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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April Books & Beyond from the Boston Public Library

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BPL Announces Funding in Support of New and Ongoing Branch Capital Projects

Mayor Walsh's FY18 Capital Budget reflects a continuing and increased commitment to the BPL as a 21st-century urban public library under the leadership of the Trustees of the BPL and BPL President David Leonard.  
This year, BPL and the City of Boston Public Facilities Department will open the renovated Jamaica Plain Branch, break ground on new branch library projects, launch design or programming studies for others, and address a slate of interior and exterior upgrades. The FY18 Capital Budget includes projected expenditures of more than $14 million for library projects throughout the City.

Celebrate Money Smart Week at the BPL

In celebration of Money Smart Week (April 22-29), Kirstein Business Library and Innovation Center created a list of the top Personal Finance Books of 2016 and 2017 to help you increase your financial knowledge.
Additionally, the Central Library in Copley Square's Kirstein Business Library and Innovation Center and Children's Library, as well as numerous branch locations will offer programs for children and adults

Conserving BPL's Treasures

BPL is thrilled to announce the launch of a major capital project to help preserve our historic rare books and manuscripts collections as part of Mayor Walsh's FY18 BPL Capital Budget. The project includes an inventory of the BPL's nearly 250,000 rare books and one million manuscripts and the substantial renovation of the Rare Books & Manuscripts Department, with a focus on environmental and mechanical improvements to better regulate temperature and humidity control.

>> Read more about the project and future accessibility of the Rare Books & Manuscripts Department.
Don't Miss: People's Climate Justice Forum 

The BPL, in collaboration with Grassroots International, invite you to the People's Climate Justice Forum, featuring international environmental, human rights, and climate justice movement leaders, including Naomi Klein, an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist, and author, Tom Goldtooth, the Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, a leading voice in the Standing Rock struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline, and Carlos Marentes, Sr., the Co-coordinator of La Via Campesina North America

Programs and Events
BPL to Host Kick-off Community Meeting for Long-term Chinatown Library Services 

BPL will host the first of three community meetings to begin gathering feedback for planning for long-term library services in Chinatown. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25 at 6 p.m., and will be held at the China Trade Center located at 2 Boylston Street in Chinatown.  
Community feedback is welcome at

Company One Theatre in Collaboration with the BPL Presents "Peerless"

Company One Theatre (C1) and the BPL are thrilled to enter into a collaborative venture that brings a full-scale, all-ages, pay-what-you-want theatrical production of Jiehae Park's "Peerless" to Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square—the first fully-staged theatrical run ever performed in the space. Performances begin Thursday, April 27 at 7 p.m. and continue through May 28in conjunction with the library's "All the City's a Stage: A Season of Shakespeare at the Boston Public Library." 

Join the BPL for Week of the Young Child Programming

The Week of the Young Child (April 24-28) is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) that highlights early learning, young children, and their teachers and families.

The Central Library in Copley Square's Children's Library is offering special Boston Basics-focused programs in celebration of the week. 

West Roxbury Reads 2017

The West Roxbury Reads program series, sponsored by the Friends of the West Roxbury Branch Library, is in full swing. Don't miss these upcoming author talks and workshops taking place at the West Roxbury Branch of the BPL: 

Sandi Levy: Yoga Workshop Saturday, April 22 at 2 p.m.

Around the BPL
Watch Neil Gaiman's Author Talk 

Bestselling author Neil Gaiman shared his thoughts on writing, libraries, children, and more, along with a reading from his latest book, to a packed Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square earlier this month.

Oldest Items in the BPL Collection Now Avialable to View Online

BPL's nine cuneiform tablets, the oldest items in the BPL collection, have been digitized and are now online.

The Associates of the Boston Public Library sponsored the rehousing project to build customized boxes for them, with the work completed by BPL conservator Lauren Schott.

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