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Boston Public Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Begins

Posted on June 15th, 2015 by admin in General, Media Releases

Themed programs for kids and teens span science, nature, and music; Read Your Way to Fenway summer essay contest launches. 

summer reading logoBoston Public Library’s summer programs for youth (www.bpl.org/summer) begin this month, promising a summer of stimulating and enriching activities for children and teens of Boston. All programs offered are free and intended to encourage exploration and education, and serve as entertainment for young people in our communities. Youths also have the opportunity to use their writing skills for a chance to win tickets to a Boston Red Sox game as part of “Read Your Way to Fenway.”

“Summer reading programming at the Boston Public Library provides learning and discovery opportunities for kids and teens during the summer months,” said Farouqua Abuzeit, Manager of Youth Services. “Thanks to the support of generous partner institutions, the library is able to provide these enriching experiences.”

“Every Hero Has a Story” features programming for children including crafts, workshops, and games that explore science, nature, history, and books. Children at Boston Public Library locations will receive visits from Boston Nature Center, Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, ReadBoston, Countdown to Kindergarten, USS Constitution Museum, and more.

The 2015 theme for teens is “Do Something” and includes programs in which teens learn to draw autobiographical comics with award-winning comics creator Liz Prince. Beat Bus, a music workshop and performance program that explores melody, harmony, and rhythm through drumming visits branches throughout the system. Numerous art and technology workshops at Teen Central’s brand new teen tech lab also await teens.

Young people ages 5-17 may also participate in the annual Read Your Way to Fenway summer essay contest for the opportunity to watch the Red Sox play at Fenway Park by reading a minimum of three books and writing an essay about their favorite. Author Dan Gutman and author and illustrator Matt Tavares will visit multiple branch libraries to share their baseball-themed books in support of Read Your Way to Fenway. Essays are due Saturday, August 1, 2015. Contest details and more are available online at www.bpl.org/summer.

Read Your Way to Fenway is made possible by the Boston Public Library Foundation, the Boston Red Sox Foundation, John Hancock, and Aramark.

“Every Hero Has a Story” and the teen “Do Something” programming is sponsored by the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

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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Central Library Renovation Profiles: Chris Glass, Reader and Information Librarian, Reference and Reader’s Advisory Department

Posted on June 12th, 2015 by admin in General
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Chris Glass highlights the features of the new second floor’s Adult Reference area.

What role did your department play in the Central Library’s Johnson Level 2 renovation?

Chris GlassBecause the Reference and Reader’s Advisory department staffs Adult Reference on Johnson Level 2, we got to contribute our ideas for the orientation of the Information Desk, the layout of the area, and the technology in the space, such as the dedicated research computers. We also launched new online library guides to coincide with the renovation opening. The library guides are a collection of online information and resources on particular topics, including Boston history, literary resources for ESL students and educators, and health tips. Not only do the guides help library users navigate specific topics, but they also connect people outside of the building with our resources.

How does the renovation benefit the public and the particular group you serve?

We’ve introduced a new staffing model of having one librarian at the desk and one librarian on the floor assisting users, and this has created more engagement with visitors. Because of the bright windows and open layout of the space, users are better able to navigate the shelves. We were also able to add to our nonfiction collection and replace outdated books – computer manuals, for instance – with up-to-date editions. The teens benefit from now being on the same floor as the adult nonfiction collection, as they often use those books for homework and research.

IMG_05328What is your favorite thing about the Johnson Level 2 renovation?

Visitors to the new floor want to spend time there. Before the renovation, they would grab a book and go, but now they spend all day studying, working, and reading in Boylston Common, the community reading area. I like that the space provides an alternative atmosphere to the McKim building’s Bates Hall. If visitors want a more casual, comfortable environment where they can work with others, they can come to Johnson Level 2; if they want a quiet area for individual reading and studying, surrounded by historical art and architecture, they can go to Bates Hall.

What has most surprised you about the public’s reaction to the renovations?

IMG_05316The feedback from the public has been overwhelmingly positive. People seem to feel comfortable and at home on the new second floor, and they love the bold colors in particular.

What are you most looking forward to about phase 2 of the renovation?

I can’t wait to see what it will look like when it’s done. The new books and media area inside the Boylston Street entrance will provide a great opportunity for interaction and conversation. Our job as a department is not only to help with research and assist people in using the different parts of the library and catalog effectively, but to also connect readers with what interests them. The new space will facilitate both of those goals.

Chair of Boston Public Library Board of Trustees Announces Resignation

Posted on June 11th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases

RudmanToday, the Chair of the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees, Jeffrey Rudman, announced his resignation after a meeting with Mayor Walsh, effective July 3, 2015.

“I want to thank Jeff Rudman for his service to the Boston Public Library,” Mayor Walsh said. “We are fortunate to be home to one of the country’s most renowned library systems and it’s important that we maintain the highest standard for the residents of Boston. Using the audit as a guide, I look forward to working with the Library to strengthen our programs and services, especially in the neighborhoods, and the availability and security of our assets.”

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to have served on the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees, and with such a thoughtful and engaging board,” said Chair Rudman. “The Boston Public Library has prospered under the leadership of President Amy Ryan and my fellow Trustees. The people of Boston must remember that the Boston Public Library is the greatest library system in the country.” Read more »

Boston Public Library Hosts Foremost Experts on American Revolution

Posted on June 10th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
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lowell2015 Lowell Lecture Series: “Revolutionary Ideas” includes speakers Joseph J. Ellis, Cokie Roberts, M.T. Anderson

Boston Public Library’s 2015 “Revolutionary Ideas” Lowell Lecture Series begins June 11 and runs through October, featuring some of the most eminent authorities to explore social, political, cultural, and economic themes related to the American Revolutionary War era (1750-1800).

“The Lowell Lecture Series is an opportunity to hear experts’ perspectives on the founding of our country and to reflect upon the ways in which our predecessors changed the course of history through revolutionary ideas,” said Beth Prindle, Manager of Exhibitions and Programming.

The series accompanies the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center’s gallery exhibition We Are One: Mapping America’s Road to American Independence, on view at the Central Library in Copley Square through November 29, and an expansive schedule of related programs, performances, and special events takes place in Boston Public Library locations across the city. For more information about the BPL’s Revolutionary Boston programs, visit www.bpl.org/revolution. Read more »

Missing Dürer and Rembrandt Prints Found!

Posted on June 4th, 2015 by admin in General

PresRyanLaurenShott_Durer_RembrandtToday, the Boston Public Library announced that two missing pieces of artwork from the library’s 200,000 item Print Collection have been found. The missing Dürer and Rembrandt prints had been misfiled and were located by Conservation Officer Lauren Schott during an 8 week search of the BPL’s print stacks.

“We’re thrilled to have found these treasures right here at home,” said Library President Amy Ryan. “They were found safe and sound, simply misfiled. BPL is still committed to enhanced security and a full inventory, but today is a day of celebration for the entire team at BPL. The staff couldn’t be happier after hundreds of hours of searching. I want to thank the FBI, Boston Police Department, and US Attorney’s Office for their work throughout this period.”

“I was shocked to find the two prints, but it really was just luck of the draw. Anyone of the team that’s been looking for the Dürer and Rembrandt could have found them,” said Lauren Schott.

The Rembrandt and Dürer were found together in Row 14B, Bay 3 on Shelf 2, approximately 80 feet from where the items should have been filed.  Fourteen staff members searched 180,000 of the print stack’s 320,000 items (including 200,000 prints and drawings in the Print Collection and 120,000 chromolithographs), totaling 38 rows of the 60 rows of print stacks, or about 60% of the inventory. Nine offices, work rooms, and reading rooms had also been searched. The Dürer and Rembrandt have been refiled.

Specific information regarding the Dürer and Rembrandt prints:

  • Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528).  Adam and Eve.  Engraving, 1504.  Estimated value, $600,000.
  • Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606-1669).  Self Portrait with Plumed Cap and Lowered Sabre.  Etching, 1634.  Estimated value, $20,000-$30,000.

The Rembrandt is part of the Wiggin Collection gift of 1941, and the Albrecht Dürer is part of the Leo M. Friedman estate received in 1958.

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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