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Boston Public Library Transfers Sound Archives Collection to Internet Archive for Digitization, Preservation, and Public Access

Posted on October 11th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

SoundArchivesBoston Public Library has approved the transfer of significant holdings from its Sound Archives Collection to the Internet Archive, a nonprofit digital library offering permanent access to historical collections for researchers, historians, and the general public. This project will catalog and digitize a major component of the BPL’s Sound Archives Collection, which will be available where rights allow to all for free online upon the project’s completion. The BPL Sound Archives Collection contains the Library’s collection of non-circulating commercial sound recordings in a variety of historical formats, including 78 rpms and LPs. The collection includes American popular music of many genres, including classical, pop, rock, jazz, and opera from the early 1900s on the 78 rpms and through the 1980s on the LPs. The collection has remained in its current state for several decades, in storage, uncataloged and inaccessible to the public.

“Through this innovative collaboration, the Internet Archive will bring significant portions of these sound archives online and to life in a way that we couldn’t do alone, and we are thrilled to have this historic collection curated and cared for by our longtime partners for all to enjoy going forward,” said David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library. Read more »

Mayor Walsh, Boston Public Library Announce New Outreach Manager, Additional Resources for Patrons in Need

Posted on October 6th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

Full-time outreach worker will help provide resources and care to homeless and in need patrons

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the hire of a full-time outreach manager for the Boston Public Library (BPL), who will work as part of a team providing assessment, crisis intervention and intensive case management services to unsheltered individuals drawn to the spaces and resources of the Boston Public Library. The position, which has been in development since June 2017, will be based at BPL’s Central Library in Copley Square, and is funded through the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development and the Boston Public Library, and managed in partnership with Pine Street Inn.

In addition to the outreach manager, additional resources available to patrons will include the hire of a Reference Librarian specializing in Health and Human Services and a recently launched Addiction Recovery Resources in Boston Resource Guide, containing information on substance use and recovery services, and designed for both active users and their loved ones. This guide joins the Boston Public Library’s existing Housing, Health Hunger & Help Resource Guide, both of which were previewed at a recent Library Board Meeting.

“The investment in this newly created position and the resources being made available by our dedicated library staff join a range of citywide resources already helping to support and aid our homeless population in and around our libraries and across the city,” said Mayor Walsh. “These efforts directly support the BPL’s mission of serving everyone.” Read more »

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Public Library Host First Community Meeting on Design for Roslindale Branch Renovation

Posted on October 5th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

Under the leadership of Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Boston Public Library will host the first community advisory committee meeting to discuss the design for the estimated $6.4 million renovation of the Roslindale Branch on Tuesday, October 17, at 6 p.m. at the branch’s location at 4246 Washington Street. The renovation is a capital project collaboration between the Boston Public Library and the City of Boston’s Public Facilities Department. Leers Weinzapfel Associates is the architecture firm selected for the project and will reconfigure the layout of the interior of the building utilizing the existing planning study as a starting point, completed with the community in 2013, which the firm also lead. All are invited.

“The first design meeting offers community members a key opportunity to provide input on how they envision the Roslindale Branch best serving its patrons for the future, and we welcome all ideas and feedback as we take this significant step together to reimagine and update the library’s space and services,” said David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library. Read more »

Boston Public Library and Boston Philharmonic Orchestra: A New Overture

Posted on September 29th, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

Ben Zander headshot 2 )Boston Public Library (BPL) and Boston Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) will offer free performances across the city in a new collaborative venture beginning on Saturday, September 30, at 10 a.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, with one of Maestro Benjamin Zander’s world-renowned interpretation classes, Interpretations of Music: Lessons for Life. The partnership program also includes additional concerts in Rabb Hall, several Concerts in the Courtyard in summer 2018, and educational concerts in up to 12 branch libraries through May 12, 2018. All classes are open to the public. The first Interpretation Class features works by J.S. Bach, Mahler, and Cassado.

“This unique collaboration with Boston Philharmonic Orchestra furthers Boston Public Library’s commitment to bringing its collections and spaces to life, with a wide range of cultural programs, and celebrates the work of talented musicians and strong partners such as the BPO,” said David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library. “We hope this is the first of many opportunities in the music and performance space, continuing to bring the library and its collections to life.”

“I am very excited about the first class in the series at the Boston Public Library this Saturday at 10 a.m.,” adds Benjamin Zander, founder and conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. “We will work on a movement of one of the Bach cello suites for viola, two heavenly Mahler songs, and a brilliant show piece for cello with three fabulously gifted young performers.  I guarantee that we will all walk out at 12 with our spirits lifted and our hearts opened, in the way that only great music can.  Bring a youngster, so that we can reveal the magical world of classical music.” Read more »

GrubStreet and Boston Public Library to Offer Free Creative Writing Classes in Egleston Square and Mattapan

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

GrubStreet, one of the nation’s leading creative writing centers, and Boston Public Library (BPL) have announced the relaunch of their neighborhood writing program, Write Down the Street. Together, the organizations will offer free creative writing workshops at BPL’s Egleston Square and Mattapan branches. This fall marks the second year of the program.

Participants can choose from low-commitment drop-in classes or a six-week bilingual writing workshop. Each drop-in session focuses on a unique theme, including natural disasters, immigration stories, and food.

The fall term of Write Down the Street will launch on Friday, October 6 with a six-week bilingual writing workshop at the Egleston Square Branch of the Boston Public Library, followed by drop-in classes at the Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library, beginning Tuesday, October 17.  BPL’s Teen Central at the Central Library and GrubStreet will also offer free teen classes, starting with a podcasting series that begins October 3.

“No matter your writing experience, these workshops are a great way to do fun exercises, get inspired by other writers, and receive feedback from classmates, if you choose to share your work,” says Denise Delgado, Write Down the Street instructor and GrubStreet Program Fellow.

Write Down the Street workshops not only provide free writing opportunities but also create inclusive spaces for writers. Workshop readings highlight literature by international writers and authors of color. The program also provides flexibility for caretakers, allowing participants to bring their families to drop-in sessions. With funding from the Calderwood Foundation, GrubStreet and the BPL will be expanding to offer free drop-in workshops for teens in the near future.

“The goal of Write Down the Street is to ensure that everyone in the city who wants to participate in the literary arts has access to great instruction and community,” says GrubStreet’s Executive Director, Eve Bridburg. “We believe in creating opportunity for communities currently underrepresented in publishing. Our hope is to help a diverse range of writers get inspired, hone their work and find audiences.”

“Boston Public Library is excited to collaborate once again with GrubStreet on the Write Down the Street program,” says David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library. “We had a great turnout last year at our Egleston Square and Grove Hall branches. This fall we look forward to engaging members of the Egleston Square and Mattapan writing communities, welcoming teens into the program, and we hope to expand this program to even more locations in the future.”

To learn more about these classes and for program updates, visit

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Founded in 1997, GrubStreet has grown into the nation’s largest independent creative writing center. By rigorously developing voices of every type and talent and by removing barriers to entry, GrubStreet fosters the creation of meaningful stories and ensures that excellent writing remains vital and relevant. We offer over five hundred classes and events a year for writers of all genres and ambitions—from first-time poets or fledgling memoirists to MFA graduates and published novelists. Our flagship conference, The Muse and the Marketplace, was recently named “the #1 writing conference in North America” by The Writer Magazine, and attracts more than 800 attendees every year in Boston for three days of interactive sessions, meetings, and events.  For more information, please visit and


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