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East Boston Branch Celebrates First Anniversary

Posted on November 9th, 2014 by admin in General

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The East Boston Branch at 365 Bremen Street completed it 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.

BPL Outdoor Reading Spaces

Posted on August 16th, 2013 by admin in General

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While some library users enjoy reading indoors in the air conditioning on hot summer days, the Central Library and the branches have many options for those who may prefer to read outside and breathe in some fresh air. And, you don’t have to leave the city to do it. In addition to the Central Library’s courtyard, which features story times and lunchtime Friday concerts this summer, several branches have beautiful green spaces that are ideal for programming and reading. Branch locations that feature outdoor areas include the Adams Street, Honan-Allston, Grove Hall, Hyde Park, Mattapan, South Boston, and West Roxbury branches. The Hyde Park Branch hosts summer concerts every Thursday evening in their garden, and the South Boston Branch outdoor space was re-landscaped in June, adding new shrubs and flowers to the reading space. The Honan-Allston and Mattapan branches even have interior courtyards for users to enjoy. Dig into Reading summer programming featured garden crafts, story times, and sidewalk art activities outdoors, and children are now waiting patiently to see their vegetables and plants grow as fall approaches. Boston Public Library welcomes all to visit its outdoor spaces and to enjoy the beautiful weather while reading.

Young Library Users Name Lions in Ray Mellone Park

Posted on August 9th, 2013 by admin in General

Last week, the Honan-Allston Branch of the Boston Public Library and members of the Allston-Brighton community gathered on a beautiful summer evening behind the library in Ray Mellone Park to celebrate the winners of the “Name the Lions” contest, in which children submitted their ideas for naming the lion statues that reside in the park. The celebration included a picnic, free children’s books, a lion craft, face painting, and music from the group Ben Rudnick and Friends. Congratulations to Kiana, who wrote the best story on how the lions arrived at the park and came to make it their home, and to winners Dontay, Sheila, Aurora, and Ryland for coming up with wonderful names for the lions – Lionel, Rusty, Hermione, and Courage are nameless no more. The lions will soon have permanent plaques engraved with their names and those of the children who named them.

The selection committee included Children’s Librarian Amanda Bressler, President of the Friends of the Honan-Allston Branch Paula Alexander, Assistant Director of Community Relations for Harvard University Jim Barrows, and James Curley from the office of Representative Kevin Honan. To view additional photos and to learn more about programming at the Honan-Allston Branch, please visit their Facebook page or events calendar for more information.


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