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Boston Public Library’s 2017 Literacy Services Offerings

Posted on January 24th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

Boston Public Library begins 2017 with a full slate of literacy resources and opportunities for learners throughout Boston and the Commonwealth, including ESL classes and conversation groups, HiSet preparation classes, online tools, and immigrant information material. Visit www.bpl.org/research/literacy.htm for a complete list of offerings and services.

 

  • ESL Classes: ESL instruction is offered in a traditional classroom environment. Classes range from beginner – for people with little or no experience with English – to high-intermediate. Classes are free; however, registration is required. For more information and to register please call 617.859.2446 or email mmurray@bpl.org. Please visit bpl.org/branches/ESL_groups.pdf for the complete schedule.
  • ESL Conversation Groups: Practice speaking English in an informal and friendly group setting with other adult ESL students and new English speakers. Groups are led by a native English speaker. Please visit bpl.org/branches/ESL_groups.pdf for the complete schedule.
  • HiSet Preparation Classes: The HiSet test (High School Equivalency Test) is the new replacement to the GED test. Classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. through March 22 at the Grove Hall Branch, located at 41 Geneva Avenue, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. through March 23 at the Fields Corner Branch, located at 1520 Dorchester Avenue.
  • Immigrant Information Corners: Immigrant Information Corners, located at all 24 Boston Public Library locations, are a strategic collaboration between the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Boston Public Library, and the City of Boston, as well as community partners.  They are meant to serve as information stations for Boston’s immigrants and refugees, giving access to citizenship and other immigration-related materials in multiple languages, information about citizenship preparation assistance, as well as information about financial empowerment resources.
  • Learn Online & Literacy Resources:
  • LearningExpress Library—Log on and practice for SAT, GED, HiSet, TOEFL, and other education tests. Learn-A-Test is interactive and is based on official tests that will help you improve your scores on academic, civil service, military, and professional licensing and certification exams. It provides immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and individualized analysis of your score. All you need is your BPL card or eCard number.
  • Mango Languages—Mango Languages is a great online language learning program for both English and foreign languages.  For the English learning component, users can select their native language as the language through which they learn English.
  • Literacy Resources:

Research Guide: Literacy Resources for Adult ESL and ABE Educators

Research Guide: Literacy Resources for ABE and ESL Learners

  • Small Group Tutoring: Both English as a Second Language (ESL) and Adult Basic Education (ABE) skills instruction are offered.  ESL groups are composed of 2-4 participants and one native-English speaking tutor.  Participants have the chance to work on improving their conversational skills, as well as reading and writing.  ABE groups traditionally have less students and focus on improving basic reading and writing skills toward individual student goals.  For more information and to register please call 617.859.2446 or email mmurray@bpl.org.
  • Volunteer Opportunities: The Library seeks volunteers to work with either adult English as a Second Language (ESL) learners or adults who are in need of developing basic reading and writing skills towards their individual life goals.  For example, some volunteers may work with a small group of 2-4 ESL learners or facilitate a large drop-in group of 5 – 25 people who are looking to improve their conversational English. Other volunteers may work with an individual helping him or her to improve basic literacy skills for employment or for tests such as the HiSet. For more information please call 617.859.2446 or email mmurray@bpl.org.

 

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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Bee Panel at the Central Library in Copley Square

Posted on May 18th, 2016 by awilliams in General

BeesBees were the theme for the final Boston Public Library Author Talk of the spring, with guests Olivia Messigner Carril, co-author of The Bees in Your Backyard: A Guide to North America’s Bees, and Thomas Seeley, author of Following the Wild Bees: The Craft and Science of Bee Hunting. The bee experts provided the audience with an overview of the different ways to observe and track the wild bees that live around us.

Seeley led off with an exploration of the art of bee hunting, which involves tracking bees to their nest through a process of luring and following them. To begin, a hunter catches a bee in a box designed specifically for bee hunting that contains a sugar water comb. When the bee is released it will return with its nest mates, allowing the bee hunter to see the “beeline,” or the direction in which the bees are flying. The hunter then moves further down the beeline with the box of bees, following the bees’ path as they again are released and return to the box with the food source. Eventually, the hunter will be able to follow them home to their nest. Seeley says the joy of bee hunting lies in observing the bees and locating their home. A bee hunter doesn’t have to be immersed in nature to go on a bee hunt; Seeley has conducted bee hunts everywhere from Harvard Yard to Central Park in New York City.

Messinger Carril followed with an overview of the wide variety of bee species – four thousand in the United States and Canada alone – and how to find and identify them. The solitary bee can make its home in everything from sand to pine cones and snail shells. Some bees even build beautiful nests out of flower petals. When encountering a wild bee, she said, an observer can use a camera phone to take pictures from a few different angles in order to identify the species later. To help illustrate the wide diversity of bees, she brought along a box of bee samples that showcased a range of bee types and sizes.

The authors concluded by taking questions from the engaged audience members who were eager to know more about bee populations and species. In response to one attendee’s question on how to support wild bees, Messinger Carril emphasized that it’s important to provide them with an undisturbed place to nest and to grow native plants that are not highly cultivated.

Thank you to all who attended our spring Author Talks. Boston Public Library’s Author Talks Series will return in the fall.

Boston Public Library Celebrates Money Smart Week April 23-30

Posted on April 21st, 2016 by rlavery in Media Releases

moneysmartFree programs offered at Central Library in Copley Square, Codman Square Branch

Boston Public Library celebrates Money Smart Week April 23-30, a national initiative designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. Adult programming at the Central Library in Copley Square is presented by the BPL’s Kirstein Business Library; please register for these by contacting 617.859.2142 or businessref@bpl.org.

“Basic financial literacy is an essential life skill that everyone needs, for everyday planning like managing your paycheck or a weekly budget, to decisions regarding buying a first home, starting a small business or planning for retirement,” said David Leonard, Interim President of the Boston Public Library. “BPL is committed to providing resources that can make a difference in our users’ lives, helping everyone be prepared to take advantage of opportunities that come their way.” (more…)

Boston Public Library Commemorates Phase One Anniversary of Central Library Renovation

Posted on February 23rd, 2016 by rlavery in Media Releases

Renovation photos1The Boston Public Library celebrates the first anniversary of Phase One of the Central Library Renovation this month. It opened its doors to the new second floor of the Johnson building at the Central Library in Copley Square in February 2015. In the past year, 1,290 programs were held at the new Children’s Library and Teen Central, and more than 1.5 million library users visited, checking out over 832,000 items. Phase Two of the $78 million Central Library Renovation is underway now, and is slated to open in summer 2016.

“This renewed space brings together people from across the City of Boston and around the world to explore, grow, and pursue their dreams,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “The completion of the Central Library Renovation this summer will put the Boston Public Library and its staff at the forefront of modern library, public service.”

“The first phase of the renovation brought new life to this floor of the BPL’s Johnson building, serving patrons of all ages in new and dynamic ways,” said David Leonard, Interim President of the Boston Public Library. “The completion this summer will bring us full circle as we transform services, spaces and programs, again making Boston’s Central Library the place to pursue educational opportunities for generations to come.” (more…)

Boston Public Library Presidential Search Committee Announces Listening Sessions

Posted on November 20th, 2015 by rlavery in Media Releases

The Boston Public Library Presidential Search Committee will host two listening sessions in the coming weeks. The sessions on Monday, November 30 and Saturday, December 12 will be an opportunity for the community to share their thoughts on what qualities they believe the next leader of the Boston Public Library (BPL) should have in an open and conversational forum. Additional listening sessions in neighborhoods across the city will be added and announced as the BPL Presidential Search continues.

“The inaugural listening session at the Mattapan Branch provided information that will contribute to how the Search Committee evaluates candidates for the position of BPL President,” said John Palfrey, Chair of the BPL Presidential Search Committee. “It’s very important to hear from a diversity of voices, and I encourage Bostonians to be a part of this process.”

The listening sessions will be held on the following dates:

  • Monday, November 30 at 6:30 p.m. – Brighton Branch of the BPL, 40 Academy Hill Rd
  • Saturday, December 12 at 9:00 a.m. – Central Library in Copley Square, Commonwealth Salon, 700 Boylston St

For those who are unable to attend a listening session, the public is encouraged to tweet comments at the Boston Public Library Twitter handle via @bplboston and at Presidential Search Committee Chair John Palfrey at @jpalfrey. In addition, comments can be submitted via SearchChair@bpl.org.

The Boston Public Library Presidential Search Committee is charged with locating, recruiting, interviewing, and evaluating top candidates for the position of BPL President in conjunction with executive search firm, Spencer Stuart.

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