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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Summer Reading Recommendations and More at the BPL

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Central Library Renovation Receives Multiple Design & Construction Awards

BPL's $78 million Central Library Renovation has won seven national and local awards, celebrating the project's design excellence, preservation, and outstanding collaboration. Among the honors are the prestigious 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards from the joint American Institute of Architects (AIA) and American Library Association (ALA) program as well as the Boston Preservation Alliance Preservation Achievement Award.

Summer Reading Recommendations

Looking for a good read this summer? BPL's Reader Advisory team has you covered. Explore categories created for the Adult Summer Reading Bingo contest ranging from books written by Boston authors and true crime to books recommended by librarians

A New Branch in Uphams Corner 

On July 11, Mayor Walsh announced that a vacant building at 555 Columbia Road will be the future site of the $18 million Uphams Corner  Branch of the BPL. 

The announcement was made during an event celebrating the final version of Imagine Boston 2030, the first citywide plan in over 50 years, which prioritizes inclusionary growth and puts forth a comprehensive vision to boost quality of life, equity, and resilience in every neighborhood across the city.

New BPL Trustee

Mayor Walsh and the BPL welcome executive coach, author, and speaker Priscilla Douglas to the BPL Board of Trustees. Douglas was sworn in on Tuesday, June 27, at City Hall, and fills the vacancy of Carol Fulp, who departed the board in February 2017. Priscilla's professional career includes key executive positions in government, academics, and business, for many of which she was the first woman and the first African American appointment. The BPL Board of Trustees establishes policies and sets the strategic goals of the library, oversees the general operating and administrative policies, and acts as an agent of public trust governing the library.

BPL's First Playwright-in-Residence

BPL welcomes playwright-in-residence John J. King, in collaboration with Fresh Ink Theatre Company, a venture in which King will utilize the library's collections and resources to develop and workshop a new play commissioned by Fresh Ink, with various opportunities for the public to observe and participate in the play's creation. A public reading of the play will take place in spring 2018.

Programs and Events
Experience "Summer in the City" with the BPL

BPL locations offer summer programs for children, teens, and adults running through August, to provide free, quality educational opportunities for people of all ages in the City of Boston. Explore programs, reading, and resources by age group below:

>> Kids
>> Teens

>> Adults

Concerts in the Courtyard Series Continues

Niu Raza Wednesday, July 19 ● 6 p.m.
Joel LaRue Smith  Friday, July 21 ● 12:30 p.m.
BEARD Wednesday, July 26 ● 6 p.m.
Properly Unprepared Friday, July 28 ● 12:30 p.m. (performance underwritten by Brookline Bank)

**All Friday performances will be streamed on the BPL's Facebook Page

Concerts in the Courtyard are generously supported by Deloitte.
Author Talk: Ashley and JaQuavis, The Cartel 7: Illuminati

On Monday, July 24 at 6 p.m.Ashley and JaQuavis will discuss their newest novel, The Cartel 7: Illuminati at the Central Library in Copley Square's Rabb Hall. 

The Cartel 7: Illuminati will be published Tuesday, July 25, but attendees will have the option to purchase the book one day prior on Monday, July 24.

Around the BPL
Laura Rees Selected as 14th Annual
Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence

Laura Rees, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been selected as the 14th annual recipient of the Associates of the BPL Writer-in-Residence fellowship. A welcome reception and reading will be held in the fall at BPL's Central Library in Copley Square.

Summer in the City Programs Kick Off at the West Roxbury Branch

More than 200 children had a wonderful time at an ice cream social organized by the Friends of the West Roxbury Branch on Thursday, June 22. A record 140 children signed up for the summer reading program. Above is a photo of Davey the Clown performing for a very gleeful group.

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