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Map Making with CARTO

CARTO is an online mapping platform that allows to to create, edit, and share maps online for free. This is a beginners-level class in which users create an account and learn how to make their own digital map. Basic computer and mouse skills are required. For more information, please email computerworkshops@bpl.org.

WHEN: Wednesdays, March 22, April 5, & April 19, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
WHERE: Community Learning Center, Central Library in Copley Square

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Gallery Tour of Regions and Seasons

Wednesday, April 5 at 12:30 pm
Friday, April 21 at 12:30 pm

Discover the amazing collections of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center. Tour the new exhibition, Regions and Seasons: Mapping Climate through History, and also discover historic maps of Boston and the world from 1482 to the present.

Tour meets outside the Map Center doors and lasts approximately 30 minutes. Children welcome at parent’s discretion.

 

*Map Center tours are offered on the first Wednesday and third Friday of every month

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April Vacation Week

Meet our exhibition mascot, Gusty: hundreds of years ago, he and other “Venti,” or windheads, appeared in maps as the personas believed to direct the winds. Today, Gusty directs our young visitors, appearing on kid-friendly labels throughout the gallery!

Rain or shine, the forecast calls for lots of April Vacation programs at the Leventhal Map Center. Read on to find out more!

Calling All Weather Experts!
Tuesday, April 18, 11 am – 2 pm
Leventhal Map Center

Explore the science of weather, from wind and ocean currents to tornadoes and hurricanes. Record the day’s weather in our observation station and create your own simple tools to measure the weather. Play with an Augmented Reality Sandbox courtesy of Cambridge Science Festival and Science on the Street. (Ages 6-12)

Thunder, Lightning, Twisters, and Tweens
Tuesday, April 18, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Children’s Library
Kids ages 8-13 are invited to join our weather-wise friends in the Children’s Library in conducting indoor experiments to discover how the weather works. (Ages 8-13)

Be a Weather Watcher
Wednesday, April 19, 11 am-12 pm
Leventhal Map Center

Co-presented by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center and the Blue Hills Observatory and Science Center

Learn about weather instruments by building your own! Create an anemometer, and use your instrument to measure and record the wind. Complete a weather quiz and scavenger hunt in our gallery, and explore our weather stations. Note: the program is free but registration is required. Sign up here. (Ages 5-9)

Kite Making Workshop
Wednesday, April 19, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Commonwealth Salon, Boston Public Library

Co-presented by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center and the Blue Hills Observatory and Science Center

You may be blown away to learn that kites have long been used by scientists to observe the weather! Learn more about these kites and build your own – it’s a breeze! Note: the program is free but registration is required. Sign up here. (Ages 7 and up)

Rhythm and Rain
Thursday, April 20, 10 am - 11:30 pm
Leventhal Map Center

Join the Map Center for a read aloud of On the Same Day in March: A Tour of the World’s Weather. Afterward, experiment with making your own weather sounds using a variety of instruments. Make your own rain stick to take home! (Ages 4-8)

Toto the Tornado Kitten
Thursday, April 20, 2:00 – 2:45 pm
Children's Library

After a terrible tornado in 2011, the clean-up crew found an itty-bitty kitten in the wreckage. The courageous kitten was named Toto and nursed back to health by a rescue worker named Jonathan and his wife, Amy, along with a team of veterinarians and the Animal Rescue League of Boston. Jonathan went on to write a children’s book about Toto’s adventure. Join Jonathan and Toto for a read-along of Toto the Tornado Kitten, followed by a craft activity! (Ages 3 and up)

Any Way the Wind Blows
Friday, April 21, 10 am-5 pm
Leventhal Map Center

Enjoy Regions and Seasons and visit our Learning Center for an all-day free play, complete with a scavenger hunt, games, puzzles and coloring pages. (All ages)

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Author Talk: The Four Shorelines of Coastal Cartography

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

6:00 pm Commonwealth Salon, Central Library
Map Center Gallery open until 8:00 pm

Dr. Mark Monmonier, Distinguished Professor of Geography at Syracuse University talks about his book Coast Lines addressing the history of mapping coastlines as background for understanding the growing concern over sea level rise. Efforts to map storm surge and sea level rise exemplify the emergence of time as a cartographic frontier in the 19th and 20th centuries. Evolving scientific understanding of physical processes and numerical modeling add to the discussion. After the talk, audience members are invited to view the Leventhal Map Center’s exhibition, Regions and Seasons: Mapping Climate through History.

RSVP info@leventhalmap.org or 617.859.2387

Presented in partnership with the Boston Map Society

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Is Boston Prepared for Climate Change?

Thursday, June 29, 2017

6:00 pm Commonwealth Salon, Central Library
Map Center Gallery open until 8:00 pm

Bud Ris, long time climate expert and member of Boston’s Green Ribbon Commission, explains how our climate is changing, who will be affected, and what can be done to make the City of Boston as resilient as possible. After the talk, audience members are invited to view the Leventhal Map Center’s exhibition, Regions and Seasons: Mapping Climate through History.

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Predicting New England Weather: Can It Be Done?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

6:00 pm Rabb Hall, Central Library
Map Center Gallery open until 8:00 pm

Meteorologist Dave Epstein talks about how a changing climate is affecting New England’s weather and what some of the models predict the future to look like. After the talk, audience members are invited to view the Leventhal Map Center’s exhibition, Regions and Seasons: Mapping Climate through History.

Presented in partnership with the Boston Map Society

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Visualizing Climate: A Panel Bridging Art, Science, and Policy

Thursday, July 20, 2017

6:00 pm Rabb Hall, Central Library
Map Center Gallery open until 8:30 pm

How do we visualize climate? The Map Center hosts a cross-disciplinary panel discussion about climate visualization, and how different approaches contribute to today’s urgent discourse about climate change. After the talk, audience members are invited to view the Leventhal Map Center’s exhibition, Regions and Seasons: Mapping Climate through History.

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Regions and Seasons: Mapping Climate through History

March 4 through August 27, 2017

The mapping of broad climate zones, wind direction, ocean currents, and related weather events has a long and storied history. In this exhibition, visitors will discover how “Venti” were wind personas who directed ancient ships and “Horae” were goddesses of the seasons who dictated natural order during the 15th-17th centuries, how Enlightenment scientists started to collect and map weather data, and how 19th century geographers reflecting the golden age of thematic cartography created innovative techniques to represent vast amounts of statistical data and developed complex maps furthering our understanding of climatic regions. As visitors explore five centuries of regions and seasons, they can compare this gradual sophistication of mapping climatic data, with the modern use of computers and models to further analyze the impact of changing climatic conditions on future generations.

Historical Maps of Boston at the Langham Hotel

Historical Maps of Boston at the Langham Hotel

Langham

A selection of historical maps of New England, Massachusetts, and Boston, describing the topographical transformation of the city over 300 years from the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library are on display at this hotel.

Langham Hotel
250 Franklin Street
Boston, MA

Maps of the New England Coast at the Boston Harbor Hotel

Maps of the New England Coast at the Boston Harbor Hotel

Boston Harbor HotelMaps from the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library depicting the exploration, mapping, and maritime activity along the coastline of New England are on exhibit at this hotel.

Boston Harbor Hotel
70 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center (http://www.leventhalmap.org)