: Boston Activists, Urban Planners, and a New Movement for City Making” on Wednesday, February 7, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Join Harvard professors Christoph Wolff and Alexander Rehding for an illustrated talk about the relationships of J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn, and Schumann to the first (1781) and second (1884) Gewandhaus concert halls, and to the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Special attention will be paid to the works on the BSO’s “Leipzig Week” program, and the Gewandhaus-Quartett will perform the first movement of Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in F minor, Op. 80. Wednesday, February 7, at 6 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Kendra Taira Field shares her epic family history, which chronicles the westward migration of freedom’s first generation in the fifty years after emancipation in Growing Up with the Country: Family, Race, and Nation After the Civil War. Thursday, February 8, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the Local & Family History Series.
  • Described as “India’s first literary popstar,” Amish Tripathi discusses his works in his “Pushing Liberalism in the Age of Nationalism” talk on Saturday, February 10, at 3 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • A lecture and conversation with Dr. Ashley Farmer, a history professor at Boston University and author of the new book Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transformed an Era takes place on Saturday, February 10, at 3 p.m. at the Grove Hall Branch, located at 41 Geneva Avenue.
  • Elena Georgiou and KL Pereira lead a join discussion “Lost between Nations―Exploring Immigration, Refugees, and Identity” on Tuesday, February 13, at 6 p.m. in the Newsfeed Café at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Frances Moore Lappé, legendary activist and author of Diet for a Small Planet, and organizer-scholar Adam Eichen team up to examine the roots of our current anti-democracy crisis, the events that drove us to this moment, and how Americans are uniting in response and discuss their work Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want. Thursday, February 15, at 6 p.m. Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Biographer Andrew Morton discusses Wallis in Love: The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy on Wednesday, February 21, at 6 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Join New England Patriots wide receiver and author Malcolm Mitchell for magic and fun as he reads from his children’s book The Magician’s Hat on Monday, February 26, at 10:30 a.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Lauren Prescott, historian and executive director of the South End Historical Society, discusses her new book Boston’s South End on Tuesday, February 27, 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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Boston Public Library: Partnership Opportunities Open at the Central Library and the Branches

Posted on January 16th, 2018 by rlavery in Media Releases

Boston Public Library seeks community organizations, institutions, and individuals to partner with on adult and youth programming for the Central Library in Copley Square and the twenty-five neighborhood locations during Fiscal Year 2019 (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019). Program proposals should be in support of the Library’s activities, collections, and strategic plan with a focus on one or more of the following themes: social justice, racial equity, arts & culture, education, immigration, and civic engagement. The BPL hosts more than 12,500 free programs per year for all ages.

“Providing free engaging and enriching programming for patrons and visitors is a core Boston Public Library service, and we look forward to reviewing thoughtful proposals from organizations and individuals as we further develop our dynamic, diverse offerings,” said Michael Colford, Boston Public Library Director of Library Services.

The program partner application can be found via www.bpl.org/programs/programs.htm, and proposals are due January 29, 2018. Organizations should expect to be notified of a decision by mid-February 2018. Existing 2017-2018 partners include the Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, GrubStreet, and Writers without Margins. View www.bpl.org/calendar for specific program offerings.

About BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-five 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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Boston Public Library Announces 2018 Lowell Lecture Series Speaking Up, Speaking Out: Voices of Social Justice

Posted on January 11th, 2018 by rlavery in Media Releases

lowell2Winter/spring Author Talks, Local & Family History Lecture Series also begin this month at the Central Library in Copley Square

Boston Public Library kicks off 2018 with its 2018 Lowell Lecture Series – Speaking Up, Speaking Out: Voices of Social Justice, exploring social justice issues relevant to today’s world with activists including internationally known transgender speaker Ryan Sallans and Bernice A. King, the daughter of Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Winter/spring Author Talks at the Central Library in Copley Square run through April and include a Romance Author Panel and a visit from actress and director Christine Lahti. The first event tonight at 6 p.m. features A. J. Finn, author of the thriller The Woman in the Window. Author visits this month at branches include the North End, Jamaica Plain, and West Roxbury. All programs are free and can be viewed via www.bpl.org/calendar.

The Local & Family History Lecture Series returns and includes such topics as Boston activism in the 60s and the East Boston Immigration Center Project. An overview of how to research your ancestor’s World War I service opens the series on Wednesday, January 24, at 6 p.m. Read more »