Best part of your role? I have always loved libraries. My father-in-law oversaw the Cambridge, Massachusetts, public libraries for over 20 years, and my husband has his MLIS. I knew early on that libraries were more than books and played a critical role in connecting people to community, resources, technology, and so much more. When I had the opportunity to grow the philanthropic arm of the Boston Public Library, I was so excited to be able to build a team and work with our colleagues in the library to raise private support for this essential and iconic institution that serves the entire city of Boston.
Favorite lunch spot? Honestly, I usually bring my lunch, but when I don`t, I love the Central Library’s Newsfeed Café soups and sandwiches.
Favorite project you have worked on? Do I have to pick one? I’d say being able to support innovative roles in the Library through philanthropy such as our Entrepreneur-in-Residence, new Chef-in-Residence, career counselors, ESOL instructors and positions within our new Boston Community History Project.
E-book or Paper Cover? I’m big into E and audio books and LOVE the Libby app! All my books are borrowed through my BPL card!
Pictured: Left, Paula Sakey with Ibram X. Kendi, Right, receiving the Bates Medal
is proud to announce that Glorya Fernandez, is the Boston Public Library’s first Chef-In-Residence. In this role, Glorya will work to increase nutritional literacy and cooking programs for community members of all ages. This new initiative will empower patrons to explore cooking techniques, cultural heritage, nutrition, and Boston history by offering demonstrations, hands-on classes, and resources.
We are excited to see all the great things she will accomplish and a special thanks to our anonymous donors for generously funding this role.
Best part of your role? The best part of my role is meeting and building relationships with people. I love hearing their library stories, and sharing with them all of the amazing work that goes on in the treasure that is the Boston Public Library.
Favorite lunch spot? Stephanie`s on Newbury
Favorite project you have worked on? Illuminating Bates, a unique initiative to raise unrestricted support through the naming of the iconic green lamps in Bates Hall, the Central Library’s historic reading and research room.
E-book or Paper Cover? Paper!!!!
Pictured: Left to right, Carol Estes-Schwartz and BPLF donor Jean Gibran
Last week we enjoyed a webinar with Priscilla Douglas, Chair of the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees, and Anna E. Byrne, Esq., who shared her passion for leaving a legacy as well as her expertise on estate planning.
If you’d like to watch the presentation now or learn more about creating your legacy at the Library, visit our website.
To honor Black History Month, the Boston Public Library released “Black Is...”, a booklist of recent titles commemorating the achievements, complexities, struggles, and culture of the Black experience.
Along with the booklist, the BPL will celebrate Black History Month with author talks and lectures, performing arts events, film screenings, book group discussions, arts and crafts workshops, and more.