Posted on March 9th, 2014 by Anna Williams in General
Tags: Boston, Connick, digital collect, Flickr, gouaches, stained glass
Boston Public Library Digital Services team recently completed digitizing the Charles J. Connick and Associates archives for the state of Massachusetts. Connick Studios (1913-1986) was a leading and renowned producer of stained glass designs. These amazingly detailed pieces of art may be seen locally at Boston College, Marsh Chapel at Boston University, Holy Cross Cathedral, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Forest Hills Cemetery just to name a few.
The digitization of Connick’s study gouaches (rhymes with “galoshes”), or paintings made with opaque watercolors, provides the public with insight into the artist’s creative process, methods, and materials and encourages an appreciation of his finished work. Scholars are now be able to easily access and study Connick’s designs, while reduced handling and improved oversight of the collection helps to increase its longevity. 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.
Boston Area Charles J. Connick Stained Glass Locations
Posted on March 1st, 2014 by Gina Perille in General
Tags: arts, culture, Exhibitions, Films, Inside BPL Collections
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Boston Public Library has a variety of events and exhibitions on the schedule:
- West African Women’s Empowerment: A Story in Photographs, an exhibition at the Faneuil Branch in Brighton.
- Public Women, Private Lives, an exhibition opening March 7 in the Rare Books Lobby at the Central Library in Copley Square.
- Women of History Film Series at the South Boston Branch at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays.
- March 4: Queen Christina, starring Greta Garbo (1933)
- March 11: Calamity Jane, starring Doris Day (1953)
- March 18: Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep (2009)
- March 25: The Young Victoria, starring Emily Blunt (2009)
- Monday Night Film Series at the Central Library in Copley Square. The films begin at 6 p.m. and feature famous leading ladies from Massachusetts.
- March 3: Dangerous (1935)
- March 10: Harvey (1950)
- March 17: Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
- March 24: Moonstruck (1987)
- March 31: The Accidental Tourist (1988)
Of course, notable women in history can be discovered throughout the library’s collections each day. Several appear within Boston Public Library’s collections of distinction, such as Francis Clalin, book designer Sarah Wyman Whitman, and the abolitionist Weston sisters. Others are highlighted via our digitized collections such as Amelia Earhart and Emily Dickinson.
Posted on February 12th, 2014 by admin in General
Tags: Black History Month, Children and Teens, Families, Fun, School vacation week
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. 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.
Posted on January 8th, 2014 by admin in General
Tags: East Boston
Enjoy this collection of portraits and quotes featuring East Boston Branch library users assembled in celebration of the new branch.
“I love East Boston’s activism and its diversity.
We can make this new library a gathering place
for people of all cultures, where young and old
combine to make one community.” –Debra Cave
“The new East Boston Branch
epitomizes the opportunity
for the growth of this community.”
“The library stands out and will be a new space
for the community to explore and experience.”
“Libraries are as important as they’ve ever been.
I’m thrilled to introduce the library to my
young sons and watch them explore
and grow in the new building.”
“I’m excited to see what new books will be in the library;
fiction, nonfiction, I like them all!” –Kiely Hernandez
“I love libraries; I go to my branch every day.
A great thing about the library in my community
is that it’s diverse and everyone is invited.”