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Meet Helen Bender, West End Branch Librarian

Posted on September 23rd, 2014 by admin in General

Helen’s role in educating library users on electronic resources, particularly e-readers, supports the library’s  Access and Innovation principle of the Compass strategic plan through keeping pace with evolving standards in technology and improving patrons’ ease-of-use with these services.

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Why do you enjoy the e-reader?

It’s a great alternative format to a print book. I was an early adopter of e-readers and have owned a Kindle for years. I’ve read close to 200 books in 2014 on my Kindle and in print combined.

What services do you offer for people who need assistance with e-readers?

The West End Branch initiated drop-in sessions early on when e-readers became available. Around the holidays, and especially when more and more devices came out, we would hold larger device sessions and then offer  one-on-one help if needed. Assisting library users with their e-readers is a big priority at this branch and we can usually get someone in within a few days of a request. Our library staff also heavily promotes hoopla, our streaming media service, and digital magazine service Zinio. We find a lot of our users are interested in reading things such as The Economist and don’t know they can read it in a digital format.

What is the best part about working for the library?

I love helping people; it’s my favorite thing to do. Even when I worked in the Inter Library Loan department, there was a public service component to it that I found really enjoyable. I like finding obscure things that people are looking for and delivering them.

How does technology and digital offerings enhance service to library users?

They help a great deal; and certainly enhance service but don’t take away from circulation or library use. A lot of patrons do not have access to computers or tablets and library staff can provide a great introduction to these resources.

Latino Life Booklist

Posted on September 15th, 2014 by admin in General

BPLlatinolifecover2014The library celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) annually through publishing the Latino Life booklist, which is a list of recent books concerning the Hispanic experience.

Latino Life 2014 features 55 titles organized into the following sections: biography, expressions, history and contemporary issues, and fiction.  Each book on the list is briefly summarized. This work was performed by a committee of  Boston Public library staff members. Copies of the booklist are available at all Boston Public Library locations across the city.

“This year’s list is quite diverse and has something for everyone; whether it is a book on Cuban poster art, Rosie Perez’s revealing autobiography, or the newest novel by Cristina Henriquez,” said Amy Manson, chair of the Latino Life booklist committee and generalist librarian at the Connolly Branch. The list is useful for not only library users, but also Latino Studies professors and high school teachers who have used the lists with their students throughout the years who have expressed their appreciation for the resource.

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Five Book Lists for Readers

Posted on September 8th, 2014 by Anna Williams in General

For those who are always on the lookout for books to add to their reading lists, these five articles provide suggestions for readers of different ages and interests, including children, bike-lovers, and proud Bostonians. Visit our catalog to find a copy of one of the featured titles to take home or download to an e-reader.

1. This slideshow from Reader’s Digest highlights books that parents and children can enjoy together. From picture books to novels, the titles on this list offer cross generational appeal.

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2.  NPR’s list of bike-themed books is perfect for those who love the combination of bicycles and books as much as we do.

 NPR Bikes

3.Young adult books are no longer just for teens. The Boston Globe reviews four new YA books that readers of all ages will find engrossing.

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4. For Bostonians who want to see their city through a literary lens, this article from Boston Magazine highlights books set in Boston.

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5. With only 6% of children’s books published in 2012 featuring characters of color, finding diverse books for children can be difficult. NPR‘s list of children’s books with diverse perspectives can help get parents started.

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BPL Collections & National Poetry Month

Posted on April 7th, 2014 by admin in General

shakespeareApril is a busy a month at the Boston Public Library, with many events taking place in honor of National Poetry Month. Today, the library hosts the Boston Shakespeare Sonnet-thon, which takes place in Rabb Lecture Hall from 5-8:30 p.m.

April is also the birth month of William Shakespeare, a favorite of the library. Two Collections of Distinction honor Shakespeare and the arts:

Shakespeare: The BPL holds one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in a public institution focusing on the writings of William Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The collection was the first in the United States to include the first four folios of the collected works of William Shakespeare, as well as some 45 early quarto editions of individual plays, many published during Shakespeare’s lifetime. As the preeminent Shakespeare collection from 19th-century America, this collection of 15,000 volumes is strong in Shakespeare’s most important editions, as well as source material, commentaries, and criticism.

Boston Theater: This collection is the only comprehensive history of Boston theater in the city. It documents the administrative, financial, and performance histories of five Boston theaters from 1794–2003. These theaters are the Federal Street Theatre (1793–1852), the first independent theater in Boston; the Tremont Theatre (1839–1843); the Boston Theatre and Opera House (1852–1856); the Charles Playhouse (1958–2003), the city’s only regional theater; and the Triangle Theater (1980–1988), a gay and lesbian theater. The collection contains programs, playbills, reviews, production material, costume and set designs, and trustees’ meeting minutes, as well as blueprints and construction and site plans.

To learn more about these and other collections, visit www.bpl.org/distinction.

 

Local Stained Glass Studies Highlighted

Posted on March 24th, 2014 by Anna Williams in General

The digitized collection of Charles J. Connick’s stained glass studies is extensive, containing over one thousands gouaches. The items contained within are not only visually stunning but historically significant, often viewed as on a par with the work of fellow stained glass masters Tiffany and LaFarge. New collections are continually being digitized by the Boston Public Library, and the library website offers an immense range of online digital collections available and free to all at www.bpl.org/collections/online/. You can also follow Boston Public Library on social media to see and share select images from the Connick Collection. This digitization project was made possible through the support of the Boston Foundation for Architecture, the Boston Society of Architects, and the Associates of the Boston Public Library