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Boston Public Library’s Summer Reading Program for All Ages Begins

Posted on June 8th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

summer reading 2Boston Public Library locations offer summer programs (www.bpl.org/summer) for children, teens, and adults, beginning this month and running through August, to provide free, quality educational opportunities for people of all ages in the City of Boston.

“Summer is a wonderful time for our students to explore their City, and that includes the Boston Public Libraries,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “BPL is helping to make summer reading and learning a fun experience that students will look forward to. I encourage all students and parents to take advantage of the important resources that BPL offers.”

“We are extremely grateful to our sponsors for their support, as these significant programs for patrons and visitors encourage reading, learning, and connectivity to the library during the summer months through a variety of fun, enriching events and experiences,” said Farouqua Abuzeit, Boston Public Library’s Manager of Youth Services. Read more »

Boston Public Library Celebrates Pride Month with Inaugural Booklist, Programs in June

Posted on June 1st, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

prideBoston Public Library celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride Month with its first ever “We Are Pride” booklist for children, teens, and adults, and a variety of LGBTQ+ events and programs take place at the Central Library in Copley Square and branch locations across the city. Visit www.bpl.org/pride for a complete list of resources. The booklist is available online and at all locations beginning today.

“Boston Public Library is free to all and an inclusive community, and our celebration of Pride Month reflects these essential founding principles that we honor not only in June, but each and every day,” said David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library.

“We Are Pride” is a curated list by Boston Public Library staff of recent books for all ages concerning the diverse experiences of the LGBTQ+ community. The list features fiction and nonfiction, and the categories biography/memoir, expressions, and romance and erotica, in addition to recommended titles for children and teens. Read more »

Boston Public Library’s June Author Talks & Literary Events

Posted on May 31st, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

Programs take place throughout the library system

Boston Public Library’s June events feature yoga teacher and author Jessamyn Stanley, local writer Michael Patrick MacDonald, book sales, and more:

  • Local author and historian Alex Goldfeld speaks about the history of the North End; from the Boston Massacre to Revere’s heroic ride, the North End embodies almost four centuries of strife and celebration, international influence, and true American spirit. Thursday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the West End Branch, located at 151 Cambridge Street.
  • A City-Wide Friends book sale takes place on Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Cushman Room at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street, and a book & bake sale will be held from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Egleston Square Branch, located at 2044 Columbus Avenue.
  • Internationally recognized yoga teacher Jessamyn Stanley, interviewed by WBUR’s Here and Now host Robin Young, discusses her new book Every Body Yoga on Tuesday, June 6, at 6 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • The West Roxbury Branch Friends group holds their annual used book sale for all ages from June 6-10 at 1961 Centre Street.
  • Boston publishing professionals discuss the various roles that are involved in the creation of a Young Adult novel. From the germ of the idea with the author to the hand-selling or recommendation from a bookseller or librarian, panel members talk shop with teens and open up a discussion about publishing opportunities early in their trajectory. The panel includes professionals from Boston-based companies Candlewick, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Charlesbridge, The Horn Book, and more. Saturday, June 10, at 1 p.m. in Teen Central at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Boston historian Stephanie Schorow reads from her newest book Crime of the Century: How the Brinks Robbers Stole Millions and the Hearts of Boston on Tuesday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the South End Branch, located at 685 Tremont Street. Part of the South End Writes series.
  • A screening of the iconic 1970 film Boys in the Band is followed by a discussion with Bridgewater State University’s Associate Professor of English, Matt Bell, editor of the new book, The Boys in the Band: Flashpoints of Cinema, History, and Queer Politics and Harvard Professor of Practice in Media and Activism in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Michael Bronski. The film screening is from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and the discussion takes place from 7:40 – 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at 5:30 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the BPL’s celebration of Pride Month.
  • Kay Haring reads Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing, a picture book about her brother’s art and activism on Saturday, June 17, at 11 a.m. in the Children’s Library at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • The Friends of the South Boston Branch host a book sale including adult, teen, and juvenile titles, CDs, and DVDs on Saturday, June 17, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the South Boston Branch, located at 646 East Broadway.
  • Michael Patrick MacDonald, author of All Souls: A Family Story from Southie and Marianne Leone, author of Jesse: A Mother’s Story and the newly released Ma Speaks Up read from their works before sitting down to discuss memoir-writing and the transformation of personal loss into a voice and platform for empathic civic discourse and grassroots action. Thursday, June 22, at 6 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Tommie Shelby discusses his book Dark Ghettos: Injustice, Dissent, and Reform, in which he argues that attempts to “fix” ghettos or “help” their poor inhabitants ignore fundamental questions of justice and fail to see the urban poor as moral agents responding to injustice. Thursday, June 22, at 6 p.m. at the Grove Hall Branch, located at 41 Geneva Avenue.
  • Katherine Nichols reads from her new book Deep Water, a nonfiction narrative and true story on Tuesday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the South End Branch, located at 685 Tremont Street.

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Boston Public Library’s Concerts in the Courtyard Summer Series Begins Friday, June 2

Posted on May 26th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

courtyardLunchtime and evening concerts fill the Central Library’s courtyard this summer

Boston Public Library’s Concerts in the Courtyard (www.bpl.org/concerts) series returns Friday, June 2 and runs through Wednesday, August 30, showcasing a variety of artists and musical genres in the library’s iconic Italianesque courtyard at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Concerts are held on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and on Fridays at 12:30 p.m.; the performances are free and last approximately one hour. The Friday concerts will be streamed live on the BPL’s Facebook page.

“Boston Public Library is extremely grateful to our sponsor Deloitte for their support of this beloved new summertime tradition that will once again fill the courtyard with spirited music for the enjoyment of all,” said Michael Colford, Boston Public Library’s Director of Library Services.

Concerts will be moved to the newly renovated Rabb Hall in the event of inclement weather. Concerts in the Courtyard are generously supported by Deloitte. Read more »

Parker Hill Branch of the Boston Public Library to Close July 1 for Planned Interior and Exterior Improvements

Posted on May 9th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

Community Meeting to be held on Wednesday, May 17, at 6 p.m. to discuss temporary closure

In preparation for planned interior and exterior improvements totaling $2.4 million included in Mayor Walsh’s Imagine Boston Capital Plan, the Parker Hill Branch of the Boston Public Library will start a temporary closure on Saturday, July 1, 2017 with the last day of public service on Friday, June 30. The closure period is expected to be no more than one year.

A community meeting will be held at the branch on Wednesday, May 17, at 6 p.m. to discuss the facilities improvements and library services during the closure. This project is a collaboration between the Boston Public Library and the City of Boston’s Public Facilities Department, under the leadership of Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

“All across Boston, we are investing in our libraries because they are essential resources for our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I am proud that through targeted investments we will be able to preserve the historic Parker Hill Branch that is important to community members and our City’s rich cultural history.” Read more »