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Boston Public Library’s Summer of Opportunities for Youth Begins

Posted on June 11th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
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Free activities for children and teens at library locations across the city fizz

Boston Public Library’s summer programs for youth ( begin this month, marking a summer of opportunity and imagining the future for young Bostonians.

All programs offered are free and are designed to educate and entertain young people while they are out of school. “The summer months are an optimal time to provide children and teens with opportunities to develop their interests and engage in programs that are both fun and educational,” said Jessi Snow, Youth Services Coordinator for the Boston Public Library system.

“Fizz Boom Read” programs for children include crafts, workshops, and games that explore science, nature, history, and books. Kids 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. Read more »

Read Your Way to Fenway Summer Essay Contest Begins at Boston Public Library

Posted on June 2nd, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

Youth ages 5 -17 read and write their way to Fenway Park this summerpark

Boston Public Library’s annual Read Your Way to Fenway summer essay contest opens today for young people in Boston ages 5 through 17. Readers may download an application via or pick up an application at any Boston Public Library location. Children and teens are encouraged to read a minimum of three books and write an essay about their favorite for the opportunity to watch the Red Sox play at Fenway Park.

“The Read Your Way to Fenway summer essay contest keeps young people engaged in reading while out of school and provides the unique opportunity to watch the hometown team chase another championship,” said Jessi Snow, Boston Public Library’s Youth Services Coordinator. Read more »

Free Research and Technology Classes at the BPL’s Central Library

Posted on May 29th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

June classes in Copley Square focus on skill-building for learners of all ages

Boston Public Library’s research, computer, and career classes feature an array of topics this June, offering instruction for library users about its growing digital services, first-time bloggers, and those new to the BPL online catalog. Held at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street, weekday computer instruction classes help build career skills and classes are offered for those interested in learning more about the library’s resources.

Highlights of the June class schedule include:

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

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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 »