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Posted on June 24th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
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East Boston, Honan-Allston, and Mattapan Branch Visits Scheduled

danielleBoston Public Library and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture announce branch visits by the City of Boston’s Poet Laureate, Danielle Legros Georges, who will travel to Boston Public Library locations this summer to meet and engage with aspiring and practicing poets throughout the city. Interested participants can bring examples of their work for discussion, or questions and comments for the Poet Laureate Program.

“The drop-in workshops from such a highly accomplished poet are a unique learning opportunity to develop one’s skills and celebrate creativity and the arts in the City of Boston,” said Christine Schonhart, Boston Public Library’s Director of Library Services for the Branches.

The following visits take place in Boston Public Library branches:

  • Saturday, June 27, from 2 – 4 p.m. at the East Boston Branch, located at 365 Bremen Street.
  • Saturday, July 25, from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Mattapan Branch, located at 1350 Blue Hill Avenue.
  • Saturday, August 8, from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Honan-Allston Branch, located at 300 North Harvard Street.

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Posted on June 23rd, 2015 by admin in Media Releases

Second phase item-by-item inventory of Print Department underway

Today, the Boston Public Library announced the results of the Print Department Report, a BPL commissioned year-long external review of the BPL Print Collection. Launched in June 2014 and conducted by Simmons College Professor Dr. Martha Mahard, the four-volume report evaluates inventory control and the current physical arrangement of the collection’s 320,000 items, and makes recommendations on how to improve intellectual control and organization of the Print Department assets moving forward. The report covers the need for improved record keeping, primarily from artwork acquired in the latter half of the last century, when new acquisitions outpaced proper documentation and organization.

Upon completion of the project in June 2015, BPL commissioned Dr. Mahard to conduct an item-by-item inventory of the Print Department, which includes 200,000 prints and 120,000 chromolithographs. Launched on June 8, the inventory will inform the next phase of Print Collection improvements.

“The Print and Special Collections play an essential role in the library fulfilling its mission as a center of knowledge,” said Michael Colford, BPL Director of Library Services. “This Print Department Report gives BPL a detailed look into how the library can be the best steward of these 320,000 works going forward. BPL is already taking steps to act on these recommendations, and will continue to use the report as the blueprint for additional improvements in the Print Department.” Read more »

Boston Public Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Begins

Posted on June 15th, 2015 by admin in General, Media Releases

Themed programs for kids and teens span science, nature, and music; Read Your Way to Fenway summer essay contest launches. 

summer reading logoBoston Public Library’s summer programs for youth ( begin this month, promising a summer of stimulating and enriching activities for children and teens of Boston. All programs offered are free and intended to encourage exploration and education, and serve as entertainment for young people in our communities. Youths also have the opportunity to use their writing skills for a chance to win tickets to a Boston Red Sox game as part of “Read Your Way to Fenway.”

“Summer reading programming at the Boston Public Library provides learning and discovery opportunities for kids and teens during the summer months,” said Farouqua Abuzeit, Manager of Youth Services. “Thanks to the support of generous partner institutions, the library is able to provide these enriching experiences.”

“Every Hero Has a Story” features programming for children including crafts, workshops, and games that explore science, nature, history, and books. Children at Boston Public Library locations will receive visits from Boston Nature Center, Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, ReadBoston, Countdown to Kindergarten, USS Constitution Museum, and more.

The 2015 theme for teens is “Do Something” and includes programs in which teens learn to draw autobiographical comics with award-winning comics creator Liz Prince. Beat Bus, a music workshop and performance program that explores melody, harmony, and rhythm through drumming visits branches throughout the system. Numerous art and technology workshops at Teen Central’s brand new teen tech lab also await teens.

Young people ages 5-17 may also participate in the annual Read Your Way to Fenway summer essay contest for the opportunity to watch the Red Sox play at Fenway Park by reading a minimum of three books and writing an essay about their favorite. Author Dan Gutman and author and illustrator Matt Tavares will visit multiple branch libraries to share their baseball-themed books in support of Read Your Way to Fenway. Essays are due Saturday, August 1, 2015. Contest details and more are available online at

Read Your Way to Fenway is made possible by the Boston Public Library Foundation, the Boston Red Sox Foundation, John Hancock, and Aramark.

“Every Hero Has a Story” and the teen “Do Something” programming is sponsored by the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

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


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Chair of Boston Public Library Board of Trustees Announces Resignation

Posted on June 11th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases

RudmanToday, the Chair of the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees, Jeffrey Rudman, announced his resignation after a meeting with Mayor Walsh, effective July 3, 2015.

“I want to thank Jeff Rudman for his service to the Boston Public Library,” Mayor Walsh said. “We are fortunate to be home to one of the country’s most renowned library systems and it’s important that we maintain the highest standard for the residents of Boston. Using the audit as a guide, I look forward to working with the Library to strengthen our programs and services, especially in the neighborhoods, and the availability and security of our assets.”

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to have served on the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees, and with such a thoughtful and engaging board,” said Chair Rudman. “The Boston Public Library has prospered under the leadership of President Amy Ryan and my fellow Trustees. The people of Boston must remember that the Boston Public Library is the greatest library system in the country.” Read more »

Boston Public Library Hosts Foremost Experts on American Revolution

Posted on June 10th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
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lowell2015 Lowell Lecture Series: “Revolutionary Ideas” includes speakers Joseph J. Ellis, Cokie Roberts, M.T. Anderson

Boston Public Library’s 2015 “Revolutionary Ideas” Lowell Lecture Series begins June 11 and runs through October, featuring some of the most eminent authorities to explore social, political, cultural, and economic themes related to the American Revolutionary War era (1750-1800).

“The Lowell Lecture Series is an opportunity to hear experts’ perspectives on the founding of our country and to reflect upon the ways in which our predecessors changed the course of history through revolutionary ideas,” said Beth Prindle, Manager of Exhibitions and Programming.

The series accompanies the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center’s gallery exhibition We Are One: Mapping America’s Road to American Independence, on view at the Central Library in Copley Square through November 29, and an expansive schedule of related programs, performances, and special events takes place in Boston Public Library locations across the city. For more information about the BPL’s Revolutionary Boston programs, visit Read more »