Press Room http://www.bpl.org/press Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:14:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Boston Public Library’s August Author Talks and Programs http://www.bpl.org/press/2016/07/26/boston-public-librarys-august-author-talks-and-programs/ http://www.bpl.org/press/2016/07/26/boston-public-librarys-august-author-talks-and-programs/#comments Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:14:55 +0000 http://www.bpl.org/press/?p=6464 Boston Public Library’s August author talks and programs feature learning opportunities for people of all ages, including summer reading, Read Your Way to Fenway, visits from the ReadBoston StoryMobile, and more.

  • Local author Frances Driscoll reads her picture book The Swan Boat Ride for those ages 4 and up on Thursday, August 4, at 3:30 p.m. at the North End Branch, located at 25 Parmenter Street.
  • Liz Moore reads from her book The Unseen World, which is the story of a precocious young girl’s search for her father’s identity, set in Dorchester. Thursday, August 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Grove Hall Branch, located at 41 Geneva Avenue.
  • Professional genealogist, speaker, and author Mary M. Tedesco discusses strategies and resources for locating your ancestral town through using records available in the United States and online. Thursday, August 18, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • The Friends of the South Boston Branch hold their last book sale of the summer on Saturday, August 20, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the South Boston Branch, located at 646 East Broadway.
  • Author and BPL staff member John DeVito examines how the legend of Jackie Kennedy lives on in popular culture on Wednesday, August 31, at 6:30 p.m. at the Adams Street Branch at 690 Adams Street in Dorchester.
  • Children learn the history of their favorite home teams and make crafts when Historic New England visits locations throughout the system.
  • Youth join librarians for sports-themed activities for a Ready, Set, Make! program at the Adams, Faneuil, Fields Corner, Hyde Park, Roslindale, and West End branches in August.
  • The ReadBoston StoryMobile visits 12 BPL locations once a week for six weeks this summer to provide fun storytelling events and free books for all children in attendance. Appropriate for ages 3-8.
  • The New England Aquarium travels to the Honan-Allston and South Boston branches, in addition to the Central Library in Copley Square, in August.
  • Young people ages 5-17 may participate in the annual Read Your Way to Fenway summer essay contest for the opportunity to watch the Red Sox play at Fenway Park by reading a minimum of three books and writing an essay about their favorite. Contest details and more are available online at bpl.org/summer.
  • Teens “Build the Future” and write book reviews, build an app for their phone, and learn how to use Scratch or Python programs this month. Teens can record their activities to earn badges to become eligible for a grand prize. Visit bpl.org/summer for the complete schedule.
  • Adult summer reading takes place at the Dudley, East Boston, Fields Corner, Grove Hall, Lower Mills, Mattapan, and Uphams Corner branches, with the theme “Exercise Your Mind – Read!” Patrons receive raffle tickets for reading or exercising and are entered into a weekly drawing at participating branches, and those branches host health and wellness-themed events.

 

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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American Repertory Theater, 826 Boston, and the Boston Public Library Announce the Fourth Annual WORDplay Program July 18-August 19 http://www.bpl.org/press/2016/07/18/american-repertory-theater-826-boston-and-the-boston-public-library-announce-the-fourth-annual-wordplay-program-july-18-august-19/ http://www.bpl.org/press/2016/07/18/american-repertory-theater-826-boston-and-the-boston-public-library-announce-the-fourth-annual-wordplay-program-july-18-august-19/#comments Mon, 18 Jul 2016 18:02:52 +0000 http://www.bpl.org/press/?p=6447 The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, 826 Boston, and Boston Public Library (BPL) announce the fourth annual WORDplay Program, a summer theater and writing intensive for Boston Public School (BPS) students entering the 8th and 9th grades in 2016. It takes place Monday through Thursday, 11:30 – 5:30pm, in the newly unveiled Kirstein Business Library and Innovation Center at the Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square, one of the centerpieces of the Library’s extensive renovations.

WORDplay 2016 will be the Kirstein Business Library and Innovation Center’s very first residency.

This summer, the A.R.T. and 826 Boston have expanded their partnership to include not only the Boston Public Library, but also the support of Boston After School and Beyond (BASB), a public-private partnership within BPS that leverages the public school system’s resources to enhance after school engagement for high-risk student populations and English Language Learners. Through A.R.T’s partnership with BASB, WORDplay has been designated an official Boston “Summer Learning Site” and, for the first time, will provide each of our young artists with a generous stipend upon completion of the program.

Twenty-five BPS students from Allston/Brighton, Dorchester, Roslindale, and Roxbury have been chosen by lottery to participate in a five-week program from July 18 through August 19. Over five weeks, students will conceptualize and write a script for a play inspired by the A.R.T.’s upcoming production of Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, a new one-woman show about the “School-to-Prison Pipeline” crisis facing our education system, opening on August 20 at the A.R.T.’s Loeb Drama Center. Echoing Ms. Smith’s method of gathering source material, the students will conduct interviews with local government officials (including William Morales, Commissioner of Boston Centers for Youth and Families), school administrators, teachers, parents, education reform advocates, and their peers on the subject of education and mass incarceration. The campers will create their production under the guidance of writing tutors from 826 Boston and professional theater artists from the A.R.T. They will also have the opportunity to visit the A.R.T.’s Mainstage as part of the curriculum.

The camp will culminate in a free public performance by the students on Thursday, August 18th (time and location TBD). The resulting script will be published by 826 Boston and provided to each camper at a special book release party later in 2016.

826 Boston is a youth writing and publishing organization that empowers underserved students ages 6-18 to find their voices, tell their stories, and gain communication skills to succeed in school and life. Our services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. With this understanding in mind, we provide after-school tutoring, field trips, creative writing workshops, in-school tutoring, help for English Language Learners, and in-depth publishing projects. Each of our free programs seeks to strengthen each student’s power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in his or her individual voice.

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.

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University is a leading force in the American theater, producing groundbreaking work in Cambridge and beyond. The A.R.T. was founded in 1980 by Robert Brustein, who served as Artistic Director until 2002, when he was succeeded by Robert Woodruff. Diane Paulus began her tenure as Artistic Director in 2008. Under the leadership of Paulus and Executive Director Diane Quinn, the A.R.T. seeks to expand the boundaries of theater by programming events that immerse audiences in transformative theatrical experiences. Throughout its history, the A.R.T. has been honored with many distinguished awards, including the Tony Award for Best New Play for All the Way (2014); consecutive Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical for Pippin (2013) and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (2012), both of which Paulus directed; a Pulitzer Prize; a Jujamcyn Prize for outstanding contribution to the development of creative talent; the Tony Award for Best Regional Theater; and numerous Elliot Norton and IRNE Awards. The A.R.T. collaborates with artists around the world to develop and create work in new ways. It is currently engaged in a number of multi-year projects, including a new collaboration with Harvard’s Center for the Environment that will result in the development of new work over several years. Under Paulus’s leadership, the A.R.T.’s club theater, OBERON, has been an incubator for local and emerging artists and has attracted national attention for its innovative programming and business models. As the professional theater on the campus of Harvard University, the A.R.T. catalyzes discourse, interdisciplinary collaboration, and creative exchange among a wide range of academic departments, institutions, students, and faculty members, acting as a conduit between its community of artists and the university. A.R.T. plays a central role in Harvard’s newly launched undergraduate Theater, Dance, and Media concentration, teaching courses in directing, dramatic literature, acting, voice, design, and dramaturgy. The A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theater Training, run in partnership with the Moscow Art Theatre School and the Harvard Extension School, offers graduate training in acting, dramaturgy, and voice. Dedicated to making great theater accessible, the A.R.T. actively engages more than 5,000 community members and local students annually in project-based partnerships, workshops, conversations with artists, and other enrichment activities both at the theater and across the Greater Boston area. Through all of these initiatives, the A.R.T. is dedicated to producing world-class performances in which the audience is central to the theatrical experience.

For further information, visit americanrepertorytheater.org.

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Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Public Library Celebrate Central Library Renovation Opening Today http://www.bpl.org/press/2016/07/09/mayor-martin-j-walsh-and-boston-public-library-celebrate-central-library-renovation-opening-today/ http://www.bpl.org/press/2016/07/09/mayor-martin-j-walsh-and-boston-public-library-celebrate-central-library-renovation-opening-today/#comments Sat, 09 Jul 2016 15:15:38 +0000 http://www.bpl.org/press/?p=6425 Click for full size (4071 × 2214)

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Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Public Library celebrated the grand reopening of the Central Library Renovation today with a 10:30 a.m. ribbon cutting. The grand reopening marks the completion of the second and final phase of the renovation of the Central Library in Copley Square, which has been managed by the City of Boston’s Public Facilities Department. This second phase of work includes updates to the lower level, first floor, mezzanine, and the building exterior of the Johnson building, which opened in 1972. The Central Library Renovation puts the Boston Public Library on the cutting edge of library services – reshaping and redefining the patron experience at a 21st century urban public library.

“The reopening of the Central Library’s Johnson building represents the investments we make in the future of all Boston residents, as our libraries are critical resources where residents gather to exchange and seek knowledge and information,” said Mayor Walsh. “I’m grateful to all who contributed to the success of this project, and I look forward to Boston’s residents and visitors enjoying the library’s enhancements.”

Highlights of the second phase of the renovation include removal of the granite plinths that covered the Johnson building windows – reconnecting the building to the street; a revamped lecture hall for author talks and programming, a new innovation center, new Mac and Windows computers for the public computing area, a hi-tech community learning center, an enlarged Fiction section and new ways of book browsing, digital stacks to explore the BPL’s digitized collections, a state-of-the art Welcome Center, a digital imaging suite, and major landscape components along Boylston Street, including a civic table and new trees. The enterprise retail space at the corner of Boylston and Exeter Streets will feature The Newsfeed Café, opening mid-summer and operated by The Catered Affair, and a WGBH News satellite bureau and studio. Patrons will move seamlessly between the enterprise retail space and the Library.

The public can learn more about the Johnson building’s new features at www.bpl.org/bplreno and by following the BPL on Twitter (@bplboston), Facebook, and Instagram (@bplboston).

“This is one of the most significant milestones in Boston Public Library history; the Central Library Renovation has greatly expanded offerings for people of all ages  – the library has been truly transformed,” said Chair of the Board of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library Robert E. Gallery.

“The goal of the renovation was to reinvent both our building and our library services as inviting, dynamic, and modern, to be responsive to twenty first century urban civic life and to strengthen the Central Library and its connection to the City,” said David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library. “We are proud to welcome everyone, from near and far, to celebrate a new era of library service in Copley Square.”

“We worked closely with the Boston Public Library and the City of Boston to develop an open kind of library space — the Big Urban Room — which connects the most active library uses to the city street.  With over 210 feet of transparent frontage along Boylston Street and multiple entry points, this new space conveys a sense of welcome that captures the Boston Public Library mantra ’FREE TO ALL,’” said architects Cliff Gayley and William Rawn, principals from William Rawn Associates, Architect, Inc.

“The Boston Public Library is a major piece of our city’s distinguished history and one that continues to provide services to thousands of residents in our community every day. We’re honored to have completed this beautiful renovation featuring complex engineering and design that will be enjoyed for generations to come,” said Matthew Consigli, President of Consigli Construction Co., Inc.

The first phase of the renovation, which opened in February 2015, included a colorful Children’s Library with books and media, early literacy and story time space, a tween corner, and flexible program space; Teen Central, a distinctive and media-friendly space with books, digital lab, media lounge, a dedicated quiet zone, and homework and hangout booths; refreshed and reorganized nonfiction collections and reference services; and an adult reading area and workspace for individuals and groups.

The Central Library Renovation project is funded by the City of Boston capital budget at $78 million. In addition to the City of Boston’s Public Facilities Department, the project team includes  PMA Consultants as the Owner’s Project Manager, Consigli Construction Co., Inc. is the contractor, and the project architect is William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.

 

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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Boston Public Library’s Summer Reading Program for All Ages Begins http://www.bpl.org/press/2016/06/27/boston-public-librarys-summer-reading-program-for-all-ages-begins/ http://www.bpl.org/press/2016/06/27/boston-public-librarys-summer-reading-program-for-all-ages-begins/#comments Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:35:30 +0000 http://www.bpl.org/press/?p=6419 readBoston Public Library’s annual free summer reading program (www.bpl.org/summer) begins this month, offering educational experiences for youth and adults throughout the City of Boston through August.

“We are very happy to see our summer reading program also expand to adults this year, offering everyone an opportunity to exercise their minds through reading regardless of age,” said Boston Public Library President David Leonard. “We are as always grateful to our sponsors for their commitment to our library users.”

“Summer reading offers a variety of programs and reading opportunities, giving youth a safe and fun environment in which to learn, explore, and grow during out of school time,” said Farouqua Abuzeit, Manager of Youth Services.

The children’s theme this year is “On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!” All locations throughout the system will receive visits from the Museum of Science, Historic New England, New England Aquarium, and the ReadBoston Storymobile, in addition to story times, crafts, and additional programming at locations.

Teens will “Build the Future” and write book reviews, code with Minecraft, learn how to take care of and get around by bikes, make video games, and attend workshops that teach how to make a simple robot, a controller for a video game, or program with Sonic Pi. Teens can record their activities to earn badges to become eligible for a grand prize. Boston Public Library locations that have dedicated teen spaces include the Central Library and the Dudley, East Boston, Grove Hall, Hyde Park, and Mattapan branches. Teen Central at the Central Library has an especially full slate of summer reading programs, available at www.bpl.org/summer.

Adult summer reading will take place at the Dudley, East Boston, Fields Corner, Grove Hall, Lower Mills, Mattapan, and Uphams Corner branches, with the theme “Exercise Your Mind – Read!” Patrons will receive raffle tickets for reading or exercising and be entered into a weekly drawing at participating branches, and participating branches will host health and wellness-themed events.

Young people ages 5-17 may also participate in the annual Read Your Way to Fenway summer essay contest for the opportunity to watch the Red Sox play at Fenway Park by reading a minimum of three books and writing an essay about their favorite. Contest details and more are available online at www.bpl.org/summer.

On Your Mark, Get Set…READ! is sponsored by the Boston Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Teen summer programs are made possible through Boston Bikes, The Boston Public Library Foundation, City-Wide Friends of the Boston Public Library, and the Rhode Island Computer Museum.

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

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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Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Public Library Announce Grand Reopening Date for Central Library Renovation http://www.bpl.org/press/2016/06/20/mayor-martin-j-walsh-and-boston-public-library-announce-grand-reopening-date-for-central-library-renovation/ http://www.bpl.org/press/2016/06/20/mayor-martin-j-walsh-and-boston-public-library-announce-grand-reopening-date-for-central-library-renovation/#comments Mon, 20 Jun 2016 15:45:50 +0000 http://www.bpl.org/press/?p=6417 Mayor Walsh to attend celebration; all are welcome

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Public Library announced today that the grand reopening of the Central Library Renovation will take place Saturday, July 9, and will be commemorated with a 10:30 a.m. ribbon cutting. The grand reopening will celebrate the completion of the second and final phase of the renovation of the Central Library in Copley Square, which has been managed by the City of Boston’s Public Facilities Department. This second phase of work includes updates to the lower level, first floor, mezzanine, and the building exterior of the Johnson building, which opened in 1972. The Central Library Renovation puts the Boston Public Library on the cutting edge of library services – reshaping and redefining the patron experience at a 21st century urban public library.

The Central Library in Copley Square will be closed on Thursday, July 7, and Friday, July 8, to prepare and train staff in the updated spaces, and will reopen on Saturday, July 9, following the ribbon cutting.

“The reopening of the Central Library’s Johnson building ensures a bright future for all who seek educational opportunities through utilizing the services of this grand civic space,” said Mayor Walsh. “I am grateful to all who contributed to this project and I am confident library patrons and visitors will love the enhancements.”

Highlights of the second phase of the renovation include removal of the granite plinths that covered the Johnson building windows – reconnecting the building to the street, a revamped lecture hall for author talks and programming, a new innovation center, new Mac and Windows computers for the public computing area, a hi-tech community learning center, an enlarged Fiction section and new ways of book browsing, digital stacks to explore the BPL’s digitized collections, a state-of-the art Welcome Center, a digital imaging suite, and major landscape components along Boylston Street, including a civic table and new trees. The enterprise retail space at the corner of Boylston and Exeter Streets will feature The Newsfeed Café, opening mid-summer and operated by The Catered Affair, and a WGBH News satellite bureau and studio. Patrons will move seamlessly between the enterprise retail space and the Library.

The public can learn more about the Johnson building’s new features at www.bpl.org/bplreno and by following the BPL on Twitter (@bplboston), Facebook, and Instagram (@bplboston).

“This is one of the most significant milestones in Boston Public Library history; the Central Library Renovation has greatly expanded the offerings for people of all ages, as this library has truly been transformed,” said Chair of the Board of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library Robert E. Gallery.

“The goal of the renovation was to reinvent both our building and our library services as inviting, dynamic, and modern, to be responsive to twenty first century urban civic life and to strengthen the Central Library and its connection to the City,” said David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library. “We are proud to welcome everyone, from near and far, to celebrate a new era of library service in Copley Square.”

The first phase of the renovation, which opened in February 2015, included a colorful Children’s Library with books and media, early literacy and story time space, a tween corner, and flexible program space; Teen Central, a distinctive and media-friendly space with books, digital lab, media lounge, a dedicated quiet zone, and homework and hangout booths; refreshed and reorganized nonfiction collections and reference services; and an adult reading area and workspace for individuals and groups.

The Central Library Renovation is a City of Boston capital project totaling $78 million. In addition to the City of Boston’s Public Facilities Department, the project team includes  PMA Consultants as the Owner’s Project Manager, Consigli Construction Co., Inc. is the contractor, and the project architect is William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.

 

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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Boston Public Library Board of Trustees Offer Presidential Role to David Leonard http://www.bpl.org/press/2016/06/14/boston-public-library-board-of-trustees-offer-presidential-role-to-david-leonard/ http://www.bpl.org/press/2016/06/14/boston-public-library-board-of-trustees-offer-presidential-role-to-david-leonard/#comments Tue, 14 Jun 2016 12:45:23 +0000 http://www.bpl.org/press/?p=6411 Today the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees voted unanimously to extend an offer of employment for the position of BPL President to current Interim President David Leonard. The offer came during a special meeting of the Trustees to discuss the presidential search after San Jose City Librarian Jill Bourne declined the position last week.

“I am thrilled David Leonard is the new President of the Boston Public Library and look forward to seeing the BPL thrive under his continued leadership,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I am also extremely grateful to all involved in this process over the past year, including the Board of Trustees, Presidential Search Committee Chair John Palfrey and the committee members, and the community for their contributions and input.”

“The Board of Trustees and I have full confidence that the Boston Public Library has a bright future ahead with David Leonard as President; his leadership capabilities and vision over the past year have kept this great institution evolving and innovating, and we know that will continue for years to come,” said BPL Board of Trustees Chair Bob Gallery.

“I look forward to serving as President of the Boston Public Library and expanding on the many accomplishments of the last year,” said David Leonard, President of the BPL. “Extensive knowledge of the institution – its successes and its challenges – and strong working relationships with staff and stakeholders should enable me to be an effective steward and leader of the BPL. Thank you to Mayor Walsh and the Board of Trustees for their confidence and support in my leadership.”

David Leonard has held the Interim President role at the BPL since July 2015 during which time he has overseen the $78 million renovation of the Central Library in Copley Square opening in July 2016 and branch improvement projects, including the groundbreaking and ongoing construction of the Jamaica Plain Branch. His work in the past year includes strengthening relationships with stakeholder groups such as the Boston Public Library Foundation, the Associates of the Boston Public Library, and The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center; overseeing management of the second phase of the Print Collection Inventory, an item-by-item inventory of the BPL’s prints and chromolithographs; environmental improvements and mold remediation in the Rare Books Department; and preparation for the BPL’s Special Collections Assessment, which includes compiling a master list and priority ranking of 800 collections set to be assessed and inventoried.

Prior to Leonard’s appointment in 2015, he was the Director of Administration and Technology (a position he still holds concurrently). In his seven years at the BPL, Leonard has also served at various times as both the acting Director of Administration & Finance and separately as acting Chief Financial Officer. He was first hired as the Chief Technology Officer in 2009. Leonard recently began a PhD program in Library Information Science at Simmons College.

Prior to the Boston Public Library, Leonard initially pursued an academic career, transitioned to the non-profit sector and then spent ten years in the private IT consulting world in roles that spanned business development, management, and technology consulting, working on both strategic and tactical projects and services. Leonard holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Mathematics and a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the University College Dublin. He originally came to Boston for post graduate work in the Philosophy doctoral program at Boston College.

Background on the BPL Presidential Search

In September 2015 Mayor Walsh selected John Palfrey, head of school at Philips Academy, Andover to lead the BPL Presidential Search process, and in November 2015 Mayor Walsh announced the 15-member BPL Presidential Search Committee.

Seven Public Listening Sessions were held with the BPL Presidential Search Committee at branches across the Library system for the community to share their thoughts on what qualities they believe the next leader of the BPL should have and to assist in the development of the presidential job description.

The BPL Presidential Search Committee worked closely with Executive Search Firm Spencer Stuart on identifying candidates for the position.

On Saturday, May 21, the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees voted to extend an offer of employment for President of the Boston Public Library to Jill Bourne, City Librarian for the San Jose Public Library. The decision was made following public interviews of Bourne and David Leonard, Interim President of the BPL, and deliberation amongst the Trustees during a public meeting at the Central Library in Copley Square. It was announced on Friday, June 10, that Jill Bourne declined the offer due to personal reasons.

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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Boston Public Library Board of Trustees Call Special Meeting in BPL Presidential Search http://www.bpl.org/press/2016/06/10/boston-public-library-board-of-trustees-call-special-meeting-in-bpl-presidential-search/ http://www.bpl.org/press/2016/06/10/boston-public-library-board-of-trustees-call-special-meeting-in-bpl-presidential-search/#comments Fri, 10 Jun 2016 17:47:25 +0000 http://www.bpl.org/press/?p=6403 The Boston Public Library Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting next week to discuss the status of negotiations in the search for a president of the Boston Public Library. Jill Bourne, City Librarian for San Jose, declined the offer due to personal reasons. Bourne had been offered the position by the BPL Board of Trustees following a public interview on Saturday, May 21.

“This does not diminish the Board of Trustees excitement about the future of the Library. I’m confident we’ll be able to select a strong leader to fill this role early next week,” said Bob Gallery, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “The Board of Trustees was looking forward to welcoming Jill Bourne to the Boston Public Library but the Trustees are understanding of her decision and wish her all the best.”

“I am extremely honored to have been offered the position of President of the Boston Public Library.  The institution, staff, and community support all attracted me to this position, as much as the city, its leadership, and the exciting things that are happening there,” said Jill Bourne, City Librarian for San Jose. “However, I have made the decision to withdraw my candidacy for personal reasons that were not anticipated while I participated in this process. This has been an incredibly difficult decision, and I greatly appreciate the patience and support of the Mayor’s office, the BPL Board of Trustees, and others.  While I cannot accept this opportunity, I am fortunate to stay in San José with a wonderful staff, colleagues, and community.”

The special meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 14 at 8:30 a.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square.

During the meeting, the BPL Board of Trustees may consider Interim President David Leonard for the position. Leonard was publicly interviewed for the role by the BPL Board of Trustees at the end of May. He has served as Interim President of the BPL since June 2015. The Trustees may also enter into an executive session to review the negotiations with Jill Bourne since details of personnel matters are legally protected from public discussion.

Background on the BPL Presidential Search

In September 2015 Mayor Walsh selected John Palfrey, head of school at Philips Academy, Andover to lead the BPL Presidential Search process, and in November 2015 Mayor Walsh announced the 15-member BPL Presidential Search Committee.

Seven Public Listening Sessions were held with the BPL Presidential Search Committee at branches across the Library system for the community to share their thoughts on what qualities they believe the next leader of the BPL should have and to assist in the development of the presidential job description.

The BPL Presidential Search Committee worked closely with Executive Search Firm Spencer Stuart on identifying candidates for the position.

On Saturday, May 21, the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees voted to extend an offer of employment for President of the Boston Public Library to Jill Bourne, City Librarian for the San Jose Public Library. The decision was made following public interviews of Bourne and David Leonard, Interim President of the BPL, and deliberation amongst the Trustees during a public meeting at the Central Library in Copley Square. The interviews were open to the public and held in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square.

 

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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Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Public Library Celebrate Central Library Renovation Opening Today http://www.bpl.org/press/2016/06/06/central-library-renovation-reopening-grand-opening-press-release/ http://www.bpl.org/press/2016/06/06/central-library-renovation-reopening-grand-opening-press-release/#comments Mon, 06 Jun 2016 08:30:59 +0000 http://www.bpl.org/press/?p=6348 BOSTON 11_press– July 9, 2016 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Public Library celebrated the grand reopening of the Central Library Renovation today with a 10:30 a.m. ribbon cutting. The grand reopening marks the completion of the second and final phase of the renovation of the Central Library in Copley Square, which has been managed by the City of Boston’s Public Facilities Department. This second phase of work includes updates to the lower level, first floor, mezzanine, and the building exterior of the Johnson building, which opened in 1972. The Central Library Renovation puts the Boston Public Library on the cutting edge of library services – reshaping and redefining the patron experience at a 21st century urban public library.

“The reopening of the Central Library’s Johnson building represents the investments we make in the future of all Boston residents, as our libraries are critical resources where residents gather to exchange and seek knowledge and information,” said Mayor Walsh. “I’m grateful to all who contributed to the success of this project, and I look forward to Boston’s residents and visitors enjoying the library’s enhancements.”

Highlights of the second phase of the renovation include removal of the granite plinths that covered the Johnson building windows – reconnecting the building to the street; a revamped lecture hall for author talks and programming, a new innovation center, new Mac and Windows computers for the public computing area, a hi-tech community learning center, an enlarged Fiction section and new ways of book browsing, digital stacks to explore the BPL’s digitized collections, a state-of-the art Welcome Center, a digital imaging suite, and major landscape components along Boylston Street, including a civic table and new trees. The enterprise retail space at the corner of Boylston and Exeter Streets will feature The Newsfeed Café, opening mid-summer and operated by The Catered Affair, and a WGBH News satellite bureau and studio. Patrons will move seamlessly between the enterprise retail space and the Library.

The public can learn more about the Johnson building’s new features at www.bpl.org/bplreno and by following the BPL on Twitter (@bplboston), Facebook, and Instagram (@bplboston).

“This is one of the most significant milestones in Boston Public Library history; the Central Library Renovation has greatly expanded offerings for people of all ages  – the library has been truly transformed,” said Chair of the Board of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library Robert E. Gallery.

“The goal of the renovation was to reinvent both our building and our library services as inviting, dynamic, and modern, to be responsive to twenty first century urban civic life and to strengthen the Central Library and its connection to the City,” said David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library. “We are proud to welcome everyone, from near and far, to celebrate a new era of library service in Copley Square.”

“We worked closely with the Boston Public Library and the City of Boston to develop an open kind of library space — the Big Urban Room — which connects the most active library uses to the city street.  With over 210 feet of transparent frontage along Boylston Street and multiple entry points, this new space conveys a sense of welcome that captures the Boston Public Library mantra ’FREE TO ALL,’” said architects Cliff Gayley and William Rawn, principals from William Rawn Associates, Architect, Inc.

“The Boston Public Library is a major piece of our city’s distinguished history and one that continues to provide services to thousands of residents in our community every day. We’re honored to have completed this beautiful renovation featuring complex engineering and design that will be enjoyed for generations to come,” said Matthew Consigli, President of Consigli Construction Co., Inc.

The first phase of the renovation, which opened in February 2015, included a colorful Children’s Library with books and media, early literacy and story time space, a tween corner, and flexible program space; Teen Central, a distinctive and media-friendly space with books, digital lab, media lounge, a dedicated quiet zone, and homework and hangout booths; refreshed and reorganized nonfiction collections and reference services; and an adult reading area and workspace for individuals and groups.

The Central Library Renovation project is funded by the City of Boston capital budget at $78 million. In addition to the City of Boston’s Public Facilities Department, the project team includes  PMA Consultants as the Owner’s Project Manager, Consigli Construction Co., Inc. is the contractor, and the project architect is William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.

 

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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Central Library Renovation Reopening: Elevating Arts, Culture & Special Collections http://www.bpl.org/press/2016/06/06/central-library-renovation-reopening-elevating-arts-culture/ http://www.bpl.org/press/2016/06/06/central-library-renovation-reopening-elevating-arts-culture/#comments Mon, 06 Jun 2016 08:30:55 +0000 http://www.bpl.org/press/?p=6334 Elevating the Arts

Boston Public Library is one of the city’s great cultural institutions and is home to thousands of significant works of art. The renovated Johnson building will provide several new locations to showcase these iconic works, including Gallery J on the first floor with rotating exhibitions of artwork from the library’s collections, the Community Learning Center on the mezzanine where reproductions of selections from the BPL’s vibrant travel poster collection will hang, and the Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center, which will feature large-scale reproductions of photographs of Boston by Spencer Grant and Lance Keimig.

In addition, patrons will be treated to an array of artwork installed around the circulating collections. Look for expressionist artwork from the ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s by major artists, György Kepes and Hermon di Giovanno; the copper half-eagle, half-lion griffin that once resided on the roof of the McKim building; a selection of historic and contemporary author busts, including two new acquisitions recently added to the library’s collection of Edgar Allan Poe and Maya Angelou; Psyche, a large Neoclassical marble figure that overlooks the mezzanine stairs; and a large-scale mosaic of the Boston skyline made from salvaged and repurposed books, designed by Boston-based firm Arrowstreet.

Items from the BPL’s Special Collections that have been digitized and made available at digitalcommonwealth.org will also be featured on four new Digital Stacks located near the Boylston Street entrance. Using this interactive tool, patrons can explore the BPL’s collections of digitized maps, manuscripts, photographs, prints, and travel posters.

 

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Central Library Renovation Reopening: Investing in Our Digital Future http://www.bpl.org/press/2016/06/06/central-library-renovation-reopening-investing-in-our-digital-future/ http://www.bpl.org/press/2016/06/06/central-library-renovation-reopening-investing-in-our-digital-future/#comments Mon, 06 Jun 2016 08:30:40 +0000 http://www.bpl.org/press/?p=6337 Digital ServicesWith the Central Library Renovation, Boston Public Library has expanded its commitment to digital services, carving out customized space for its digitization team and affiliated digital partners. The BPL was one of the first libraries in the nation to dedicate space to this type of work, and the Johnson building will now provide approximately 6,000 square feet on its lower level to the BPL’s Digital Services department and digital imaging studio as well as BPL’s digital partners, Digital Public Library of America and Internet Archive.

The new location is outfitted with secure storage units for items pending digitization and climate control to protect materials. Camera stations are located in an area with the perfect balance of isolation and proximity for ultimate efficiency, security, and image quality. There is also room to grow, as the space allows for the expansion of the BPL’s digital team as demand for these services evolves.

With this digitization work and commitment to the facilities that support it, BPL continues to make its special collections and those of cultural heritage organizations throughout Massachusetts available to patrons from all over the world. Visit DigitalCommonwealth.org to access the BPL’s digital collections.

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