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A Tuesday in the Children’s Library

Posted on October 19th, 2015 by BPL News in General

No two days of the week are alike at the Central Library in Copley Square’s new Children’s Library. With an early literacy area ToddleTown, a StoryScape space for reading and imaginative play, an area just for tweens, and a wide range of offered programs, kids of all ages and interests are sure to find an activity to enjoy at the Children’s Library.

IMG_7430Tuesdays in the Children’s Library begin with Tinker Tots at 10:30 a.m. The program is aimed at young children and explores a STEM concept through stories and activities. The theme for the October 6 Tinker Tots is “fall.” Toddlers and their caregivers gather in the StoryScape area, where Children’s Librarian Laura Koenig reads autumn-themed picture books and leads the group in interactive seasonal songs. Participants then move to the sunny and spacious Margret and H. A. Rey Program Room to explore various fall-focused exploration stations, including a leaf-print craft, a sensory box of nature items including acorns and pine cones, and a table with magnifying glasses for examining leaves.

IMG_7433Next on the schedule is LEGO Club in the Rey Program Room at 3:30 p.m. LEGOs of all shapes, sizes, and colors are on hand to encourage young children supervised by caregivers to build, create, and interact with one another. One young girl shows Early Literacy Librarian Theresa Furbish the flying machine she made, and a little boy works on building a boat. DUPLO bricks are also available for the youngest participants.

At 5 p.m., Children’s Librarian Maggie Levine leads Tween Tuesdays, a club in which tweens (kids ages 9-13) work on projects using the technology available in Teen Central’s digital lab and participate in art- and writing-focused activities, among others. On this Tuesday, the kids continue work on a commercial promoting all the benefits of the Boston Public Library. They review the previous week’s footage and then pick which scenes they still need to shoot. They will eventually use software in Teen Central’s Lab to edit the footage together to create the final product. Club member David, age 10, says that his favorite thing about Tween Tuesdays is “doing all the cool stuff with technology.”

“With such a wide variety of programs and visitors, every day in the Children’s Library is a new adventure. The staff here loves helping children and caregivers IMG_05460explore this exciting space, choose their next great read, and enjoy our many programs. This is a special place, and it’s an honor to share it with children from Boston and beyond,” says Laura Koenig, Team Leader of Central Library Children’s Services.

In August, over 3,900 children attended programs in the Children’s Library, including story times, arts and crafts, music events, and book-themed parties. In between programs, the Children’s Library buzzes with children exploring the early literacy area’s interactive sensory wall featuring visual, auditory, and tactile panels; reading and playing in the StoryScape space; using the computers in the tween area; and browsing books, audiobooks, and DVDs to check out and take home.

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Posted on June 24th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases

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.


East Boston Branch Celebrates First Anniversary

Posted on November 9th, 2014 by admin in General


The East Boston Branch at 365 Bremen Street completed its first full year of operations, marking a busy and productive year for the branch and its communities of users. Below are a few highlights from this past year:

  • Teens and Boston Bikes: Boston has many urban bike paths, and learning how to navigate the city safely is key. Teens learned bike safety rules and bike mechanics, meeting once a week for four weeks, and teens that attended three of the four sessions then received a bike, lock, and a helmet. They also learned about the parts of the bike and regular maintenance work, such as fixing flat tires or broken chains.
  • Eastie Week Open House: The branch participated in neighborhood celebrations honoring Eastie Week in June through a variety of activities for people of all ages. The branch hosted an ice cream social for 500 attendees, a farm visit, Spanish dancing, and a bilingual magic show.
  • Children’s programs: Homework help, story times, science experiments, arts & crafts, preschool films, and lapsits are among the activities children participated in this past year, which were met with high attendance numbers and youth ready and excited to learn.
  • Lego Mindstorm Robotics: Best Buy’s Geek Squad visited the branch during national Teen Tech Week, bringing Lego Mindstorm kits as part of a robotics program. Aspiring engineers and designers broke up into teams and designed a robot and programmed the robot to drive through a maze.
  • Adult Education Classes: English conversations groups and computer classes in Spanish generate much enthusiasm as each are often filled to capacity with adults eager to practice their English or acquire computer literacy skills.

Features of the library include dedicated areas for children, teens, and adults, free building-wide wifi, 54 computers, a flexible multipurpose room, an early literacy nook, and a quiet reading room with local history materials. Designed for building and energy efficiency, the branch recently achieved LEED Gold certification from the United States Green Building Council. The East Boston Branch’s reach, a library formula used to determine level of activity, is second only to that of the Central Library in Copley Square and continues to grow each quarter.

Updated Technology Offerings at Boston Public Library Locations Citywide

Posted on November 7th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

Pay-for-print Kiosks, Printers and Scanners, Software Upgrades Arriveanna

Boston Public Library is updating the range of technology it offers to library users citywide. Taking place now through the end of the calendar year is a series of upgrades to the technologies used by the public each day, including new pay-for-print service kiosks, desktop software upgrades with Windows 7 and Microsoft Office, and high-tech multifunction printing, copying, and scanning devices.

The new service kiosks are one of the most noticeable additions to the twenty-four branches and the Central Library in Copley Square. The bright red kiosks are part of the library’s upgraded pay-for-print system and have several features, including the introduction of paying for printing via standard credit and debit cards. Boston Public Library cards will now store up to $21 for use on the system. (more…)

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted on September 18th, 2013 by admin in General

bpl latino life 2013 coverIn celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15), Boston Public Library has a variety of programs planned across the City. In addition, the library’s annual Latino Life booklist, featuring recent books about the Hispanic experience, is available online and at all library locations.

Program highlights include:

  • Classical guitarist Michael Nigro takes audiences on a journey through Latin America, featuring works by South American and Spanish composers in the month of September at the Dudley, Jamaica Plain, Grove Hall, Parker Hill, and South End branches.
  • On September 28, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Public Library, Handel and Haydn Society, and Zoo New England collaborate to present a free Family Opera Day at the BPL.
  • Starting October 1, the Connolly Branch hosts an exhibition featuring paintings by Dominican artist Nasiri Guzman.
  • Starting October 7, the Central Library’s Monday night film series celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month.
  • In October, Veronica Robles educates children on Mexican music, dance, and culture at the Hyde ParkJamaica PlainLower Mills, and West End branches.
  • La Piñata, an organization dedicated to promoting Latin American culture, provides children and teens in grades K-8 an introduction to Latin America through a variety of art, games, and music activities.

To view dates, times, and more information on these programs, please visit the BPL calendar.