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April Literary Events at Boston Public Library Locations

Posted on March 25th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
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booksCentral Library, Adams, North End, South End, West End, West Roxbury branches to host

•Lorenz Finison explores how cyclists of all backgrounds made Boston the hub of 19th-century bicycling on Thursday, April 2, at 2 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the Never Too Late series.

• Cultural historian Ben Yagoda speaks about his book The B Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song, which draws upon previously untapped archival sources and illuminates broad musical trends through a series of intertwined stories. Thursday, April 9, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Read more »

Women’s History Month

Posted on March 19th, 2015 by Anna Williams in General

SWWMarch is Women’s History Month, and Boston Public Library locations host a variety of events and activities that honor women. Programs Include:

  • Lecture: Writer and educator Desiree Taylor explores the life of former slave Amanda Berry Smith on Saturday, March 21, at 11 a.m. at the Jamaica Plain Branch.
  • Kids Club: Children ages 5 and older read about three female naturalists – Maria Merian, Jane Goodall, and Wangari Maathai – and make a nature journal on Wednesday, March 25, at 4 p.m. at the Jamaica Plain Branch.
  • Crafts: Children ages 4-7 listen to stories and make crafts about women in history on Fridays, March 20 and 27, at 3:30 p.m. in the Children’s Library at the Central Library in Copley Square.
  • Family Art: Children and families listen to stories about artist Frida Kahlo and create artwork in her style on Saturday, March 28, at 3 p.m. in the Children’s Library at the Central Library.
  • Open Mic Night: Share stories and memories of a woman who has made a difference in your life on Monday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Connolly Branch.

You can also explore notable women in history year round by visiting our digitized collections. Highlights include the papers of Emily Dickinson, a rare first of edition of Phillis Wheatley’s Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, the work of book designer Sarah Wyman Whitman, and images of Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart.

The Handel and Haydn Society: Bringing Music to Life for 200 Years Exhibition Opens at BPL

Posted on March 17th, 2015 by Rosemary Lavery in General

1865 postponed concertArchives tell the story of 200 years of music history

The exhibition The Handel and Haydn Society: Bringing Music to Life for 200 Years opens at the Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square in the Cheverus Room on Tuesday, March 24, and runs through Saturday, September 5. The bicentennial exhibition explores Handel and Haydn Society’s long musical history and features original artifacts drawn from H+H’s private archives and the Boston Public Library’s Rare Books & Manuscripts Department, including photographs, program books, newspaper clippings, and other materials dating back to the early 1800s.

“This exhibition is a must-see for classical music fans and admirers of the Handel and Haydn Society. But all visitors with interests in Boston and American history will find a great deal here that is appealing, illuminating, and fun,” said Handel and Haydn Society’s Executive Director and CEO Marie-Hélène Bernard. “It’s perfect for families.” Read more »

Libraries Are for Making: Teen Tech Week at the BPL

Posted on March 6th, 2015 by admin in General
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Basic CMYKWorkshops for teens take place March 9-14

Boston teens are invited to check out a wealth of programs during the Young Adult Library Services Association’s nationally celebrated Teen Tech Week, which takes place March 9-14 with the theme “Libraries Are for Making.” Six neighborhood locations in the Boston Public Library system have events planned, including the Central Library and Grove Hall, Dudley, East Boston, Hyde Park, and Mattapan branches.  Offerings throughout the system range from coding and gaming workshops to learning about the BPL’s digital resources.

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The Central Library’s Teen Central, which opened last month, features a digital lab complete with a 3D printer and more than a dozen software programs to enhance teen’s experiences with technology. A few highlights of BPL programs for Teen Tech Week  include the Central Library’s Digital Lab 3D Design workshop on Wednesday, March 11, at 3 p.m., at 700 Boylston Street and an Hour of Code with the Best Buy Geek Squad on Monday, March 9, at 4 p.m. at the Mattapan Branch, located at 1350 Blue Hill Avenue.  View the complete schedule of events for Teen Tech Week via the BPL calendar.

March Author Talks & Lectures at Boston Public Library Locations

Posted on February 26th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
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Central Library, Charlestown, Faneuil, West Roxbury branches to hostDesktop181

Boston Public Library locations will host a variety of author talks this month, with topics including the Beatles phenomenon, civil rights, and local history. BPL Trustee and bestselling author Dennis Lehane discusses his new novel World Gone By. Highlights include:

• Anna Staniszewski, local author of books for children and teens, speaks about her book The Dirt Diary, followed by a writing activity on Monday, March 2, at 4:30 p.m. at the Faneuil Branch, located at 419 Faneuil Street in Brighton.
• National Book Award-winning author Colum McCann pays tribute to the ties that bind together Ireland and America in TransAtlantic, a story of three historic crossings, two continents, and the men and women who go back and forth across the wide Atantic. Monday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Charlestown Branch, located at 179 Main Street. Read more »