Annual Meeting May 13 @ 6 p.m.

Please join us for the City-Wide Friends 2014 Annual Meeting on

Tuesday, May 13th at 6:00 p.m.

Orientation Room, 1st floor McKim Building

Local author and historian Anthony Sammarco will discuss his latest book, Lost Boston.  Books will be available for purchase, and the author will sign books immediately after his talk.

Light refreshments will be served.   

Booksale, Sat., April 5, 10-4

Saturday, April 5, 2014

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Boston Public Library

Central Library in Copley Square

McKim Lower Level Conf. Room B

Best entrance is via Dartmouth Street

Most paperbacks $1, most hardcovers $2, specials and collectibles for a bit more

All proceeds benefit the Boston Public Library.

www.citywidefriendsbpl.org

617-859-2341 or cwfbpl@hotmail.com

visit us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/citywidefriends?ref=stream

New:  we are now able to take credit cards!

Booksale, Saturday Feb. 1st

Saturday, February 1, 2014

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Boston Public Library

Central Library in Copley Square

McKim Lower Level Conf. Room B

Best entrance is via Dartmouth Street

In honor of Valentine’s Day, romance novels are half-price!

All proceeds benefit the Boston Public Library.

www.citywidefriendsbpl.org

617-859-2341 or cwfbpl@hotmail.com

visit us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/citywidefriends?ref=stream

New:  we are now able to take credit cards! 

Book Sale on Sat., Dec. 7th

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Boston Public Library

Central Library in Copley Square

McKim Lower Level Conf. Room B

Best entrance is via Dartmouth Street

Books make great gifts.

Do your holiday shopping early at our Book Sale.

All proceeds benefit the Boston Public Library.

www.citywidefriendsbpl.org

617-859-2341 or cwfbpl@hotmail.com

Cash or check only

August 3 Booksale!

Book Sale

Saturday, August 3, 2013

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Boston Public Library

Central Library in Copley Square

McKim Conference Room B Lower Level

Best entrance is via Dartmouth Street

We have a Fantastic Selection

of Art/Architecture, as well as Fiction and

Non-fiction: History, Biography, Children’s –

You Name It!

Co-Sponsored by the Friends of the East Boston Library

All proceeds benefit the Boston Public Library.

www.citywidefriendsbpl.org

617.859.2341 or cwfbpl@hotmail.com

Cash or check only

Booksale June 1st!

Join the City Wide Friends for a booksale on Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 10 am to 4 pm.  Lower level of the McKim building, Copley Square.

Most hardcovers $2, most paperbacks $1.  All sorts of genres, including history, mystery, sci-fi, romance, biography, classics, cooking, childrens, young adult.

All proceeds benefit the library.

Annual Meeting June 5th

CITY-WIDE FRIENDS OF THE BPL
26th Annual Meeting

Wednesday June 5, 2013

 6:30 o’clock*

 Copley Square Library
McKim Building
Lower Level Conference Room B

 The business meeting will include 2012 annual reports from the President, Secretary, Treasurer and the several committees of the CWF and the nomination and election of the 2012-13 Board.

 The meeting will be followed by guest speaker Peter Kadzis, former editor of the late Boston Phoenix and now with WGBH.

 Light refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP no later than June 1 by calling (617) 859-2341 or e-mail cwfbpl@hotmail.com

 (Reference “RSVP/Annual Meeting” in subject line.)

 *Doors will open at 5:30 for a special “members only” book sale

Johnson Building Renovations and Re-purposing Update

We want to alert you to a plan that may permanently change the Johnson Building’s character and purpose, to be discussed at a public meeting on April 10th at 6 p.m.

The Johnson building is the “new” part of the Copley library designed by Philip Johnson and opened in 1972. Most acknowledge that after 40+ years, the building needs a makeover, and the Boston Public Library (BPL) Trustees are planning a major renovation of the building. The Trustees have engaged William L. Rawn Associates (architects for the Mattapan Branch, the new East Boston Branch, and the Cambridge Public Library) to put together several renovation proposals. Although these are just proposals, they suggest a substantial reconfiguration of the Johnson Building space and propose to lease public space for private use. In some cases, the amount of space set aside for private use is substantial.

There are many new and exciting changes that are being proposed, and most will enhance the library’s mission statement “Built by the people and dedicated to the advancement of learning.” However, many of us on the CWF Board have misgivings about how these proposals achieve one of the project’s stated goals, to “generate cost-sharing options and additional revenue.”

The library asks, “What sorts of enterprise or entrepreneurial opportunities might the library pursue? What sorts of entrepreneurial activities might fit in well in the Johnson Building?” This means leasing public library space in the Johnson building, mainly along the Boylston and Exeter St. frontages, for private retail/commercial use.

The details of these plans will be presented at a public meeting at 6:00 p.m. on April 10, 2013, in Rabb Lecture Hall. The purpose of this plan, a diagram and diorama of the Johnson Building, and an area for public comment are also on display today in the Johnson Building atrium. If you have the time, please visit this display and leave your opinion for the library administration.

The CWF Board invites you to attend on April 10, visit the Johnson Building, and/or comment on the libraries blog. However you participate, please share your views with the architect, the BPL Trustees, and the BPL staff. You can even share your opinion with BPL President Amy Ryan directly at aeryan@bpl.org, BPL Trustee Chair Jeff Rudman jeffrey.rudman@wilmerhale.com, and us at CWFBPL@HOTMAIL.COM.

For more information, visit:

http://www.bpl.org/compass/category/johnson-building-study/.

(Be sure to access “April 10 program” within the link). 

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to seeing you on April 10.

For the CWF Board,

David J. Vieira, President

 

 

Booksale Saturday April 6th!

Join the City Wide Friends for a booksale on Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 10 am to 4 pm.  Lower level of the McKim building, Copley Square.

Most hardcovers $2, most paperbacks $1.  All sorts of genres, including history, mystery, sci-fi, romance, biography, classics, cooking, childrens, young adult.

All proceeds benefit the library.

2013 booksales

Don’t miss our great booksales on the first Saturday of even months from 10 am until 4 pm, lower level McKim building, Copley.

February 2     (co-Sponsor Friends of the Hyde Park Branch)
April 6th         (co-Sponsor Friends of the Adams Street Library)
June 1
August 3
October 5
December 7