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Boston Public Library’s September Author Talks and Lectures

Posted on August 30th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

fall talksSeptember begins Boston Public Library’s robust fall author talk series running through December, highlighted this month by Nancy Pearl, Robert McKee, bestselling romance authors, and the 2017 Druker Lecture by acclaimed fashion designer Joseph Abboud. The September-December Fall Author Talks & Lectures at the Central Library brochure can be viewed or downloaded online and will be available in early September at the Central Library in Copley Square.

Author talks and lectures at all Boston Public Library locations in September:

  • In her recently published guide, Une Québécoise à Boston, Marie-Josée Duquette draws on her experience, offering tips to readers about the culture, sports, and culinary delights Boston provides. Thursday, September 7, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • In honor of Grandparents Day, award-winning author and storyteller Irene Smalls shares her stories on Saturday, September 9, at 2 p.m. at the Dudley Branch, located at 65 Warren Street in Roxbury.
  • NPR books commentator and librarian Nancy Pearl discusses her debut novel about an unlikely marriage at a crossroads – George and Lizzie is an intimate story of new and past loves, the scars of childhood, and an imperfect marriage at its defining moment. Tuesday, September 12, at 6 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • South End poet and historian Lynne Potts reads from her new book Faces of a Neighborhood: Boston’s South End in the Early 21st Century on Tuesday, September 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the South End Branch, located at 685 Tremont Street. Part of the South End Writes series.
  • A romance panel titled “Beyond Mr. Darcy: New Markets in Romance” features bestselling authors and romance genre experts Damon Suede, Farrah Rochon, and Sarina Bowen on Thursday, September 14, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Local author Janet Britcher presents an overview of her book Zoom Leadership: Change Your Focus Change Your Insights, which offers techniques to draw on the reader’s personal experience and expertise to aide in decision making. Monday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hyde Park Branch, located at 35 Harvard Avenue.
  • Conservator Mimi Leveque gives an overview of her work with case studies on individual mummies in relation to her development of an ethical approach to the treatment of human remains, in particular those of ancient Egyptians in her talk “My Life Among the Dead: Developing an Ethical Approach to Mummy Conservation.” Tuesday, September 19, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Robert McKee, Fulbright Scholar and bestselling author, shares “The Primacy of Story” on Wednesday, September 20, at 6 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. McKee’s signature STORY Seminars are held around the globe, with alumni including over 65 Academy Award winners, 250 Emmy Award winners, and 50 Directors Guild of America Award winners.
  • Journalist Lenora Chu offers a rare glimpse inside China’s insular education system, discussing Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve on Saturday, September 23, at 2 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Boston Public Library’s 2017 Druker Lecture features fashion designer and author Joseph Abboud, celebrating urban design and architecture on Wednesday, September 27, at 6 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Andrew Budson details his book Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory: What’s Normal, What’s Not, and What to Do About It on Thursday, September 28, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Cornel West discusses and signs copies of the 35th anniversary edition of his book, Prophesy of Deliverance, providing readers a new understanding of the African American experience based largely on his own political and cultural perspectives. A discussion will then be moderated by Dr. Saida Grundy of Boston University on Thursday, September 28, at 6 p.m. at the Grove Hall Branch, located at 41 Geneva Avenue in Dorchester.

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Boston Public Library’s Read Your Way to Fenway Winners Celebrate at August 27 Red Sox Game

Posted on August 29th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

Desktop300Boston Public Library’s annual Read Your Way to Fenway summer reading contest concluded as winners celebrated a summer of reading and enjoyed Sunday afternoon’s Red Sox game at Fenway Park vs. the Baltimore Orioles. Youth ages 5-17 were encouraged to read a minimum of three books and write an essay about their favorite for the chance to attend the game; 624 children participated in the program and more than 500 winners were chosen.

The on-field winners, who were part of a pre-game ceremony Sunday afternoon, include Raymond Gonzalez – Mattapan Branch, Jamie Fulton – Uphams Corner Branch, Annika Joyce Meyer – Honan Allston Branch, and Anand Koulomzin from the Connolly Branch.

“Boston Public Library’s young readers submitted hundreds of thoughtful essays and capped off a summer of learning with one of Boston’s most beloved summertime traditions.  I am grateful to our sponsors for their generous support of this unique summer reading program that further develops reading and literacy skills during out of school time,” said David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library. Read more »

Boston Public Library Wins Boston Preservation Alliance Preservation Award for Puvis de Chavannes Mural Restoration

Posted on August 2nd, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

chavannesBoston Public Library and a conservation team led by Gianfranco Pocobene has won the Preservation Achievement Award for its restoration of Pierre Puvis de Chavannes’ Philosophy mural panel from the Boston Preservation Alliance, Boston’s primary nonprofit advocacy organization that protects and promotes the use of historic buildings and landscapes. The Library’s McKim building at Copley Square has long been celebrated as a premier art and architecture destination in Boston, and the murals decorating the grand staircase are some of the most photographed objects on any visit.  Artist Pierre Puvis de Chavannes’ Philosophy panel, approximately 14’ x 7’ in size, 160 pounds, and one of nine panels in the artist’s mural cycle, was successfully restored in September 2016 and then returned to its alcove in the grand staircase. This section of the Chavannes’ mural was conserved using a technique that had to be invented for this project and returned to its home after months of careful restoration.

The Boston Preservation Alliance hosts the 2017 Preservation Achievement Awards at Fenway Park on September 19. Boston Public Library also received a BPA award this year for its Central Library Renovation of its Johnson building.

“Boston Public Library is honored to receive this award from the Boston Preservation Alliance, as caring for and preserving all our Special Collections so that they remain accessible, free to all, is one of our utmost responsibilities. This mural is an integral component of the McKim building and viewed and appreciated along with the Sargent and Abbey murals by millions of visitors each year,” said David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library. “Our founders wanted a library that would inspire; and where would we be without Philosophy as a muse?” Read more »

Boston Public Library’s Concerts in the Courtyard Summer Series Continues in August

Posted on July 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 ( series continues 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.

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 »

Mayor Martin J. Walsh Announces Priscilla Douglas to the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees

Posted on July 13th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that executive coach, author and speaker Priscilla Douglas has been appointed to the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees. Douglas was sworn in on Tuesday, June 27, at City Hall, and fills the vacancy of Carol Fulp, who departed the Board in February 2017. Priscilla’s professional career includes key executive positions in government, academics, and business, for many of which she was the first woman and the first African American appointment.

“Priscilla Douglas has a distinguished history of public service at both the state and national levels, and the City of Boston is honored to have her join Boston Public Library’s Board of Trustees and utilize her knowledge and expertise to further our iconic institution’s important work,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

“On behalf of my fellow Trustees, we are thrilled to welcome Priscilla Douglas to the Board and are confident her extensive experience in both the public and private sectors will be a tremendous asset to the Boston Public Library,” said Robert Gallery, Chair of the BPL Board of Trustees.

“I am honored to be appointed a Trustee of this treasured institution. The Boston Public Library has been a place of discovery and engagement for me, and I am eager to contribute to its future. I especially appreciate the Library’s contribution to the cohesiveness and quality of life in Boston, and hope to help it remain vibrant and relevant now and in its next hundred and fifty years,” said Priscilla Douglas.

The Boston Public Library Board of Trustees establishes policies and sets the strategic goals of the library, oversees the general operating and administrative policies, and acts as an agent of public trust governing the library. The BPL Board of Trustees works together with the library president to carry out responsibilities that involve governance and policy-making, financial and development oversight, and the work of strategic planning.

Priscilla Douglas biography:

Priscilla brings over thirty years of experience from leadership roles in business and government to her firm PHDouglas & Associates which helps leaders achieve breakthrough results. Priscilla co-chaired the International Women’s Forum Conference in 2015 that welcomed 828 leaders from 30 countries to Boston. Priscilla has worked with individuals and teams in the automotive, financial services, and technology industries, as well as in government, bringing real-world experience and thought leadership from the public and private sectors to client engagements.

Previously, as a White House Fellow, she served as a Special Assistant to William H. Webster, Director of the FBI. For the Commonwealth of Massachusetts she held two key positions: as Assistant Secretary for Public Safety she launched the Governor’s Task Force on Domestic Violence and instituted Hate Crimes Tracking, and as Secretary of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations she led consumer protection and regulatory reforms. In addition, she successfully introduced the techniques of total quality management across the Commonwealth, which led to an invitation by the Australian Parliament to keynote the launch of their quality initiative.

Priscilla was an instructor in the MA program for Harvard University Radcliffe Seminars, and taught courses in management, leadership and organizational behavior. She introduced seminars to bring the voice of women in business and in politics to her students. While at General Motors, she worked closely with the originator of the quality movement, Dr. W. Edwards Deming. At Xerox she designed a knowledge sharing engagement process and curriculum that was deployed globally.

Priscilla Douglas holds master of education and bachelor of science degrees from Northeastern University and an Ed.D from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where her thesis was accepted with distinction. Honors include a Distinguished Service Award from the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, an Abigail Adams Award, and her service as a White House Fellow.

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