Boston Public Library
Press Room

Category Archives: Media Releases

Building Improvements Planned for the Jamaica Plain Branch of the BPL

Posted on March 26th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
Tags: ,

Major renovation will improve collections, technology, and spaces for all ages, including a reading room addition

The Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library at 12 Sedgwick Street in Jamaica Plain will undergo major building improvements beginning in August. The building renovation necessitates a temporary closure of the branch while work takes place. The temporary closure period will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2015, and is expected to last 18-24 months.

“The branch transformation marks a new era of library service for Jamaica Plain library users; once the renovation is complete, the branch will be a more user-friendly, welcoming place with offerings for all community members to enjoy,” said Christine Schonhart, Director of Library Services, Branches.

The goals of the renovation project include an enhanced and expanded children’s area, creation of a teen area and gallery space, and improved technology, including a maker space, expanded adult reading area, an upgraded multi-purpose room, and refreshed collections. A 700-square-foot addition to the building will provide a new reading room for the community. Read more »

April Literary Events at Boston Public Library Locations

Posted on March 25th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
Tags: , ,

booksCentral Library, Adams, North End, South End, West End, West Roxbury branches to host

•Lorenz Finison explores how cyclists of all backgrounds made Boston the hub of 19th-century bicycling on Thursday, April 2, at 2 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the Never Too Late series.

• Cultural historian Ben Yagoda speaks about his book The B Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song, which draws upon previously untapped archival sources and illuminates broad musical trends through a series of intertwined stories. Thursday, April 9, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Read more »

March Author Talks & Lectures at Boston Public Library Locations

Posted on February 26th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
Tags: ,

Central Library, Charlestown, Faneuil, West Roxbury branches to hostDesktop181

Boston Public Library locations will host a variety of author talks this month, with topics including the Beatles phenomenon, civil rights, and local history. BPL Trustee and bestselling author Dennis Lehane discusses his new novel World Gone By. Highlights include:

• Anna Staniszewski, local author of books for children and teens, speaks about her book The Dirt Diary, followed by a writing activity on Monday, March 2, at 4:30 p.m. at the Faneuil Branch, located at 419 Faneuil Street in Brighton.
• National Book Award-winning author Colum McCann pays tribute to the ties that bind together Ireland and America in TransAtlantic, a story of three historic crossings, two continents, and the men and women who go back and forth across the wide Atantic. Monday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Charlestown Branch, located at 179 Main Street. Read more »

Boston Public Library Unveils New Collections of Distinction

Posted on February 3rd, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
Tags: , , , ,

Collections include historical works detailing American and European history

gleasonBoston Public Library unveiled its newest Collections of Distinction, adding six to the initial 18 collections that represent the most outstanding, expansive, and renowned of its holdings of more than 23 million items. The collections include Massachusetts Newspapers, Boston Artists, Boston Pictorial Archive, the Book of Common Prayer, works by Daniel Defoe, as well as the Mellen Chamberlain Collection of Autographs. Within the collections is an array of books, prints, letters, drawings, and other original works dating back as early as the 14th century.

“It is our privilege to share these distinguished collections; from manuscripts to modern art, they bring stories and culture of the past and present to life for the world to view,” said Amy E. Ryan, President of the Boston Public Library. “We invite the community in to discover the rich history these collections hold.”

Among the historical items from Massachusetts are works of Boston artists from the 1940s to the present, a collection of photographs and lithographs of Boston scenery from the 18th through 20th centuries, and an archive of Massachusetts newspapers dating back to 1706. Additionally, the Mellen Chamberlain Collection of Autographs contains 20,000 letters, engravings, and documents highlighting American and European history, including documentation of the Salem Witch Trials, the American Revolution, and correspondence from famed authors Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and John Singleton Copley. Read more »

February Literary Events at Boston Public Library Locations

Posted on January 29th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
Tags: , , ,

Branches and Central Library to host

Boston Public Library locations will host a variety of literary events, including author talks, book clubs, and programs for readers of all ages in February. Highlights include:

  • books2Romance & Mystery Book Club: Participants discuss Sandra Brown’s Standoff, which tells the story of a reporter caught in a deadly hostage drama while investigating a kidnapping on Thursday, February 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lower Mills Branch, located at 27 Richmond Street in Dorchester.
  •   The City-Wide Friends of the Boston Public Library host a book sale on Saturday, February 7, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the third floor of the McKim building in the Cushman Room at the Central Library in Copley Square.
  • Local historian and Beacon Hill resident Vincent Licenziato gives a presentation about the Emancipation Trail and the stories behind 23 statues, sculptures, and monuments relevant to the African American experience in America. Saturday, February 7, at 1 p.m. at the Codman Square Branch, located at 690 Washington Street in Dorchester. Read more »