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‘Back to School: Geography in the Classroom’ Exhibition Opens September 2

Posted on August 26th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
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Norman B. Leventhal Map Center examines the evolution of geographic education

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The exhibition Back to School: Geography in the Classroom opens at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library on Tuesday, September 2, and runs through January 25, 2015. The exhibition, curated by assistant curator Stephanie Cyr, focuses on the variety of formats used to engage American schoolchildren in the late 18th to 20th centuries to develop their geographic skills.

Traditionally viewed as an essential subject for boys’ and girls’ education, geography was taught to American children in primary school, and to young adults studying in high school and college settings. In this display of 40 maps, globes, games, atlases and related objects, the evolution of geographic education is examined through observing visual aids used by teachers in the classroom and viewing unique student-produced geography projects dating back hundreds of years. Read more »

Bibliocycle Rolls through Boston This Summer and Fall

Posted on August 26th, 2014 by admin in General
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Boston Public Library’s newest outreach program, the Bibliocycle – a bike and book trailer – has visited  many community events, farmers markets, and fairs this past summer and will continue through September. Massachusetts residents can sign up for a Boston Public Library card, borrow books, see demonstrations of the library’s digital resources, and more when the Bibliocycle visits. Recent visits include the Uphams Corner Street Fair, ParkScience Children’s Festival in Franklin Park, and the Family Nurturing Center’s Back to School Backpack event in Dorchester.

To date, the Bibliocycle program has more than 450 visitors, book checkouts in a variety of genres, library card signups, story times, and seedshare packets distributed. Librarians are taking note of the types of popular books checked out in order to adjust what they bring to an event, given the Bibliocycle has a limit to how many items it can safely carry.

“It is incredibly rewarding to help find new ways to bring the library’s services to the residents of Boston, while at the same time encouraging them to consider the bicycle as a means of transportation and exercise,” said Katrina Morse, Program Organizer and Generalist Librarian, Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library.

Visit www.bpl.org/community for the complete schedule of events or the BPL’s collection of Bibliocycle photos on Flickr.

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September Author Talks and Lectures at Boston Public Library Locations

Posted on August 21st, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
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beeLocal authors, historians, and bestselling writers on the schedule

Boston Public Library will host author talks and a range of lectures during the month of September. Highlights from across the library system include:

• Bestselling author Sue Miller will read from her new novel The Arsonist on Tuesday, September 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the South End Branch at 685 Tremont Street. Part of the South End Writes series.

• City Archaeologist Joe Bagley explores how the 30,000 artifacts discovered at recent dig sites shed light on over three centuries of daily life in the North End on Wednesday, September 10, at 6 p.m. in the Abbey Room at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Read more »

Boston Public Library Serves Historical and Cultural Institutions Across Massachusetts

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
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Library for the Commonwealth service increases access to digitization

mapUnder the designation as Library for the Commonwealth, Boston Public Library serves all residents of Massachusetts and offers free resources to public libraries and other historical, cultural, and educational institutions across the state. Since 2011, the library has worked to digitize and preserve collections from 145 organizations in nearly 100 towns across Massachusetts. These digitized items will be shared online via DigitalCommonwealth.org, which is a BPL-built and maintained repository and portal where statewide collections will reside for future generations to discover.

“Massachusetts is a state with a deep and rich history. Our goal with this service is to broadly share Boston’s diverse collections alongside the treasures of other organizations throughout the Commonwealth,” said Amy E. Ryan, President of Boston Public Library. Read more »

BPL Reunites North End Fence with Blacksmith’s Family

Posted on August 8th, 2014 by admin in General
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Desktop135As reported in the July 29 edition of the North End Regional Review, Boston Public Library is reuniting a treasured fence to the family of the blacksmith who constructed it decades ago.

An ornate iron fence surrounded the property of the North End Branch until 2007, when it was taken down in conjunction with the branch renovation to create garden space. The fence is in excellent condition and has been carefully stored in the basement of the Central Library in Copley Square ever since.

The library was contacted by the family of the blacksmith who built it and requested to have it returned to honor his memory. Today, the family of George D’Addario visited the library to take it home.

“It’s an honor to help reunite the D’Addario family with a piece of their history. Libraries help people research families and facts each day, but it is rare to be involved in producing such tangible results,” said Christine Schonhart, Director of Library Services, Branches.

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Family members of George D’Addario visit the Central Library in Copley Square pick up a fence that was crafted by one of their ancestors. Christine Schonhart (at center), the library’s director of library services, branches, gives them a helping hand.