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The Custom House Tower in McKinley Square in the Financial District neighborhood shines at night. Staff photo/Wayne Braverman

Monthly Family Book Club

Once a month, book lovers entering Grades K through 3 and their families can come together on Zoom to discover new chapter books, chat, and tackle book-inspired games and crafts.

The next meeting will be held from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 13.

Email BPL’s librarians Patty and Rebecca (rfox@bpl.org) to register and receive the link to the Zoom room.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Author Talk at BPL

Join the Boston Public Library from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 14 for an online talk by Sonia Shah, author of The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move, who puts forth the argument that migration isn’t a crisis, but a lifesaving response to environmental change. Shah will be in conversation with Nassim Assefi.

The idea that certain peoples and species belong in certain places has a long history in Western culture. Shah traces this thread from the 18th century studies of Carl Linnaeus (the “father of modern taxonomy”), to the eugenics movement of the 20th century, through the anti-immigration policies we know today. Ideas about “sedentariness” extend to plants and animals, too – indeed, experts have historically considered any type of migration as necessarily calamitous, because migrants upset the “natural order.” But findings in recent years have upended this thinking: far from being a disruptive behavior to be quelled at any cost, migration is a biological imperative as necessary as breathing.

Combining history, policy and environmental science, The Next Great Migration is a compelling and approachable argument about the future of life on earth.

Learn more about Shah at http://soniashah.com.

Learn more about Assefi at www.nassimassefi.com/about.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including book synopsis and registration. Virtual meeting details will be sent to registrants.

Annie Lanzillotto and Joanna Clapps Herman 

Annie Lanzillotto and Joanna Clapps Herman will be at I AM Books, 189 North St. from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 14 as they talk about their new books.

Hard Candy / Pitch Roll Yaw is a flip book with two poetry collections facing each other. In Hard Candy Annie Lanzillotto offers poems and prose of caregiving and mourning in the relationship between the poet and her mother. Pitch Roll Yaw is organized into 14 stations each beginning with a See, Saw poem - one line of two phrases separated by a fulcrum: comma, caesura, spondee, dash or backslash with a quick shift in weight and change in meaning. Each station is unified by theme or form.

“My Italian village in America was in Waterbury, Connecticut.” In this sentence, Joanna Clapps Herman raises the central question of her book When I am Italian: To what extent can a person born outside of Italy be considered Italian? The granddaughter of Italian immigrants who arrived in the United States in the early 1900s, Herman takes a complicated and nuanced look at the question of to whom and to which culture she ultimately belongs. Sometimes the Italian part of her identity – her Italianità – feels so aboriginal as to be inchoate, inexpressible. Sometimes it finds its expression in the rhythms of daily life. Sometimes it is embraced and enhanced; at others, it feels attenuated.

“If, like me,” Herman writes, “you are from one of Italy’s overseas colonies, at least some of this Italianità will be in your skin, bones, and heart: other pieces have to be understood, considered, called to ourselves through study, travel, reading. How do we know which pieces are which?”

Visit https://iambooksboston.com/event/annie-lanzillotto-and-joanna-clapps-herman-hard-candy-when-i-am-italian for more information.

Opera from the Balcony                                                                  

The North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) presents “The Joy of Music,” a socially distanced concert series will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays from the Balcony 77 of Tresca on Hanover Street.

Visit www.nempacboston.org for more information.

Facebook Live: Future Readers' Club Storytime

Join Librarian Rebecca for live-streamed stories, songs, and movement for the preschool set from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Monday, June 15 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Every activity is carefully chosen to help little ones build pre-reading skills.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Book Discussion Group: ‘Radium Girls’

Join the Boston Public Library’s virtual book discussion group from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 17 to discuss Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore.

Digital e-books are available through Hoopla with your library card. For information on how to join, please email kprocyshyn@bpl.org.

Visit bpl.org/events for registration and more information.

Curator Conversations: ‘Angles on Bending Lines’

The many ways that maps and visual data have been used for centuries to manipulate information and truth come under scrutiny in “Bending Lines: Maps and Data from Distortion to Deception,” a new initiative of the Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center at the Boston Public Library that opened with an immersive, "digital first" exhibition on Wednesday, May 27.

Viewers are invited to explore the online show and join the interactive program series hosted by Leventhal Center’s Curator of Maps and Director of Geographic Scholarship Garrett Dash Nelson and the guests who give context to the exhibition's themes and content from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays as follows:

June 17: “What You See Is What You Get-Or Is It?”

These events will be streamed live on the Leventhal Center’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, and then archived on YouTube.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information. Registration is required to receive a link to the event.

Changing Times in Boston's Wharf District

Join Friends of the Boston Harborwalk’s Liz Nelson Weaver from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17 for a webinar examining the changes along Boston's downtown wharves through historic maps and images.

After the talk, take a walk along the Harborwalk and the adjoining Wharf District neighborhood to see what remains of the past as we look toward the future.

The webinar is free, open to the public and available via Zoom and by phone. All participants must register in advance. A link will be sent directly to attendees the evening before with specific information on how.

The Friends of the Boston Harborwalk is a volunteer group affiliated with Boston Harbor Now. The group meets monthly to promote awareness, public enjoyment and local stewardship of Boston’s 43-mile Harborwalk.

For more information on joining the group, please contact Mike Manning, Chair, at mmanning@bostonharbornow.org.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/changing-times-in-bostons-wharf-district-tickets-107621011342 for registration and more information.

Basics of Improv for Teens

Need a laugh? Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join professionals from Improv Boston for an interactive class teaching the basics of improve from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17.

This program will run remotely and will focus on teaching students how to get started in improv. Attendees will get a chance to participate in a variety of fun (and funny) improv exercises.

Participants will be emailed the link Zoom the day of the event.

Visit bpl.org/events for registration and more information.

Facebook Live: Story and a Craft

What will we create today? Join the Boston Public Library for a live-streamed story time and craft for children 4 to 8 years old from 3 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 18 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Facebook Live: Family Story Time

Join Librarian Julia at the Boston Public Library for live-streamed stories, songs, and movement for the whole family from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Friday, June 19 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

NEMPAC Sing-a-long Series

The North End Music & Performance Center (NEMPAC) will host a sing-a-long from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 18 featuring Broadway Showtunes via Zoom.

Although these programs are free, a suggested donation can be made via Venmo @Nempac-Boston.

Visit www.nempacboston.org for more information, including lyric sheets and the Zoom Link/Password.

Spectacle Island Virtual 5K

Run, walk or roll a 5K anyway you want from June 13 through June 30. You choose the time, the views and the surface. You can get up early and run along the Harborwalk in South Boston, go out on your lunch break and jog or walk the sidewalks in your neighborhood, or get on your treadmill as the sun is setting and crank out 3.1 miles while you binge your favorite show. You do not have to be local to participate – challenge your friends and family wherever they might be.

The registration fee is $20. All the proceeds will benefit Boston Harbor Now and help improve lives of 40,000 youth and their families: Register and learn more at bostonharbornow.org.

Homework help online

The Boston Public Library offers free online homework help and mentorship for students in grades K-8 provided by trained, high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays through June 18.

No registration is required as students will be helped on a first come, first served basis with a limit of 15 students at one time.

Homework Help can be accessed during the scheduled times at: https://boston-public-library.zoom.us/my/bplhomeworkhelp.

Homework Help mentor trainings are provided by Harvard University's Public School Partnerships Team, the developers of SmartTALK, a program that uses research-based tools, strategies, and resources to support students during homework time.

For questions about Homework Help email Lina Raciukaitis at lraciukaitis@bpl.org.

All programs are provided subject to parental supervision.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Escape Dracula's Castle Virtual Escape Room

Do you have what it takes to escape Dracula's Castle? Find out by participating in a Google Forms Escape Room taking place all day on Saturdays through Aug. 14.

Solve some fun challenges, encounter Dracula, and even test your library skills with this interactive online program. It's the perfect way for Tweens and Teens to kickoff this year's Youth Summer Reading Program.

This program is intended for Tweens and Teens, ages 9 to 17; however, adults are welcome to participate, as well.

Participate by going to https://forms.gle/Q6kYyubPMUWm.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

‘With Dedication: Writing Poems to and for Other People’

Poets are inspired by the ordinary and extraordinary others around them. How does poetry reveal new and surprising ways to communicate and connect?

“With Dedication: Writing Poems to and for Other People” will be held from 8 to 9:15 p.m. on Mondays through June 15.

In these workshops, facilitated by Aaron Devine, the groups will read and write to deeply encounter loved ones, communities, and lineages. No prior writing experience is required.

Devine is a poet, community activist, and translator in Dorchester. He co-created Write on the DOT, a neighborhood poetry reading series and literary platform.

To register, email: aajamde@yahoo.com.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

At-home activities in music, theatre, dance

The North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) has a host of music, dance and theatre activities, the NEMPAC Faculty Playlist and a list of resources for families to enjoy.

Visit nempacboston.org for more information, including the links.

Facebook Live Story Time: Tuesday Tales

Join Librarian Laura for a live-streamed story time for children, ages 2 to 4 years old from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays through June 30 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

'Gold Rush:' A Virtual Escape Room for Teens

The Boston Public Library is back with an all-new, premium escape room experience for its teen patrons – and this one’s a true Golden opportunity.

BPL’s esteemed partner Escape Game Remote Adventures brings you “Gold Rush:” a virtual escape room with a compelling Live component – your very own prospector navigating a physical escape room in real time from 4 to 5:15 p.m. on Tuesdays through June 30.

In "Gold Rush," up to eight intrepid participants will work together to direct the live prospector to locate and solve a variety of puzzles in order to discover cleverly hidden gold. A simple online inventory will help keep track of everything that you find, but it will take focus, cunning, and logic to put all the pieces together before the mob arrives. A generous hint system offered by a live room host ensures that even beginner-level gold-diggers will enjoy the hunt.

Each participant must have access to Zoom videoconferencing software and an Internet browser in order to communicate and collaborate with others throughout the experience.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. All registrants will receive essential confirmation emails prior to the live event.

Facebook Live: Pajama Story Time

Let's have a pajama party! Grab your coziest PJs and a favorite stuffed animal, and join Librarian Rebecca at the Boston Public Library for a live-streamed Pajama Story Time for toddlers and preschoolers from 6 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays through June 25.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Friday Unwind: Gentle Yoga

Unwind with Gentle Yoga – brought to you by Hands to Heart Center and the Boston Public Library – from 4 to 5 p.m. on Fridays through June 26.

The yoga classes are geared for beginners with plenty of options and modifications for all bodies and ability levels.

The class will be live-streamed on YouTube/Hand to Heart Center – Yoga for the People.

You can also get the link at bpl.org/online events. The recorded sessions will remain online.

NEMPAC Ask an Expert Series

NEMPAC is hosting an Ask an Expert Series – suitable for ages 11 to adults – from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on select Thursdays.

Curated and hosted by Heather Gallagher and Alexandra Dietrich, this series will follow a Q & A format with invited experts in a chosen field in the music world, including but not limited to: Singing, Directing, Broadway performers, MET Performers, Customers, Designers, and Composers. Heather and Alexandra will field questions from our community for the panel to answer and discuss. Guests will also share and present work when possible.

June 25: TBD

Zook Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78083586393

Zoom Password: Expert

Although all programming is free, a suggested donation for all offerings can be made via Venmo @Nempac-Boston.


Virtual Boston Harbor

The team at Save the Harbor is producing engaging, fun, and educational virtual programming called Virtual Boston Harbor. On their You Tube, website and social media you can find activities, crafts, lessons and songs by their staff and partners for kids and community members of all ages.

Here are a few video suggestions:

Watch “Haul Away Together” and sing a sea shanty with them;

Make your own lobster craft when you watch the “Lobster Fun” video;

Watch “this Dolphin is Bananas” and turn a regular banana into lots of fun;

Hear the story of a special fish with “Shine Like a Rainbow Fish” video.

You can also find links to their partners with more fun, virtual activities.

Visit www.savethehorbor.org for more information, including links to these fun videos.

Greenway Virtual Marketplace

The Greenway Conservancy partners at New England Open Markets has created the very first Greenway Virtual Market, featuring more than 60 of the area’s top makers, artists and designers.

Support the artists, small businesses, and creatives you know and love all from the safety of your home from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays until the Greenway Open Market falls into place.

Visit www.newenglandopenmarkets.com/greenwayvirtualmarket and/or www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more details.

Massart Made Virtual Spring Market 2020

The MassArt Made Virtual Spring Market is a temporary online showcase of student and alumni artwork available through Etsy and other independent e-commerce websites through Tuesday, June 30.

Shop artwork, jewelry, fashion and more from more than 200 student alumni-owned businesses

For Dial-In Information: massart.edu/springmarket2020

For more information: calendar.massart.edu/event/massart_made_virtual_spring_market_2020#.XrWJAS8pChA.

Online Book Discussion Club

The Online Book Discussion Club at the Boston Public Library will meet on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24 to discuss In the Distance by Hernan Diaz (2017).

A young Swedish immigrant finds himself penniless and alone in California. The boy travels East in search of his brother, from whom he was separated in the crowds and chaos during their journey across the sea. Moving on foot against the great current of emigrants pushing West, he is driven back again and again, meeting naturalists, criminals, religious fanatics, swindlers, Indians, and lawmen-and his exploits turn him into a legend.

In the Distance is available in eBook form on Hoopla: www.hoopladigital.com/title/13312155.

Visit bpl.org/events for registration and more information; The Zoom invite will be emailed prior to the meeting.

Augmented Reality (AR) Public Art on the Greenway

The Greenway Conservancy has launched a new at-home augmented reality (AR) public art installation that allows anyone to explore contemporary art and historic images of the Greenway without leaving their homes through the Hoverlay app.

Each week, new content will be released that shows the growth and change along the Greenway throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

This new virtual experience builds off of the Greenway’s exhibit last summer that featured 16 locations along the park where you could hold up your phone to see historical images from that spot. That exhibit is still on display and people are encouraged to visit the sites.

Harbor at Home

Boston Harbor Now has launched Harbor At Home, their online video gallery created to help you form a stronger connection to the Harbor, waterfront, and Islands from the comfort of your home.

Catch fitness classes, art tutorials, history talks, nature walks, and more, all contributed by their community partners and curated by the folks at Boston Harbor Now.

Videos will be updated regularly, so check back to find the latest in virtual Harbor happenings.

Harbor At Home can be accessed at www.bostonharbornow/org/harborathome.

NBSS offers hands-on activities

The North Bennett Street School is offering hands-on activities to enjoy at home.

Watch videos of woodworking and book arts activities for all ages which can be completed anywhere.

Follow the links to watch how to make a book from a single sheet of paper or how to make an edible book.

Craft activities for kids’ are also available.

Visit www.nbss.edu/continuing-education/kids-activities for these and other fun projects.

New England Aquarium – Virtual tours, videos and activities

The New England Aquarium invites you to join them for live presentations from aquarists, behind-the-scenes looks at the Aquarium, and fun activities to try from home. New videos will be updated daily at 11 a.m.

Support the Mission Forward Fund to keep their mission going (Donation link is on website).

Follow the Aquarium on all of their social media channels and remember to wash your fins:

- www.facebook.com/NewEnglandAquarium

- www.instagram.com/newenglandaquarium

- twitter.com/NEAQ

- www.neaq.org

Boston Public Market at Dewey Square

The Boston Public Market at Dewey Square on the Greenway is open from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays Tuesday, Nov. 17.

This outdoor farmers market offers farm fresh produce; meat, poultry, eggs, milk and cheese; fish; bread and baked goods; flowers and an assortment of specialty and prepared foods from more than 20 New England farmers, fishers and food entrepreneurs.

Dew Square vendors accept SNAP/EBT/HIP for all eligible products.

Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more information.

Boston Public Pop-Up Outdoor Market

The Boston Public Market’s Outdoor Market is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays on the Plaza (along Surface Road) at 100 Hanover St. by Haymarket Station. Check for updates via Instagram each of those mornings.

Boston Public Market also has online ordering and same or next day delivery service,

Visit bostonpublicmarket.org for more information, including links to these options.

BPL updates

The Boston Public Library has an online calendar of virtual events to go with its other online services, including e-books, downloadable movies, audiobooks and other information resources.

More details and links to remote library services can be found at www.bpl.org/news/remote-library-services.

For more information, email ask@BPL.org.

Greenway Conservancy/Rose Kennedy Greenway fun

– Download a free PDF sample of the Greenway Carousel Coloring Book to bring your favorite Greenway Carousel creature’s home.

– Explore native New England creatures of land, air and sea with their downloadable PDF.

– Check the Greenway Food Truck Program schedules; for specific updates follow them on Twitter.

– Practice appropriate physical distancing and stretch your legs with a walk or run along their 1.5 miles of Greenway.

– Explore the Conservancy’s online plant list to identify the first spring/summer blooms.

– Discover their current public art, including their Augmented Reality Installation throughout the park.

– Unwind with a good book on their organically maintained lawns.

– In the evening, enjoy the color of their Light Blades through The Greenway Color Commons program.

– Take a deep breath and the time you need to connect with nature and the world around you

– Check the online calendar for the latest details.

– Check out what their partners are offering during this time in our latest blog post, Support the Greenway Community.

– Follow the Greenway’s story digitally on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels as well as their latest blog post to learn more.

For more information and updates, visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org or reach out to info@rosekennedygreenway.org.

Paul Revere House Radio

Visit paulreverehouse.org to listen to a new episode of Revere House Radio and enjoy a preview of living history presentations, music and demonstrations of traditional crafts that are coming soon.

Free citywide meal sites for Boston residents

The City of Boston, in partnership with Project Bread, YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Centers for Youth and Families and other community organizations, will provide free “grab and go” meals for Boston residents in need.

For a list of meal sites, visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/map-meal-sites-boston#map--409806 or www.bostonpublicschools.org/Page/8098.

Phone 617-635-3717 or email food@boston.gov with questions or concerns or for other information.

If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.