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Boston Public Library’s 2017 Literacy Services Offerings

Posted on January 24th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases
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Boston Public Library begins 2017 with a full slate of literacy resources and opportunities for learners throughout Boston and the Commonwealth, including ESL classes and conversation groups, HiSet preparation classes, online tools, and immigrant information material. Visit www.bpl.org/research/literacy.htm for a complete list of offerings and services.

 

  • ESL Classes: ESL instruction is offered in a traditional classroom environment. Classes range from beginner – for people with little or no experience with English – to high-intermediate. Classes are free; however, registration is required. For more information and to register please call 617.859.2446 or email mmurray@bpl.org. Please visit bpl.org/branches/ESL_groups.pdf for the complete schedule.
  • ESL Conversation Groups: Practice speaking English in an informal and friendly group setting with other adult ESL students and new English speakers. Groups are led by a native English speaker. Please visit bpl.org/branches/ESL_groups.pdf for the complete schedule.
  • HiSet Preparation Classes: The HiSet test (High School Equivalency Test) is the new replacement to the GED test. Classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. through March 22 at the Grove Hall Branch, located at 41 Geneva Avenue, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. through March 23 at the Fields Corner Branch, located at 1520 Dorchester Avenue.
  • Immigrant Information Corners: Immigrant Information Corners, located at all 24 Boston Public Library locations, are a strategic collaboration between the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Boston Public Library, and the City of Boston, as well as community partners.  They are meant to serve as information stations for Boston’s immigrants and refugees, giving access to citizenship and other immigration-related materials in multiple languages, information about citizenship preparation assistance, as well as information about financial empowerment resources.
  • Learn Online & Literacy Resources:
  • LearningExpress Library—Log on and practice for SAT, GED, HiSet, TOEFL, and other education tests. Learn-A-Test is interactive and is based on official tests that will help you improve your scores on academic, civil service, military, and professional licensing and certification exams. It provides immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and individualized analysis of your score. All you need is your BPL card or eCard number.
  • Mango Languages—Mango Languages is a great online language learning program for both English and foreign languages.  For the English learning component, users can select their native language as the language through which they learn English.
  • Literacy Resources:

Research Guide: Literacy Resources for Adult ESL and ABE Educators

Research Guide: Literacy Resources for ABE and ESL Learners

  • Small Group Tutoring: Both English as a Second Language (ESL) and Adult Basic Education (ABE) skills instruction are offered.  ESL groups are composed of 2-4 participants and one native-English speaking tutor.  Participants have the chance to work on improving their conversational skills, as well as reading and writing.  ABE groups traditionally have less students and focus on improving basic reading and writing skills toward individual student goals.  For more information and to register please call 617.859.2446 or email mmurray@bpl.org.
  • Volunteer Opportunities: The Library seeks volunteers to work with either adult English as a Second Language (ESL) learners or adults who are in need of developing basic reading and writing skills towards their individual life goals.  For example, some volunteers may work with a small group of 2-4 ESL learners or facilitate a large drop-in group of 5 – 25 people who are looking to improve their conversational English. Other volunteers may work with an individual helping him or her to improve basic literacy skills for employment or for tests such as the HiSet. For more information please call 617.859.2446 or email mmurray@bpl.org.

 

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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City of Boston Achieves Energy Efficiency Gains with Capital Improvements to Its Iconic Buildings

Posted on January 10th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced recent capital improvements to three of its iconic buildings completed by City of Boston Public Facilities Department will yield nearly $50,000 in annual utility savings for the lifetime of the installed improvements at the Central Library in Copley Square, City Hall and 26 Court Street. The project will also eliminate over 140 tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year, which is equivalent to removing more than 40 cars from the road for a year.

“I am proud Boston is leading by example in pursuing environmentally-friendly, sustainable and cost-saving options for our improvement projects,” said Mayor Walsh. “These improvements are a win-win effort, and I look forward to continuing our collaborative efforts with utility partners to continue making progress towards becoming a more energy efficient city.”

Boston’s Public Facilities Department partnered with Eversource on the comprehensive building infrastructure and energy efficiency upgrade projects, with Eversource providing technical expertise and helping the City secure Mass Save program incentives to offset the overall cost of the upgrades to the three buildings. Read more »

Boston Public Library Announces January – May 2017 Local & Family History Series

Posted on January 4th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

Boston Public Library’s January – May 2017 Local and Family History Series shares information about the history of Boston and its diverse neighborhoods, along with tips and guides for those beginning their own genealogical research. Visit www.bpl.org/programs/local_family_history_series.htm to learn more. The Series features a wealth of topics, from New England population shifts and finding your Italian family to Boston’s women shipbuilders for the Navy and the history of Ellis Island:

Wednesday, January 18 • 6 p.m.

Commonwealth Salon

Migrations out of New England

Christopher Child, Senior Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society’s Newbury Street Press, explores how to take into account New England’s population shifts, movement, and migration when researching your ancestors.

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Wednesday, February 1 • 6 p.m.

Commonwealth Salon

Stephen Puleo, author of American Treasures: The Secret Efforts to Save the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Gettysburg Address

Stephen Puleo’s American Treasures charts the creation and journeys of priceless American documents and shows how their ideas embody fundamental values of liberty and equality.

Wednesday, February 15 • 6 p.m.

Commonwealth Salon

Andiamo! Finding Your Italian Family

Genealogical researcher Margaret Fortier explores why Italians immigrated to America, what they found when they arrived, and Italian family naming patterns.

Wednesday, March 15 • 6 p.m.

Commonwealth Salon

Finding Your Revolutionary War Ancestors at the Massachusetts Archives

John Hannigan, Head of Reference Services at the Massachusetts Archives, highlights resources available to help researchers reconstruct the military experiences of Revolutionary soldiers from Massachusetts.

Wednesday, March 29 • 6 p.m.

Commonwealth Salon

Boston’s Women Shipbuilders for the Navy, 1942‒1945

Polly Kienle from the Interpretation Division at Boston National Historical Park discusses the impact of the approximately 8,000 women who worked at Charlestown Navy Yard during World War II.

Wednesday, April 5 • 6 p.m.

Abbey Room

Boston and the American Revolution

Professor Robert Allison of Suffolk University examines why the Revolution began and why Bostonians were more rebellious than other British subjects in North America.

Wednesday, April 19 • 6 p.m.

Commonwealth Salon

Vincent Cannato, author of American Passage: The History of Ellis Island

Vincent Cannato, history lecturer at University of Massachusetts Boston, discusses Ellis Island’s history, from immigration and deportation center to icon.

Wednesday, May 10 • 6 p.m.

Commonwealth Salon

Oral Interviews: Connect with the Living Past

Genealogical speaker Lori Lyn Price gives you tips for capturing genealogical information and family stories by conducting oral interviews.

Wednesday, May 24 • 6 p.m.

Commonwealth Salon

Using Historical Urban Atlases for Family History Research

Evan Thornberry, Cartographic Reference Librarian at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, explores how urban maps can help you determine where your ancestors lived along with details such as house and block numbers and building materials.

 

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 Announces Workshop Collaboration with American Repertory Theater

Posted on December 20th, 2016 by rlavery in Media Releases

Boston Public Library’s Kirstein Business Library and Innovation Center announces its collaborative workshop series with the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in conjunction with its All the City’s a Stage initiative. All workshops take place at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square:

  • Digital Advertising on a Shoestring Budget: Tuesday December 20, 2016 at 6 p.m.

Led by Grace Geller, A.R.T. Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications

Digital advertising and marketing allow companies to easily evaluate the success of different tactics and offer a more flexible approach to marketing in today’s world. However, many smaller budget companies often do not have the financial ability to invest in hiring an outside firm to implement an elaborate digital strategy. This session focuses on some of the ways smaller budget companies can benefit from the increasingly digital marketplace and begin to internalize digital advertising.

  • How It’s Made: Producing for Theater: Tuesday January 3, 2017 at 6 p.m.

Led by Mark Lunsford, A.R.T. Line Producer & Ari Barbanell, former A.R.T. Director of Special Projects and Associate Producer at OBERON

The presenters discuss the process and challenges of producing at a nonprofit theater and the opportunities for producing plays in Boston.

  • Hitting Your Mark: An Intro to Performing Arts Branding: Tuesday January 17, 2017 at 6 p.m.

Led by Joel Zayac, A.R.T. Senior Graphic Designer & Robert Duffley, A.R.T. Publications and Artistic Programs Associate

How do arts organizations develop a distinctive visual identity? How do you tell potential audiences what to expect at your show without giving away the ending? Drawing from a range of historical and contemporary examples, this seminar offers a number of different strategies for performing arts brand formation. Participants will learn what goes into creating a strong graphic identity representative of an artistic mission.

  • Public Speaking Tutorial: Strengthening Your Vocal and Physical Presentation Skills: Tuesday March 7, 2017 at 6 p.m.

Led by Erika Bailey, A.R.T. Institute Head of Voice and Speech

This workshop offers tips and tutorials for effective public speaking.

  • Fundraising for Theater: Tuesday March 21, 2017 at 6 p.m.

Led by Megan Hinckley, A.R.T. Director of Development

Discuss the process of fundraising for nonprofit theater organizations.

 

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.

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) is one of the country’s most celebrated resident theaters and the winner of numerous awards including multiple Tony Awards, the Pulitzer Prize and regional Elliot Norton and I.R.N.E. Awards, and named one of the top three regional theaters in the country by Time magazine.  Under the leadership of Artistic Director Diane Paulus the A.R.T. programs its season to fulfill the theater’s mission to “expand the boundaries of theater,” broadening its focus to include the audience’s total experience and providing them with a sense of ownership in the theatrical event. The A.R.T.’s club theater OBERON, which Paulus calls a “second stage for the 21st century,” is an example of one initiative that has not only become an incubator for local artists but also has attracted national attention as a groundbreaking model for programming. Through all of its work, the A.R.T. is committed to building a community of artists, designers, technicians, administrators and audience. Critics and audiences have embraced the immersive environments that have become hallmarks of A.R.T. productions.

 

 

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Boston Public Library Announces Top Borrowed Titles of 2016

Posted on December 14th, 2016 by rlavery in Media Releases

borrowedThe ten most frequently borrowed books from Boston Public Library locations in 2016 took patrons from a modern day train in England to early twentieth-century Boston and to many places in between. It’s not too late to read one or more of these great titles before the end of the year. Stop by and borrow one today or reserve your copy online at www.bpl.org.

 

  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: Set during WWII and told from the perspectives of a young French girl and German soldier, demand for this 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner carried over into 2016.
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins: In this suspenseful thriller, nothing is as it appears.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney:  Greg Heffley may be wimpy, but demand for this series is not. The other books in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series were also heavily borrowed in 2016.
  • Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff: The story of a seemingly-charmed marriage told from two very different perspectives.
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates: In this memoir written for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates shares his experience with racism as a black man in America and hopes for the future.
  • My Brilliant Friend Book One: Childhood, Adolescence by Elena Ferrante: Told in a vibrant and descriptive setting, the mystery surrounding the real identity of Elena Ferrante kept this story of friendship on patron’s minds.
  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee: Set twenty years after To Kill a Mockingbird, this ‘lost’ early novel by Harper Lee features an adult Scout returning to Maycomb at a time of radical change.
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio: This children’s book about a boy with a facial deformity attending school for the first time was a staple on summer reading lists throughout the city in 2016.
  • The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant: The story of a young immigrant growing up in early twentieth-century Boston.
  • Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll: A dark psychological thriller about a woman who appears to have the perfect life, but has a past full of tragedy and secrets.

 

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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