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Boston Public Library February Literary Events and Programs at Branch Locations Across the City

Posted on January 26th, 2016 by BPL News in Media Releases

Feb talksFebruary programming at Boston Public Library locations include music, crafts, celebrations, and literary events for all. Below are highlights of the upcoming month, for a full listing visit the BPL Calendar of Events.

  • The West End Branch celebrates 120 years of library service on Thursday, February 4, at 6:30 p.m. with a lecture by historian Anthony Sammarco, who will detail both the histories of the West End and that of the branch.
  • Children 8+ learn about the United States through stories and crafts on Friday, February 5, at 3:30 p.m. in the Children’s Library at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • The Adams Street and Fields Corner Branches honor the Vietnamese New Year with Tết celebrations with crafts, food, and fun for people of all ages on Saturday, February 6, at 11 a.m. (Fields Corner) and on Saturday, February 6, at 2 p.m. (Adams Street Branch).
  • Teen Central at the Central Library in Copley Square hosts career discovery lectures on Monday, February 8, at 4 p.m. and on Monday, February 22, at 4 p.m., located at 700 Boylston Street. Teens will learn about potential careers and how to prepare for applying to them.
  • Anthony  Sammarco discusses his forthcoming history of Boston’s first department store, Jordan Marsh, on Monday, February 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Adams Street Branch, located at 690 Adams Street in Dorchester.
  • Boston Globe Spotlight reporter Stephen Kurkjian will read from his book Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters who Pulled Off the Greatest Art Heist on Tuesday, February 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the South End Branch, located at 685 Tremont Street.
  • Charles R. Gallagher describes a covert British operation in Boston and discusses the consequences of both Nazi and British spying in his talk “Spy Hub: Catholicism, Anti-Semitism, and Secret Intelligence in Wartime Boston” on Wednesday, February 10, at 6 p.m. in in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.  Part of the Local & Family History Series.
  • The West Roxbury Branch hosts the performance “Love Notes” by the Swing Fever Trio on Thursday, February 11, at 2 p.m., featuring the music of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Duke Ellington and many more. The branch is located at 1961 Centre Street.
  • The South Boston Branch hosts a wintertime book sale on Saturday, February 13, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., with all types of adult, teen, and juvenile books, audio-books, and CDs available at 646 East Broadway Street.
  • Desiree Taylor takes listeners on an investigative journey through story into the Harlem Renaissance on Wednesday, February 17, at 3 p.m. at the Charlestown Branch, located at 179 Main Street.
  • Peter Grinspoon, author of Free Refills: A Doctor Confronts His Addiction discusses his troubles and road to recover y on Thursday, February 18, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Marta Crilly, Archivist for Reference and Outreach at the Boston City Archives, highlights records available to researchers and offers tips on navigating the Archives’ collections in her talk “History of the Hub: Resources for Local and Family History at the Boston City Archives” on Wednesday, February 24, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Listen to d’Allegro’s take on classic and inspirational tunes by African American artists on Thursday, February 25, at 6 p.m. at the Mattapan Branch, located at 1350 Blue Hill Avenue.
  • The Grove Hall Branch holds a book sale and open house on Saturday, February 27, at 12 p.m., followed by a Kevin Harris Project jazz concert at 2 p.m. at 41 Geneva Avenue in Dorchester.

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Tzivia Gover Starts Off the 2016 Author Talk Series with Advice on Obtaining Joy

Posted on January 15th, 2016 by kmiller@private.bpl.org in General

“Statistically, the probability of any one of us being here is so small that you’d think the mere fact of existing would keep us all in a contented dazzlement of surprise.” – Lewis Thomas 


TGTzivia Gover opened her author talk Thursday evening with these words from author Lewis Thomas, setting the mood for the audience who filled Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square on a bitter cold winter night.

If the crowd was there to learn how to start 2016 with a different, more positive mindset, their mission was accomplished, as Gover read tips and tricks from her new book, Joy in Every Moment: Mindful Exercises for Waking to the Wonders of Ordinary Life.

Strategies from the described “life coach in a book” evolved around becoming an active participant in obtaining happiness. Gover described shifting one’s mindset from thinking of happiness and joy as emotions that come from external factors, to a feeling we can find from within. Techniques to make this modification include meditation, taking moments in your busy life to affirm that you are a “divine joy,” and allowing yourself to experience a full range of emotions, including sorrow.

Check out Joy in Every Moment, as well as Gover’s top ten favorite books of inspiration.

Author Picks: Tzivia Gover’s Top Ten Books to Inspire You

Posted on January 8th, 2016 by BPL News in General

Tzivia Gover Author PicksTzivia Gover is the author of Joy in Every Moment: Mindful Exercises for Waking to the Wonders of Ordinary Life. She appears at the Central Library in Copley Square on Thursday, January 14, at 6 p.m. as part of the Boston Public Library’s Author Talk Series. In anticipation of her visit, we asked her for her picks for top inspirational books for the new year.

It wasn’t easy to come up with my “Ten Favorite Books to Inspire You”—but it was fun to give the question some thought. As a writer I have an entire village of favorite books that inspire me on my shelves. (I live in a relatively small space, otherwise I’d have an entire metropolis of favorites!) But which ones might inspire you as well? To narrow it down, I began by flipping through the pages of Joy in Every Moment, my latest book, which includes quotes from many of the books that have inspired me to live my best life—one moment at a time. Then I added a few more to come up with a highlights list that includes books of poetry, philosophy, self-help, psychology, and fiction. I hope you find something here to inspire you! Enjoy.

  1. Life of Pi, by Yann Martel: The fictional character, Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, inspired me to “choose the better story”—a reminder I turn to again and again.
  2. Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman: I re-read this book-length poem with a group of friends almost every year on the Fourth of July (the anniversary of the book’s publication). It takes us about two hours to read the entire poem aloud, and each time I feel inspired to try to do my part to live up to Whitman’s vision of true equality and democracy.
  3. Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl: A psychiatrist imprisoned in a concentration camp comes away recommitted to his belief that we can live positive and purposeful lives filled with meaning—no matter what the circumstances. Now that inspires me.
  4. You Can Heal Your Life, by Louise Hay: As a young woman, this classic self-help book inspired—and empowered—me, to wake up to the role our thoughts play in manifesting our lives.
  5. Memories, Dreams, Reflections, by Carl Jung: My dreams are a constant source of inspiration to me. Jung’s work helps me to explore them, trust them, and find meanings within them.
  6. The Life Changing-Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo: With joy as the organizing principle for getting one’s house in order, this quirky little book inspires me to experience my surroundings in a richer way!
  7. From Where You Dream, by Robert Olen Butler: This book inspires me to grab my pen, nearly as soon as I open my eyes in the morning—and start to write.
  8. Active Hope, by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone: I turn to this book again and again when I need to be inspired to live from my heart in a time of great challenges to our magnificent planet.
  9. Tiny Beautiful Things, by Cheryl Strayed: Pearls of wisdom wrapped in humor and humility and delivered with gloves-off, gut-wrenching candor—that’s what I call inspiration.
  10. Comfortable With Uncertainty, by Pema Chödrön: I have this book in paperback and in an MP3 file on my iPod so I can read or listen to it any time, including at 4 a.m. on nights when I can’t sleep. This book inspires me to face difficult situations and emotions with a loving heart.

May these books inspire you, too. Or better yet, may you be inspired to share with others your ten most inspiring books!

Boston Public Library January Literary Events

Posted on December 22nd, 2015 by BPL News in Media Releases

Desktop257Central Library, East Boston, South Boston, South End to Host

Boston Public Library locations will host a variety of literary events this month, with topics ranging from finance to genealogy:

  • Roger Lowenstein, acclaimed financial journalist and bestselling author of When Genius Failed and The End of Wall Street, tells the dramatic story of how courageous reformers created the Federal Reserve in 1913 in America’s Bank, putting America on the path to becoming a global financial power. Tuesday, January 5, at 6 p.m. in the Abbey Room at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Tzivia Gover demonstrates skills and knowledge for living your best life and making 2016 more joyful as she discusses Joy in Every Moment: Mindful Exercises for Waking to the Wonders of Ordinary Life on Thursday, January 14, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Edgar Allan Poe, portrayed by Rob Velella, returns from beyond the grave to tell of his experiences in Boston and to read from both his poetry and prose on Thursday, January 21, at 2 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the Never Too Late Series.
  • A wintertime book sale takes place at the South Boston Branch on Saturday, January 23, at 10 a.m., featuring adult, teen, and juvenile books, in addition to audio books and CDs. The branch is located at 646 East Broadway.
  • Beatrice Greene reads poetry, speech, and letter excerpts from abolitionist and suffragist Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s works on Monday, January 25, at 5:30 p.m. at the East Boston Branch, located at 365 Bremen Street.
  • Award-winning short story author Virginia Pye will read from her book Dreams of the Red Phoenix, which describes Americans’ experiences in China on the cusp of World War II on Tuesday, January 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the South End Branch, located at 685 Tremont Street.
  • Sari Mauro explores the collections that are of special interest to genealogists, both those accessible online and onsite at the Congregational Library & Archives on Wednesday, January 27, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the Local & Family History Series.

 

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Boston Public Library December Author Talks & Lectures

Posted on December 1st, 2015 by BPL News in Media Releases

Downloads1Central Library, Mattapan, Uphams Corner, South End, West Roxbury to host

Boston Public Library locations will host a variety of literary events this month, with topics ranging from the history of tea to the American maritime industry and more:

  • Sister Souljah meets with teens and adults, discussing her works and signing copies of her new book A Moment of Silence on Tuesday, December 1, at 6 p.m. at Teen Central at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Russ Lopez reads from his new book Boston’s South End: The Clash of Ideas in a Historic Neighborhood, a comprehensive history of the South End on Tuesday, December 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the South End Branch, located at 685 Tremont Street. Part of the South End Writes Series.
  • Marilynn Johnson discusses how foreign-born residents shaped Boston in The New Bostonians: How Immigrants Have Transformed the Metro Area since the 1960s on Wednesday, December 2, at 6 p.m. in the Abbey Room at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the Local and Family History Series.
  • Discover the collections of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center on a tour that includes the current exhibition, Women in Cartography: Five Centuries of Accomplishments, featuring maps from the 17th century to the present.  Wednesday, December 2, at 12:30 p.m. in the Map Center at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Donald Yacovone, Ph.D., commemorates the 150th anniversary of the final issue of William Lloyd Garrison’s celebrated abolitionist newspaper, The Liberator on Thursday, December 3, at 6 p.m. in the Abbey Room at the Central Library in Copley Square. Highlights from the Boston Public Library’s Anti-Slavery Collection will be on display and a reception follows.
  • Discover how to get started on researching your family history with genealogist Rhonda McClure from the New England Historic Genealogical Society on Thursday, December 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the West Roxbury Branch, located at 1961 Centre Street.
  • Sonya Harris speaks about how people cope with self-destructive behaviors and failed relationships, and how they in turn impact our health in My Body Is Calling on Saturday, December 12, at 2 p.m. at the Mattapan Branch, located at 1350 Blue Hill Avenue.
  • The Sisters in Crime Panel presents “Stealing from the Dead: Ideas and Where We Get Them” on Monday, December 14, at 6 p.m. at the Honan-Allston Branch, located at 300 North Harvard Street in Allston.
  • Senior maritime historian of the New Bedford Whaling Museum Michael P. Dyer brings listeners back to the end of the fifteenth century as he talks about how the islands of the Atlantic figured prominently in the American maritime industries on Thursday, December 17, at 5:30 p.m. at the Uphams Corner Branch, located at 500 Columbia Road in Dorchester.
  • Anthony Sammarco presents “A History of Tea,” which examines how tea has been enjoyed over the centuries on Thursday, December 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Brighton Branch, located at 40 Academy Hill Road.

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