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Purloined Letters Exhibition Opens, Edgar Allan Poe Bust Revealed at Boston Public Library

Posted on October 9th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
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Desktop149Exhibition displays correspondence of Oscar Wilde, Edwin Austin Abbey, Bram Stoker

The exhibition Purloined Letters: Literary Correspondence and its Unintended Recipients opens in the Special Collections Lobby at the Central Library in Copley Square on Wednesday, October 15. Purloined Letters features an array of rare and important purloined, or stolen, letters written by revered literary figures. Also in October, a bronze bust of Edgar Allan Poe will be unveiled at the library, honoring the Boston-born poet, author, and critic.

“Purloined Letters gives us the rare opportunity to delve deeper into the lives of the writers and learn more about them than, in many cases, their published works may reveal,” said Susan Glover, Keeper of Special Collections at the Boston Public Library. Read more »

Seedsharing in the Branches

Posted on October 7th, 2014 by admin in General
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Boston Public Library launched its pilot SeedShare program this past summer, debuting at the the Mattapan, Grove Hall, and East Boston branches. Over the course of the summer, Boston Natural Areas Network held workshops on gardening basics and most recently, saving and storing seeds for future use. In total, 300 seed packets were borrowed and more than 100 people attended the gardening workshops. The most popular seeds at Grove Hall were were cucumber, basil, and greens of all kinds. Seed packets were also available via the Bibliocycle that made its debut this summer as well.

The Mattapan Branch has four garden beds in the back of the building and over the course of many months, library users cleared, prepped, planted, maintained, and harvested  vegetables to take home. “Families and teens come back and tell me all about their mini gardens; some are dying, some are thriving, but it is all about doing something new and learning,” said Caren Rosales, Teen Librarian at the Mattapan Branch.

The program is a partnership between the City of Boston Office of Food Initiatives, Greenovate Boston, Boston Natural Areas Network, and Boston Public Library. The library encourages all who borrowed seeds to return a few for next season; and of course, happy harvesting.

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Teen Read Week at the BPL

Posted on October 7th, 2014 by admin in General
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teenTeen Read Week™ is a national youth literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Held annually, it began in 1998 with the purpose of encouraging teens across the country to become regular readers and library users. This year’s theme is “Turn Dreams into Reality,” with programs to be held from October 12-18 at six BPL locations: Dudley, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Uphams Corner, and the Central Library.

“This year’s programming gives Boston teens the opportunity to express their passions and to encourage teens to use the library as a resource for strengthening their reading and writing skills,” said Youth Services Coordinator Jessi Snow. Activities includes gaming, teen crafts, creative writing workshops, a book review competition, and more. Visit the BPL calendar for the complete schedule of free Teen Read Week programs throughout the City or www.bpl.org/teens for additional teen resources.

BPL Teen Read Week 2014 Flyer

Download the PDF flyer (2 pages) of Teen Read Week activities.

 

Renovation of the Central Library in Copley Square Progressing

Posted on October 6th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
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renoOctober 21 roundtable offers public the opportunity to see the project model

As renovations continue at Boston Public Library’s Copley Square location, library users and other interested members of the public are invited to a roundtable meeting for an update on the project and a look ahead to future improvements planned. The renovation roundtable will take place on Tuesday, October 21, at 6 p.m. in the Guastavino Room at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.

On display will be the three-dimensional model of the renovated library created by architects from William Rawn Associates Architects, Inc. Library staff members will be on hand to provide an overview of the project and answer questions. The first phase of the renovation, which includes a new children’s library, teen area, nonfiction collections, reference services, and community reading area is on track to be completed in March 2015. The second phase of the renovation, scheduled for completion in the summer of 2016, includes improvements to the first floor, mezzanine, lower level, and exterior of the Johnson building, which opened in 1972 and faces Boylston Street. Read more »

Arts + Culture Sampler

Posted on October 1st, 2014 by Gina Perille in General
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Story_sqThere is a range of art and culture events taking place across the Boston Public Library system this month. There are free gallery exhibitions and author talks along with daily art & architecture tours. There are also several arts-related convenings that the library is proud to play host to at the Central Library in Copley Square:

And that is just the beginning of what’s on the library’s calendar this month. Click over to bpl.org/calendar to search through the full set of listings. View events by neighborhood, audience, and event type.

Arts and culture is a big part of what the Boston Public Library system offers to the residents of Boston.  Arts and culture feature prominently in our strategic plan, too, under the Fun principle, where we pledge to embrace our role as a cultural and entertainment hub in the City of Boston; connect people to popular books, music, films and artwork; and showcase the library’s collections through vibrant interactive exhibitions and programs.