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Boston Public Library Restores Treasured Artwork Using Unprecedented Conservation Technique

Posted on September 28th, 2016 by BPL News in Media Releases

desktop296Philosophy Panel Returns to the Grand Staircase at the Central Library in Copley Square

Artist Pierre Puvis de Chavannes’ Philosophy panel, approximately 14’ x 7’ in size and 160 pounds, has been successfully restored and returned to its location on the walls of the grand staircase in the McKim building at the Central Library in Copley Square. This section of the Chavannes’ mural was conserved using an unprecedented innovative technique and returned to its alcove after months of careful restoration. The ambitious procedure has rarely been attempted on a marouflage canvas, as artwork adhered in this way is not expected to be removed once permanently affixed to its backing structure.

“Preserving Boston’s dynamic arts and culture will always be an important part of our city’s heritage,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “Visitors at the Central Library can once again enjoy the Pierre Puvis de Chavannes mural in its entirety. I welcome all to visit the mural, and see a great work of art in Boston.”

French artist Pierre Puvis de Chavannes is considered one of the preeminent European artists of the 19th century, and the Central Library contains his only mural installation outside of France. Philosophy is one of eight allegorical scenes – each depicting an academic discipline – that surround the Central Library’s grand staircase. Other panels in the cycle include Astronomy, History, Chemistry, Physics, Pastoral Poetry, Dramatic Poetry, and Epic Poetry. A ninth, broader panel flanks the entrance to Bates Hall and depicts “The Muses of Inspiration Welcoming the Spirit of Light.” (more…)

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Public Library Celebrate Central Library Renovation Opening Today

Posted on July 9th, 2016 by BPL News in Media Releases
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Public Library celebrated the grand reopening of the Central Library Renovation today with a 10:30 a.m. ribbon cutting. The grand reopening marks the completion of the second and final phase of the renovation of the Central Library in Copley Square, which has been managed by the City of Boston’s Public Facilities Department. This second phase of work includes updates to the lower level, first floor, mezzanine, and the building exterior of the Johnson building, which opened in 1972. The Central Library Renovation puts the Boston Public Library on the cutting edge of library services – reshaping and redefining the patron experience at a 21st century urban public library.

“The reopening of the Central Library’s Johnson building represents the investments we make in the future of all Boston residents, as our libraries are critical resources where residents gather to exchange and seek knowledge and information,” said Mayor Walsh. “I’m grateful to all who contributed to the success of this project, and I look forward to Boston’s residents and visitors enjoying the library’s enhancements.”

Highlights of the second phase of the renovation include removal of the granite plinths that covered the Johnson building windows – reconnecting the building to the street; a revamped lecture hall for author talks and programming, a new innovation center, new Mac and Windows computers for the public computing area, a hi-tech community learning center, an enlarged Fiction section and new ways of book browsing, digital stacks to explore the BPL’s digitized collections, a state-of-the art Welcome Center, a digital imaging suite, and major landscape components along Boylston Street, including a civic table and new trees. The enterprise retail space at the corner of Boylston and Exeter Streets will feature The Newsfeed Café, opening mid-summer and operated by The Catered Affair, and a WGBH News satellite bureau and studio. Patrons will move seamlessly between the enterprise retail space and the Library. (more…)

Mayor Walsh Launches Adams Street Branch Library Project

Posted on May 16th, 2016 by BPL News in Media Releases

Mayor Walsh’s Building a Better Boston Capital Plan Invests over $90 million in Library Projects throughout the City

Today Mayor Martin J. Walsh launched the Adams Street Branch Library Project and highlighted capital investments planned at libraries across the Boston Public Library system, which total over $90 million in his FY17-21 Building a Better Boston Capital Plan. A community celebration for the announcement was held at the Adams Street Branch in Dorchester, where the $12.6 million project will renew the branch library, reflect the Boston Public Library Compass principles and support the needs of the neighborhood.

“Investing in the Boston Public Library means investing in the futures of all Boston residents; our libraries are critical access points where we gather as one community to seek information and knowledge,” said Mayor Walsh. “I am committed to reinvigorating our locations throughout the city.”

The FY17-21 Building a Better Boston Capital Plan continues to demonstrate Mayor Walsh’s strong commitment to revitalizing the Boston Public Library’s historic Central Library in Copley Square and its branches throughout Boston’s neighborhoods. Investing in Boston’s neighborhood branches helps ensure a vital and vibrant community. In today’s society, libraries serve as conduits for information, spaces in which citizens and neighbors meet and collaborate, and of course, as access points for reading and literacy. Among a range of services for life-long learning, the Library offers Boston’s youths a safe place to learn and access additional educational opportunities, and provide today’s citizens with resources for furthering skills and exploring new job opportunities. (more…)

Boston Public Library Celebrates Money Smart Week April 23-30

Posted on April 21st, 2016 by BPL News in Media Releases

moneysmartFree programs offered at Central Library in Copley Square, Codman Square Branch

Boston Public Library celebrates Money Smart Week April 23-30, a national initiative designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. Adult programming at the Central Library in Copley Square is presented by the BPL’s Kirstein Business Library; please register for these by contacting 617.859.2142 or businessref@bpl.org.

“Basic financial literacy is an essential life skill that everyone needs, for everyday planning like managing your paycheck or a weekly budget, to decisions regarding buying a first home, starting a small business or planning for retirement,” said David Leonard, Interim President of the Boston Public Library. “BPL is committed to providing resources that can make a difference in our users’ lives, helping everyone be prepared to take advantage of opportunities that come their way.” (more…)

Mayor Walsh Announces Office for Immigrant Advancement and Launches Immigrant Information Corners at All Boston Public Library Locations

Posted on April 14th, 2016 by BPL News in Media Releases

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the strategic rebranding of the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement, formerly known as the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians, to help encompass the evolving needs of Boston’s immigrant community. As part of a concerted effort to empower immigrant residents and recognize their contributions to our city, Mayor Walsh also launched Immigrant Information Corners at the Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square and 24 neighborhood branches to provide information about resources and services available to help advance the well-being of the city’s immigrant residents.

The Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement signifies the administration’s proactive engagement of the immigrant community by encouraging their active participation in the city’s policies and programs. Twenty-seven percent of Boston residents are foreign-born, and nearly half of Boston Public School students have a foreign-born parent.

“In the City of Boston our immigrant population represents a dynamic and growing landscape and it is our hope that with this rebranding effort and the launch of Immigrant Information Corners, we are better able to serve our immigrant residents,” said Mayor Walsh. “Immigrants interact with the city’s library branches more than any other city agency, which offers us a great opportunity to engage our residents in their neighborhoods. The impact that immigrants have on our city will continue to grow in the years ahead and it is important that we plan for this growth and make sure it reaches everyone.” (more…)