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Central Library Renovation Profiles: Laura Koenig, Team Leader, Central Library Children’s Services

Posted on April 30th, 2015 by admin in General
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Laura talks about the work that went into the creation of the new Children’s Library.

What is your role in the Central Library Renovation?Laura Koenig

I was a member of the library team that coordinated with the architects on the design of the Children’s Library and Teen Central. I gathered feedback from children, teenagers, and families on what they would like to see in the space and brought those ideas to the design team. I also got to have a hand in all the design elements in the Children’s Library and Teen Central. I took a lead role in the creation of the sensory wall in the early literacy area ToddleTown, which serves not only babies and toddlers but also children on the autism spectrum. I spoke to people who work with children on the autism spectrum and combined that with my own knowledge of early literacy and brain development in young children to make suggestions about how the area could meet the needs of both communities.

What was one of your goals with the Johnson Level 2 Renovation?

My main goal was to create a first-class space for Boston’s children and teens. I also wanted the Children’s Library to benefit kids in all stages of development. There is a huge difference between how a two-year-old and a ten-year-old use a library, and during the design process, we put a lot of thought into how the Children’s Library could serve each age group. The early literacy area ToddleTown provides children ages three and under with a safe space to explore and move; the StoryScape area is for older children to engage in imaginative play with books, toys, costumes, and props; and the tween space gives tweens a place to hang out away from the younger kids, and it’s also where afterschool homework help takes place.

What is your favorite thing about the Johnson Level 2 renovation?

I love the Children’s Library as a whole; my very favorite part is ToddleTown, the early literacy area. It reflects our research into early brain development, and I like that it also addresses some of the needs of children on the autism spectrum. The Public Gardens-themed graphics with details from Make Way for Ducklings are charming, and it is home to one of our three lion cubs. The best part is that it has gotten very heavy use and is beloved by children and parents.

What are you most looking forward to about the next phase of the renovation?

I am excited about the new books and media area that will greet visitors when they enter the Johnson building. I also think the digital labs for adults will be a great addition. The digital lab in Teen Central has gotten a great response, and the next phase of the renovation will make that technology available for everyone.

Leventhal Map Center Opens New America Revolution Exhibition

Posted on April 30th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
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maps“We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence” runs May 2 through November 29

After spending more than two years identifying and selecting maps and artifacts, the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center (Map Center) opens the free exhibition We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence in the McKim Exhibition Hall at the Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square on May 2, running through November 29. We Are One explores the tumultuous events that led 13 colonies to forge a new nation and commemorates the 250th anniversary of American colonial resistance to Britain’s 1765 Stamp Act, a pivotal moment in the chain of events that led to revolution. The exhibition features 60 maps and 40 prints, paintings, and objects selected from 20 partner institutions, including the British Library, Library of Congress, and private collectors, telling the story of our nation’s founding.

“This exhibition can change the way people look at the Revolutionary War,” said Jan Spitz, executive director of the Map Center. “Many rare and historically significant materials have never been exhibited before; this will be a whole new experience for students, educators, history buffs, and everyone who is fascinated with our country’s roots.” Read more »

Boston Public Library’s Bibliocycle Rolls through City’s Neighborhoods

Posted on April 29th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
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Visits to Boston events include pop-up story times, book checkouts, and card sign upsbib

The BPL Bibliocycle, a bike and book trailer partnership with Boston Bikes, returns to the streets of Boston in its second season, visiting street fairs, markets, and community events to meet people where they are and deliver library services on-the-go. The first stop for the Bibliocycle will be on Saturday, May 16, at the Kite and Bike Festival in Franklin Park.

“This program provides an abundance of educational opportunities for community members at a variety of local cultural events. I encourage Bostonians to utilize this great resource and learn more about the free services our library system offers,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. Read more »

Naming of Children’s Library Lion Cubs

Posted on April 23rd, 2015 by admin in General
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The Central Library’s Children’s Library lion cubs are nameless no more. Earlier this week, a ceremony was held to name the cubs and honor the children who won the naming contest. Seven children submitted the three winning names: Leon, Cubby, and Dandelion. The winners met Boston Public Library president Amy Ryan and received a prize packet. Below are some of their inspirations for the names:

Eve: “I named you Cubby because you rhyme with chubby. And you’re a little chubby.”

Maddie: “I named you Cubby because you are a very cute lion cub.”

Maia on Dandelion’s name: “I picked you because you look yellow.”

Lucia: “I chose Leon because it’s a special name and not that many lions have that name.”

Visit www.bpl.org/kids to find out more about Boston Public Library events and programs for children.

May Author Talks & Lectures at Boston Public Library Locations

Posted on April 23rd, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
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Boston Public Library locations across the city host several author talks this month, with topics ranging from colonial Boston to children’s literature. Highlights include:

• Enjoy reading from an eclectic mixture of published, emerging, and aspiring writers during Hispanic Writers Week on Monday, May 4, at 6 p.m. at the Connolly Branch, located at 433 Centre Street.
• In an illustrated talk, author and BPL staff member John DeVito counts down the top ten most popular First Ladies of America on your movie, TV, and computer screens at three branch locations throughout the month. Read more »