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
Our own eeka explains her first-hand experience with the new rule.
The Boston Public Library today announced a fine amnesty for three weeks to try to get people to return overdue books.
From Nov. 1 until Thanksgiving, you'll be able to return overdue books - and CDs and DVDs - to any BPL branch and you won't have to pay a cent in fines.
"Sometimes fines stop people from using their library," said Amy E.... Read more
The Boston Business Journal reports city officials are considering leasing 150,000 square feet on three floors of the Johnson building (the newer one) to retailers - and that they are looking at changes to the building's exterior to make it more Apple Store-ish. Nordstrom at the BPL, anyone? Ooh, what about a Barnes and Noble?
In a tweet, BPL replies:
There's a proposed... Read more
Boston Police report arresting two Hyde Park brothers for a gunpoint robbery outside the Hyde Park BPL branch early this morning.
According to police, the victim was standing on the steps of the library using his laptop when Jarvis Israel, 18, and Jonathan Israel, 19, walked up to him. Jarvis Israel displayed a gun and demanded the man's money.
The victim stated he... Read more
WBUR reports on the new branch, which will replace the current two branches - and be larger than both of them combined.
Several hundred people, including Mayor Menino, attended an MBTA service cut/fare hike meeting at the BPL in Copley Square tonight. Michael Ratty snapped a photo of one of the people wondering where Gov. Patrick was.
The Globe's Andrew Ryan tweets Mayor Menino has named the writer to the Boston Public Library board of trustees.
A $350,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant will let the Boston Public Library and MIT mount a traveling exhibition of the work of Rafael Guastavino, whose "thoughtful design of public spaces transformed American architecture in the late 19th and early 20th centuries:"
Guastavino and his family invented a colorful tiling that is lightweight, attractive, fireproof, and virtually indestructible. Excellent examples of his work... Read more