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Boston Public Library Commemorates Boston Marathon April 14-19

Posted on April 7th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

Courtyard concerts, author talks, art & architecture tours planned at Central Librarymckim

Boston Public Library is offering dedicated programs April 14-19 in honor of the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon, all to be held at the Central Library in Copley Square. The library welcomes visitors not only to reflect and gather as one community but to experience and enjoy programs that serve as a respite during this week of remembrance.

On Tuesday, April 15, there will be a delayed public opening of the Central Library; public service hours will take place from 4-9 p.m. On Sunday, April 20, the Central Library will be open exclusively for viewing of the Dear Boston exhibition from 1-5 p.m. via the Dartmouth Street entrance only. All Boston Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, April 21, in observance of Patriot’s Day. Read more »

“Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial” Exhibition to Open at Boston Public Library on April 7

Posted on March 31st, 2014 by admin in General, Media Releases

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and organizing partners to open month-long exhibitionseal

CITY OF BOSTON. Office of the Mayor, Martin J. Walsh

For Immediate Release: Monday, March 31, 2014

For More Information: See list of media contacts at end of release.

In the days and weeks following the 2013 Boston Marathon, a makeshift memorial grew in downtown Boston’s Copley Square. Comprised of thousands of items like flowers, posters, notes, t-shirts, and running shoes, the memorial offered messages of love, support, and hope to the victims and their families as well as the broader city of Boston. Beginning April 7, select pieces from that memorial will be on display at the Boston Public Library in an exhibition called “Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial,” which aims to provide visitors with a place for reflection. The exhibition will open with a special ceremony led by Mayor Walsh at 10 a.m. in the Library’s McKim Exhibition Hall, located in the Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street. Dear Boston is open to the public beginning at 11 a.m. on April 7.

Dear Boston represents our strength and solidarity not only as a city, but also as a community that supports one another through even the most difficult of times,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I encourage people – residents and visitors alike – to visit the exhibition, experience the resilience of the people of Boston, and view the messages of hope and healing.”

Open from April 7 through May 11, the exhibition invites visitors to experience the profound emotions and solidarity evoked by the original memorial. Divided into three major sections, it transitions visitors from reflection to action and from memories of the tragedy to messages of hope and courage for the future as they move through the exhibition and out into their community. The exhibition, curated by Rainey Tisdale, is organized by a partnership that includes the Boston City Archives, Boston Art Commission, New England Museum Association, Boston Public Library, and Iron Mountain. For more information, visit Read more »

Boston Public Library Expands Digital Offerings through Free Streaming Media Service

Posted on March 25th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

Movies, television, music, and audiobooks available via hoopla for library users hoopla2

Boston Public Library now offers a free streaming media service for all cardholders, providing easy access to thousands of movies, television shows, music, and audiobooks for instant streaming or temporary download for smartphones, tablets, or computers. Library users can download up to ten titles per month and the automatic return ensures no late fees, with checkout times ranging from three days to three weeks.

“When we surveyed our users earlier this year, access to streaming content was the top-requested new service,” said Michael Colford, Director of Library Services. “Free digital streaming is an excellent addition to Boston Public Library’s growing online collection, and it is available twenty-four hours a day.” Read more »

April Lectures, Author Talks, and Workshops at Boston Public Library Locations

Posted on March 20th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, The Phantom Tollbooth authors featurednorton

Boston Public Library will host lectures, author talks, and workshops at the Central Library in Copley Square and branch locations through the month of April, including Boston Marathon commemorative programs April 14-19, Money Smart Week workshops April 5-10, and authors from a variety of genres.

The library welcomes two critically acclaimed authors in conjunction with the 2014 Lowell Lecture Series, which is dedicated to the theme “Gateway to Reading.” Norton Juster, author of the children’s classic The Phantom Tollbooth, visits the library on Wednesday, April 2, at 6 p.m., and Jeff Kinney, bestselling author and illustrator of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, appears on Sunday, April 27, at 2 p.m. Both talks take place in Rabb Lecture Hall. Read more »

‘City of Neighborhoods’ Exhibition Opens at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library

Posted on March 12th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

Exhibition tells the story of a “new” Boston 

The exhibition City of Neighborhoods: The Changing Face of Boston opens at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library on Saturday, orientheightsMarch 22, with an open house, tours, and activities for families from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The exhibition examines the changing landscape of Boston’s neighborhoods; which, during the last decade, have become younger and more ethnically and racially diverse.

City of Neighborhoods celebrates the diversity of the City and the traditions that are reflective of both Boston’s great history and those that are unique to each neighborhood,” said Evan Thornberry, co-curator. “The exhibition explores not only the people, but the institutions in each community that grow and support the cultural identities of people from around the world who now call Boston their home.” Read more »