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A Tuesday in the Children’s Library

Posted on October 19th, 2015 by BPL News in General

No two days of the week are alike at the Central Library in Copley Square’s new Children’s Library. With an early literacy area ToddleTown, a StoryScape space for reading and imaginative play, an area just for tweens, and a wide range of offered programs, kids of all ages and interests are sure to find an activity to enjoy at the Children’s Library.

IMG_7430Tuesdays in the Children’s Library begin with Tinker Tots at 10:30 a.m. The program is aimed at young children and explores a STEM concept through stories and activities. The theme for the October 6 Tinker Tots is “fall.” Toddlers and their caregivers gather in the StoryScape area, where Children’s Librarian Laura Koenig reads autumn-themed picture books and leads the group in interactive seasonal songs. Participants then move to the sunny and spacious Margret and H. A. Rey Program Room to explore various fall-focused exploration stations, including a leaf-print craft, a sensory box of nature items including acorns and pine cones, and a table with magnifying glasses for examining leaves.

IMG_7433Next on the schedule is LEGO Club in the Rey Program Room at 3:30 p.m. LEGOs of all shapes, sizes, and colors are on hand to encourage young children supervised by caregivers to build, create, and interact with one another. One young girl shows Early Literacy Librarian Theresa Furbish the flying machine she made, and a little boy works on building a boat. DUPLO bricks are also available for the youngest participants.

At 5 p.m., Children’s Librarian Maggie Levine leads Tween Tuesdays, a club in which tweens (kids ages 9-13) work on projects using the technology available in Teen Central’s digital lab and participate in art- and writing-focused activities, among others. On this Tuesday, the kids continue work on a commercial promoting all the benefits of the Boston Public Library. They review the previous week’s footage and then pick which scenes they still need to shoot. They will eventually use software in Teen Central’s Lab to edit the footage together to create the final product. Club member David, age 10, says that his favorite thing about Tween Tuesdays is “doing all the cool stuff with technology.”

“With such a wide variety of programs and visitors, every day in the Children’s Library is a new adventure. The staff here loves helping children and caregivers IMG_05460explore this exciting space, choose their next great read, and enjoy our many programs. This is a special place, and it’s an honor to share it with children from Boston and beyond,” says Laura Koenig, Team Leader of Central Library Children’s Services.

In August, over 3,900 children attended programs in the Children’s Library, including story times, arts and crafts, music events, and book-themed parties. In between programs, the Children’s Library buzzes with children exploring the early literacy area’s interactive sensory wall featuring visual, auditory, and tactile panels; reading and playing in the StoryScape space; using the computers in the tween area; and browsing books, audiobooks, and DVDs to check out and take home.

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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.

LEGO unveil

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.


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.


LEGO-bound, with Thanks

Posted on December 16th, 2013 by Gina Perille in General

BPL_LegoThankYou4Thank you to all who voted for the Boston Public Library in the LEGO MINILAND® Facebook competition. The historic Central Library in Copley Square will have the very great — and very fun — honor of being constructed out of LEGO® bricks and displayed at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston next spring.

From the news release: The Boston Public Library, the first publicly supported municipal library in the U.S., overwhelmingly won LEGOLAND® Discovery Center’s MINILAND® contest and will be immortalized in LEGO bricks alongside other Boston landmarks when the attraction opens in May at Assembly Row in Somerville.

Read the complete release from LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston (PDF).

Visit the Boston Public Library Facebook page.

Libraries & Legos

Posted on December 4th, 2013 by admin in General


Help Boston Public Library have some fun and vote for the BPL as the Boston landmark you’d most like to see built out of LEGO bricks.

Boston Public Library was recently named one of ten finalists in a fun Facebook contest put on by Legoland Discovery Center Boston. The landmark with the most votes will be constructed out of LEGO bricks in a Boston MINILAND display (a city made entirely of LEGO bricks) in conjunction with the Legoland Discovery Center’s opening in May 2014.

Votes are being collected through December 13.

CLICK HERE to vote.