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Mayor Walsh Announces Office for Immigrant Advancement and Launches Immigrant Information Corners at All Boston Public Library Locations

Posted on April 14th, 2016 by BPL News in Media Releases

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the strategic rebranding of the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement, formerly known as the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians, to help encompass the evolving needs of Boston’s immigrant community. As part of a concerted effort to empower immigrant residents and recognize their contributions to our city, Mayor Walsh also launched Immigrant Information Corners at the Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square and 24 neighborhood branches to provide information about resources and services available to help advance the well-being of the city’s immigrant residents.

The Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement signifies the administration’s proactive engagement of the immigrant community by encouraging their active participation in the city’s policies and programs. Twenty-seven percent of Boston residents are foreign-born, and nearly half of Boston Public School students have a foreign-born parent.

“In the City of Boston our immigrant population represents a dynamic and growing landscape and it is our hope that with this rebranding effort and the launch of Immigrant Information Corners, we are better able to serve our immigrant residents,” said Mayor Walsh. “Immigrants interact with the city’s library branches more than any other city agency, which offers us a great opportunity to engage our residents in their neighborhoods. The impact that immigrants have on our city will continue to grow in the years ahead and it is important that we plan for this growth and make sure it reaches everyone.” (more…)

Library Lovers’ Month Public Art Project Concludes at Boston Public Library

Posted on March 10th, 2016 by BPL News in General

Desktop284Library Lovers’ Month concluded at the end of February, marking a month full of love for the Boston Public Library. Patrons of all ages filled out nearly 1,700 paper hearts with the reasons they love their library and the hearts were then placed on display at BPL locations throughout the city. A few of the hearts read, “It lets me keep learning far after school ends,” “I love the people here. They make me feel right at home,” and “Books! Books! Books!”

“Members of the Boston community love our local libraries for many reasons,” said Mayor Walsh. “Whether it is accessing their favorite books or using computers, the opportunities they provide are endless. The more people use them, the better position they will be in to achieve their aspirations. I thank all of the residents and visitors who took the time out to share their most favorite memories and thoughts about one of our most cherished institutions.”

“We are incredibly thankful to all library users who participated in Library Lovers’ Month and shared what they love about their library – the BPL is much loved!” said Boston Public Library Interim President David Leonard. “We gained insightful comments and will use them to make decisions about ways we can make the Boston Public Library experience even better.” (more…)

Boston Public Library Celebrates Library Lovers’ Month with Public Art Project

Posted on February 16th, 2016 by BPL News in Media Releases

2015Boston Public Library locations throughout the system are celebrating Library Lovers’ Month with a public art project, asking library users of all ages to fill out paper hearts with the reasons they love their library. Unique collages of the hearts will then be displayed at each location for public viewing. At the Central Library in Copley Square the hearts will be posted in the temporary 20-foot pedestrian pathway at the entrance to the Johnson building, currently being used while the building is under construction. Boston Public Library will accept heart submissions through February 29.

“The BPL provides endless opportunities for learning and new experiences to Boston residents in all of our neighborhoods; that’s why I love the library,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I encourage library users to share their stories and support such an important resource.” (more…)

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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