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
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