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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.

 

About BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
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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Mayor Walsh Celebrates Groundbreaking on Renovations to Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library

Posted on September 25th, 2015 by BPL News in Media Releases

Today Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Boston Public Library and its Board of Trustees, the City of Boston’s Property and Construction Management Department, and the Jamaica Plain community, celebrated a groundbreaking for a major renovation project for the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library located at 12 Sedgwick Street. The renovations to the building, constructed in 1911, will provide more than a 20% increase in space for the community to read, browse the book collection, access computers, attend and host meetings, and participate in programming.

“Libraries are at the heart of every Boston neighborhood, and the Jamaica Plain community is passionate about their community,” said Mayor Walsh. “This investment in the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library will provide new opportunities for learning to children, teens, and adults, and serve as a meeting place for neighbors.”

“Investing in our neighborhood libraries, and expanding learning and opportunity to all corners of the City, is core to the Boston Public Library’s mission,” said John Hailer, Interim Chair of the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees. “Thank you to Mayor Walsh for making this commitment to the Jamaica Plain Branch, and I look forward to gathering here again for the ribbon cutting.”

“The JP community has been advocating for these renovations for many years. Thanks to a great collaboration between neighbors, City Hall, and the BPL, this project is moving forward, and the new features of the Jamaica Plain Branch will be truly reflective of the needs of this diverse community,” said David Leonard, Interim President of the Boston Public Library.

The $10 million renovation includes: a 700-square foot addition facing South Street that will serve as a community reading lounge; a terrace along Sedgwick street where residents can read and mingle; multiple meeting spaces; improved and more flexible space for children, teens and adults; and a refreshed collection of 30,000 books. Technology improvements include 15 new desktop and 20 laptop computers, free WiFi, additional self-checkout stations, and a creative suite of software in the new digital maker-space. Other features include an elevator for full ADA accessibility to all levels, new and more efficient mechanical systems, parking for over 20 bikes, and new exterior landscaping.

To determine priorities in the building redesign, the Boston Public Library, the City of Boston’s Property and Construction Management team, and Utile, Inc. Architecture & Planning, the design firm for the project, collaborated closely with the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library and the community at-large. The general contractor for the project is Colantonio, Inc.

The Jamaica Plain Branch of the BPL will be closed throughout the renovation and is anticipated to re-open in spring 2017. During the construction Jamaica Plain residents are encouraged to use the nearby Connolly Branch of the BPL located at 433 Centre St, and the Egleston Square Branch of the BPL, located at 2044 Columbus Avenue.

About BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
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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Boston 2050: High Water Exhibition Opens at Grove Hall Branch July 27

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

high waterExhibition examines regional impact of climate change

The High Water Collective’s exhibition Boston 2050: High Water opens on July 27 and runs through October 31 at the Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library, focusing on the impact of predicted flooding in Boston neighborhoods. Artists selected for this exhibition are from Boston and around the globe, utilizing mixed media pieces, painting, sculpture, photography, installation work, and drawings to convey the dangers of flooding and higher waters, with the intent to initiate conversation within communities. An opening exhibition reception takes place on Thursday, August 6, from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. and features guest speakers civil rights activist Mimi Jones and spoken word poet Ant Thomas.

“It is essential to discuss the impact of environmental change not only in the Grove Hall neighborhood, but throughout all areas of Boston,” said Grove Hall Branch Librarian Paul Edwards. “The library is the perfect place to gather as one community to talk about where the future may lead us, and we are honored to host.” (more…)

Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square Closed July 12-14, 2015

Posted on June 29th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases

The Central Library in Copley Square located at 700 Boylston Street will be closed Sunday, July 12, 2015 – Tuesday, July 14, 2015 for electrical work related to the Central Library Renovation. During this time the Boston Public Library (BPL) is requesting that patrons visit one of the BPL’s 24 branch locations for library services, or access electronic resources such as e-books, streaming media, and digital magazines. The Central Library will reopen on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.

About BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
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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Building Improvements Planned for the Jamaica Plain Branch of the BPL

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

Major renovation will improve collections, technology, and spaces for all ages, including a reading room addition

The Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library at 12 Sedgwick Street in Jamaica Plain will undergo major building improvements beginning in August. The building renovation necessitates a temporary closure of the branch while work takes place. The temporary closure period will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2015, and is expected to last 18-24 months.

“The branch transformation marks a new era of library service for Jamaica Plain library users; once the renovation is complete, the branch will be a more user-friendly, welcoming place with offerings for all community members to enjoy,” said Christine Schonhart, Director of Library Services, Branches.

The goals of the renovation project include an enhanced and expanded children’s area, creation of a teen area and gallery space, and improved technology, including a maker space, expanded adult reading area, an upgraded multi-purpose room, and refreshed collections. A 700-square-foot addition to the building will provide a new reading room for the community. (more…)