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June Author Talks at Boston Public Library Locations

Posted on May 23rd, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

Central Library and nine branch locations to host author eventsjunetalks

Boston Public Library hosts June author talks at the Central Library in Copley Square and branch locations on a range of topics and features the works of artists, journalists, and local authors:

  • Local author Dwight reads from his book The Mango Drive Days and gives a multimedia presentation on the sadness of Africans bowing to European, Arab, Christianity, and Islam religions and turning their backs on their glorious past. Saturday, June 7, at 2 p.m. at the Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 1350 Blue Hill Avenue.
  • Author, singer, and entertainer Judy Cook presents stories of the Civil War told through historical family letters, songs, and images on Tuesday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Faneuil Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 419 Faneuil Street in Brighton. Read more »

Boston Public Library Celebrates 210 Years of Haitian Independence

Posted on May 20th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

Programs and exhibitions honor Haitian heritagetous2

Boston Public Library hosts programs and exhibitions in May and June that document the arduous journey to the free Republic of Haiti and celebrate more than 200 years of Haitian independence.

An exhibition featuring artworks that honor Haitian revolutionary Toussaint Louverture is on display at the Mattapan Branch, located at 1350 Blue Hill Avenue, through July 18. On Tuesday, May 27, a reception will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Mattapan Branch to celebrate the exhibition. The reception includes poetry readings, testimonials, and light refreshments.

At the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street, the exhibition The Soul of a Man: Toussaint Louverture & the Haitian Slave Revolt opens in the Rare Books Lobby on Tuesday, June 17, and runs through September 30 of this year. The Central Library exhibition tells the compelling story of Toussaint Louverture, a leader of the armed resistance against colonization and slavery and his significant role in the future of a free Haiti. Read more »

Concerts in the Courtyard Return to Boston Public Library

Posted on May 8th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

Music fills the library courtyard in Copley Square during lunchtime and evenings this summerconcertimage

Boston Public Library’s Concerts in the Courtyard (www.bpl.org/concerts) series returns June 4 and runs through August 29, showcasing a variety of artists and musical genres in the library’s iconic courtyard 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.

The month of June features Berklee College of Music students and alumni performing everything from jazz, pop, and funk to works with Arab, Latin American, and Scottish influences:

  • Daniel Rotem Trio, Wednesday, June 4, at 6 p.m. The Trio performs original compositions that integrate world influences with improvisation and the jazz tradition. Read more »

May Author Talks and Lectures at Boston Public Library Locations

Posted on April 23rd, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

collageLowell Lecture and Local & Family History Lecture Series continue

Boston Public Library hosts May author talks at the Central Library in Copley Square and branch locations and continues its Lowell Lecture Series with appearances from children’s literature expert Maria Tatar, Rotten Ralph and Joey Pigza series author Jack Gantos, and a panel discussion of authors, scholars, and experts detailing children’s various paths to reading. The Local & Family History Lecture Series Boston’s Changing Neighborhoods: History and Genealogy concludes this month with lectures that focus on mining family research, tips for accessing local archives, and the migration of residents of Boston’s neighborhoods to the suburbs during the twentieth century. Read more »

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series Creator Visits Boston Public Library

Posted on April 17th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

Jeff Kinney is part of “Gateway to Reading” lectures in Copley Squarejk

Boston Public Library’s 2014 Lowell Lecture Series welcomes Diary of a Wimpy Kid series author and illustrator Jeff Kinney on Sunday, April 27, at 2 p.m. Kinney will speak in Rabb Lecture Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. The Lowell Lecture Series runs through May and features beloved authors and illustrators, noted scholars in the children’s literature field, and experts who bring the love of writing and reading to children in groundbreaking ways.

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has more than 120 million copies in print in 44 countries around the world. The ninth book in the series is scheduled for release on November 4, 2014. The month of April is designated as Wimpy Kid Month, and Kinney will not only celebrate the month at the Boston Public Library on April 27 but will reveal the cover of book nine in a webcast the next morning, Monday, April 28, at 9 a.m. Diary of a Wimpy Kid won Favorite Book at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards four times, and Kinney was twice voted Author of the Year at the Children’s Choice Book Awards. Kinney was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and is the creator of Poptropica.com, a virtual world for kids. Read more »