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Boston Public Library’s Concerts in the Courtyard Continue in August

Posted on July 23rd, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
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Artists share their music during lunchtime and evenings this summer

concertBoston Public Library’s Concerts in the Courtyard continue through August 29, welcoming visitors to experience the music of local and international artists in a variety of genres at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. In addition to Friday lunchtime concerts at 12:30 p.m., this season the library now offers evening concerts on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. All the concerts are free and last approximately one hour.

August concerts showcase contemporary and traditional jazz, indie folk, opera, and more:

  • Properly Unprepared, Friday, August 1, 12:30 p.m. The young, five-piece jazz combo plays classics by artists such as Miles Davis along with more contemporary jazz.
  • Darlingside, Wednesday, August 6, 6 p.m. Darlingside is a Massachusetts-based indie folk quartet. Their tightly arranged tunes draw from the unexpected, featuring strains of bluegrass, classical, and barbershop. Read more »

Mayor Walsh Launches Innovative Mobile Reading Initiatives across Boston

Posted on July 8th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
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CITY OF BOSTON. Office of the Mayor, Martin J. Walsh

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, July 8, 2014703bike

BOSTON – Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the launch of the Boston Public Library’s Bibliocycle, and the re-launch of ReadBoston’s Storymobile, now in its nineteenth year. Both programs use a human-powered bicycle with an attached trailer to make their services mobile, and will be pedaling through Boston’s neighborhoods this summer.

“The Bibliocycle and Storymobile are innovative ways to reimagine libraries, and promote reading and learning across all generations,” said Mayor Walsh. “These services will keep kids reading through the summer and help to prevent summertime learning loss, while expanding library accessibility for adults.”

Boston Public Library’s Bibliocycle

The Bibliocycle is a partnership between the Boston Public Library (BPL) and Boston Bikes that will enable the library to take its free offerings to the streets in a friendly, active way. Features of the Bibliocycle program include library card sign up, book checkout, demonstrations of BPL’s digital resources, and help with reference questions. The mobile collection of up to 50 books includes new releases, bestsellers, cooking, gardening, picture books, and bike repair titles. The checkout limit is 10 items per person.

The Bibliocycle will travel to markets, fairs, and neighborhood events throughout the summer and fall to serve city residents, and the complete schedule can be found at bpl.org/community. On select dates, Boston Bikes team members will accompany librarians in order to provide bike and healthy living tips.

The Bibliocycle team is not equipped to handle fines and book returns, and patrons will need to visit one of BPL’s many brick-and-mortar locations to complete that type of transaction. Read more »

Boston Public Library’s Summer of Opportunities for Youth Begins

Posted on June 11th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
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Free activities for children and teens at library locations across the city fizz

Boston Public Library’s summer programs for youth (www.bpl.org/summer) begin this month, marking a summer of opportunity and imagining the future for young Bostonians.

All programs offered are free and are designed to educate and entertain young people while they are out of school. “The summer months are an optimal time to provide children and teens with opportunities to develop their interests and engage in programs that are both fun and educational,” said Jessi Snow, Youth Services Coordinator for the Boston Public Library system.

“Fizz Boom Read” programs for children include crafts, workshops, and games that explore science, nature, history, and books. Kids at Boston Public Library locations will receive visits from Boston Nature Center, Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, ReadBoston, Countdown to Kindergarten, USS Constitution Museum, and more. Read more »

Read Your Way to Fenway Summer Essay Contest Begins at Boston Public Library

Posted on June 2nd, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

Youth ages 5 -17 read and write their way to Fenway Park this summerpark

Boston Public Library’s annual Read Your Way to Fenway summer essay contest opens today for young people in Boston ages 5 through 17. Readers may download an application via www.bpl.org/summer or pick up an application at any Boston Public Library location. Children and teens are encouraged to read a minimum of three books and write an essay about their favorite for the opportunity to watch the Red Sox play at Fenway Park.

“The Read Your Way to Fenway summer essay contest keeps young people engaged in reading while out of school and provides the unique opportunity to watch the hometown team chase another championship,” said Jessi Snow, Boston Public Library’s Youth Services Coordinator. Read more »

Free Research and Technology Classes at the BPL’s Central Library

Posted on May 29th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

June classes in Copley Square focus on skill-building for learners of all ages

Boston Public Library’s research, computer, and career classes feature an array of topics this June, offering instruction for library users about its growing digital services, first-time bloggers, and those new to the BPL online catalog. Held at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street, weekday computer instruction classes help build career skills and classes are offered for those interested in learning more about the library’s resources.

Highlights of the June class schedule include: