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Lego Version of BPL Visits Central Library in Copley Square

Posted on March 28th, 2014 by admin in General

A few months ago, Boston Public Library was voted the Boston landmark people most wanted to see built out of Legos (thank you again) at the soon-to-open LEGOLAND® Discovery Center in Somerville, Massachusetts. The historic McKim Building has since been constructed into a 75-pound Lego masterpiece. It was unveiled at the Central Library in Copley Sqaure on March 28 and remains on view in the Johnson Building lobby until Saturday, April 5. After that, it will move to the Discovery Center in Somerville for permanent display. This Lego creation took 47 hours to build and contains approximately 6,350 Lego bricks.

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Boston Public Library Going Digital and Crafty for Teen Tech Week

Posted on February 27th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

Workshops for teens scheduled March 10-15

BPLteentechweek2014Boston teens are invited to check out the Boston Public Library during Teen Tech Week, which takes place March 10-15. Seven neighborhood locations in the Boston Public Library system have events planned, ranging from coding and programming workshops to finding creative ways to re-use and recycle technology components via art.

“Digital literacy and creative literacy are important parts of a well-rounded learner’s skill set,” said Jessi Snow, Coordinator of Youth Services. “Teen Tech Week is a way for the Boston Public Library to welcome teens to the library and to all the opportunities that libraries make possible.”

Download the flyer (PDF, two pages).

Teen Tech Week is an annual and national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association. In 2014, the theme is DIY @ your library (do it yourself) with the goal of raising awareness about how Boston Public Library creates a space to extend teens’ learning beyond the classroom where they can explore, create, and share content, and learn to be competent and ethical users of digital media. (more…)

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.

A Social Library Week

Posted on February 1st, 2014 by Gina Perille in General

Boston Public Library just completed a very social week, filled with convenings, connections, and conversations of the digital and physical variety. Last Saturday, the library hosted a public hearing for Mayor Walsh’s Arts & Culture Transition Team. It was a well attended event and filled with so many social media conversationalists that the hashtag #bosarts trending nationally.

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That same day and extending into Sunday, January 26, the library also hosted an event called Brick Factor, which was a competition to select a Master Model Builder to join the staff of Legoland Discovery Center Boston. Lego enthusiasts of all ages visited the McKim Exhibition Hall and watched the contestants build creations, round after round, until a single winner was announced.

Legoland Discovery Center Boston opens in May of this year, and when it does (thanks to you), it will feature a beautifully-built Lego version of the Central Library’s McKim Building.

Later that week, libraries from across the country and across the world had a little fun on Instagram as well as Facebook and Twitter taking “shelfies” in honor of library shelfie day on January 29. Shelfie is a variation on a selfie, Oxford Dictionaries 2013 Word of the Year. Shelfies feature books, and library shelfies are an even more specific variation on that theme. Search for #shelfie and #libraryshelfie on social media sites to see the range of images shared.

 

A New Year of Free Opportunities at Boston Public Library

Posted on December 27th, 2013 by Gina Perille in Media Releases

Discover, read, and experience something new at the library in 2014

BPLsquareBoston Public Library is the place for learners of all ages to discover, read, and experience something new in 2014. Anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Massachusetts can have a Boston Public Library (BPL) card because the BPL serves as Library for the Commonwealth and is free to all. In honor of the New Year, Boston Public Library staff put together a list of ten free things to try out at the library in 2014.

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