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Boston Public Library President Amy Ryan Named Chair of Digital Public Library of America

Posted on May 5th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
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ARBoston Public Library President Amy Ryan has been appointed Chair of the Board of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), a term which begins in July and is effective for two years. The Digital Public Library of America (dp.la) develops systems to share digital content from American libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other community centers in a centralized, online environment. The DPLA offers a single point of access to millions of items—photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more.

“Amy’s deep commitment to enabling access and discoverability of Boston’s cultural artifacts transcends across the state and country, and she will be a valuable resource as the Chair of the Digital Public Library of America,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “Her leadership and vision ensure our collective history will be preserved and utilized for learners of all ages.” Read more »

Leventhal Map Center Opens New America Revolution Exhibition

Posted on April 30th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
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maps“We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence” runs May 2 through November 29

After spending more than two years identifying and selecting maps and artifacts, the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center (Map Center) opens the free exhibition We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence in the McKim Exhibition Hall at the Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square on May 2, running through November 29. We Are One explores the tumultuous events that led 13 colonies to forge a new nation and commemorates the 250th anniversary of American colonial resistance to Britain’s 1765 Stamp Act, a pivotal moment in the chain of events that led to revolution. The exhibition features 60 maps and 40 prints, paintings, and objects selected from 20 partner institutions, including the British Library, Library of Congress, and private collectors, telling the story of our nation’s founding.

“This exhibition can change the way people look at the Revolutionary War,” said Jan Spitz, executive director of the Map Center. “Many rare and historically significant materials have never been exhibited before; this will be a whole new experience for students, educators, history buffs, and everyone who is fascinated with our country’s roots.” Read more »

Boston Public Library’s Bibliocycle Rolls through City’s Neighborhoods

Posted on April 29th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
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Visits to Boston events include pop-up story times, book checkouts, and card sign upsbib

The BPL Bibliocycle, a bike and book trailer partnership with Boston Bikes, returns to the streets of Boston in its second season, visiting street fairs, markets, and community events to meet people where they are and deliver library services on-the-go. The first stop for the Bibliocycle will be on Saturday, May 16, at the Kite and Bike Festival in Franklin Park.

“This program provides an abundance of educational opportunities for community members at a variety of local cultural events. I encourage Bostonians to utilize this great resource and learn more about the free services our library system offers,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. Read more »

May Author Talks & Lectures at Boston Public Library Locations

Posted on April 23rd, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
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Branches and Central Library to hostDesktop197

Boston Public Library locations across the city host several author talks this month, with topics ranging from colonial Boston to children’s literature. Highlights include:

• Enjoy reading from an eclectic mixture of published, emerging, and aspiring writers during Hispanic Writers Week on Monday, May 4, at 6 p.m. at the Connolly Branch, located at 433 Centre Street.
• In an illustrated talk, author and BPL staff member John DeVito counts down the top ten most popular First Ladies of America on your movie, TV, and computer screens at three branch locations throughout the month. Read more »

Building Improvements Planned for the Jamaica Plain Branch of the BPL

Posted on March 26th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
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Major renovation will improve collections, technology, and spaces for all ages, including a reading room addition

The Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library at 12 Sedgwick Street in Jamaica Plain will undergo major building improvements beginning in August. The building renovation necessitates a temporary closure of the branch while work takes place. The temporary closure period will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2015, and is expected to last 18-24 months.

“The branch transformation marks a new era of library service for Jamaica Plain library users; once the renovation is complete, the branch will be a more user-friendly, welcoming place with offerings for all community members to enjoy,” said Christine Schonhart, Director of Library Services, Branches.

The goals of the renovation project include an enhanced and expanded children’s area, creation of a teen area and gallery space, and improved technology, including a maker space, expanded adult reading area, an upgraded multi-purpose room, and refreshed collections. A 700-square-foot addition to the building will provide a new reading room for the community. Read more »