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Meet Jazmin Idakaar, Generalist Librarian

Posted on October 31st, 2014 by admin in General

jazminJazmin, who joined the library staff in 2014, works at the Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library with people of all ages. Supporting the Center of Knowledge principle of the Compass Strategic plan, she works to support the technical literacy of library users through working with other staff members to facilitate technology classes at the branch.

Why do you enjoy working for the library?

I love building new connections with library users; I have some regulars who come in now and we know each other’s names. I get to know what their needs or challenges are and build upon them.

Describe your experience teaching the laptop classes.

Each seasonal session, we offer the same basic classes to help beginners build their skills - navigating the web, word processing, social media, etc. Occasionally we get a guest speaker; we recently had a cyber security class for seniors. I walk around, make sure everyone is on the same page, and dialogue and review with everyone. I get the chance to demonstrate and explain things on the fly frequently when participants bring up new questions, which is stimulating. Regardless of the challenge of the day, it is exciting to help people acquire new skills.

How do you see users interacting with technology?

Technology has become a necessity, especially with job applications. I assist people looking for jobs via the Internet and I help guide them to sites and resources that are helpful. A large number of people who come in go straight to Bing or Google and not the BPL webpage, so I like to mention at least a few services we provide directly from our own site. Users come in with e-readers and that is my opportunity to tell them about BPL services specific to devices, for example, OverDrive.

What is your favorite service offered by the BPL?

I’d have to say OverDrive; some of my favorite audiobooks are on there. It’s nice to borrow them first and then if I like them, I might buy a few.

Seedsharing in the Branches

Posted on October 7th, 2014 by admin in General

Boston Public Library launched its pilot SeedShare program this past summer, debuting at the the Mattapan, Grove Hall, and East Boston branches. Over the course of the summer, Boston Natural Areas Network held workshops on gardening basics and most recently, saving and storing seeds for future use. In total, 300 seed packets were borrowed and more than 100 people attended the gardening workshops. The most popular seeds at Grove Hall were were cucumber, basil, and greens of all kinds. Seed packets were also available via the Bibliocycle that made its debut this summer as well.

The Mattapan Branch has four garden beds in the back of the building and over the course of many months, library users cleared, prepped, planted, maintained, and harvested  vegetables to take home. “Families and teens come back and tell me all about their mini gardens; some are dying, some are thriving, but it is all about doing something new and learning,” said Caren Rosales, Teen Librarian at the Mattapan Branch.

The program is a partnership between the City of Boston Office of Food Initiatives, Greenovate Boston, Boston Natural Areas Network, and Boston Public Library. The library encourages all who borrowed seeds to return a few for next season; and of course, happy harvesting.

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SeedShare in Bloom at Boston Public Library

Posted on June 3rd, 2014 by admin in General

The Mattapan, Grove Hall, and East Boston branches have extended their collections far beyond books and now offer a SeedShare program as the gardening season is well underway. Those with green thumbs or beginners may choose from a variety of seeds and borrow up to five packets to grow flowers or vegetables in their gardens. Boston Natural Areas Network hosts workshops at the branches on planting, caring for, and extracting seeds to donate back to the branches. The program is a partnership between the City of Boston Office of Food Initiatives, Greenovate Boston, Boston Natural Areas Network, and Boston Public Library. Visit or call any of the participating branches for more information. A fun fact: the first seed to be borrowed from the Mattapan Branch was morning glory.