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Mayor Walsh and the Boston Public Library Celebrate the $14.7 Million Renovation of the Dudley Branch with a Kick-Off Celebration

Posted on October 23rd, 2017 by rlavery in Media Releases

dudleyTwo-year closure of the branch for construction begins November 17

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today joined David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library, elected officials and community members to celebrate the kick-off of a $14.7 million renovation of the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library. The renovation of the Roxbury library will require a temporary closure of the branch at the end of library hours on Friday, November 17, with plans to reopen in spring 2020.

“The Dudley Branch Library has been well-loved and well-used for almost 40 years,” said Mayor Walsh. “People in the community have grown up with this library, and members of all ages use their great programming. This renovation will expand the library’s capacity to foster new learning and growth opportunity for more people of the community, for many more years to come.”

Under the leadership of Mayor Walsh, the renovation project is a collaboration between the Boston Public Library, the City of Boston’s Public Facilities Department, and the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture. The architecture firm is Utile, Inc., which has been with the project through design and also worked on the original programming study completed in 2013. Read more »

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 »