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Mayor Martin J. Walsh Announces Priscilla Douglas to the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees

Posted on July 13th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that executive coach, author and speaker Priscilla Douglas has been appointed to the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees. Douglas was sworn in on Tuesday, June 27, at City Hall, and fills the vacancy of Carol Fulp, who departed the Board in February 2017. Priscilla’s professional career includes key executive positions in government, academics, and business, for many of which she was the first woman and the first African American appointment.

“Priscilla Douglas has a distinguished history of public service at both the state and national levels, and the City of Boston is honored to have her join Boston Public Library’s Board of Trustees and utilize her knowledge and expertise to further our iconic institution’s important work,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

“On behalf of my fellow Trustees, we are thrilled to welcome Priscilla Douglas to the Board and are confident her extensive experience in both the public and private sectors will be a tremendous asset to the Boston Public Library,” said Robert Gallery, Chair of the BPL Board of Trustees.

“I am honored to be appointed a Trustee of this treasured institution. The Boston Public Library has been a place of discovery and engagement for me, and I am eager to contribute to its future. I especially appreciate the Library’s contribution to the cohesiveness and quality of life in Boston, and hope to help it remain vibrant and relevant now and in its next hundred and fifty years,” said Priscilla Douglas.

The Boston Public Library Board of Trustees establishes policies and sets the strategic goals of the library, oversees the general operating and administrative policies, and acts as an agent of public trust governing the library. The BPL Board of Trustees works together with the library president to carry out responsibilities that involve governance and policy-making, financial and development oversight, and the work of strategic planning.

Priscilla Douglas biography:

Priscilla brings over thirty years of experience from leadership roles in business and government to her firm PHDouglas & Associates which helps leaders achieve breakthrough results. Priscilla co-chaired the International Women’s Forum Conference in 2015 that welcomed 828 leaders from 30 countries to Boston. Priscilla has worked with individuals and teams in the automotive, financial services, and technology industries, as well as in government, bringing real-world experience and thought leadership from the public and private sectors to client engagements.

Previously, as a White House Fellow, she served as a Special Assistant to William H. Webster, Director of the FBI. For the Commonwealth of Massachusetts she held two key positions: as Assistant Secretary for Public Safety she launched the Governor’s Task Force on Domestic Violence and instituted Hate Crimes Tracking, and as Secretary of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations she led consumer protection and regulatory reforms. In addition, she successfully introduced the techniques of total quality management across the Commonwealth, which led to an invitation by the Australian Parliament to keynote the launch of their quality initiative.

Priscilla was an instructor in the MA program for Harvard University Radcliffe Seminars, and taught courses in management, leadership and organizational behavior. She introduced seminars to bring the voice of women in business and in politics to her students. While at General Motors, she worked closely with the originator of the quality movement, Dr. W. Edwards Deming. At Xerox she designed a knowledge sharing engagement process and curriculum that was deployed globally.

Priscilla Douglas holds master of education and bachelor of science degrees from Northeastern University and an Ed.D from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where her thesis was accepted with distinction. Honors include a Distinguished Service Award from the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, an Abigail Adams Award, and her service as a White House Fellow.

About BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-four branches, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit bpl.org.

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Central Library Renovation Receives Multiple Design & Construction Awards

Posted on July 12th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

renoAccolades include the prestigious 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards & Boston Preservation Alliance Awards

Boston Public Library’s $78 million Central Library Renovation has recently been awarded seven national and local awards, celebrating the project’s design excellence, preservation, and outstanding collaboration. Among the honors are the prestigious 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards from the joint American Institute of Architects (AIA) and American Library Association (ALA) program as well as the Boston Preservation Alliance Preservation Achievement Award. The East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library, which opened in 2013, was also recognized with a 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Award. Sunday, July 9 marked the one year anniversary of the Central Library Renovation grand reopening.

The Central Library Renovation was a City of Boston capital project approved and executed under the leadership of Mayor Martin J. Walsh and in conjunction with the City of Boston Public Facilities Department and Boston Public Library. The project team includes architecture and design services by William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc., construction manager, Consigli Construction Co., Inc., and owner’s project manager, PMA Consultants LLC.

“Boston Public Library is a place for all who seek educational opportunities and personal advancement,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I am proud that the Central Library Renovation has been so well received by both the preservation, design, and construction communities, as well as library patrons and visitors who spend time in this grand civic space in increasing numbers.” Read more »

Boston Public Library’s Concerts in the Courtyard Summer Series Continues in July

Posted on June 28th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

courtyardLunchtime and evening concerts fill the Central Library’s courtyard this summer

Boston Public Library’s Concerts in the Courtyard (www.bpl.org/concerts) series continues in the month of July and runs through Wednesday, August 30, showcasing a variety of artists and musical genres in the library’s iconic Italianesque courtyard at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Concerts are held on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and on Fridays at 12:30 p.m.; the performances are free and last approximately one hour. The Friday concerts will be streamed live on the BPL’s Facebook page.

Concerts will be moved to the newly renovated Rabb Hall in the event of inclement weather. Concerts in the Courtyard are generously supported by Deloitte. Read more »

Boston Public Library’s July Author Talks & Literary Events

Posted on June 27th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

Downloads25Boston Public Library’s free July literary events feature bestselling authors Matthew Quick, Ashley and JaQuavis, local writers, and youth programming:

  • Children ages 8+ are encouraged to unleash their inner author with prompts and activities on Thursday, July 6, at 2 p.m. in the Children’s Library at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Author Susan Tan leads activities around her fictional memoir Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire.
  • New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook, Matthew Quick, discusses his new novel The Reason You’re Alive, whose main character is a Vietnam vet embarking on a quixotic crusade to track down his nemesis from the war. Saturday, July 8, at 2 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Local author Deborah Shariff signs her new book The Grand Pop’s Young Readers Series, which offers a new approach to educating children at home or in an after-school program on Saturday, July 15, at 10 a.m. at the Grove Hall Branch, located at 41 Geneva Avenue in Dorchester.
  • Three Jamaica Plain authors discuss their experiences with the writing process, getting published, and creating a life as a writer on Monday, July 17, at 6 p.m. at the Connolly Branch, located at 433 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain. The panel features Katie Bayerl, author of the young adult novel A Psalm for Lost Girls, Beth Castrodale, author of the historical novel Marion Hatley, and Mindy Fried, author of Caring for Red: A Daughter’s Memoir.
  • Authors Vita and Ethan Murrow discuss picture books and lead an art activity for ages 7+ on Monday, July 17, at 3:30 p.m. in the Children’s Library at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Joan M. Blake visits the Grove Hall Branch for a reading and book signing of her latest book, Rise Up: How to Overcome Your Battles Utilizing Faith and Belief in God, on Thursday, July 20, at 6 p.m. The branch is located at 41 Geneva Avenue in Dorchester.
  • Rosalyn Elder discusses the legacy of Massachusetts’ African Americans, celebrating their history and many contributions on Thursday, July 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the West End Branch, located at 151 Cambridge Street.
  • Ashley and JaQuavis, the youngest African American writers to debut on a New York Times list, discuss their new book The Cartel 7: Illuminati on Monday, July 24, at 6 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Children of all ages join local author and illustrator Dan Moynihan for an engaging drawing workshop on Tuesday, July 25, at 2 p.m. at the Faneuil Branch, located at 419 Faneuil Street in Brighton.
  • Pat Monteith, the solar system ambassador for NASA and children’s book author, presents an entertaining and inspiring program on NASA’s female pioneers who fought the odds to become engineers, mathematicians, and aviators, for ages 6 and up. Wednesday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Adams Street Branch, located at 690 Adams Street in Dorchester.
  • Children’s author and illustrator Matt Tavares visits several library locations to discuss his works and sketch characters from his books Growing Up Pedro, Zachary’s Ball, and Becoming Babe Ruth.
  • Ralph Masiello, an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, takes kids on an adventure of creative discovery using baseball as the theme at several locations in July.

 

About BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-four branches, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit bpl.org.

 

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Boston Public Library Announces Playwright in Residence Program

Posted on June 26th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

John J King of Fresh Ink Theatre to develop a play using BPL collections

Boston Public Library announces today its first playwright in residence, John J King, in collaboration with Fresh Ink Theatre Company, a venture in which King will utilize the library’s collections and resources to develop and workshop a new play commissioned by Fresh Ink, with various opportunities for the public to observe and participate in the play’s creation. A public reading of the play will take place in spring 2018.

“The Playwright in Residence program was created to strengthen Boston Public Library’s role in the arts community and enliven the library spaces with creative works that can be enjoyed by library users, visitors, and arts appreciators alike,” said Michael Colford, Director of Library Services for the Boston Public Library.  “We greatly look forward to collaborating with John J King and Fresh Ink to develop an inspiring and entertaining production.”

“This residency perfectly aligns with Fresh Ink’s aim to support local writers, and it also gives a company of our size the resources needed to commission a brand new project,” said Jessie Baxter, Literary Director of Fresh Ink Theatre. “We are eager to develop a piece that focuses on our local community and explores issues that are relevant beyond Boston, and we are grateful for the opportunity to share our mission with a wider audience. John J King is an exciting collaborator and brings so much creativity and vision to this project — we look forward to seeing how his work grows as a result of his time at BPL!” Read more »