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Boston Public Library’s Bibliocycle Travels through Boston’s Neighborhoods in Third Season

Posted on May 6th, 2016 by BPL News in Media Releases

bibFirst stop is Wake up the Earth Festival in Jamaica Plain on May 7

The BPL Bibliocycle, a bicycle-powered mobile library, returns to the streets of Boston in its third season, visiting street fairs, markets, and festivals to meet people where they are and deliver library services beyond its physical locations. Over the past two years, the Bibliocycle has had more than 2,200 visitors, with staff issuing 140 library cards and more than 500 book checkouts. The first stop for the Bibliocycle will be on Saturday, May 7, at the Wake up the Earth Festival in Jamaica Plain.

“The Bibliocycle is the perfect complement to community events and activities in Boston’s parks and outdoor spaces,” said Mayor Walsh. “I encourage residents to take advantage of the opportunity to connect with one of the City’s great assets – our library system.”

Features of the Bibliocycle program include library card sign up, book checkout, demonstrations of BPL’s digital resources, help with reference questions, and pop-up story times. The mobile collection of up to 50 books includes new releases, bestsellers, cooking, gardening, picture books, and bike repair titles. (more…)

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…)

Boston Public Library Commemorates Phase One Anniversary of Central Library Renovation

Posted on February 23rd, 2016 by BPL News 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 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 Presidential Search Committee Announces Listening Sessions

Posted on November 20th, 2015 by BPL News 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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