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Rare Chronique Anonyme Universelle Now Viewable Online

Posted on July 13th, 2015 by BPL News in Media Releases

Chronique Anonyme UniverselleLate 15th century treasure depicts the history of the world

Today, the Boston Public Library announced that the Chronique Anonyme Universelle, or “Genealogy of the Bible,” a 35-foot scroll and manuscript dating from approximately 1470-1479 is now available online. The ornate manuscript depicts the history of the world from Creation to 1380, tracing the genealogy of individuals from the Bible to the royal houses of France and England, and weaving in biblical stories alongside Roman and Greek history. Users can view the scroll at the BPL’s Digital Commonwealth portal, zooming into the piece to see the historic writing and colorful images of castles, medieval sword fights, and the Garden of Eden. (more…)


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.


Boston Public Library’s 2015 Concerts in the Courtyard Series

Posted on May 21st, 2015 by admin in Media Releases

Lunchtime and evening concerts fill Copley Square this summerconcert

One of Boston’s most picturesque spaces will be filled with music in a free concert series on Wednesdays and Fridays in June, July, and August. Starting on June 3, the courtyard at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street, will feature music selections from a variety of influences, from jazz and folk to classical and contemporary music. Concerts are held on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. through August 28. All concerts are free and last approximately one hour.

“Partaking in this free summertime series is an ideal way to spend part of an afternoon or evening enjoying music in one of Boston’s finest cultural institutions,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I thank Boston Public Library staff, the Boston Public Library Foundation, and Deloitte for providing such wonderful programming for library users and visitors.” (more…)

Literary Landscapes: Maps from Fiction Exhibition Opens February 2

Posted on January 26th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases

panemMaps feature locations from action, adventure, fantasy, and children’s fiction

The exhibition Literary Landscapes: Maps from Fiction opens at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library on Monday, February 2, and runs through October 25. The exhibition, curated by Stephanie Cyr and Lauren Chen, examines the many types of maps that accompany works of fiction and features items from the 16th century to the present day.

“Literary Landscapes is for readers and map lovers of all ages and stages,” said Stephanie Cyr. “The collection of maps and books in the exhibition offers a creative and fun look into the relationship between literature and placemaking.”

In this exhibition of 40 items, visitors will discover maps from a variety of fictional genres, learn how authors create imaginary worlds, and appreciate why descriptive geography is essential to a story. People and creatures, even those who exist only in tales, are related to place, and maps of their imaginary worlds allow readers to be transported into the geography of fantasy. Maps of imaginary places have accompanied literature for centuries, as visualizing the fanciful worlds described in works of fiction sets the stage for events taking place in a story and often provides insight into the characters themselves. (more…)

State of the City Poem 2015: Praisesong for Boston

Posted on January 13th, 2015 by Gina Perille in General

COBseal_walsh-001Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s State of the City speech on January 13 featured a poem crafted by City of Boston Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges. The library is honored to share it here.

Praisesong for Boston 

Begin with the Massachusett, setting nets in the harbor
Of Boston, before it was Boston harbor—Quonehassit,
Place of clear water, and arrive at my door.  I, immigrant

Like so many settlers nestled in your arms, write this poem
To you Boston.  If I write Trimount it is for your hills,
Some still standing, others razed, the land changed, as lands are,

As time passes, and yet history is yours, Boston, the good and bad of it,
The inarticulated and the often-stated:  A Puritan’s beacon, Wheatley’s
Pen, Winthrop’s city upon a hill, Walker’s Appeal to the Coloured

Citizens of the world, the vision and grandeur that are Gardner’s,
The words lost to the grey and blue Atlantic.  If I place an emerald
Necklace at your feet, it is to match the medallions of your ever-turning

Wheels:  bicycles and school-buses, the railroads and helms of trade
And fate, of fire and grit, of determination’s grip, of cod and beans,
And the great house of science, and the great house of knowledge,

And the great house of art.  International since the day you were born,
If cities are born.  And if you are grown, then out of everything you
Have grown:  a revolution’s spark, the arc of a wide bridge,

Cable-stayed, lit electric, wharves and new waves,
And the complicated notions of freedom and forward,
And the ease of summer days and sturdy neighbors:

Chris, young terror of Sumner Street; Alana eating a pear,
Already in third grade; John, but call him Mac; Santiago
Who yells louder than God; and Wendy who yells louder;

And Wayne, uncle to all, from his big yellow house greeting
Each newcomer to the neighborhood.

Danielle Legros Georges


(this poem is indebted to Robert J. Allison’s
A Short History of Boston)