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Five Couples Exchange Vows in Boston Public Library Wedding Ceremony Giveaway

Posted on June 15th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

wedding2Couples marry in the courtyard of one of Boston’s most historic institutions for free

Boston Public Library hosted the wedding ceremonies of five couples in the first-ever giveaway of this kind on Sunday, June 11, in the iconic Italianate courtyard at the Central Library in Copley Square. Winners were selected via an online lottery held in early 2017.

“Long a much sought-after wedding venue, this initiative offered everyone regardless of economic capacity a chance to have Boston Public Library be a part of their lives on this special occasion,” said David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library. “I extend my thanks to our sponsors whose efforts greatly enhanced these ceremonies and provided lasting memories for the newlyweds.”

“Words cannot express the joy we experienced at our wedding ceremony; this has been a dream come true and we will never forget the kindness that you have shown and how special you have made us feel. Thank you for our fairytale dream wedding!” said newlyweds Aldrich and Wilmar C. Read more »

Read Your Way to Fenway Begins at Boston Public Library

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

fenwayYouth ages 5 -17 read and write their way to Fenway Park this summer

Boston Public Library’s annual Read Your Way to Fenway summer reading contest is underway, in which children and teens ages 5-17 read a minimum of three books for a chance to win tickets to watch the Red Sox play at Fenway Park on Sunday, August 27 at 1:35 p.m. vs. the Baltimore Orioles. Readers may download an application in English or Spanish via or pick up an application at any Boston Public Library location.

“Boston Public Library is extremely grateful to our sponsors for their support; Read Your Way to Fenway is an ideal educational program that keeps children invested in reading out of school and provides an opportunity to experience a great summertime tradition at one of America’s most beloved ballparks,” said Farouqua Abuzeit, Youth Services Manager for Boston Public Library.

Essays are due to any BPL location on August 1. Winners, accompanied to the game by a parent or guardian, receive three Red Sox tickets and a Red Sox t-shirt, hat, backpack, and vouchers for food at Fenway Park.

Read Your Way to Fenway is generously sponsored by John Hancock, the Red Sox Foundation, and the Boston Public Library.


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Boston Public Library’s Summer Reading Program for All Ages Begins

Posted on June 8th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

summer reading 2Boston Public Library locations offer summer programs ( for children, teens, and adults, beginning this month and running through August, to provide free, quality educational opportunities for people of all ages in the City of Boston.

“Summer is a wonderful time for our students to explore their City, and that includes the Boston Public Libraries,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “BPL is helping to make summer reading and learning a fun experience that students will look forward to. I encourage all students and parents to take advantage of the important resources that BPL offers.”

“We are extremely grateful to our sponsors for their support, as these significant programs for patrons and visitors encourage reading, learning, and connectivity to the library during the summer months through a variety of fun, enriching events and experiences,” said Farouqua Abuzeit, Boston Public Library’s Manager of Youth Services. Read more »

Boston Public Library Celebrates Pride Month with Inaugural Booklist, Programs in June

Posted on June 1st, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

prideBoston Public Library celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride Month with its first ever “We Are Pride” booklist for children, teens, and adults, and a variety of LGBTQ+ events and programs take place at the Central Library in Copley Square and branch locations across the city. Visit for a complete list of resources. The booklist is available online and at all locations beginning today.

“Boston Public Library is free to all and an inclusive community, and our celebration of Pride Month reflects these essential founding principles that we honor not only in June, but each and every day,” said David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library.

“We Are Pride” is a curated list by Boston Public Library staff of recent books for all ages concerning the diverse experiences of the LGBTQ+ community. The list features fiction and nonfiction, and the categories biography/memoir, expressions, and romance and erotica, in addition to recommended titles for children and teens. Read more »

Boston Public Library’s June Author Talks & Literary Events

Posted on May 31st, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

Programs take place throughout the library system

Boston Public Library’s June events feature yoga teacher and author Jessamyn Stanley, local writer Michael Patrick MacDonald, book sales, and more:

  • Local author and historian Alex Goldfeld speaks about the history of the North End; from the Boston Massacre to Revere’s heroic ride, the North End embodies almost four centuries of strife and celebration, international influence, and true American spirit. Thursday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the West End Branch, located at 151 Cambridge Street.
  • A City-Wide Friends book sale takes place on Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Cushman Room at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street, and a book & bake sale will be held from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Egleston Square Branch, located at 2044 Columbus Avenue.
  • Internationally recognized yoga teacher Jessamyn Stanley, interviewed by WBUR’s Here and Now host Robin Young, discusses her new book Every Body Yoga on Tuesday, June 6, at 6 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • The West Roxbury Branch Friends group holds their annual used book sale for all ages from June 6-10 at 1961 Centre Street.
  • Boston publishing professionals discuss the various roles that are involved in the creation of a Young Adult novel. From the germ of the idea with the author to the hand-selling or recommendation from a bookseller or librarian, panel members talk shop with teens and open up a discussion about publishing opportunities early in their trajectory. The panel includes professionals from Boston-based companies Candlewick, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Charlesbridge, The Horn Book, and more. Saturday, June 10, at 1 p.m. in Teen Central at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Boston historian Stephanie Schorow reads from her newest book Crime of the Century: How the Brinks Robbers Stole Millions and the Hearts of Boston on Tuesday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the South End Branch, located at 685 Tremont Street. Part of the South End Writes series.
  • A screening of the iconic 1970 film Boys in the Band is followed by a discussion with Bridgewater State University’s Associate Professor of English, Matt Bell, editor of the new book, The Boys in the Band: Flashpoints of Cinema, History, and Queer Politics and Harvard Professor of Practice in Media and Activism in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Michael Bronski. The film screening is from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and the discussion takes place from 7:40 – 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at 5:30 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the BPL’s celebration of Pride Month.
  • Kay Haring reads Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing, a picture book about her brother’s art and activism on Saturday, June 17, at 11 a.m. in the Children’s Library at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • The Friends of the South Boston Branch host a book sale including adult, teen, and juvenile titles, CDs, and DVDs on Saturday, June 17, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the South Boston Branch, located at 646 East Broadway.
  • Michael Patrick MacDonald, author of All Souls: A Family Story from Southie and Marianne Leone, author of Jesse: A Mother’s Story and the newly released Ma Speaks Up read from their works before sitting down to discuss memoir-writing and the transformation of personal loss into a voice and platform for empathic civic discourse and grassroots action. Thursday, June 22, at 6 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Tommie Shelby discusses his book Dark Ghettos: Injustice, Dissent, and Reform, in which he argues that attempts to “fix” ghettos or “help” their poor inhabitants ignore fundamental questions of justice and fail to see the urban poor as moral agents responding to injustice. Thursday, June 22, at 6 p.m. at the Grove Hall Branch, located at 41 Geneva Avenue.
  • Katherine Nichols reads from her new book Deep Water, a nonfiction narrative and true story on Tuesday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the South End Branch, located at 685 Tremont Street.

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