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Boston Public Library Presidential Search Continues

Posted on February 19th, 2016 by BPL News in Media Releases

The position for President of the Boston Public Library is now available on the City of Boston website for interested applicants to apply. In addition, executive search firm Spencer Stuart is actively recruiting candidates from across the country. To craft the position description, Spencer Stuart worked closely with the BPL Presidential Search Committee to ensure that community feedback from seven public listening sessions held across the city were incorporated.

“We received insightful feedback from the community regarding desired qualities for the president role; and now we are moving this process into the next stage and will begin identifying strong candidates to lead this great institution,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

“I am extremely thankful to all who attended the listening sessions or sent comments, and request that you continue with the feedback. These comments will enrich the interview process and ensure the community’s voice is present,” said John Palfrey, Chair of the BPL Presidential Search Committee.

“This position description calls for a well-rounded candidate with strong leadership and partnership skills,” said Spencer Stuart consultants Mary Gorman and Michele Haertel. “We look forward to presenting Mayor Walsh, the BPL Board of Trustees, the BPL Presidential Search Committee, and residents of Boston and the Commonwealth with a strong selection of finalists this spring.” Read more »

Boston Public Library Celebrates Library Lovers’ Month with Public Art Project

Posted on February 16th, 2016 by BPL News in Media Releases
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2015Boston Public Library locations throughout the system are celebrating Library Lovers’ Month with a public art project, asking library users of all ages to fill out paper hearts with the reasons they love their library. Unique collages of the hearts will then be displayed at each location for public viewing. At the Central Library in Copley Square the hearts will be posted in the temporary 20-foot pedestrian pathway at the entrance to the Johnson building, currently being used while the building is under construction. Boston Public Library will accept heart submissions through February 29.

“The BPL provides endless opportunities for learning and new experiences to Boston residents in all of our neighborhoods; that’s why I love the library,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I encourage library users to share their stories and support such an important resource.” Read more »

Boston Public Library Celebrates Black History Month with Booklist, Programs

Posted on February 1st, 2016 by BPL News in Media Releases
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blackis2016coverBoston Public Library honors Black History Month at locations throughout the city with a plethora of lectures, music celebrations, workshops, and crafts this February. The BPL published its annual “Black Is” booklist, a list of recent books concerning the African American experience compiled by staff members for all to enjoy. Categories of books include international and urban fiction, biography/memoir, expressions, and history and contemporary issues in nonfiction. Authors featured include Toni Morrison, Shonda Rimes, Whoopi Goldberg, and more. Copies of the booklist will be available at the Central Library and all branch locations this week.

The BPL also honors Black History Month through a variety of themed programming. Highlights include:

  • The Triumph! Black Military Unsung Heroes exhibition takes viewers through the rich history of how heroes contributed mightily to the history of our nation and secured the freedoms that, for many of them, were delayed over time. On display at the Grove Hall Branch, located at 41 Geneva Avenue in Dorchester, from Wednesday, February 3, through March 18.
  • Desiree Taylor takes audiences on an investigative journey through story into the Harlem Renaissance at the Charlestown, Uphams Corner, South Boston, and West Roxbury branches throughout the month of February.
  • Learn about an important African American inventor or innovator each week, beginning on Wednesday, February 3, at 4 p.m. at the Adams Street Branch, located at 690 Adams Street in Dorchester. For children and teens.
  • Roxbury’s own Valerie Stephens shares tales of freedom in a storytelling series based on the courageous actions of Americans during the American abolitionist movement and slavery. Thursday, February 4, at 6 p.m. at the Grove Hall Branch, located at 41 Geneva Avenue.
  • Children make music together featuring African American musicians on Saturday, February 6, at 11 a.m. in the Children’s Library at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Discover and access the BPL’s online resources to help enrich learning about African American history, life, and culture on Wednesday, February 10, at 2:30 p.m. at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • A Black History Month film series take place at the Lower Mills Branch on Fridays throughout February at 27 Richmond Street and a film fest occurs on Thursday, February 11, from 12 to 7 p.m. at the Mattapan Branch, located at 1350 Blue Hill Avenue.
  • Youth make mobiles honoring Black History Month on Tuesday, February 23, at 4 p.m. at the West Roxbury Branch, located at 1961 Centre Street.
  • Listen to d’Allegro’s take on classic and inspirational tunes by African American artists on Thursday, February 25, at 6 p.m. at the Mattapan Branch, located at 1350 Blue Hill Avenue.
  • The Grove Hall Branch holds the Kevin Harris Project jazz concert on Saturday, February 27, at 2 p.m.

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Boston Public Library February Literary Events and Programs at Branch Locations Across the City

Posted on January 26th, 2016 by BPL News in Media Releases
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Feb talksFebruary programming at Boston Public Library locations include music, crafts, celebrations, and literary events for all. Below are highlights of the upcoming month, for a full listing visit the BPL Calendar of Events.

  • The West End Branch celebrates 120 years of library service on Thursday, February 4, at 6:30 p.m. with a lecture by historian Anthony Sammarco, who will detail both the histories of the West End and that of the branch.
  • Children 8+ learn about the United States through stories and crafts on Friday, February 5, at 3:30 p.m. in the Children’s Library at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • The Adams Street and Fields Corner Branches honor the Vietnamese New Year with Tết celebrations with crafts, food, and fun for people of all ages on Saturday, February 6, at 11 a.m. (Fields Corner) and on Saturday, February 6, at 2 p.m. (Adams Street Branch).
  • Teen Central at the Central Library in Copley Square hosts career discovery lectures on Monday, February 8, at 4 p.m. and on Monday, February 22, at 4 p.m., located at 700 Boylston Street. Teens will learn about potential careers and how to prepare for applying to them.
  • Anthony  Sammarco discusses his forthcoming history of Boston’s first department store, Jordan Marsh, on Monday, February 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Adams Street Branch, located at 690 Adams Street in Dorchester.
  • Boston Globe Spotlight reporter Stephen Kurkjian will read from his book Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters who Pulled Off the Greatest Art Heist on Tuesday, February 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the South End Branch, located at 685 Tremont Street.
  • Charles R. Gallagher describes a covert British operation in Boston and discusses the consequences of both Nazi and British spying in his talk “Spy Hub: Catholicism, Anti-Semitism, and Secret Intelligence in Wartime Boston” on Wednesday, February 10, at 6 p.m. in in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.  Part of the Local & Family History Series.
  • The West Roxbury Branch hosts the performance “Love Notes” by the Swing Fever Trio on Thursday, February 11, at 2 p.m., featuring the music of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Duke Ellington and many more. The branch is located at 1961 Centre Street.
  • The South Boston Branch hosts a wintertime book sale on Saturday, February 13, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., with all types of adult, teen, and juvenile books, audio-books, and CDs available at 646 East Broadway Street.
  • Desiree Taylor takes listeners on an investigative journey through story into the Harlem Renaissance on Wednesday, February 17, at 3 p.m. at the Charlestown Branch, located at 179 Main Street.
  • Peter Grinspoon, author of Free Refills: A Doctor Confronts His Addiction discusses his troubles and road to recover y on Thursday, February 18, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Marta Crilly, Archivist for Reference and Outreach at the Boston City Archives, highlights records available to researchers and offers tips on navigating the Archives’ collections in her talk “History of the Hub: Resources for Local and Family History at the Boston City Archives” on Wednesday, February 24, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Listen to d’Allegro’s take on classic and inspirational tunes by African American artists on Thursday, February 25, at 6 p.m. at the Mattapan Branch, located at 1350 Blue Hill Avenue.
  • The Grove Hall Branch holds a book sale and open house on Saturday, February 27, at 12 p.m., followed by a Kevin Harris Project jazz concert at 2 p.m. at 41 Geneva Avenue in Dorchester.

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Boston Public Library January Literary Events

Posted on December 22nd, 2015 by BPL News in Media Releases
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Boston Public Library locations will host a variety of literary events this month, with topics ranging from finance to genealogy:

  • Roger Lowenstein, acclaimed financial journalist and bestselling author of When Genius Failed and The End of Wall Street, tells the dramatic story of how courageous reformers created the Federal Reserve in 1913 in America’s Bank, putting America on the path to becoming a global financial power. Tuesday, January 5, at 6 p.m. in the Abbey Room at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Tzivia Gover demonstrates skills and knowledge for living your best life and making 2016 more joyful as she discusses Joy in Every Moment: Mindful Exercises for Waking to the Wonders of Ordinary Life on Thursday, January 14, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Edgar Allan Poe, portrayed by Rob Velella, returns from beyond the grave to tell of his experiences in Boston and to read from both his poetry and prose on Thursday, January 21, at 2 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the Never Too Late Series.
  • A wintertime book sale takes place at the South Boston Branch on Saturday, January 23, at 10 a.m., featuring adult, teen, and juvenile books, in addition to audio books and CDs. The branch is located at 646 East Broadway.
  • Beatrice Greene reads poetry, speech, and letter excerpts from abolitionist and suffragist Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s works on Monday, January 25, at 5:30 p.m. at the East Boston Branch, located at 365 Bremen Street.
  • Award-winning short story author Virginia Pye will read from her book Dreams of the Red Phoenix, which describes Americans’ experiences in China on the cusp of World War II on Tuesday, January 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the South End Branch, located at 685 Tremont Street.
  • Sari Mauro explores the collections that are of special interest to genealogists, both those accessible online and onsite at the Congregational Library & Archives on Wednesday, January 27, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the Local & Family History Series.

 

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