A roving UHub photographer took this panorama inside the renovated Johnson wing of the BPL main branch in Copley Square.
The BPL formally opened its revamped modern wing at the main library in Copley Square yesterday. Whitney Wilson loved the new children's library.
Greg Cook also toured the updated wing:
The first thing you notice about the renovation of the second floor of the Johnson Building at the Boston Public Libraryâ€™s central Copley Square branch ... is the color.... Read more
The BPL has released a list of the ten books taken out most frequently in 2014:
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
- The Cuckooâ€™s Calling by Robert Galbraith
- Inferno by Dan Brown
- Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
- And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
- Catching Fire by Suzanne ... Read more
The Herald reports on the battle between the BPL board of trustees, who think it's dandy to decorate the main library with Christmas wreathes, and a Back Bay resident who wants to supplement the wreathes with a menorah.
The mayor, who appoints library trustees, has decided it's "not his place" to try to convince them otherwise.
Good ol' Joe Fitzgerald, who for years wrote... Read more
The City Council today approved a hearing on BPL finances to rein in what at-large City Councilor Steve Murphy called an apparent "shadow government" overseeing Boston libraries
Murphy and Councilor Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown) requested the hearing after Murphy read that BPL President Amy Ryan was routinely getting $20,000 bonuses atop her six-figure salary - even back in 2010, when Mayor... Read more
UPDATE: The Dorchester Reporter reports Baker doesn't want to rent out space in libraries but instead wants to look at how to include libraries in new mixed-use developments, such as the one that will eventually replace the Globe complex on Morrissey Boulevard.
City Councilor Frank Baker (Dorchester) will ask his fellow counselors tomorrow to consider the idea of turning some branch libraries into revenue... Read more
WGBH takes a look at the Boston Public Library's push to get rid of books that people no longer check out - and why not everybody agrees with it.
A concerned citizen complains about the lack of action outside the BPL in Copley Square:
Trio of would-be hip-hoppers have blocked off a large part of sidewalk in front of BPL and are not even dancing. Most boring show ever.
The BPL's main library in Copley Square currently has an exhibit (in the old, McKim wing) of memorials left by runners and visitors after the Marathon last year. At the end of your walk are several budding trees - and blank tags on which you can write a new message.
At the Old North Church in the North End, you'll find another collection of tags... Read more
Photographynatalia stitched together a panorama of the steps inside the McKim wing of the BPL in Copley Square.
Copyright Photographynatalia. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.
Evolving Critic closely examines a Lego model of the central library, on display through April 5 - inside the library itself (hmm, wonder if there could be a smaller model of the model library inside the model library ...)
Also, for what it's worth, many of the sites on the Freedom Trail, including the Old State House, remain open. Old Ironsides and the Bunker Hill Monument, however, are closed for the duration.... Read more
The Boston Public Library says it now offers online versions of magazines to cardholders. You'll need to download some reader software and then set up two separate accounts (one at BPL, one at Zinio, the company that makes the reader you'll be using), but it's free and there are some 100 magazines available this way.... Read more
The BPL mobile app (available for iOS and Android devices) lets users search the catalog, put holds on books, rate them and then call a library. There's also a Web version for users of other mobile devices (hey there, BlackBerry) which offers much of the same functionality.
We wandered around the BPL in Copley Square today, and the kidlet got her first ever look at an actual card catalog - and microfiche readers - in the shabbier, lesser known reading room, the one upstairs from the grand Bates Hall reading room, the one... Read more
Mayor Menino announced the new program - in which iPads will come "preloaded with bestselling books and apps to connect them with job searching, social media, and language-learning tools" - in a speech today before the Boston Municipal Research Bureau.
Menino also pledged to have 30,000 new housing units built in Boston by 2020 - and that not all of them would be luxury apartments... Read more