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Boston Public Library’s Festive December Programs

Posted on November 28th, 2016 by rlavery in Media Releases
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Celebrate the winter and holiday season at the Boston Public Library through a variety of performances, crafts, films, and open houses:

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Boston Public Library Receives Library Services and Technology Act Grant from Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

Posted on November 10th, 2016 by rlavery in Media Releases
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Teen Central at Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square was awarded a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant for $7,500 from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), and is partnering with the John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Science and the South End Technology Center to develop engineering programs for 7th and 8th grade students.

The programs are offered to 300 7th and 8th graders and take place twice monthly at the South End Technology Center, Teen Central at the Central Library in Copley Square, and/or at the John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Science. Youth will work with Raspberry Pi, Scratch, Little Bits, Minecraft, and Python programming language. The grant runs from October 2016 through September 2017.

“I am excited about this grant because it networks several institutions critical to advancing student preparation and youth development – Boston Public Library, Boston Public Schools, and a powerful community-based organization in the South End Technology Center,” said Rahn Dorsey, Chief of Education for the City of Boston. “This is what learning should look like for our young people.  Learning in Boston should take full advantage of the city’s assets, should extend beyond traditional classrooms, and should incorporate technology and the modern tools needed to prepare the city’s young people for thriving futures.”

“We are grateful to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners for this grant and are confident teens will explore engineering concepts in a supportive environment, while learning from their peers and working hands-on with tools to broaden their understanding of engineering and technology,” said David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library. Read more »

Boston Public Library Collaborates with The Brattle Theatre for Shakespeare Out of the Box

Posted on November 7th, 2016 by rlavery in Media Releases
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In conjunction with the initiative All the City’s a Stage: A Season of Shakespeare at the Boston Public Library, The Brattle Theatre and Boston Public Library present a Shakespeare Out of the Box film series running Monday, November 14 – Monday, December 19 at the Central Library in Copley Square. The Monday, December 5 showing of Titus will be followed by a Q&A with Academy-award nominated director Julie Taymor.

The series features some of the more outside of the box adaptations of the Bard’s many great works. From musicals to science fiction and from U.S. high schools to the African savannah, these selections prove that Shakespeare’s narratives are truly universal. All films screen in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Read more »

Seeds of Freedom: A Vision for America

Posted on November 4th, 2016 by rlavery in Media Releases
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Film Screening and Launch of James Phinney Baxter Lecture Series

Boston Public Library is kicking off the James Phinney Baxter Lecture Series on Thursday, November 10, in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square with the premiere of the film Seeds of Freedom: A Vision for America. The film presents a revolutionary look at the synthesis between European colonists and the American Indian in the evolution of American democracy, mind, and spirit. At the event, Mohawk elder Tom Porter and Pilgrim Scholar Gary Marks will present insights into the Iroquois Great Law and the Pilgrim vision for humanity as they apply to today and the future. The event begins at 5 p.m. with a meet and greet with Tom Porter, Gary Marks, and the filmmaker followed by the film screening at 6 p.m. and a discussion led by film director Andrew Cameron Bailey.

Film Synopsis: Eminent philanthropist/historian James Phinney Baxter (1831-1921) believed that America must embody the high ideals of New England’s original settlers if it is to become a global exemplar of liberty, equality, and justice. In 1921 he left a bequest instructing Boston to build a Pantheon to perpetuate the founding ideals and principles. Baxter’s great-great-granddaughter Connie Baxter Marlow adds a missing piece – the role of the American Indian in the evolution of democracy and the American mind and spirit. The film is written, directed, and produced by Andrew Cameron Bailey and Connie Baxter Marlow of Cameron/Baxter Films. View a trailer for the film here.

The Baxter Project Team has produced booksfilmsphotography exhibitions, and talks over the past 25 years to bring the Pilgrim vision and the Native American voice, heart, and spirit forward. Read more »

Boston Public Library Announces Composer-in-Residence Program

Posted on November 4th, 2016 by rlavery in Media Releases
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First concert takes place Saturday, November 12, at 2:30 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square

Boston Public Library announces its first Composer-in-Residence, Beau Kenyon, whose debut concert with the BPL takes place on Saturday, November 12, at 2:30 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square. Kenyon’s role in this pilot program includes enriching Library spaces and collections through public programs focused on music and performance throughout the library system.

The multi-platform, multidisciplinary event, “The Sound of,” is intended to connect various members of the Boston community in multiple ways all through the action of finding and creating stillness through sound. The concert features performances by Christina English (mezzo-soprano), Vanessa Holroyd (flute), Daniel Doña (viola), Franzisca Huhn (harp), and Beau Kenyon (piano) as they perform a collection of work by Toru Takemitsu, Marti Epstein, and Beau Kenyon.

“The Composer-in-Residence program at the Boston Public Library is one example of how the City of Boston supports local artists and incorporates them into civic life,” said Julie Burros, Chief of Arts & Culture for the City of Boston. “Artists play a critical role in ensuring Boston is a thriving and innovative city. They educate and inspire, helping all of us to realize the power of creativity.”

“Boston Public Library is committed to engaging library users and visitors in a variety of ways, including through performance art; we are confident Beau Kenyon’s programs will thrill community members and further develop their appreciation of the arts,” said Michael Colford, Boston Public Library’s Director of Library Services.

The residency, running through June 2017, includes access to and use of the Boston Public Library’s circulating, research and special collections, creation of public music-related programs, and community outreach efforts to raise awareness of the Boston Public Library’s resources in the broader music community.

From June 3-10, 2017 Kenyon will also hold series of “And All the Men and Women Merely Players“ performances at the Central Library, celebrating the culmination of the Library’s Shakespeare initiative, All the City’s a Stage: A Season of Shakespeare at the Boston Public Library.

“I feel so fortunate to have this opportunity; this season, I’ll be collaborating with incredible authors, musicians, choreographers, and librarians, and together, we’ll create concert performances, sound and dance installations, and workshops – all free and open to the public,” said Beau Kenyon, Boston Public Library’s Composer-in-Residence. “Not only am I able to work with and celebrate Boston’s creative talent, I am helping to create and pilot a residency for composers in the future,” he said.

An enthusiastic multi-disciplinarian, Beau Kenyon’s work is often inspired by the extra-musical, including dance, literature, visual arts, and even current events. Kenyon strives to collaborate with dancers, authors, artists, and filmmakers, with an aim towards redefining the performance landscape and widening the scope and accessibility of new music.

Kenyon is the director of extracurricular programs at Kingsley Montessori School; his programs include a music school for private study, academic enrichment courses, and an engineering and fine arts summer camp for elementary-aged students. Recent work includes collaboration with Urbanity Dance, Andrew Kelley (Boston Ballet) and Gino Di Marco (Boston Conservatory) through the North Atlantic Dance Theater, as well as a contributing composer role for Illuminus Boston’s project, Waking the Monster.

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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