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East Boston Branch Celebrates First Anniversary

Posted on November 9th, 2014 by admin in General

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The East Boston Branch at 365 Bremen Street completed its first full year of operations, marking a busy and productive year for the branch and its communities of users. Below are a few highlights from this past year:

  • Teens and Boston Bikes: Boston has many urban bike paths, and learning how to navigate the city safely is key. Teens learned bike safety rules and bike mechanics, meeting once a week for four weeks, and teens that attended three of the four sessions then received a bike, lock, and a helmet. They also learned about the parts of the bike and regular maintenance work, such as fixing flat tires or broken chains.
  • Eastie Week Open House: The branch participated in neighborhood celebrations honoring Eastie Week in June through a variety of activities for people of all ages. The branch hosted an ice cream social for 500 attendees, a farm visit, Spanish dancing, and a bilingual magic show.
  • Children’s programs: Homework help, story times, science experiments, arts & crafts, preschool films, and lapsits are among the activities children participated in this past year, which were met with high attendance numbers and youth ready and excited to learn.
  • Lego Mindstorm Robotics: Best Buy’s Geek Squad visited the branch during national Teen Tech Week, bringing Lego Mindstorm kits as part of a robotics program. Aspiring engineers and designers broke up into teams and designed a robot and programmed the robot to drive through a maze.
  • Adult Education Classes: English conversations groups and computer classes in Spanish generate much enthusiasm as each are often filled to capacity with adults eager to practice their English or acquire computer literacy skills.

Features of the library include dedicated areas for children, teens, and adults, free building-wide wifi, 54 computers, a flexible multipurpose room, an early literacy nook, and a quiet reading room with local history materials. Designed for building and energy efficiency, the branch recently achieved LEED Gold certification from the United States Green Building Council. The East Boston Branch’s reach, a library formula used to determine level of activity, is second only to that of the Central Library in Copley Square and continues to grow each quarter.

November Literary Events at Boston Public Library Locations

Posted on October 28th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

booksAuthor talks, book sales, programs for readers of all ages
Boston Public Library locations will host a variety of events for reading enthusiasts, including children’s book club meetings and author talks on a range of subjects from the Salem witch trials and historical 19th-century poems to women’s studies. Highlights include:

  • Kids’ Club: Children ages five and up celebrate the 50th anniversary of Harriet the Spy through reading from the book, decorating a spy notebook, and more on Wednesday, November 5, at 4 p.m. at the Jamaica Plain Branch, located at 12 Sedgwick Street.
  • BPL staff member John DeVito speaks about how the legacy of Jackie Kennedy lives on 20 years after her death on Thursday, November 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the West End Branch, located at 151 Cambridge Street.
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Teen Read Week at the BPL

Posted on October 7th, 2014 by admin in General

teenTeen Read Week™ is a national youth literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Held annually, it began in 1998 with the purpose of encouraging teens across the country to become regular readers and library users. This year’s theme is “Turn Dreams into Reality,” with programs to be held from October 12-18 at six BPL locations: Dudley, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Uphams Corner, and the Central Library.

“This year’s programming gives Boston teens the opportunity to express their passions and to encourage teens to use the library as a resource for strengthening their reading and writing skills,” said Youth Services Coordinator Jessi Snow. Activities includes gaming, teen crafts, creative writing workshops, a book review competition, and more. Visit the BPL calendar for the complete schedule of free Teen Read Week programs throughout the City or www.bpl.org/teens for additional teen resources.

BPL Teen Read Week 2014 Flyer

Download the PDF flyer (2 pages) of Teen Read Week activities.

 

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.

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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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Free Homework Help at the Boston Public Library

Posted on September 3rd, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

Citywide academic assistance offered to schoolchildren

kidBoston Public Library’s homework help program begins Monday, September 15, offering free drop-in homework help, academic support, and mentoring during the school year. Students across Boston can receive assistance in all K-8 subject areas.

Homework help is offered 2-4 afternoons per week in Boston Public Library branches, depending on location, and is available on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at the Central Library in Copley Square.

“The program is not only a free resource for children needing assistance with school work, but it is also a paid opportunity for teens to gain valuable job experience and share their knowledge with young learners,” said Jessi Snow, Youth Services Coordinator at Boston Public Library. (more…)