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Spy Hub Talk Continues Local and Family History Series

Posted on February 12th, 2016 by BPL News in General

IMG_1277Charles R. Gallagher, SJ, an Assistant Professor of History at Boston College, addressed an audience of 100 people, detailing the work of the Christian Front in Boston during World War II. A Catholic anti-Semitic fraternal organization, the group’s propaganda efforts for the Nazis were so successful that British intelligence established its own organization in Boston, the Irish-American Defense Association. Gallagher posed his research question to listeners – Why did the Christian Front get shut down for terrorism in New York in January of 1940, but remain active until 1943 in Boston? Why should we care?

The Boston group’s leader, Francis Moran, held meetings for the thousands of members in Hibernian Hall in Roxbury, regularly showing Nazi propaganda films. At one point, Moran attempted to link the group to the Archdiocese of Boston, but the Cardinal said no. Interestingly, Moran always said that the Christian Front was about war and peace, not Catholicism. While British intelligence was a presence in Boston during the early 1940s, Gallagher noted that the Boston FBI office had no idea this was happening.

The answer to “Why should we care?,” says Gallagher, is that this time in Boston’s history raises questions of democracy and security, which are issues still prevalent today. Gallagher plans to write the book this summer and have it to press by the fall.

The Local & Family History Series runs through May and continues on February 24 with Marta Crilly’s talk “History of the Hub: Resources for Local and Family History at the Boston City Archives.” See the full schedule via www.bpl.org/localhistory.

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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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

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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 has a Central Library, twenty-four branches, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit bpl.org.

 

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BPL’s Top Borrowed Books of 2015

Posted on December 11th, 2015 by BPL News in General

CompassBoston Public Library’s Collection Development team is pleased to present the top ten borrowed books of 2015. Check out the BPL catalog to locate these and other books to read.

  1. The Girl on the Train
  2. All the Light We Cannot See
  3. The Boston Girl
  4. Gone Girl
  5. Yes Please
  6. The Goldfinch
  7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck
  8. The Invention of Wings
  9. The Fault in Our Stars
  10. The Book Thief

Book lovers, additional 2015 top ten lists are also available:  Juvenile Books, Teen Books, E-books, Adult Fiction, and Adult Nonfiction.