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Karin Tanabe Discusses “The Gilded Years” at BPL

Posted on September 16th, 2016 by BPL News in General

img_1869The Gilded Years author Karin Tanabe visited the Central Library on Thursday, September 15 to discuss her historical fiction work, which tells the story of Anita Hemmings, the first black woman to attend and graduate Vassar College by passing as a white woman in the late 1890s. Anita has local ties – she grew up in Roxbury and worked at the Boston Public Library as a cataloguer, and likely met her husband at the BPL. Tanabe is a Vassar alumna and first got the idea for the book in 2014, when she flipped through her alumni magazine and saw mention of Anita. She began researching the woman and quickly found that not too much information could be found, but the subject of her next book was quickly brewing in her head.

Tanabe and some of her friends visited Vassar to search through their archives to find correspondence and details about Anita Hemmings. She was active in school, a member of the debate club and choir, and a very intelligent woman. Though no “majors” existed at Vassar at the time, Anita focused on languages and wanted to be a teacher. The year after she graduated, her college roommate of two years leaked the news that she was an African-American woman after her suspicions were raised in their senior year. After college, Anita married and lived with her husband in Tennessee before relocated to New York City. Anita did not pursue a teaching career after marrying and having children.

A question and answer period followed the reading of a passage. Audience members were curious to know if Anita was related to Peter or Sally Hemmings (maybe), and if Tanabe had communicated with any of Anita’s ancestors; Tanabe has been in touch with Anita’s great granddaughter. Listeners also asked if Anita was involved in civil rights issues, and Tanabe said she was not, to her knowledge, but Anita had a best friend who went to Wellesley College who was. One of the most challenging aspects of writing this book, Tanabe said, was tracking down the name of Anita’s roommate; she wrote most of the book without knowing. Tanabe also discussed how the book has relevance today, as racial tensions and acceptance of others is still an issue more than 100 years later.

Tanabe concluded the talk by signing books and showing photographs of Anita and others related to The Gilded Years.

The next Author Talk is Tuesday, September 20, at 6 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, featuring Stacy Schiff, author of The Witches: Salem, 1692.

Discussion: Public Art and Irish Influence on Art in Boston

Posted on September 15th, 2016 by BPL News in Media Releases

Featuring artists Caoimhghin Ó Fraithile and Michael Dowling at the Central Library in Copley Square

On Sunday, September 18, at 2 p.m. Boston Public Library President David Leonard will welcome Caoimhghin Ó Fraithile (Ireland) and Michael Dowling (Boston-US/Ireland) to the Central Library in Copley Square for a discussion about public art, the Irish influence on art in Boston, and their work which is featured in the temporary public art project, Tír na nÓg, now on view in the Back Bay Fens.

“Over the past year, we’ve seen incredible energy around public art installations in Boston,” said Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston. “Projects like Tír na nÓg promote public discourse, bringing people together in conversation and helping us reach the goals of the Boston Creates Cultural Plan. We are thrilled to see it in the Fens and look forward to hearing from the artists.” (more…)

Boston Public Library’s Concerts in the Courtyard Return to Central Library in Copley Square

Posted on May 26th, 2016 by BPL News in Media Releases

Concerts3Boston Public Library’s free Concerts in the Courtyard (www.bpl.org/concerts) series returns June 1 and runs through August 31, featuring a variety of artists and musical genres in the library’s iconic 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. All the concerts are free and last approximately one hour. Wednesday concerts are presented in partnership with Berklee College of Music.

June schedule:

  • Rodolfo Arteaga, Wednesday, June 1 6 p.m. Rodolfo Arteaga is a singer-songwriter and cellist from Ciudad Ojeda, Venezuela.
  • Cocek! Brass Band, Friday, June 3 ● 12:30 p.m. Cocek! Brass Band’s original music is based on the sounds of Eastern European brass bands and blends dance music with improvisation and inspiring melodies.
  • Samuel Batista, Wednesday, June 8 ● 6 p.m. Samuel Batista is an alto saxophone player from Panama City, Panama.
  • Moody Street Sound, Friday, June 10 ● 12:30 p.m. Hailing from Lowell, Massachusetts, Moody Street Sound is a sextet specializing in jazz, soul, and the blues.
  • Harshitha Krishnan, Wednesday, June 15 ● 6 p.m. Harshitha Krishnan is a vocalist of Indian origin from Lagos, Nigeria.
  • Duo Esplanade, Friday, June 17 ● 12:30 p.m. Duo Esplanade explores the flexible sounds of flute and clarinet, both as solo instruments and as part of different instrumental combinations in the various styles of standard classical repertoire, new music, and original arrangements.
  • Eduardo Mercuri, Wednesday, June 22 ● 6 p.m. Born in Curitiba, Brazil, guitar player Eduardo Mercuri has performed at the Panama Jazz Festival, Beantown Jazz Festival, and the 2013 Latin Grammys.
  • Properly Unprepared, Friday, June 24 ● 12:30 p.m. Properly Unprepared is a jazz combo made up of five members with an average age of 18.
  • Kristin Corpuz, Wednesday, June 29 ● 6 p.m. Kristin Corpuz is a singer-songwriter, actress, and dancer from Tampa, Florida, who currently attends Berklee College of Music as a 2013 Presidential Scholar.

Concerts in the Courtyard are generously supported by the Library Programs Fund at the Boston Public Library Foundation. Concerts will be moved indoors in the event of inclement weather. The concerts continue in July and August with the following schedule:

  • Phil Berman, Friday, July 1 ● 12:30 p.m.
  • luhx., Wednesday July 6 ● 6 p.m.
  • Castle of our Skins, Friday, July 8 ● 12:30 p.m.
  • MIXCLA, Wednesday, July 13 ● 6 p.m.
  • Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble, Friday, July 15 ● 12:30 p.m.
  • Dear June, Wednesday, July 20 ● 6 p.m.
  • Isabel Stover and Molly Flannery, Friday, July 22 ● 12:30 p.m.
  • Shirhan Agabeyli, Wednesday, July 27 ● 6 p.m.
  • Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras’ Intensive Community Program, Friday, July 29 ● 12:30 p.m.
  • Kyle Thornton & The Company, Wednesday, August 3 ● 6 p.m.
  • Kenn Morr Band, Friday, August 5 ● 12:30 p.m.
  • Njoki Karu, Wednesday, August 10 ● 6 p.m.
  • Hiroya Tsukamoto, Friday, August 12 ● 12:30 p.m.
  • James Fernando, Wednesday, August 17 ● 6 p.m.
  • Yi David Yang, Friday, August 19 ● 12:30 p.m.
  • Honeysuckle, Wednesday, August 24 ● 6 p.m.
  • Boston Lyric Opera, Friday, August 26 ● 12:30 p.m.
  • Aliya Cycon Project, Wednesday, August 31 ● 6 p.m.

 

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.

About BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION

The Boston Public Library Foundation is a fundraising arm of the BPL, with a mission to raise private funds for library programs and special projects.  Working closely with the leadership team of the Library, as well as the Board of Trustees, the Foundation has made over 15 grants to the BPL in Fiscal Year 2016, ranging in size from $10,000 to $175,000, to support programs such as the Lowell Lecture Series, Concerts in the Courtyard, Read Your Way to Fenway, Community Learning Center programs, and the upcoming “Celebrating Shakespeare” initiative, among others.

 

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April Literary Events and Programs at Boston Public Library Locations

Posted on March 29th, 2016 by BPL News in Media Releases

booksBoston Public Library offers a multitude of literary events and celebrates National Poetry Month throughout the system in April:

  • Poet Barbara Helfgott Hyett holds an 8-week poetry program for adults 55+ beginning on Monday, April 4, at 2 p.m. at the South End Branch. Please call 617.536.8241 to register.
  • Jen Doyle reads from Calling It, her first published novel, which details a couple’s journey falling in love on Tuesday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Faneuil Branch, located at 419 Faneuil Street in Brighton.
  • Quincy Carroll discusses his debut novel Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside, which tells the story of two Americans living and teaching in rural China who fight to establish primacy in Ningyuan, a remote town in the south of Hunan, with one of their more overzealous students caught in the middle. Thursday, April 7, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center and The Trustees exhibition From the Sea to the Mountains: The Trustees 125th Anniversary opens April 2, featuring historic items documenting Massachusetts land from the past to the present. The Map Center is located in the Central Library at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Lisa E. Pearson, head of the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library and Archives, speaks about her new book Arnold Arboretum, which details the rich history and collections of this National Historic Landmark on Monday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Charlestown Branch, located at 179 Main Street.
  • Anthony Mitchell Sammarco gives a lecture on Jordan Marsh, Boston’s first department store, on Monday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Adams Street Branch, located at 690 Adams Street in Dorchester.
  • Local poet Mary Pinard examines grief, sudden and everlasting, and the potential ways it can transform us in her recent book of poetry, Portal. Monday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the West Roxbury Branch, located at 1961 Centre Street.
  • Margaret R. Sullivan, Records Manager and Archivist for the Boston Police Department, presents “On the Job: Ancestors Who Worked in the Public Sector and the Amazing Records They Left Behind” on Wednesday, April 13, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the Local & Family History Series.
  • The Associates of the Boston Public Library’s Writer-in-Residence, Jennifer De Leon, leads a poetry workshop on Wednesday, April 13, at 3 p.m. in Teen Central at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Peter Zheutlin reads from his book Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs, and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway on Thursday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Roslindale Branch, located at 4246 Washington Street.
  • Diane M. Boucher provides an overview of Freedmen’s Bureau officials’ efforts to provide education, health care, housing assistance, and employment arrangements to former slaves after the Civil War as a temporary means to self-sufficiency and independence on Wednesday, April 27, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the Local & Family History Series.
  • Join local poet Frances Donovan for a poetry workshop on Saturday, April 23, at 12 p.m. at the Roslindale Branch, located at 4246 Washington Street.
  • Celebrate National Poetry Month with Shel Silverstein’s poems and a fun activity on Monday, April 25, at 3:30 p.m. in the Children’s Library at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • A poetry workshop in English and Spanish is offered on Saturday, April 30, at 11:30 a.m. at the Egleston Square Branch, located at 2044 Columbus Avenue.
  • View the Roslindale Branch’s Dreamy Italian Islands exhibition on display through April 30, in which local artist Maria Conte displays her paintings based on her memories of growing up in Italy. Meet the artist on Saturday, April 16, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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Rare Chronique Anonyme Universelle Now Viewable Online

Posted on July 13th, 2015 by BPL News in Media Releases

Chronique Anonyme UniverselleLate 15th century treasure depicts the history of the world

Today, the Boston Public Library announced that the Chronique Anonyme Universelle, or “Genealogy of the Bible,” a 35-foot scroll and manuscript dating from approximately 1470-1479 is now available online. The ornate manuscript depicts the history of the world from Creation to 1380, tracing the genealogy of individuals from the Bible to the royal houses of France and England, and weaving in biblical stories alongside Roman and Greek history. Users can view the scroll at the BPL’s Digital Commonwealth portal, zooming into the piece to see the historic writing and colorful images of castles, medieval sword fights, and the Garden of Eden. (more…)