Thursday, August 18, 2011

eNews from the Boston Public Library

Civil War Commemoration Continues

The Boston Public Library continues its ongoing commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War with a range of programs across the city this fall:

Jan Turnquist performs as Louisa May Alcott in September at the Adams Street, Orient Heights, and South Boston branches.
The 2nd South Carolina String Band performs period music on Saturday, October 8, at the Hyde Park branch.
Barbara Menard Pugliese speaks on Civil War era dress in October at the Grove Hall branch and in November at the Honan-Allston and Charlestown branches.
Jeff Davis performs the music of the Civil War in October at the Brighton and West End branches and in November at the East Boston branch.
Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti performs as Harriet Tubman on Monday, November 21, at the Codman Square branch.
See the complete schedule of exhibitions, lectures, films, and more on the BPL's Civil War web page.

Fall Author Talks
The fall Author Talk Series at the Central Library in Copley Square is filled with appearances by some of today's most exciting writers. Mark your September calendars for:

Terry Brooks, author of The Measure of the Magic
Friday, September 9, at 12 noon
David Rakoff, author of Half Empty
Thursday, September 15, at 6:00pm
Stacy Schiff, author of Cleopatra: A Life
Monday, September 20, at 6:00pm
The series continues through December with authors like Steve Inskeep,
Julie Klam, Ha Jin, and Gregory Maguire. See the complete schedule.

Lasting Images

Since April, the Boston Public Library has been publishing images from the Leslie Jones Collection. Many have enjoyed his historic baseball and crime photos, but few know the wide range of subjects and events that this gifted photographer captured.

Leslie Jones (1886-1967) was on staff at the Boston Herald-Traveler from 1917 to 1956. Modest about his abilities as a photographer (he called himself a camera-man, not a photo-journalist), Jones quietly built an unrivaled collection of photographic negatives, almost 40,000 of which were given to the Boston Public Library by his family in the early 1970s. The BPL has so far published fifty-one unique sets of Jones' images.

Compass Roundtables

Compass Roundtable meetings are an important part of the library's strategic planning process. These meetings are for all residents, citywide, and the conversation is about the whole Boston Public Library, systemwide. Roundtables will include the opportunity to review a set of updated outcomes for the BPL’s strategic plan. Dates and times are:

Thursday, August 25, Parker Hill Branch, 6:00 – 7:00pm
Monday, August 29, Brighton Branch, 6:00 – 7:00pm
Wednesday, August 31, Online Chat, 6:00 – 7:00pm

If you are not able to attend an in-person or online meeting, you are welcome to comment on the Compass blog or send an email with your thoughts to

Did You Know? Calendar
Catherine Willis, a current Boston Public Library staff member, wrote the first pictorial history of the library. See the book and come to the author talk in just a few days.

If the library's OverDrive downloadable service were a physical branch, it would be the busiest branch in the system.

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month. More than 54,000 people signed up for a Boston Public Library card last year. Every resident of Massachusetts is eligible.
The BPL calendar lets you search for events, download to your calendar, sign up for email or text reminders, and more.

For Teens

The Teen Lounge on the BPL web site is full of information for Boston teens, including a link to the BPL Teen Blog. Invite a teen you know to check it out.

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