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Mayor Walsh Launches Adams Street Branch Library Project

Posted on May 16th, 2016 by rlavery in Media Releases

Mayor Walsh’s Building a Better Boston Capital Plan Invests over $90 million in Library Projects throughout the City

Today Mayor Martin J. Walsh launched the Adams Street Branch Library Project and highlighted capital investments planned at libraries across the Boston Public Library system, which total over $90 million in his FY17-21 Building a Better Boston Capital Plan. A community celebration for the announcement was held at the Adams Street Branch in Dorchester, where the $12.6 million project will renew the branch library, reflect the Boston Public Library Compass principles and support the needs of the neighborhood.

“Investing in the Boston Public Library means investing in the futures of all Boston residents; our libraries are critical access points where we gather as one community to seek information and knowledge,” said Mayor Walsh. “I am committed to reinvigorating our locations throughout the city.”

The FY17-21 Building a Better Boston Capital Plan continues to demonstrate Mayor Walsh’s strong commitment to revitalizing the Boston Public Library’s historic Central Library in Copley Square and its branches throughout Boston’s neighborhoods. Investing in Boston’s neighborhood branches helps ensure a vital and vibrant community. In today’s society, libraries serve as conduits for information, spaces in which citizens and neighbors meet and collaborate, and of course, as access points for reading and literacy. Among a range of services for life-long learning, the Library offers Boston’s youths a safe place to learn and access additional educational opportunities, and provide today’s citizens with resources for furthering skills and exploring new job opportunities. (more…)

Mayor Walsh Announces Office for Immigrant Advancement and Launches Immigrant Information Corners at All Boston Public Library Locations

Posted on April 14th, 2016 by rlavery in Media Releases

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the strategic rebranding of the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement, formerly known as the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians, to help encompass the evolving needs of Boston’s immigrant community. As part of a concerted effort to empower immigrant residents and recognize their contributions to our city, Mayor Walsh also launched Immigrant Information Corners at the Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square and 24 neighborhood branches to provide information about resources and services available to help advance the well-being of the city’s immigrant residents.

The Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement signifies the administration’s proactive engagement of the immigrant community by encouraging their active participation in the city’s policies and programs. Twenty-seven percent of Boston residents are foreign-born, and nearly half of Boston Public School students have a foreign-born parent.

“In the City of Boston our immigrant population represents a dynamic and growing landscape and it is our hope that with this rebranding effort and the launch of Immigrant Information Corners, we are better able to serve our immigrant residents,” said Mayor Walsh. “Immigrants interact with the city’s library branches more than any other city agency, which offers us a great opportunity to engage our residents in their neighborhoods. The impact that immigrants have on our city will continue to grow in the years ahead and it is important that we plan for this growth and make sure it reaches everyone.” (more…)

Library Lovers’ Month Public Art Project Concludes at Boston Public Library

Posted on March 10th, 2016 by rlavery in General

Desktop284Library Lovers’ Month concluded at the end of February, marking a month full of love for the Boston Public Library. Patrons of all ages filled out nearly 1,700 paper hearts with the reasons they love their library and the hearts were then placed on display at BPL locations throughout the city. A few of the hearts read, “It lets me keep learning far after school ends,” “I love the people here. They make me feel right at home,” and “Books! Books! Books!”

“Members of the Boston community love our local libraries for many reasons,” said Mayor Walsh. “Whether it is accessing their favorite books or using computers, the opportunities they provide are endless. The more people use them, the better position they will be in to achieve their aspirations. I thank all of the residents and visitors who took the time out to share their most favorite memories and thoughts about one of our most cherished institutions.”

“We are incredibly thankful to all library users who participated in Library Lovers’ Month and shared what they love about their library – the BPL is much loved!” said Boston Public Library Interim President David Leonard. “We gained insightful comments and will use them to make decisions about ways we can make the Boston Public Library experience even better.” (more…)

Boston Public Library Celebrates Library Lovers’ Month with Public Art Project

Posted on February 16th, 2016 by rlavery in Media Releases

2015Boston Public Library locations throughout the system are celebrating Library Lovers’ Month with a public art project, asking library users of all ages to fill out paper hearts with the reasons they love their library. Unique collages of the hearts will then be displayed at each location for public viewing. At the Central Library in Copley Square the hearts will be posted in the temporary 20-foot pedestrian pathway at the entrance to the Johnson building, currently being used while the building is under construction. Boston Public Library will accept heart submissions through February 29.

“The BPL provides endless opportunities for learning and new experiences to Boston residents in all of our neighborhoods; that’s why I love the library,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I encourage library users to share their stories and support such an important resource.” (more…)

Boston Public Library January Literary Events

Posted on December 22nd, 2015 by rlavery in Media Releases

Desktop257Central Library, East Boston, South Boston, South End to Host

Boston Public Library locations will host a variety of literary events this month, with topics ranging from finance to genealogy:

  • Roger Lowenstein, acclaimed financial journalist and bestselling author of When Genius Failed and The End of Wall Street, tells the dramatic story of how courageous reformers created the Federal Reserve in 1913 in America’s Bank, putting America on the path to becoming a global financial power. Tuesday, January 5, at 6 p.m. in the Abbey Room at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Tzivia Gover demonstrates skills and knowledge for living your best life and making 2016 more joyful as she discusses Joy in Every Moment: Mindful Exercises for Waking to the Wonders of Ordinary Life on Thursday, January 14, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Edgar Allan Poe, portrayed by Rob Velella, returns from beyond the grave to tell of his experiences in Boston and to read from both his poetry and prose on Thursday, January 21, at 2 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the Never Too Late Series.
  • A wintertime book sale takes place at the South Boston Branch on Saturday, January 23, at 10 a.m., featuring adult, teen, and juvenile books, in addition to audio books and CDs. The branch is located at 646 East Broadway.
  • Beatrice Greene reads poetry, speech, and letter excerpts from abolitionist and suffragist Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s works on Monday, January 25, at 5:30 p.m. at the East Boston Branch, located at 365 Bremen Street.
  • Award-winning short story author Virginia Pye will read from her book Dreams of the Red Phoenix, which describes Americans’ experiences in China on the cusp of World War II on Tuesday, January 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the South End Branch, located at 685 Tremont Street.
  • Sari Mauro explores the collections that are of special interest to genealogists, both those accessible online and onsite at the Congregational Library & Archives on Wednesday, January 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.


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


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