For Immediate Release
January 25, 2012
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BPL Communications Office
The Boston Public Library (BPL) will host authors and speakers in February who will share their expertise on topics ranging from the Civil War to the scale of the universe. Among the distinguished visitors are the President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, several authors, and experts on Boston’s zoos and movie palaces. The complete schedule of upcoming events at the Boston Public Library is available at www.bpl.org/calendar.
Author appearances and lectures during February are as follows:
- Kevin Manning, astrophysicist and former consultant with NASA, will offer the talk “Astronomy for Everyone: Size & Scale of the Universe.” Thursday, February 2, 2 p.m., in Rabb Lecture Hall at the Central Library at Copley Square; part of the BPL’s Never Too Late Group.
- Author Jeff Badger will discuss and sign his recent book, Finding Granddad’s War. WWII veteran Captain Leo Parker will also attend. The author will offer instructions on how to track family military records and other information online. Thursday, February 2, 6 p.m., at the Hyde Park Branch, 35 Harvard Avenue, 617.361.2524.
- Kantigi Camara, librarian at the John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute at Northeastern University, will give the talk “Black Americans on Postage Stamps.” Thursday, February 2, 6:30 p.m., at the Jamaica Plain Branch, 12 Sedgwick Street, 617.524.2053.
- Susan Hockfield, the sixteenth president of MIT, is the first life scientist and the first woman to head the Institute. In 2011, Dr. Hockfield led the Sesquicentennial celebrations of MIT's founding, which fell two days before the start of the Civil War and opened a vital new chapter in America's industrial and intellectual history. Tuesday, February 7, 6 p.m., in Rabb Lecture Hall at the Central Library at Copley Square; part of the BPL’s Lowell Lecture Series.
- Rory Browne will speak on “Beastly Boston: Episodes in the 100-year history of the Franklin Park Zoo.” Dr. Browne’s illustrated talk will review the zoo’s history from its founding to its present. Wednesday, February 8, 6 p.m., in the Orientation Room of the Central Library in Copley Square; part of the BPL’s Local & Family History Lecture Series.
- Kenneth E. Pollock will talk with parents about his book, Philosophy of Life: Stories for Young People, which features fables with fun characters and strong morals. Thursday, February 9, 6 p.m., at the Lower Mills Branch, 27 Richmond Street, Dorchester, 617.298.7841.
- Toby Lester, author of Da Vinci’s Ghost: Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image, will discuss the intellectual journey that led to the ubiquitous drawing of a man, standing with arms and legs outstretched in a circle and a square. Thursday, February 9, 6 p.m., in the Boston Room at the Central Library in Copley Square as part of the BPL’s Author Talk Series.
- Renowned local poet Carolyn Gregory will read from and discuss her recent publication, Open Letters, on Thursday, February 9, 7 p.m., at the Jamaica Plain Branch, 12 Sedgwick Street, 617.524.2053.
- Arthur Singer and Ronald Goodman, authors of Boston’s Downtown Movie Palaces, will discuss their book which boasts more than 200 vintage photographs and many more memories. Thursday, February 16, 6 p.m., in the Boston Room at the Central Library in Copley Square; part of the BPL’s Author Talk Series.
- Marian Pierre-Louis will speak on Discovering Immigrant Voices through House History Research. She will discuss how two-family and multi-family homes often provide a picture of the waves of immigrants that have passed through a city in different generations. Wednesday, February 22, 6 p.m., in the Orientation Room of the Central Library in Copley Square; part of the BPL’s Local & Family History Lecture Series.
- Kim Harrison, author of A Perfect Blood and the bestselling Hollows novels, will discuss her work and the worlds she has created. Harrison’s previous bestsellers include Dead Witch Walking; The Good, the Bad, and the Undead; and several others. Thursday, February 23, 6 p.m., in Rabb Lecture Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square; part of the BPL’s Author Talk Series.
- The BPL’s Kirstein Business Library presents the talk “Financial Planning for a Home of Your Own” at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28, in Conference Room 6 of the Central Library in Copley Square. For more information, call the Kirstein Business Library at 617.859.2142.
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