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July Literary Events at Boston Public Library Locations

Posted on July 1st, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
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Desktop219Central Library and six branches to host

Boston Public Library locations host a variety of author talks for people of all ages this month. Highlights include Revolutionary War-themed talks, children’s story times, Emmy-award winning Cokie Roberts, and more:

  • Author and illustrator Matt Tavares visits six locations in July, speaking about his book Growing Up Pedro and facilitating a drawing session for ages 7 and up.
  • Rosana Y. Wan discusses The Culinary Lives of John & Abigail Adams: A Cookbook on Monday, July 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the West Roxbury Branch, located at 1961 Centre Street. Part of the BPL’s Revolutionary War initiative, which marks the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act crisis.
  • South End author Irene Smalls reads from her books, tells stories, and shows children, parents, and caregivers how to combine reading with healthy exercise on Wednesday, July 8, at 10:30 a.m. at the South End Branch, located at 685 Tremont Street.
  • Alan R. Hoffman, the translator of Lafayette in America in 1824 and 1825: A Firsthand Account of Lafayette’s Farewell Tour of America, brings expert insight into the Marquis and his farewell tour of America on the same week as the historic arrival of the replica of Lafayette’s frigate Hermione to Boston Harbor. Thursday, July 9, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the BPL’s Revolutionary War initiative, which marks the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act crisis, and the Local & Family History Series, which shares information about the history of Boston and its diverse neighborhoods.
  • South End resident Alison Barnet shares her collection of columns from South End News about the people and places in her neighborhood on Thursday, July 9, at 2 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the Never Too Late Series, one of the country’s oldest, continuously running groups for seniors.
  • Local children’s author Carla Marrero reads from her books and leads the audience in a craft during Family Night Story Time on Tuesday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the South End Branch, located at 685 Tremont Street.
  • Frances Driscoll, author of The Swan Boat Ride, takes children back in time as she remembers when her grandmother took her for a ride on the swan boats in the Boston Public Garden. Monday, July 20, at 1 p.m. at the South End Branch, located at 685 Tremont Street.
  • Cokie Roberts details her books Founding Mothers, Ladies of Liberty, and Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington on Tuesday, July 21, at 6 p.m. in the Abbey Room at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the2015 Lowell Lecture Series, which explores social, political, cultural, and economic themes related to the American Revolutionary War era.
  • Dina Vargo brings to light the remarkable stories of audacious reformers, socialites, and criminals who made Boston what it is today in Wild Women of Boston: Mettle and Moxie in the Hub on Thursday, July 23, at 2 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the Never Too Late Series, one of the country’s oldest, continuously running groups for seniors.

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Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square Closed July 12-14, 2015

Posted on June 29th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
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The Central Library in Copley Square located at 700 Boylston Street will be closed Sunday, July 12, 2015 – Tuesday, July 14, 2015 for electrical work related to the Central Library Renovation. During this time the Boston Public Library (BPL) is requesting that patrons visit one of the BPL’s 24 branch locations for library services, or access electronic resources such as e-books, streaming media, and digital magazines. The Central Library will reopen on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.

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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BOSTON’S POET LAUREATE VISITS BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY BRANCHES

Posted on June 24th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
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East Boston, Honan-Allston, and Mattapan Branch Visits Scheduled

danielleBoston Public Library and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture announce branch visits by the City of Boston’s Poet Laureate, Danielle Legros Georges, who will travel to Boston Public Library locations this summer to meet and engage with aspiring and practicing poets throughout the city. Interested participants can bring examples of their work for discussion, or questions and comments for the Poet Laureate Program.

“The drop-in workshops from such a highly accomplished poet are a unique learning opportunity to develop one’s skills and celebrate creativity and the arts in the City of Boston,” said Christine Schonhart, Boston Public Library’s Director of Library Services for the Branches.

The following visits take place in Boston Public Library branches:

  • Saturday, June 27, from 2 – 4 p.m. at the East Boston Branch, located at 365 Bremen Street.
  • Saturday, July 25, from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Mattapan Branch, located at 1350 Blue Hill Avenue.
  • Saturday, August 8, from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Honan-Allston Branch, located at 300 North Harvard Street.

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BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY COMMISSIONED REPORT IS FIRST PHASE OF IMPROVED PRINT COLLECTION INVENTORY CONTROL

Posted on June 23rd, 2015 by admin in Media Releases

Second phase item-by-item inventory of Print Department underway

Today, the Boston Public Library announced the results of the Print Department Report, a BPL commissioned year-long external review of the BPL Print Collection. Launched in June 2014 and conducted by Simmons College Professor Dr. Martha Mahard, the four-volume report evaluates inventory control and the current physical arrangement of the collection’s 320,000 items, and makes recommendations on how to improve intellectual control and organization of the Print Department assets moving forward. The report covers the need for improved record keeping, primarily from artwork acquired in the latter half of the last century, when new acquisitions outpaced proper documentation and organization.

Upon completion of the project in June 2015, BPL commissioned Dr. Mahard to conduct an item-by-item inventory of the Print Department, which includes 200,000 prints and 120,000 chromolithographs. Launched on June 8, the inventory will inform the next phase of Print Collection improvements.

“The Print and Special Collections play an essential role in the library fulfilling its mission as a center of knowledge,” said Michael Colford, BPL Director of Library Services. “This Print Department Report gives BPL a detailed look into how the library can be the best steward of these 320,000 works going forward. BPL is already taking steps to act on these recommendations, and will continue to use the report as the blueprint for additional improvements in the Print Department.” Read more »

Boston Public Library Announces Interim Library President, Interim Board Chair

Posted on June 18th, 2015 by admin in General

219038397__MG_3108bToday, the Boston Public Library (BPL) Board of Trustees voted to appoint David Leonard, the current Director of Administration and Technology at the Boston Public Library, to the position of Interim President of the BPL. Leonard joined the Library as Chief Technology Officer in July of 2009 and will step into his new role following the departure of President Amy Ryan on July 3, 2015. Trustee John T. Hailer will assume the position of Interim Chair of the Board, following the departure of Chair Jeffrey Rudman on July 3, 2015.

“I have great confidence in today’s interim leadership selections voted on by the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees,” said Mayor Walsh. “Ensuring that high quality programs and services are being delivered, especially in our neighborhoods, and that the library’s valuable assets are secure are the highest priorities during this transition.”

John Hailer Photo_official 0312“I’m honored to have been chosen to lead this dynamic and important organization through the upcoming period. I look forward to working with Mayor Walsh and his team, the Board of Trustees, and BPL staff and partners, to make this a smooth and successful transition,” said David Leonard. “Boston Public Library will continue to deliver our core services to the residents of Boston, the State of Massachusetts, and beyond, as we move ahead on planned improvements, especially in the areas of collections management and security.”

“The Boston Public Library system provides opportunity to anyone who enters its doors, whether it is a branch or the Central Library in Copley Square,” said John Hailer. “As a life-long Bostonian, coming from a large family of modest means, I have benefited from the library personally. I am honored to serve in this role. I look forward to my continued work with the library board and library administrators.”

About David Leonard

In his current role at the BPL, Leonard is responsible for overseeing the administration of library facilities, human resources and labor relations, events, information technology, web services, the Metro Boston Library Network, and the major projects office. During his time at the BPL Leonard has worked to modernize the library’s IT systems, led capital improvements for the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, managed the migration to the new Integrated Library System, approved the deployment of the new Pay-for-Print Systems at systemwide locations, and overseen the $78 million Central Library Renovation project, currently underway. He has also served at various times as both the Acting Director of Administration & Finance and separately as acting Chief Financial Officer. Leonard recently began a PhD program in Library Science at Simmons College.

Prior to the Boston Public Library, Leonard spent ten years in IT consulting in positions that spanned both business development and technology consulting focused on a variety of organizations’ tactical and strategic business goals. Most notably, as Vice President of Infrastructure Solutions, a role he held at Collective Technologies and then again at MTI, Leonard was responsible for delivering enterprise technology services and solutions directly to end customers, as well as in partnership with major technology vendors such as Microsoft, EMC, Dell, and Symantec. Leonard has also served as Director of Information Technology for JRI Health, a nonprofit Massachusetts Health and Human Services organization.

Leonard holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Mathematics and a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the University College Dublin. He has also has done post graduate work in Philosophy at Boston College.

About John T. Hailer

John Hailer – a Boston native, born in Roslindale – was appointed to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Boston Public Library in March 2013. He has served as a member of the Finance and Audit Committee, bringing decades of asset management and fiscal stewardship to the position.

Mr. Hailer serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Natixis Global Asset Management and is responsible for distribution strategies worldwide, overseeing the business activities of the firm’s asset management affiliates in the Americas and Asia.

Mr. Hailer has a long history of community involvement in the city of Boston. He is the Chairman of New England Council Board of Directors. He has served in that position for six years.

He has served on the Board of Directors of The Home for Little Wanderers, the oldest continuous children’s charity in the United States, for more than 20 years – serving as Chairman from 2005 to 2015. He also serves on the board of the Boston Medical Center. He is the Chairman of the Best Buddies Hyannis Port Challenge, and he serves on the board of Berklee College of Music.

Mr. Hailer has fostered a culture of giving back and community involvement at Natixis. The firm’s philanthropy program – the Ambassador Program – is an innovative partnership between Natixis and local nonprofit organizations that focuses on core social services and plays a vital role in enhancing the quality of life in Boston.

The Ambassador Program is based on a unique, hands-on approach to corporate philanthropy that features dedicated teams of Natixis senior leaders and employees who work closely with their nonprofit partners. The goal is increased collaboration aimed at building deeper relationships, providing strategic counsel, maximizing resources, generating new ideas and efficiencies, and improving outcomes and experiences.

In 2012, Hailer spearheaded an innovative approach to corporate civic engagement in partnership with the City of Boston under which private companies make a direct and sustained impact on individual Boston schools in need. Through the “Adopt-a-School” program, Natixis has provided support to enhance education and improve the learning environment at the John Winthrop Elementary School in Dorchester.

Mr. Hailer received his BA from Beloit College and is a former member of the Board of Trustees.

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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