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Boston Public Library’s July Author Talks & Literary Events

Posted on June 27th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

Downloads25Boston Public Library’s free July literary events feature bestselling authors Matthew Quick, Ashley and JaQuavis, local writers, and youth programming:

  • Children ages 8+ are encouraged to unleash their inner author with prompts and activities on Thursday, July 6, at 2 p.m. in the Children’s Library at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Author Susan Tan leads activities around her fictional memoir Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire.
  • New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook, Matthew Quick, discusses his new novel The Reason You’re Alive, whose main character is a Vietnam vet embarking on a quixotic crusade to track down his nemesis from the war. Saturday, July 8, at 2 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Local author Deborah Shariff signs her new book The Grand Pop’s Young Readers Series, which offers a new approach to educating children at home or in an after-school program on Saturday, July 15, at 10 a.m. at the Grove Hall Branch, located at 41 Geneva Avenue in Dorchester.
  • Three Jamaica Plain authors discuss their experiences with the writing process, getting published, and creating a life as a writer on Monday, July 17, at 6 p.m. at the Connolly Branch, located at 433 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain. The panel features Katie Bayerl, author of the young adult novel A Psalm for Lost Girls, Beth Castrodale, author of the historical novel Marion Hatley, and Mindy Fried, author of Caring for Red: A Daughter’s Memoir.
  • Authors Vita and Ethan Murrow discuss picture books and lead an art activity for ages 7+ on Monday, July 17, at 3:30 p.m. in the Children’s Library at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Joan M. Blake visits the Grove Hall Branch for a reading and book signing of her latest book, Rise Up: How to Overcome Your Battles Utilizing Faith and Belief in God, on Thursday, July 20, at 6 p.m. The branch is located at 41 Geneva Avenue in Dorchester.
  • Rosalyn Elder discusses the legacy of Massachusetts’ African Americans, celebrating their history and many contributions on Thursday, July 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the West End Branch, located at 151 Cambridge Street.
  • Ashley and JaQuavis, the youngest African American writers to debut on a New York Times list, discuss their new book The Cartel 7: Illuminati on Monday, July 24, at 6 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Children of all ages join local author and illustrator Dan Moynihan for an engaging drawing workshop on Tuesday, July 25, at 2 p.m. at the Faneuil Branch, located at 419 Faneuil Street in Brighton.
  • Pat Monteith, the solar system ambassador for NASA and children’s book author, presents an entertaining and inspiring program on NASA’s female pioneers who fought the odds to become engineers, mathematicians, and aviators, for ages 6 and up. Wednesday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Adams Street Branch, located at 690 Adams Street in Dorchester.
  • Children’s author and illustrator Matt Tavares visits several library locations to discuss his works and sketch characters from his books Growing Up Pedro, Zachary’s Ball, and Becoming Babe Ruth.
  • Ralph Masiello, an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, takes kids on an adventure of creative discovery using baseball as the theme at several locations in July.

 

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 Playwright in Residence Program

Posted on June 26th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

John J King of Fresh Ink Theatre to develop a play using BPL collections

Boston Public Library announces today its first playwright in residence, John J King, in collaboration with Fresh Ink Theatre Company, a venture in which King will utilize the library’s collections and resources to develop and workshop a new play commissioned by Fresh Ink, with various opportunities for the public to observe and participate in the play’s creation. A public reading of the play will take place in spring 2018.

“The Playwright in Residence program was created to strengthen Boston Public Library’s role in the arts community and enliven the library spaces with creative works that can be enjoyed by library users, visitors, and arts appreciators alike,” said Michael Colford, Director of Library Services for the Boston Public Library.  “We greatly look forward to collaborating with John J King and Fresh Ink to develop an inspiring and entertaining production.”

“This residency perfectly aligns with Fresh Ink’s aim to support local writers, and it also gives a company of our size the resources needed to commission a brand new project,” said Jessie Baxter, Literary Director of Fresh Ink Theatre. “We are eager to develop a piece that focuses on our local community and explores issues that are relevant beyond Boston, and we are grateful for the opportunity to share our mission with a wider audience. John J King is an exciting collaborator and brings so much creativity and vision to this project — we look forward to seeing how his work grows as a result of his time at BPL!” Read more »

Five Couples Exchange Vows in Boston Public Library Wedding Ceremony Giveaway

Posted on June 15th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

wedding2Couples marry in the courtyard of one of Boston’s most historic institutions for free

Boston Public Library hosted the wedding ceremonies of five couples in the first-ever giveaway of this kind on Sunday, June 11, in the iconic Italianate courtyard at the Central Library in Copley Square. Winners were selected via an online lottery held in early 2017.

“Long a much sought-after wedding venue, this initiative offered everyone regardless of economic capacity a chance to have Boston Public Library be a part of their lives on this special occasion,” said David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library. “I extend my thanks to our sponsors whose efforts greatly enhanced these ceremonies and provided lasting memories for the newlyweds.”

“Words cannot express the joy we experienced at our wedding ceremony; this has been a dream come true and we will never forget the kindness that you have shown and how special you have made us feel. Thank you for our fairytale dream wedding!” said newlyweds Aldrich and Wilmar C. Read more »

Read Your Way to Fenway Begins at Boston Public Library

Posted on June 12th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

fenwayYouth ages 5 -17 read and write their way to Fenway Park this summer

Boston Public Library’s annual Read Your Way to Fenway summer reading contest is underway, in which children and teens ages 5-17 read a minimum of three books for a chance to win tickets to watch the Red Sox play at Fenway Park on Sunday, August 27 at 1:35 p.m. vs. the Baltimore Orioles. Readers may download an application in English or Spanish via www.bpl.org/summer or pick up an application at any Boston Public Library location.

“Boston Public Library is extremely grateful to our sponsors for their support; Read Your Way to Fenway is an ideal educational program that keeps children invested in reading out of school and provides an opportunity to experience a great summertime tradition at one of America’s most beloved ballparks,” said Farouqua Abuzeit, Youth Services Manager for Boston Public Library.

Essays are due to any BPL location on August 1. Winners, accompanied to the game by a parent or guardian, receive three Red Sox tickets and a Red Sox t-shirt, hat, backpack, and vouchers for food at Fenway Park.

Read Your Way to Fenway is generously sponsored by John Hancock, the Red Sox Foundation, and the Boston Public Library.

 

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’s Summer Reading Program for All Ages Begins

Posted on June 8th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

summer reading 2Boston Public Library locations offer summer programs (www.bpl.org/summer) for children, teens, and adults, beginning this month and running through August, to provide free, quality educational opportunities for people of all ages in the City of Boston.

“Summer is a wonderful time for our students to explore their City, and that includes the Boston Public Libraries,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “BPL is helping to make summer reading and learning a fun experience that students will look forward to. I encourage all students and parents to take advantage of the important resources that BPL offers.”

“We are extremely grateful to our sponsors for their support, as these significant programs for patrons and visitors encourage reading, learning, and connectivity to the library during the summer months through a variety of fun, enriching events and experiences,” said Farouqua Abuzeit, Boston Public Library’s Manager of Youth Services. Read more »