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BPL Collections & National Poetry Month

Posted on April 7th, 2014 by admin in General
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shakespeareApril is a busy a month at the Boston Public Library, with many events taking place in honor of National Poetry Month. Today, the library hosts the Boston Shakespeare Sonnet-thon, which takes place in Rabb Lecture Hall from 5-8:30 p.m.

April is also the birth month of William Shakespeare, a favorite of the library. Two Collections of Distinction honor Shakespeare and the arts:

Shakespeare: The BPL holds one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in a public institution focusing on the writings of William Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The collection was the first in the United States to include the first four folios of the collected works of William Shakespeare, as well as some 45 early quarto editions of individual plays, many published during Shakespeare’s lifetime. As the preeminent Shakespeare collection from 19th-century America, this collection of 15,000 volumes is strong in Shakespeare’s most important editions, as well as source material, commentaries, and criticism.

Boston Theater: This collection is the only comprehensive history of Boston theater in the city. It documents the administrative, financial, and performance histories of five Boston theaters from 1794–2003. These theaters are the Federal Street Theatre (1793–1852), the first independent theater in Boston; the Tremont Theatre (1839–1843); the Boston Theatre and Opera House (1852–1856); the Charles Playhouse (1958–2003), the city’s only regional theater; and the Triangle Theater (1980–1988), a gay and lesbian theater. The collection contains programs, playbills, reviews, production material, costume and set designs, and trustees’ meeting minutes, as well as blueprints and construction and site plans.

To learn more about these and other collections, visit www.bpl.org/distinction.

 

Poetry Month at the BPL

Posted on March 31st, 2014 by admin in General
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April is National Poetry Month and Boston Public Library has a variety of activities and programs planned to bring out the creativity and inner poet in people of all ages:

  • Books of Hope Poetry for Children: Read, write, recite, and perform poetry with the Books of Hope creative writing program. For children ages six and up at several library locations.
  • Books of Hope Poetry for Teens: Connect poetry to hip-hop, theater, and current social issues and express yourself in an atmosphere of positivity. Teens ages 12-18 can explore themes of culture, neighborhoods and urban identity throughout April.
  • Boston Shakespeare Sonnet-thon: Celebrate the birth month of William Shakespeare and perform or recite the sonnet of your choice on Monday, April 7, from 5-8:30 p.m. in Rabb Lecture Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square. All are welcome.
  • Magnetic Poetry: Create your own unique set of magnetic words to take home and make into refrigerator poetry at select library locations. For teens ages 12-18.
  • Public Women, Private Lives Exhibition: The exhibition contains books and manuscripts from the BPL’s special collections and illustrates the public and private lives of reputed writers, many of whom were poets, such as Emily Dickinson, Louisa May Alcott, and Julia Ward Howe. On display through May 30 in the Rare Books Lobby at the Central Library in Copley Square.

Visit the library’s calendar for a complete list of poetry-themed events during the month of April.

“Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial” Exhibition to Open at Boston Public Library on April 7

Posted on March 31st, 2014 by admin in General, Media Releases

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and organizing partners to open month-long exhibitionseal

CITY OF BOSTON. Office of the Mayor, Martin J. Walsh

For Immediate Release: Monday, March 31, 2014

For More Information: See list of media contacts at end of release.

In the days and weeks following the 2013 Boston Marathon, a makeshift memorial grew in downtown Boston’s Copley Square. Comprised of thousands of items like flowers, posters, notes, t-shirts, and running shoes, the memorial offered messages of love, support, and hope to the victims and their families as well as the broader city of Boston. Beginning April 7, select pieces from that memorial will be on display at the Boston Public Library in an exhibition called “Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial,” which aims to provide visitors with a place for reflection. The exhibition will open with a special ceremony led by Mayor Walsh at 10 a.m. in the Library’s McKim Exhibition Hall, located in the Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street. Dear Boston is open to the public beginning at 11 a.m. on April 7.

Dear Boston represents our strength and solidarity not only as a city, but also as a community that supports one another through even the most difficult of times,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I encourage people – residents and visitors alike – to visit the exhibition, experience the resilience of the people of Boston, and view the messages of hope and healing.”

Open from April 7 through May 11, the exhibition invites visitors to experience the profound emotions and solidarity evoked by the original memorial. Divided into three major sections, it transitions visitors from reflection to action and from memories of the tragedy to messages of hope and courage for the future as they move through the exhibition and out into their community. The exhibition, curated by Rainey Tisdale, is organized by a partnership that includes the Boston City Archives, Boston Art Commission, New England Museum Association, Boston Public Library, and Iron Mountain. For more information, visit www.bpl.org/dearboston. Read more »

Lego Version of BPL Visits Central Library in Copley Square

Posted on March 28th, 2014 by admin in General
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A few months ago, Boston Public Library was voted the Boston landmark people most wanted to see built out of Legos (thank you again) at the soon-to-open LEGOLAND® Discovery Center in Somerville, Massachusetts. The historic McKim Building has since been constructed into a 75-pound Lego masterpiece. It was unveiled at the Central Library in Copley Sqaure on March 28 and remains on view in the Johnson Building lobby until Saturday, April 5. After that, it will move to the Discovery Center in Somerville for permanent display. This Lego creation took 47 hours to build and contains approximately 6,350 Lego bricks.

LEGO unveil

Boston Public Library Expands Digital Offerings through Free Streaming Media Service

Posted on March 25th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

Movies, television, music, and audiobooks available via hoopla for library users hoopla2

Boston Public Library now offers a free streaming media service for all cardholders, providing easy access to thousands of movies, television shows, music, and audiobooks for instant streaming or temporary download for smartphones, tablets, or computers. Library users can download up to ten titles per month and the automatic return ensures no late fees, with checkout times ranging from three days to three weeks.

“When we surveyed our users earlier this year, access to streaming content was the top-requested new service,” said Michael Colford, Director of Library Services. “Free digital streaming is an excellent addition to Boston Public Library’s growing online collection, and it is available twenty-four hours a day.” Read more »