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Boston Public Library Shows #BostonPride

Posted on June 7th, 2014 by Gina Perille in General
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In honor of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) month, four rainbow flags fly on the front of the Central Library’s historic McKim Building in Copley Square. The rainbow flag was first used to symbolize gay pride and diversity by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker and the original was hand-dyed. It first flew in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade on June 25, 1978. (Source:

The 2014 Pride parade takes places on Saturday, June 14, and begins in Copley Square.

Visit the library’s calendar to find LGBT programs during June, including a film series at the West End Branch and a series of programs for teens.

SeedShare in Bloom at Boston Public Library

Posted on June 3rd, 2014 by admin in General
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The Mattapan, Grove Hall, and East Boston branches have extended their collections far beyond books and now offer a SeedShare program as the gardening season is well underway. Those with green thumbs or beginners may choose from a variety of seeds and borrow up to five packets to grow flowers or vegetables in their gardens. Boston Natural Areas Network hosts workshops at the branches on planting, caring for, and extracting seeds to donate back to the branches. The program is a partnership between the City of Boston Office of Food Initiatives, Greenovate Boston, Boston Natural Areas Network, and Boston Public Library. Visit or call any of the participating branches for more information. A fun fact: the first seed to be borrowed from the Mattapan Branch was morning glory.

Read Your Way to Fenway Summer Essay Contest Begins at Boston Public Library

Posted on June 2nd, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

Youth ages 5 -17 read and write their way to Fenway Park this summerpark

Boston Public Library’s annual Read Your Way to Fenway summer essay contest opens today for young people in Boston ages 5 through 17. Readers may download an application via or pick up an application at any Boston Public Library location. Children and teens are encouraged to read a minimum of three books and write an essay about their favorite for the opportunity to watch the Red Sox play at Fenway Park.

“The Read Your Way to Fenway summer essay contest keeps young people engaged in reading while out of school and provides the unique opportunity to watch the hometown team chase another championship,” said Jessi Snow, Boston Public Library’s Youth Services Coordinator. Read more »

Free Research and Technology Classes at the BPL’s Central Library

Posted on May 29th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

June classes in Copley Square focus on skill-building for learners of all ages

Boston Public Library’s research, computer, and career classes feature an array of topics this June, offering instruction for library users about its growing digital services, first-time bloggers, and those new to the BPL online catalog. Held at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street, weekday computer instruction classes help build career skills and classes are offered for those interested in learning more about the library’s resources.

Highlights of the June class schedule include:

June Author Talks at Boston Public Library Locations

Posted on May 23rd, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

Central Library and nine branch locations to host author eventsjunetalks

Boston Public Library hosts June author talks at the Central Library in Copley Square and branch locations on a range of topics and features the works of artists, journalists, and local authors:

  • Local author Dwight reads from his book The Mango Drive Days and gives a multimedia presentation on the sadness of Africans bowing to European, Arab, Christianity, and Islam religions and turning their backs on their glorious past. Saturday, June 7, at 2 p.m. at the Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 1350 Blue Hill Avenue.
  • Author, singer, and entertainer Judy Cook presents stories of the Civil War told through historical family letters, songs, and images on Tuesday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Faneuil Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 419 Faneuil Street in Brighton. Read more »