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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 ( 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, a virtual world for kids. Read more »

Boston Public Library Commemorates Boston Marathon April 14-19

Posted on April 7th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

Courtyard concerts, author talks, art & architecture tours planned at Central Librarymckim

Boston Public Library is offering dedicated programs April 14-19 in honor of the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon, all to be held at the Central Library in Copley Square. The library welcomes visitors not only to reflect and gather as one community but to experience and enjoy programs that serve as a respite during this week of remembrance.

On Tuesday, April 15, there will be a delayed public opening of the Central Library; public service hours will take place from 4-9 p.m. On Sunday, April 20, the Central Library will be open exclusively for viewing of the Dear Boston exhibition from 1-5 p.m. via the Dartmouth Street entrance only. All Boston Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, April 21, in observance of Patriot’s Day. Read more »

“Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial” Exhibition to Open at Boston Public Library on April 7

Posted on March 31st, 2014 by admin in General, Media Releases

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and organizing partners to open month-long exhibitionseal

CITY OF BOSTON. Office of the Mayor, Martin J. Walsh

For Immediate Release: Monday, March 31, 2014

For More Information: See list of media contacts at end of release.

In the days and weeks following the 2013 Boston Marathon, a makeshift memorial grew in downtown Boston’s Copley Square. Comprised of thousands of items like flowers, posters, notes, t-shirts, and running shoes, the memorial offered messages of love, support, and hope to the victims and their families as well as the broader city of Boston. Beginning April 7, select pieces from that memorial will be on display at the Boston Public Library in an exhibition called “Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial,” which aims to provide visitors with a place for reflection. The exhibition will open with a special ceremony led by Mayor Walsh at 10 a.m. in the Library’s McKim Exhibition Hall, located in the Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street. Dear Boston is open to the public beginning at 11 a.m. on April 7.

Dear Boston represents our strength and solidarity not only as a city, but also as a community that supports one another through even the most difficult of times,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I encourage people – residents and visitors alike – to visit the exhibition, experience the resilience of the people of Boston, and view the messages of hope and healing.”

Open from April 7 through May 11, the exhibition invites visitors to experience the profound emotions and solidarity evoked by the original memorial. Divided into three major sections, it transitions visitors from reflection to action and from memories of the tragedy to messages of hope and courage for the future as they move through the exhibition and out into their community. The exhibition, curated by Rainey Tisdale, is organized by a partnership that includes the Boston City Archives, Boston Art Commission, New England Museum Association, Boston Public Library, and Iron Mountain. For more information, visit Read more »