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Mayor Walsh Announces Office for Immigrant Advancement and Launches Immigrant Information Corners at All Boston Public Library Locations

Posted on April 14th, 2016 by BPL News in Media Releases
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the strategic rebranding of the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement, formerly known as the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians, to help encompass the evolving needs of Boston’s immigrant community. As part of a concerted effort to empower immigrant residents and recognize their contributions to our city, Mayor Walsh also launched Immigrant Information Corners at the Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square and 24 neighborhood branches to provide information about resources and services available to help advance the well-being of the city’s immigrant residents.

The Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement signifies the administration’s proactive engagement of the immigrant community by encouraging their active participation in the city’s policies and programs. Twenty-seven percent of Boston residents are foreign-born, and nearly half of Boston Public School students have a foreign-born parent.

“In the City of Boston our immigrant population represents a dynamic and growing landscape and it is our hope that with this rebranding effort and the launch of Immigrant Information Corners, we are better able to serve our immigrant residents,” said Mayor Walsh. “Immigrants interact with the city’s library branches more than any other city agency, which offers us a great opportunity to engage our residents in their neighborhoods. The impact that immigrants have on our city will continue to grow in the years ahead and it is important that we plan for this growth and make sure it reaches everyone.” Read more »

April Literary Events and Programs at Boston Public Library Locations

Posted on March 29th, 2016 by BPL News in Media Releases
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booksBoston Public Library offers a multitude of literary events and celebrates National Poetry Month throughout the system in April:

  • Poet Barbara Helfgott Hyett holds an 8-week poetry program for adults 55+ beginning on Monday, April 4, at 2 p.m. at the South End Branch. Please call 617.536.8241 to register.
  • Jen Doyle reads from Calling It, her first published novel, which details a couple’s journey falling in love on Tuesday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Faneuil Branch, located at 419 Faneuil Street in Brighton.
  • Quincy Carroll discusses his debut novel Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside, which tells the story of two Americans living and teaching in rural China who fight to establish primacy in Ningyuan, a remote town in the south of Hunan, with one of their more overzealous students caught in the middle. Thursday, April 7, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center and The Trustees exhibition From the Sea to the Mountains: The Trustees 125th Anniversary opens April 2, featuring historic items documenting Massachusetts land from the past to the present. The Map Center is located in the Central Library at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Lisa E. Pearson, head of the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library and Archives, speaks about her new book Arnold Arboretum, which details the rich history and collections of this National Historic Landmark on Monday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Charlestown Branch, located at 179 Main Street.
  • Anthony Mitchell Sammarco gives a lecture on Jordan Marsh, Boston’s first department store, on Monday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Adams Street Branch, located at 690 Adams Street in Dorchester.
  • Local poet Mary Pinard examines grief, sudden and everlasting, and the potential ways it can transform us in her recent book of poetry, Portal. Monday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the West Roxbury Branch, located at 1961 Centre Street.
  • Margaret R. Sullivan, Records Manager and Archivist for the Boston Police Department, presents “On the Job: Ancestors Who Worked in the Public Sector and the Amazing Records They Left Behind” on Wednesday, April 13, 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.
  • The Associates of the Boston Public Library’s Writer-in-Residence, Jennifer De Leon, leads a poetry workshop on Wednesday, April 13, at 3 p.m. in Teen Central at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Peter Zheutlin reads from his book Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs, and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway on Thursday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Roslindale Branch, located at 4246 Washington Street.
  • Diane M. Boucher provides an overview of Freedmen’s Bureau officials’ efforts to provide education, health care, housing assistance, and employment arrangements to former slaves after the Civil War as a temporary means to self-sufficiency and independence on Wednesday, April 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.
  • Join local poet Frances Donovan for a poetry workshop on Saturday, April 23, at 12 p.m. at the Roslindale Branch, located at 4246 Washington Street.
  • Celebrate National Poetry Month with Shel Silverstein’s poems and a fun activity on Monday, April 25, at 3:30 p.m. in the Children’s Library at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • A poetry workshop in English and Spanish is offered on Saturday, April 30, at 11:30 a.m. at the Egleston Square Branch, located at 2044 Columbus Avenue.
  • View the Roslindale Branch’s Dreamy Italian Islands exhibition on display through April 30, in which local artist Maria Conte displays her paintings based on her memories of growing up in Italy. Meet the artist on Saturday, April 16, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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Leventhal Map Center Announces Connie Chin as New President

Posted on March 29th, 2016 by BPL News in Media Releases

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center today announced that Connie C. Chin will join the Center as its new President. Ms. Chin was elected to the position yesterday by the Map Center’s Board of Directors after conducting nearly a year long search for an individual to replace Jan Spitz, who retired at the end of 2015.

“I am delighted to be asked to lead the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library. I look forward to continuing the unique and healthy public-private partnership of the Map Center, an independent nonprofit organization, with the City’s Boston Public Library. This is a moment when the Map Center is poised for strategic growth particularly in its mission areas of education for young people, and engagement for all ages, through both physical and digitized maps,” said Connie Chin.

Connie joins the Map Center with a strong background in non-profit management, having most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer at the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. In that capacity, Ms. Chin was responsible for managing internal operations, leading the team to produce an historic symposium in Tokyo about JFK’s legacy, and developing a strategy to support the digitization of President Kennedy’s archives. Previously, she worked for more than a decade as the General Manager of Jacob’s Pillow Dance, located in the Berkshires. Connie grew up in the Boston area and is a graduate of both Harvard University and the Yale School of Management.

“After a robust nationwide search, we are thrilled to welcome Connie Chin as our new President,” said Robert Melzer, Chair of the Map Center’s Board of Directors. “The retirement of Jan Spitz last year left big shoes to fill, but Connie’s management experience and passion made her the absolute best person for the job.”

“We welcome Connie Chin and are confident her work will further the mission of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center and bring forth enriching educational experiences for all to enjoy,” said David Leonard, Boston Public Library Interim President and ex-officio member of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Board of Directors.

Ms. Chin joins as the Map Center is preparing to open a new exhibition, From the Sea to the Mountains: The Trustees 125th Anniversary, which will run Saturday, April 2, 2016 through August 28, 2016. The exhibition is a collaboration between the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center and The Trustees, featuring maps, photographs, and historic items from both collections to document the Trustees 125-year history of stewardship, conservation, and access to over 100 properties throughout Massachusetts. The Trustees is Massachusetts’ largest conservation and preservation organization and the world’s first land preservation nonprofit known for caring for cultural, natural, and scenic sites for public use and enjoyment.

 

About the NORMAN B. LEVENTHAL MAP CENTER
The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center is ranked among the top 10 map centers in the United States for the size of its collection, the significance of its historic (pre-1900) material, and its advanced digitization program. It is unique among the major collections because it also combines these features with exceptional educational and teacher training programs to advance geographic literacy among students in grades K-12 and enhance the teaching of subjects from history to mathematics to language arts. The collection is also the second largest in the country located in a public library, ensuring unlimited access to these invaluable resources for scholars, educators, and the general public. The Leventhal Map Center, created in 2004, is a nonprofit organization established as a public-private partnership between the Boston Public Library and philanthropist Norman Leventhal. Its mission is to use the Boston Public Library’s permanent collection of 200,000 maps and 5,000 atlases and a select group of rare maps collected by Mr. Leventhal for the enjoyment and education of all through exhibitions, educational programs, and a website that includes thousands of digitized maps at maps.bpl.org. The map collection is global in scope, dating from the 15th century to the present, with a particular strength in maps and atlases of Boston, Massachusetts, and New England. To learn more, visit http://maps.bpl.org/ .

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 www.bpl.org.

 

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Boston Public Library Welcomes Bestselling Irish Author Colm Tóibín for a St. Patrick’s Day Author Talk

Posted on March 11th, 2016 by BPL News in Media Releases
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brooklynBoston Public Library’s Author Talk Series features renowned Irish author Colm Tóibín on Thursday, March 17, at 12 p.m. in the Abbey Room at the Central Library in Copley Square in collaboration with the Consulate General of Ireland.

“St. Patrick’s Day in the City of Boston holds a special place in my life,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “It is a festive celebration of Irish culture, and we are fortunate to have such a talented writer coming to visit the Boston Public Library on this occasion. We welcome Colm Tóibín and I encourage the people of Boston to take a moment to stop by and hear about his work.”

“We welcome Colm Tóibín to the Boston Public Library for this special St. Patrick’s Day author talk and are grateful to the Consulate General of Ireland for their work to bring this to fruition,” said Boston Public Library Interim President David Leonard. “The talk promises to be a wonderful opportunity for the audience to learn more about his works and career as a bestselling author, during this year of great significance to members of the Irish community at home and abroad.” Read more »

Boston Public Library Celebrates Teen Tech Week

Posted on February 29th, 2016 by BPL News in Media Releases
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teensPrograms take place at six locations throughout the system

Boston Public Library celebrates Teen Tech Week March 6-12, an annual national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association. Six neighborhood locations in the Boston Public Library system, including the recently renovated Teen Central at the Central Library, have events planned with the theme “Create it at your library.” Through these programs, learning is extended beyond the classroom and teens have a space in which they can explore, create, and share content, and learn to be competent and ethical users of digital media.

“Teen Tech Week is a great opportunity for our young residents across the city to participate in free programs that will advance their skills in using modern technology,” said Mayor Walsh. “I encourage all of our teenage learners to participate in these programs that will help them expand their knowledge of digital media and technology, and gain a competitive advantage that will help them achieve their future goals.”

“Boston Public Library joins libraries across the nation in supporting the digital literacy needs of teens everywhere,” said Boston Public Library Interim President David Leonard. “Boston teens across the city have a variety of programs to choose from and can further their education and skill development in a safe learning environment.” Read more »