BPL

By - 12/8/17 - 4:31 pm

Boston Police report arresting Brajon Brown, 18, of Mattapan, after a BPD captain noticed him "threatening another male with a long-barreled revolver" on the sidewalk in front of the Mattapan BPL branch on Blue Hill Avenue Thursday afternoon. Read more.

By - 10/28/17 - 10:04 am

The Globe reports workers had been complaining about bug bites for months.

By - 10/6/17 - 11:53 am

The mayor's office today announced it's hired away an outreach worker from the Pine Street Inn to help the homeless people who have found the remodeled Copley Square main library as attractive as other users. Read more.

By - 10/5/17 - 4:18 pm
Architect's rendering of new Roslindale library interior

The shadows know: Possible configuration of upgraded library.

The BPL branch in Roslindale will get a $6.4-million re-do that will include a reconfigured interior and new electrical and HVAC systems. Read more.

By - 6/3/17 - 11:46 am
Ban on bottle flipping in East Boston library

Eastie Strong noticed this sign in the East Boston BPL branch.

By - 5/20/17 - 8:02 pm

Jamaica Plain News covered the re-opening of the expanded BPL branch on South Street today.

By - 4/25/17 - 9:44 am
Old Chinatown library

Old municipal building, where the library was, at Tyler and Oak.

WBUR reports on work to add a BPL branch to the China Trade Center, 60 years after Chinatown lost its library to make way for the Central Artery.

Photo from the BPL. Posted under this Creative Commons license.

By - 4/19/17 - 8:17 pm

WBUR reports on the repatriation of several items, including a pair of medieval manuscripts, that the library bought not knowing they were stolen.

By - 10/21/16 - 10:44 am

The Boston Architectural College Library shows us the changes.

By - 9/21/16 - 2:30 pm
New entrance between old and new wings of Copley Square BPL library

Not long after the Johnson wing of the BPL's main library went up, the story goes, an old lady became forever trapped in the stairs that were the only way to get between the new and old wings. The new renovations have finally fixed that.

UPDATE: When I originally posted this, I thought this was just one of those urban legends. But it turns out an elderly woman actually did die in a BPL corridor, although not one connecting the two wings, in 1977.

By - 9/1/16 - 2:39 pm
Words in Dudley Square

Through tomorrow, Now and There is sponsoring Ramirez Jonas to compile pledges of all sorts on a sign board outside the BPL branch in Dudley Square:

Ramirez Jonas, working with Boston performers, presents a billboard of constantly changing pledges - yours, mine, scientists’, and those of our presidential candidates. Together we’re making a piece of art about promises, those contracts we with make with each other and with ourselves, and the potent speech acts that keep a society together

By - 7/14/16 - 9:22 am

Alex Green can't say enough about the new non-dungeony insides:

A literary culture thrives on readers, and while our city has never lacked for those, it has gone long stretches with little in the way of public spaces in which they might feel inspired to gather. The Boston Public Library’s newly renovated Johnson building, which opened on July 9, so successfully embraces and celebrates the idea of being a literary public space that it has the potential to fill that absence for good.

By - 7/9/16 - 10:18 am

Boston Magazine takes us on a tour of the renovated Johnson wing of the main library in Copley Square. Read more.

By - 6/14/16 - 9:38 am

The Boston Public Library's board of trustees today offered the president's job to the man who's been running the BPL system since the last permanent president left.

David Leonard accepted the job, the week after the trustees' first choice decided not to leave San Jose, CA. Read more.

By - 6/10/16 - 2:08 pm

Jill Bourne, San Jose city librarian, has declined the Boston Public Library's offer to become its new president for "personal reasons," BPL announced today. Read more.

By - 5/21/16 - 1:01 pm
Jill Bourne

The Boston Public Library board of trustees today voted to ask Jill Bourne, currently city librarian for San Jose, CA, to fill the vacancy created when Amy Ryan resigned last year.

Bourne had served as head of the 23-branch San Jose system for almost three years. She previously spent almost seven years as deputy city librarian in San Francisco. Read more.

By - 4/26/16 - 12:44 pm

Kevin Williams, 40, of Waltham, was arraigned today on charges of trespassing, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and assault and battery on a police officer for an incident yesterday at the main BPL library in Copley Square, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By - 4/25/16 - 12:11 pm

One of the officers suffered a leg injury during the incident, around noon in the McKim wing.

By - 1/27/16 - 9:50 am
Graffitti on the front of the BPL in Copley Square

Zik is among the many outraged to see graffiti scrawled all along the Dartmouth Street side of the Copley Square library this morning.

By - 12/17/15 - 9:53 pm
Boston Public Library all lit up for the holidays

Louise Miller watched the changing display on the Dartmouth Street side of the Copley Square main library tonight.

Sophia enjoyed the show: Read more.