Boston Public Library’s Bibliocycle Coming to City’s Neighborhoods

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Photo Courtesy of Boston Public Library.

How cool is this? The Boston Public Library (first library to have a children’s room) is bringing the library to Boston’s families via bike! Some stops for the bike will include Boston events and will include pop-up story times, book checkouts, and card sign ups.

Here’s more about the program:

The BPL Bibliocycle, a bike and book trailer partnership with Boston Bikes, returns to the streets of Boston in its second season, visiting street fairs, markets, and community events to meet people where they are and deliver library services on-the-go. The first stop for the Bibliocycle will be on Saturday, May 16, at the Kite and Bike Festival in Franklin Park.

“This program provides an abundance of educational opportunities for community members at a variety of local cultural events. I encourage Bostonians to utilize this great resource and learn more about the free services our library system offers,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

Features of the Bibliocycle program include library card sign up, book checkout, demonstrations of BPL’s digital resources, help with reference questions, and pop-up story times. The mobile collection of up to 50 books includes new releases, bestsellers, cooking, gardening, picture books, and bike repair titles.

“The Bibliocycle gives Boston Public Library the opportunity to serve community members beyond library walls and grow our programs in an engaging and dynamic way,” said Katrina Morse, program organizer and Branch Librarian at the Parker Hill Branch.

The Bibliocycle travels to Government Center, Roslindale, Roxbury, South Boston, and more in May and June. The complete schedule of Bibliocycle destinations, including a form where interested organizations may request a visit from the Bibliocycle, can be found at bpl.org/community.

The Bibliocycle checkout limit is 10 items per person. The Bibliocycle team is not equipped to handle fines and book returns. Patrons will need to visit one of the BPL’s many brick-and-mortar locations to complete that type of transaction.

Free Family Fun at Fenway Park Open House on Sat April 25th

Photo of Fenway Park for Free Family Fun Day on April 25th

There’s still more fun to be had for school vacation week this year. On Saturday, the Red Sox are hosting a great day at Fenway Park that looks to be great family fun and it’s FREE!

The Fenway Park Open House is an opportunity for fans of all ages to explore Fenway Park at their leisure during April school vacation week while also taking in the first-ever showcase game between Florida A&M and North Carolina Central University.

The Open House gives fans a chance to discover behind-the-scenes locations and learn more about the 103-year-old ballpark’s history by following the “Fenway Park: A Living Museum” plaques, displays, and historical markers, along with a variety of family-friendly activities:

  • Appearances and autographs by Red Sox Alumni
  • College fair in the State Street Pavilion Club before the game where kids can learn more about historically black colleges
  • Visits to exclusive areas of the ballpark, including the home & away clubhouses and dugouts, batting cages and the bullpen
  • Leisurely walk around the warning track
  • Glimpse inside the Green Monster scoreboard (weather permitting)

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Open House
2 p.m. – Showcase game

All ballpark concession stands will be open. Tours are on your own. All entrances will be open. The event will take place rain or shine.

Check out these family friendly places to eat near Fenway Park! And don’t forget that kids eat free this week at Bertucci’s!

Review of Big Apple Circus plus a Ticket Discount

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Boston, do you have your tickets for the Big Apple Circus at Boston’s City Hall Plaza? Get them now! The show is playing through Mother’s Day 2015.

I was invited to a Media preview of this year’s all-new show, METAMORPHOSIS. My husband, six-year-old son, and I all piled in the big top for our first Big Apple Circus experience.

We were all spellbound for the entire performance. My very active little guy had no trouble sitting still through the whole show.

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The show, which can take upwards of 2 years to develop and perfect, includes flyers on the trapeze, an aerial space-age acrobatic adventure, and an animal act that thrilled my guy.

Paris-born Francesco the Clown provides lots of amusements and involves the audience in hijinx including bringing a few unsuspecting folks down into the ring. The Ringmaster, John Kennedy Kane, was also a fave. My son LOVED “the boss” of the circus.

Tons of other acts including amazing magic acts, juggling, balancing acts, and some crazy contortions!

One of the first things that will strike you is the fact that this big top feels very intimate. In fact, no seat is less than 50 feet from the center of the ring. It’s amazing!

What You Need To Know

Tickets
Tickets for METAMORPHOSIS start at $20 and are available at www.bigapplecircus.org or by calling 888/541-3750. Premium seating at $100 is available for all Saturday, Sunday, Patriots’ Week, and Good Friday shows.

BOGO Ticket Discount New This Season
Wednesday Family Shows at 11 AM and 6:30 PM offer a BOGO – Buy one ticket, get one free for a special 75 minute version of METAMORPHOSIS that has no intermission.

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Review of Boston Ballet’s Shades of Sound

Editors Note: Boston Ballet’s current production is the perfect date night or girls night out. It runs through March 29th. Special thanks to contributors Diane Thies of Dollops of Diane and Nikki Amara Myers of Nikki Myers Photography for this review and the sneak peek on stage.

Boston Ballet Episodes Shades of Sound

On Thursday night, my friend Karin and I headed into Boston for opening night of Boston Ballet’s Shades of Sounds. We started off with wine and appetizers before heading to the theater. What better way to start a girls’ night out, right? I actually had no idea what to expect for the show since this was my first trip to the Ballet. The performances were entertaining, thought provoking, and all around beautiful.

Shades of Sound is composed of three different works of amazing music and alluring choreography featuring Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, George Balanchine’s Episodes, and Hans van Manen’s Black Cake. Each piece is unique and quite different from the last so you feel like you get to see three different shows in one.

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Chroma left me wondering how the dancers could move and contort their bodies in such shapes and poses. Episodes reminded me of classical ballet with lots of balancing, gliding, and twirling. Black Cake provided comic relief with dancers gleefully enjoying a party atmosphere complete with a little too much champagne flowing! Each piece is also separated with an intermission. Part of the fun of live performances is always sharing your experiences with friends so I liked that we had time between the pieces to grab a glass of wine and chit chat.

Why not grab your girlfriends and head into the city for a nice night out at the Ballet? Or if you’re lucky enough to get a sitter, you could make a great date night out of it!

Shades of Sound will be at the Boston Opera House from March 19th through March 29th. Tickets on sale online at the Boston Ballet.

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Photos Courtesy of Nikki Amara Myers of Nikki Myers Photography. Check out more of Nikki’s images from Shades of Sound in the slide show below.

Family Friendly Boston was provided with complimentary access to both a rehearsal and an opening night performance to facilitate this review.

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