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East Boston Branch Team Members

Posted on May 21st, 2014 by admin in General

AngelaVeizagaBWAngela Veizaga

Youth Services Librarian, East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library

As the youth services librarian for the East Boston Branch, Angela works with the large population of children and teens who visit the library to do homework, check out books, and participate in the library’s growing programs for youth. “We’ve had a steady stream of children and teens who come in after school and say, ‘So what are we doing today?’ They are very active library users and want to take advantage of our programs,” she said. Born in Bolivia, Angela frequented libraries after coming to the United States and was grateful for the access to free services, which influenced her decision to become a librarian and help others in a similar way.

 

JuliaBlake1BWJulia Blake

Programs and Community Outreach Librarian, East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library

Now in her sixth year of service at the Boston Public Library, Julia develops programming for the East Boston Branch and works with community organizations to bring people of all ages to the new branch. “Library users are really enjoying the new building and people who haven’t been to a library in a while are stunned at its beauty. Everyone is invited to enjoy the new space and utilize the services,” she said. ESL groups, author talks, bookmaking workshops, and exhibitions featuring local artists are examples of program ideas she has received thus far, and she encourages users to share ideas with library staff. “My job is very rewarding; I love interacting with patrons and helping them find what they are looking for. And the best part is that all our services are free.”

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Margaret Kelly

Branch Librarian, East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library

“My favorite part of being a librarian is building connections and relationships with people who walk through our doors,” says Margaret, who has been a librarian for 21 years. The East Boston Branch is still quite new. The feedback on the building and services continues to be positive and happy. “People who haven’t been to a library in a long time are coming in and want to be a part of something new and exciting for this community. They come in, look around, and then stay for a while. We’re a very active branch and I know we’ll keep growing,” she says.

Asian Pacific Heritage Month

Posted on May 15th, 2014 by admin in General

kitesMay is Asian Pacific Heritage Month and Boston Public Library is hosting numerous events to honor traditions that celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander heritage. In addition to the events, the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library features the City of Neighborhoods: The Changing Face of Boston exhibition that examines the diversity of Boston and shows a strong Asian presence in the City. Based on recent census data, over 18,000 Bostonians were born in China, and nearly 9% of Boston’s total population is of Asian descent.

The following locations host activities for various ages this month and select programs are held continually throughout the year:

  • Anime Clubs: Join teens weekly at the Central Library on Fridays from 3-4:30 p.m. or Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. at the Hyde Park Branch for a feature film or episode from an Anime series.
  • Brush Painting with the MFA: Explore the unique style of painting on rice paper with educators from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Using sumi ink and bamboo brushes, create your own masterpiece mounted on a scroll. For children ages six and up at several branch locations.
  • Koinobori Kite-making Craft: The Uphams Corner and Fields Corner branches host workshops on Wednesday, May 21  and Tuesday, May 27. Koinobori, or fish-shaped wind socks (above), are a traditional symbol of Kodomo no Hi, or Children’s Day in Japan.
  • Manga Workshops: Artist Shauna Leva teaches participants how to draw cartoon bodies and faces in the popular Japanese style of Anime and Manga. For children and teens at select library locations.
  • Origami Club: Children ages 4-7 explore the art of Japanese paper folding monthly at the Central Library in Copley Square.

For information on more programs, visit www.bpl.org/calendar.

Children’s Book Week

Posted on May 15th, 2014 by admin in General

barbaraThis week marks a special occasion for librarians and young readers alike while the nation celebrates Children’s Book Week from May 12-18. Books for young readers are Barbara Rhodes’ specialty; she has been a BPL librarian for the past 31 years and a children’s librarian in the Jamaica Plain community since 1990. “Jamaica Plain is a wonderful neighborhood with so many library supporters and people who love to read,” she said.

With an influx of young families settling in the area, Barbara sees high attendance numbers at the children’s programs, which are tailored to the youngest library users from 0-6 months and extend to middle and high school aged-youth. “I enjoy working with children at an early age and watch as they grow up – we have a number of teenagers who come in who attended story times as little kids. It’s rewarding to see how the library serves cardholders through various stages of their lives,” she says. In honor of Children’s Book Week, below are book recommendations from Barbara Rhodes, which include her favorites and popular series at the Jamaica Plain Branch:

February Youth Programs

Posted on February 12th, 2014 by admin in General

A flurry of programs will take place at the Central Library and branches throughout school vacation week. Many of the offerings are in commemoration and celebration of Black History Month. Highlights include:

  • Celebrating Black History with Music. Boston musician Bill Lowe connects audiences with Black History Month through music throughout February.Desktop70 For children ages 6-12.
  • The Skin on My Chin: Diversity Workshop for Children. Michelle Chalmers reads from her rhyming picture book The Skin on My Chin, which explores diversity, ancestry, and conversation about skin. Children ages 6 and up learn about the sun and the diverse beauty of humanity, followed by a craft. Ms. Chalmers travels to nearly a dozen branches this month.
  • Winter Olympics Competitions: Play as your chosen country in various Winter Olympic Wii events during the week at 3 p.m. beginning on Tuesday, February 18, at 3 p.m. at the Adams Street Branch. Prizes will be awarded on Friday to the countries (players) with the most medals. The Uphams Corner Branch will test your speed and skill on Friday, February 14, at 2 p.m. in the following events: bean bag toss, hula hooping, paper plane flying, book search, and frisbee throw. Prizes will be awarded to all participants.

For the complete list of programs at the Central Library and branches, visit www.bpl.org/calendar.