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Top 10 Digital Magazines at Boston Public Lbrary

Posted on August 3rd, 2015 by admin in General

ZinioThe top ten digital magazine checkouts since July 2014 are:

  • Us Weekly (2375 weekly)
  • The Economist (1997 weekly)
  • OK! Magazine (1559 weekly)
  • The New Yorker (1346 weekly)
  • Newsweek (1051 weekly)
  • Bloomberg Businessweek (1019 weekly)
  • Martha Stewart Living (878 monthly)
  • National Geographic Interactive (761 monthly)
  • Better Homes and Gardens (739 monthly)
  • Food Network Magazine (739 monthly)

You can checkout these magazines and more for your computer, smartphone, or tablet with the Boston Public Library’s digital magazine service.


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Cokie Roberts speaks at the Boston Public Library

Posted on July 29th, 2015 by admin in General
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On Tuesday, July 21, Cokie Roberts spoke in front of a packed room at the Central Library in Copley Square as part of the free Lowell Lecture series. After an introduction from David Leonard, Interim President of the Boston Public Library (BPL) and Jeff Hawkins, Chairman of the BPLF, Ms. Roberts talked about the importance of women shaping the United States and her new book, Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868.

Afterward, Ms. Roberts joined guests for a book signing and reception in the Map Room Café and Courtyard Restaurant. Attendees included Bill and Angela Lowell, sponsors of the Lowell Institute, and BPLF board members Ray Sullivan and Olive Darragh.

The Boston Globe published a photo of Ms. Roberts and a group of other successful “Dames” from the reception, including Judge Mary E. Heffernan, Beth Israel Deaconess Chief of Radiation Oncology Mary Ann Stevenson, realtor Tracy Campion, and Boston Public Library Clerk of the Board Deborah Kirrane.

Image (bottom right): Jeff Hawkins, BPLF Chairman of the Board of Directors, with Bill Lowell of the Lowell Institute after Cokie Roberts’ Lowell Lecture.

Photo Credits: Paige Brown

Blog post courtesy of the Boston Library Foundation

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The Lowell Lecture series is generously sponsored by the Lowell Institute, established in 1836 with the specific mission of making great ideas accessible to all people, free of charge.


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Boston 2050: High Water Exhibition Opens at Grove Hall Branch July 27

Posted on July 21st, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
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high waterExhibition examines regional impact of climate change

The High Water Collective’s exhibition Boston 2050: High Water opens on July 27 and runs through October 31 at the Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library, focusing on the impact of predicted flooding in Boston neighborhoods. Artists selected for this exhibition are from Boston and around the globe, utilizing mixed media pieces, painting, sculpture, photography, installation work, and drawings to convey the dangers of flooding and higher waters, with the intent to initiate conversation within communities. An opening exhibition reception takes place on Thursday, August 6, from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. and features guest speakers civil rights activist Mimi Jones and spoken word poet Ant Thomas.

“It is essential to discuss the impact of environmental change not only in the Grove Hall neighborhood, but throughout all areas of Boston,” said Grove Hall Branch Librarian Paul Edwards. “The library is the perfect place to gather as one community to talk about where the future may lead us, and we are honored to host.” Read more »

Boston Public Library Wins Industry Award for Pathway to Reading Sensory Wall

Posted on July 20th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
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Urban Library Council’s Innovations Celebration Recognizes Early Learning at the Central Library in Copley Square

Desktop225In recognition of the Central Library’s new Pathway to Reading Sensory Wall, the Boston Public Library received an honorable mention Innovation Award from the Urban Libraries Council (ULC). The wall is an interactive feature in the early literacy area of the newly renovated Children’s Library in Copley Square, designed for children under three and youth who have challenges processing sensory information. The ULC Innovations Initiative recognizes libraries that are dramatically enhancing outcomes with their innovative programs, services, and operations.

“Boston Public Library is honored to receive this award and is extremely grateful to the Urban Libraries Council. We are committed to serving our youngest users and providing early developmental opportunities that foster a love of learning, and it begins with this interactive wall at the Central Library,” said David Leonard, Interim President of the Boston Public Library. Read more »

Rare Chronique Anonyme Universelle Now Viewable Online

Posted on July 13th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
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Chronique Anonyme UniverselleLate 15th century treasure depicts the history of the world

Today, the Boston Public Library announced that the Chronique Anonyme Universelle, or “Genealogy of the Bible,” a 35-foot scroll and manuscript dating from approximately 1470-1479 is now available online. The ornate manuscript depicts the history of the world from Creation to 1380, tracing the genealogy of individuals from the Bible to the royal houses of France and England, and weaving in biblical stories alongside Roman and Greek history. Users can view the scroll at the BPL’s Digital Commonwealth portal, zooming into the piece to see the historic writing and colorful images of castles, medieval sword fights, and the Garden of Eden. Read more »