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Boston Public Library Celebrates Pride Month with Inaugural Booklist, Programs in June

Posted on June 1st, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

prideBoston Public Library celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride Month with its first ever “We Are Pride” booklist for children, teens, and adults, and a variety of LGBTQ+ events and programs take place at the Central Library in Copley Square and branch locations across the city. Visit www.bpl.org/pride for a complete list of resources. The booklist is available online and at all locations beginning today.

“Boston Public Library is free to all and an inclusive community, and our celebration of Pride Month reflects these essential founding principles that we honor not only in June, but each and every day,” said David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library.

“We Are Pride” is a curated list by Boston Public Library staff of recent books for all ages concerning the diverse experiences of the LGBTQ+ community. The list features fiction and nonfiction, and the categories biography/memoir, expressions, and romance and erotica, in addition to recommended titles for children and teens. Read more »

Boston Public Library’s June Author Talks & Literary Events

Posted on May 31st, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

Programs take place throughout the library system

Boston Public Library’s June events feature yoga teacher and author Jessamyn Stanley, local writer Michael Patrick MacDonald, book sales, and more:

  • Local author and historian Alex Goldfeld speaks about the history of the North End; from the Boston Massacre to Revere’s heroic ride, the North End embodies almost four centuries of strife and celebration, international influence, and true American spirit. Thursday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the West End Branch, located at 151 Cambridge Street.
  • A City-Wide Friends book sale takes place on Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Cushman Room at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street, and a book & bake sale will be held from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Egleston Square Branch, located at 2044 Columbus Avenue.
  • Internationally recognized yoga teacher Jessamyn Stanley, interviewed by WBUR’s Here and Now host Robin Young, discusses her new book Every Body Yoga on Tuesday, June 6, at 6 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • The West Roxbury Branch Friends group holds their annual used book sale for all ages from June 6-10 at 1961 Centre Street.
  • Boston publishing professionals discuss the various roles that are involved in the creation of a Young Adult novel. From the germ of the idea with the author to the hand-selling or recommendation from a bookseller or librarian, panel members talk shop with teens and open up a discussion about publishing opportunities early in their trajectory. The panel includes professionals from Boston-based companies Candlewick, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Charlesbridge, The Horn Book, and more. Saturday, June 10, at 1 p.m. in Teen Central at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Boston historian Stephanie Schorow reads from her newest book Crime of the Century: How the Brinks Robbers Stole Millions and the Hearts of Boston on Tuesday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the South End Branch, located at 685 Tremont Street. Part of the South End Writes series.
  • A screening of the iconic 1970 film Boys in the Band is followed by a discussion with Bridgewater State University’s Associate Professor of English, Matt Bell, editor of the new book, The Boys in the Band: Flashpoints of Cinema, History, and Queer Politics and Harvard Professor of Practice in Media and Activism in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Michael Bronski. The film screening is from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and the discussion takes place from 7:40 – 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at 5:30 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the BPL’s celebration of Pride Month.
  • Kay Haring reads Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing, a picture book about her brother’s art and activism on Saturday, June 17, at 11 a.m. in the Children’s Library at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • The Friends of the South Boston Branch host a book sale including adult, teen, and juvenile titles, CDs, and DVDs on Saturday, June 17, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the South Boston Branch, located at 646 East Broadway.
  • Michael Patrick MacDonald, author of All Souls: A Family Story from Southie and Marianne Leone, author of Jesse: A Mother’s Story and the newly released Ma Speaks Up read from their works before sitting down to discuss memoir-writing and the transformation of personal loss into a voice and platform for empathic civic discourse and grassroots action. Thursday, June 22, at 6 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Tommie Shelby discusses his book Dark Ghettos: Injustice, Dissent, and Reform, in which he argues that attempts to “fix” ghettos or “help” their poor inhabitants ignore fundamental questions of justice and fail to see the urban poor as moral agents responding to injustice. Thursday, June 22, at 6 p.m. at the Grove Hall Branch, located at 41 Geneva Avenue.
  • Katherine Nichols reads from her new book Deep Water, a nonfiction narrative and true story on Tuesday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the South End Branch, located at 685 Tremont Street.

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Boston Public Library’s Concerts in the Courtyard Summer Series Begins Friday, June 2

Posted on May 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 (www.bpl.org/concerts) series returns Friday, June 2 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.

“Boston Public Library is extremely grateful to our sponsor Deloitte for their support of this beloved new summertime tradition that will once again fill the courtyard with spirited music for the enjoyment of all,” said Michael Colford, Boston Public Library’s Director of Library Services.

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 »

Parker Hill Branch of the Boston Public Library to Close July 1 for Planned Interior and Exterior Improvements

Posted on May 9th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

Community Meeting to be held on Wednesday, May 17, at 6 p.m. to discuss temporary closure

In preparation for planned interior and exterior improvements totaling $2.4 million included in Mayor Walsh’s Imagine Boston Capital Plan, the Parker Hill Branch of the Boston Public Library will start a temporary closure on Saturday, July 1, 2017 with the last day of public service on Friday, June 30. The closure period is expected to be no more than one year.

A community meeting will be held at the branch on Wednesday, May 17, at 6 p.m. to discuss the facilities improvements and library services during the closure. This project is a collaboration between the Boston Public Library and the City of Boston’s Public Facilities Department, under the leadership of Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

“All across Boston, we are investing in our libraries because they are essential resources for our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I am proud that through targeted investments we will be able to preserve the historic Parker Hill Branch that is important to community members and our City’s rich cultural history.” Read more »

Mayor Walsh Announces Jamaica Plain Library Grand Opening; New and Ongoing Capital Library Funding

Posted on May 1st, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

Reaffirming his commitment to bringing quality library services to neighborhoods throughout the City, Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the reopening of the Jamaica Plain Branch to be held on May 20th after a $10 million renovation, along with nearly $14 million in planned library projects across the city in FY18 and an additional $102 million in funding for library projects slated for FY19-FY22.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s FY18-FY22 Capital Budget reflects a commitment to the Boston Public Library as a 21st century urban public library under the leadership of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library and BPL President David Leonard. This year, BPL and the City of Boston Public Facilities Department will open the renovated Jamaica Plain Branch, break ground on new branches, launch design and programming studies for others, and address a slate of interior and exterior upgrades in branches across the City.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 20 at 11 a.m. to celebrate the reopening of the Jamaica Plain Branch at 30 South Street. The $10 million renovation revitalizes the branch services and spaces, including a 20 percent increase in space for the community to read, browse the collection, access computers, attend and host meetings, and participate in programming. All are welcome to attend this event.

“Libraries are essential resources for neighborhoods, and it is important that we continue investing in them to improve access, add services and build a strong sense of community,” said Mayor Walsh. “The renovation project in Jamaica Plain is a great example of how we’re giving community members the 21st century services needed to pursue their passions. I am grateful to all involved for bringing this project to fruition, and look forward to the future projects across the City that will enhance our libraries.”

“The renovation is a collaborative effort between the City of Boston, the library and the community, and we are confident the renovation will serve as a gathering space for lifelong learners, meeting the needs of our users today and well into the future,” said David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library.

The renovation features a 700-square foot addition facing South Street that will serve as a community reading lounge; a terrace along Sedgwick Street where residents can read and mingle; multiple meeting spaces; improved and more flexible space for children, teens and adults; and a refreshed collection of 30,000 items. Technology improvements include 15 new desktop and 20 laptop computers, free WiFi, additional self-checkout stations, and creativity software in the new digital maker-space. Other features include an elevator for full ADA accessibility to all levels, new and more efficient mechanical systems, parking for over 20 bikes, and new exterior landscaping.

Boston Public Library, the City of Boston’s Public Facilities Department, Utile, Inc. Architecture & Planning, the design firm for the project, collaborated closely with the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library and the community at-large to design a renovated library that fulfills the needs of library patrons and visitors. The general contractor for the project is Colantonio, Inc.

Most major renovations or new construction projects undergo a programming, design, and construction phase, including significant community engagement to gain input, feedback and insight from users.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA), along with the American Library Association (ALA) recently awarded eight library buildings across the United States with their annual AIA/ALA Library Building Award. Two of the eight buildings recognized with this award were City of Boston projects, including the East Boston Branch and the Central Library Renovation of its Johnson Building.

Follow progress on these projects below via www.bpl.org/branchcapitalprojects.

 

Breaking Ground on New Branch Library Projects

Dudley Branch Construction

In FY18, construction will begin at the Dudley Branch. This $14.7 million project is a comprehensive building renovation focused on supporting a welcoming and inviting experience and improved space for library services. The project includes the relocation of the entrance to improve its connection with Dudley Square, interior renovations to improve connections between the building’s spaces, and enhanced community and program space.

Temporary Library Services in Chinatown in 2017

This calendar year library services will be restored to Chinatown after 54 years, fulfilling long-term community advocacy to restore library services to the neighborhood. These temporary library services will open at the China Trade Center located at 2 Boylston Street in Chinatown in 2017, while a planning project for long term services is underway. The location will include services such as a community gathering space, a place to study and learn, and access to computers and the internet.

Programming Studies to Transform Our Branches

Fields Corner Branch

In FY18 planning will begin for a facility assessment and building program to identify the needs of the community, and condition of the current branch building. A total of $12.1 million is being invested as part of the five-year Capital Plan.

Uphams Corner Branch

In FY18, planning will begin at the Uphams Corner Branch to re-imagine library services and spaces for the Uphams Corner neighborhood. A total of $18 million is being invested as part of the five-year Capital Plan.

Long Term Library Services in Chinatown

In FY18, planning for long term library services for the Chinatown and downtown communities will continue. This process will inform the Chinatown Library Services Planning Study and identify the types of program spaces, technology, and collections that are of interest to the community.

In addition, this calendar year library services will be restored to Chinatown after 54 years, fulfilling long-term community advocacy to restore library services to the neighborhood. These temporary library services will open at the China Trade Center located at 2 Boylston Street in Chinatown in 2017, while the planning project for long term services is underway. The location will include services such as a community gathering space, a place to study and learn, and access to computers and the internet.

Design Projects to Re-Imagine Our Branches

In FY18, design projects will begin at the Adams Street and Roslindale branches. In the design phase, architects review, update, and enhance the information from the programming study and start to design a building or renovation with the assistance of engineers and relevant discipline specialists.

Adams Street Branch

In FY18, the design process for the 65-year old Adams Street Branch will launch. The soon-to-be completed programming study and community process will result in recommendations for new construction that will expand the building footprint, and add new meeting rooms, an enhanced teen space, and redesigned outdoor spaces. The total project cost, including construction is estimated at $12.6 million.

Roslindale Branch

In FY18 the Boston Public Library will continue the design process for the renovation of the Roslindale Branch. The renovation design will reconfigure the layout of the interior of the building using as a starting point a planning study completed with the community in 2013. The total project cost including construction is estimated at $6.7 million.

Facility Improvements to Update Existing Branch Spaces

Central Library

As part of the FY18-FY22 Capital Plan, $15.7 million will be invested to help preserve the historic rare books and manuscripts collection at the Central Library. The first phase of the project commenced in February 2017 with an inventory of the Rare Books & Manuscripts Department’s nearly 250,000 rare books and one million manuscripts, in preparation for the second and major phase of the project: substantial renovation with a focus on environmental and mechanical improvements to better regulate temperature and humidity control of the department’s collection storage areas, staff spaces, conservation lab, and public reading room.

Parker Hill

In FY18, critical repairs to the Parker Hill Branch will address a series of façade and exterior problems and prevent future leaks at the branch. The project also includes interior painting, plaster repairs, masonry repairs, and window replacement. The total project cost is $2.4 million between FY17-FY19.

Lower Mills

In FY18, the Lower Mills Branch will undergo an interior reconfiguration project, which will include minor electrical and technology infrastructure upgrades, as well as new carpet, paint, and some furniture, with particular attention to the borrower services area. The total project cost is $94,000.

South Boston

In FY18, the South Boston Branch will undergo a facilities project to improve landscaping and access to its exterior garden, for a total cost of $99,000.

South End

In FY18, the South End Branch will undergo an interior reconfiguration project, which will include major electrical and technology infrastructure upgrades, as well as new carpet, paint, and some furniture, for a total cost of $132,000.

West Roxbury

In FY18, the West Roxbury Branch will undergo an interior reconfiguration project, which will include minor electrical and technology infrastructure upgrades, for a total cost of $100,000.

 

About BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-four branches, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit

bpl.org.

 

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