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Boston Public Library Reaches 100,000 Items Digitized and Accessible at

Posted on May 25th, 2016 by BPL News in Media Releases
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15_05_000237Boston Public Library recently added its 100,000th digitized item to Digital Commonwealth, providing access to digital resources of cultural heritage organizations throughout Massachusetts. Collections in Digital include thousands of images, documents, and sound recordings from member institutions which are openly accessible to researchers, students, and the intellectually curious.

“Boston Public Library’s collections are extensive and making them available online is a key way of delivering on our mission of access and education in the modern 24/7 connected world,” said David Leonard, Interim President of the Boston Public Library. “Digital Commonwealth is one way of showcasing the library’s digitization work to make our collections and those of our many statewide partners across the commonwealth discoverable by all.”

The 100,000th item was the print Hebron Barns, dating from 1938, of the Thomas W. Nason prints and drawings collection.  Items from the Boston Public Library in include the Boston Pictorial Archives, Fine and Historic Bookbindings, and the Anti-Slavery Collections of Distinction, Emily Dickinson letters and poems, images from Boston Herald-Traveler photographer Leslie Jones, postcards, prints, and more. Boston Public Library has digitized more than 152,000 items from its collection, which are housed on Digital and the Internet Archive. Read more »

Boston Public Library June Literary Events at Locations Across the City

Posted on May 24th, 2016 by BPL News in Media Releases
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Downloads3Boston Public Library offers a wealth of author talks and book sales throughout the month of June; visit for a complete list.

  • The Brighton Branch, located at 40 Academy Hill Road, holds a book sale on Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • The Central Library, located at 700 Boylston Street, hosts a book sale in the McKim building’s Cushman Room on Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator E.B. Lewis speaks to children about how picture books are created on Tuesday, June 7, at 4 p.m. at the Faneuil Branch, located at 419 Faneuil Street in Brighton.
  • The Parker Hill Branch hosts a book sale on Thursday, June 9, from 4-7:30 p.m. at 1497 Tremont Street in Roxbury.
  • Anthony M. Sammarco gives a slide show presentation and talk about his book Lost Boston, which details Boston’s fascinating lost architectural heritage on Thursday, June 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lower Mills Branch, located at 27 Richmond Street in Dorchester.
  • Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor offers profound insights in her in-depth look at the political landscape that gave birth to Black Lives Matter, discussing From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation on Saturday, June 11, at 12 p.m. and on Saturday, June 25, at 12 p.m. at the Dudley Branch, located at 65 Warren Street.
  • Local author Myra Love speaks about her new book, My Life as a Poet: Minerva’s Story, which details Minerva’s senior year in high school, in which she resists others’ efforts to define her, even when illness and violence intrude. Monday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Connolly Branch, located at 433 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain.
  • Join biologist Nathan H. Lents for a discussion of his book Not So Different: Finding Human Nature in Animals; through a mix of colorful reporting and rigorous scientific research, Lents describes the exciting strides scientists have made in decoding animal behavior. Thursday, June 16, at 6 p.m. at the East Boston Branch, located at 365 Bremen Street.
  • Local author Kenneth Turino speaks about his book Haymarket, as the Boston market district has changed dramatically but continues to serve a constant stream of students and tourists, longtime residents, and newly arrived immigrant families. Thursday, June 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the West End Branch, located at 151 Cambridge Street.
  • Stop by the South End Branch, located at 685 Tremont Street, for a book sale on Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • The South Boston Branch, located at 646 East Broadway, holds a book sale on Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Jenna Blum reads from her book Those Who Save Us, which combines a love story and mother-daughter drama on Tuesday, June 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the South End Branch, located at 685 Tremont Street.
  • Bob Backlund, WWE Hall of Fame member, discusses his book Backlund: From All-American Boy to Professional Wrestling’s World Champion on Thursday, June 30, at 6 p.m. at the West End Branch, located at 151 Cambridge Street.

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Public Interview Date Set for Boston Public Library Presidential Candidate Finalist

Posted on May 16th, 2016 by in General, Media Releases

Candidates will be interviewed by BPL Board of Trustees; Public invited to attend and observe

 May 16, 2016 – Today, the Boston Public Library Presidential Search Committee announced they will present three candidates to be interviewed for the position of BPL President to the Library Board of Trustees on Saturday, May 21. The interviews are open to the public and will be held in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square beginning at 8 a.m. The candidate finalists will be announced on Thursday, May 19.

“The Search Committee has conducted a transparent and open process, and I commend them for that,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “Now the BPL Board of Trustees has the task of selecting the candidate who demonstrates the leadership most suited to head the Boston Public Library, one of the oldest library systems in the nation.”

“The BPL Presidential Search Committee has held seven public listening sessions since November and had numerous conversations with Library leadership, staff, friends groups, and other committed stakeholders to determine the qualities they wanted to see in the next BPL president,” said John Palfrey, Chair of the Presidential Search Committee. “Thanks to the assistance of executive search firm, Spencer Stuart, the committee was able to narrow down an expansive field of potential candidates to three very qualified applicants.”

“The BPL Board of Trustees is eager to hear from the candidates the Search Committee will present,” said Robert Gallery, Chair of the BPL Board of Trustees. “We’re preparing interview questions that will dive deep into each candidate’s interest in the position and how that individual’s experience aligns with the mission of the Boston Public Library.”

The three candidate interviews will be conducted in succession by the BPL Board of Trustees beginning at 8 a.m. on May 21. Each interview will be one hour and 15 minutes in length, followed by a brief break between interviews. At the conclusion of the three interviews, the Trustees will vote to extend an offer of employment as President of the Boston Public Library to the selected finalist.

The public is invited to observe the interviews and may submit suggested interview questions prior to the meeting via the email address


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

Mayor Walsh Launches Adams Street Branch Library Project

Posted on May 16th, 2016 by BPL News in Media Releases
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Mayor Walsh’s Building a Better Boston Capital Plan Invests over $90 million in Library Projects throughout the City

Today Mayor Martin J. Walsh launched the Adams Street Branch Library Project and highlighted capital investments planned at libraries across the Boston Public Library system, which total over $90 million in his FY17-21 Building a Better Boston Capital Plan. A community celebration for the announcement was held at the Adams Street Branch in Dorchester, where the $12.6 million project will renew the branch library, reflect the Boston Public Library Compass principles and support the needs of the neighborhood.

“Investing in the Boston Public Library means investing in the futures of all Boston residents; our libraries are critical access points where we gather as one community to seek information and knowledge,” said Mayor Walsh. “I am committed to reinvigorating our locations throughout the city.”

The FY17-21 Building a Better Boston Capital Plan continues to demonstrate Mayor Walsh’s strong commitment to revitalizing the Boston Public Library’s historic Central Library in Copley Square and its branches throughout Boston’s neighborhoods. Investing in Boston’s neighborhood branches helps ensure a vital and vibrant community. In today’s society, libraries serve as conduits for information, spaces in which citizens and neighbors meet and collaborate, and of course, as access points for reading and literacy. Among a range of services for life-long learning, the Library offers Boston’s youths a safe place to learn and access additional educational opportunities, and provide today’s citizens with resources for furthering skills and exploring new job opportunities. Read more »

Mayor Walsh Announces the Appointment of Ben Bradlee Jr. to the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees

Posted on May 10th, 2016 by BPL News in Media Releases

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that Ben Bradlee Jr., author and a former editor for The Boston Globe, has been appointed to the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees. Bradlee was sworn in during the Board’s annual meeting held this morning May 10 at the Central Library in Copley Square. Bradlee fills the Board’s unofficial writer’s seat, which has been previously held by notable authors such as Dennis Lehane, David McCullough and Doris Kearns Goodwin.

“Ben Bradlee Jr.’s experience in the media and as an acclaimed author make him a natural fit and valued addition to the BPL Board,” said Mayor Walsh. “I thank Ben for his commitment to the city and I look forward to seeing the nation’s first large, free municipal library continue to flourish under the leadership of the Board.”

“The BPL Board is pleased to welcome Ben Bradlee Jr. to the governing body of the Boston Public Library,” said Robert Gallery, Chair of the BPL Board of Trustees. “His background brings a fresh perspective to the Board with his deep knowledge of the value of libraries for research and for fact finding, which have surely served him throughout his career. We look forward to his contribution on the BPL Board of Trustees.” Read more »