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Boston Public Library Loans Centuries-Old Illuminated Manuscripts for Collaborative Beyond Words Exhibition

Posted on September 16th, 2016 by rlavery in Media Releases
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januarius_0212Exhibitions opening this month at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the McMullen Museum at Boston College, and Houghton Library at Harvard University

Boston Public Library is loaning 36 medieval and early Renaissance manuscripts and printed books from its collections to three area cultural institutions, part of an ambitious collaborative project entitled Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections. The largest ever exhibition of medieval and Renaissance books held in North America, the BPL items date from the 10th century to the early 16th century, part of the Library’s Medieval and Early Renaissance Manuscripts Collection of Distinction. The materials will be featured at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the McMullen Museum at Boston College, and Houghton Library at Harvard University from September 2016 to January 2017. For more information about the exhibitions, visit www.beyondwords2016.org.

“These illuminated manuscripts and bound books represent a crucial period in the Western evolution of writing and reading,” said David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library. “This first of its kind collaborative exhibition is an exciting opportunity for the Boston Public Library to put our collection on display, and make these objects viewable and easily accessible to the public.”

“The Boston Public Library’s early manuscripts collection is astounding in its breadth and overall quality. Scholars come to Boston from around the world in order to study these artifacts,” said Jay Moschella, Curator of Rare Books at the Boston Public Library and one of the facilitators of the exhibition for the library. Read more »

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrated at Boston Public Library with Booklist, Programs

Posted on September 16th, 2016 by rlavery in Media Releases

latinolife2016Boston Public Library honors Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) annually through publishing the Latino Life booklist, a list of recent books concerning the Hispanic experience. A wide range of genres are included, such as biography, historical and contemporary issues, and fiction. Sandra Cisneros’ A House of My Own: Stories from My Life, In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero, former Glee star Naya Rivera’s Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up, and What We Become by Arturo Pérez-Reverte are just a sampling of the list of over seventy titles.

“I am thankful to the members of the committee who curated this excellent book list and am confident the variety of recommendations for Hispanic Heritage month will be enjoyed by readers; I encourage library users to share feedback on the titles and their favorite authors,” said David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library.

Each book on the list is briefly summarized. This work was performed by a committee of Boston Public library staff members. Copies of the booklist will be available next week at all Boston Public Library locations across the city, and themed programs and activities celebrating the month can be found through searching the BPL calendar.

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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Discussion: Public Art and Irish Influence on Art in Boston

Posted on September 15th, 2016 by rlavery in Media Releases
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Featuring artists Caoimhghin Ó Fraithile and Michael Dowling at the Central Library in Copley Square

On Sunday, September 18, at 2 p.m. Boston Public Library President David Leonard will welcome Caoimhghin Ó Fraithile (Ireland) and Michael Dowling (Boston-US/Ireland) to the Central Library in Copley Square for a discussion about public art, the Irish influence on art in Boston, and their work which is featured in the temporary public art project, Tír na nÓg, now on view in the Back Bay Fens.

“Over the past year, we’ve seen incredible energy around public art installations in Boston,” said Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston. “Projects like Tír na nÓg promote public discourse, bringing people together in conversation and helping us reach the goals of the Boston Creates Cultural Plan. We are thrilled to see it in the Fens and look forward to hearing from the artists.” Read more »

Boston Public Library’s Read Your Way to Fenway Summer Essay Contest Winners Recognized at August 28 Red Sox Game

Posted on August 29th, 2016 by rlavery in Media Releases

IMG_0612 (2)Boston Public Library’s Read Your Way to Fenway summer essay contest winners enjoyed the magic of Fenway Park on Sunday, August 28 when the Red Sox took on the Kansas City Royals – celebrating the game and their reading accomplishments this summer.

Youth ages 5-17 were encouraged to read a minimum of three books and write an essay about their favorite for the chance to attend the game; 679 kids participated in the program and 473 winners were chosen. The on-field winners, who were part of a pre-game ceremony Sunday night, include Fatuma Mahdi Ahmed – Dudley Branch, Angelina Coral Hernandez – Charlestown Branch, Aayush Patel – Central Library, Zachary Riviello – Parker Hill Branch, Malik Cross – Grove Hall Branch, and Gabriel Custodio from the Uphams Corner Branch.

“I’m extremely proud of our young Bostonians for spending the summer reading and participating in Boston Public Library’s programs. Through their participation in library programs, they are well prepared to start the school year – and there is no better way to end the summer than by spending a night at Fenway Park with the Red Sox,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

“We received hundreds of insightful essays from young people all across Boston and are thrilled to reward their accomplishments with this fun summer activity,” said David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library. “The support of the community and of our critical sponsors allows the Boston Public Library to offer programs supporting the reading and literacy skills our youth need to succeed in school and life.”

In addition to the Read Your Way to Fenway summer essay contest, youth and adults participated in summer reading programs throughout the Boston Public Library system from June through August, engaging in a variety of enriching skill-building programs.

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

Pictured above (left to right): Boston Public Library President David Leonard, Boston Public Library Manager of Youth Services Farouqua Abuzeit, Executive Director of the Red Sox Foundation Gena Borson, winners Angelina Coral Hernandez, Aayush Patel, Zachary Riviello, Malik Cross, and Gabriel Custodio. Additional photos are available upon request.

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.

About BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION

The Boston Public Library Foundation is a fundraising arm of the BPL, with a mission to raise private funds for library programs and special projects.  Working closely with the leadership team of the Library, as well as the Board of Trustees, the Foundation has made over 15 grants to the BPL in Fiscal Year 2016, ranging in size from $10,000 to $175,000, to support programs such as the Lowell Lecture Series, Concerts in the Courtyard, Read Your Way to Fenway, Community Learning Center programs, and the upcoming “Celebrating Shakespeare” initiative, among others.

 

 

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Boston Public Library September Literary Events and Programs

Posted on August 25th, 2016 by rlavery in Media Releases

collageBoston Public Library offers an abundance of author talks and programs across the city’s locations in September, including classes designed to build career skills by the Central Library’s newly renovated Kirstein Business Library and Innovation Center. Visit www.bpl.org/calendar for a complete list.

  • The library’s first Lowell Lecture of 2016 features Michael Patrick MacDonald, who details his memoir All Souls: A Family Story from Southie on Tuesday, September 13, at 6 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Lori Stokes debunks five myths about the Puritans on Wednesday, September 14, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Karin Tanabe speaks about her book The Gilded Years, which tells the story of Anita Hemmings, the first black woman to attend Vassar College by passing as a white woman, on Thursday, September 15, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Kim Kerrigan and Steven R. Wells discuss Get a Grip on Business Writing: Critical Skills for Success in Today’s Workplace and give tips for attendees on Thursday, September 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the West End Branch, located at 151 Cambridge Street.
  • The Friends of the Connolly Branch Library hold their annual book sale on Saturday, September 17, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 433 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain.
  • Stacy Schiff, author of The Witches: Salem, 1692 examines the legal and social ramifications of the Salem Witch Trials, the truth about witchcraft, the adolescent mind, and how the events of 1692 shaped America’s future. Tuesday, September 20, at 6 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • In Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon, Larry Tye draws upon unpublished memoirs, unreleased government files, and 58 boxes of Bobby’s papers that had been under lock and key for the past forty years to peel away layers of myth and misconception to paint a complete portrait of him on Thursday, September 22, at 6 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Ted Reinstein, a native New Englander and local writer, shares stories from the history of New England and brings to life many of the fights, spats, and arguments that have, in many ways, shaped the region in Wicked Pissed: New England’s Most Famous Feuds. Tuesday, September 27, at 6 p.m. in the Abbey Room at the Central Library, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Stephen T. Moskey explores the intersection of wealth, celebrity, politics, gender, and race in Larz and Isabel Anderson: Wealth and Celebrity in the Gilded Age on Wednesday, September 28, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library, located at 700 Boylston Street.

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