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Boston for Runners

Boston for Runners

Post was written by Angela Kelly, Research Analyst at Bain Capital

The following is a guide for running in Boston.

Sites to see for running enthusiasts

  • Boston Marathon Finish Line (Copley Square at the intersection of Boylston St & Clarendon St)
  • Visit the Niketown Store in the Back Bay area@ 200 Newbury St.
  • Boston Athletic Association (BAA) Museum (Mon-Fri 9-5pm by appointment)
    • 185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA, 02116, 617-236-1652

To get to any of these sites via public transportation, take any Green line to Copley Station or Orange Line to Back Bay Station.

Running with fellow conference attendees: Join the SLA Runners Facebook group or follow #slarunners on Twitter for dates and times.

Running routes closest to the Convention Center, check out HarborWalk at the Fan PierJohn Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse, and Institute of Contemporary Art.

Running Trails & Routes List: Take a break from the conference and go for a run! See the city on foot & take jog through the Boston Common, around the Charles River or along the HarborWalk. For more information read about 5 of the Best Running Routes in Boston.

Free & Fun running clubs: If you have time, while in Boston, wind down with fellow runners by joining one of these running clubs. Please visit websites for additional details including dates/times/registration.

  • The Most Informal Running Club Ever Meetup Calendar has a list of free running events.
  • Lululemon Run Club: meets Monday nights at 6:00pm at Prudential Mall location.
  • City Sports Run Club: meets Tuesdays at 6:00pm at Boylston St. store location.

What else can you do while in town?

Need music for your run? Check out the Runner’s World playlist of Boston-themed Songs (source: Runner’s World, April 2013)

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Boston for Sports Lovers

Boston for Sports Lovers

by Mary Purdey, SLA New England Secretary and Tom Clark

Boston is a BIG sports town so there’s lots to see and do.  If you can’t make it to these highlights, but don’t want to miss the sports news while you’re away, tune in to either of our local sports stations: 93.7, WEEI FM or 98.5, the SportsHub.

  • Fenway Park is the oldest ball park in the MLB and the home of the Red Sox. Located in Boston’s Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood, the Park opened in 1912, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2012. Tours of Fenway Park are offered year round. They last 60 minutes and start at the top of the hour. Fenway Park is accessible by Boston’s public transit system (the T). You can take the T to the Kenmore or Fenway stops on the Green Line.
  • TD Garden is the home arena for both the Bruins and the Celtics. The Garden is located directly above North Station, a stop on the MBTA’s Green Line, and a major commuting hub. A bronze statue of Bobby Orr (one of the Bruins most famous players) was unveiled outside of the Garden in 2010. The Garden is also home to The Sports Museum which has exhibits on the history of Boston Sports. Tours of the TD Garden are given through The Sports Museum at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM and are included in the museum admission. Tours run from the end of the Bruins and Celtics seasons through Labor Day Weekend. **The Sports Museum is closed on June 12th and 16th.**
  • Gillette Stadium is located in Foxboro, MA (35 minute drive from Boston) is home to both the New England Patriots and the New England Revolution soccer team. The Revolution has a home game on June 13th at 7:30pm.
  • The Basketball Hall of Fame is located in the city of Springfield, MA (90 minute drive from Boston). There are several hotels in the area as well as numerous restaurants.
  • Boston is also home to the Boston Marathon, which is held annually on the third Monday of every April. If you want to visit Copley Square to see the Marathon finish line in person, you can take the Green Line to Copley Square.
  • Boston is home to the Head of the Charles Regatta, a rowing race held annually in October. The Head of the Charles Charity Program has raised thousands of dollars for charity since its inception in 1998.
  • Two sports statues commemorate Boston Celtics heroes Red Auerbach (Coach and GM from 1960-2006) at Fanueil Hall and Bill Russell (legendary player and activist) at City Hall.
  • Two sports bars to check out are The Fours near TD Garden and McGreevy’s near Fenway Park.

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Day Trip to Newport, RI on Wednesday June 17th

Day Trip to Newport, RI on Wednesday June 17th

On Wednesday June 17, the Division of Museums, Arts and Humanities (DMAH) and the New England Chapter are partnering to offer a day trip to Newport, Rhode Island.  The bus will leave the convention center at 8:00am and return by 4:00pm.  

Participants will visit the newly remodeled International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum. Guided by an expert, attendees will have special access to the collections, exhibits, and Information Research Center which includes the library, archives, and reading room.

After the tour, there will be time for lunch on your own and some exploration of historic Newport on foot. The Hall of Fame is ideally set in the heart of town within walkable distance to virtually all of the attractions, including the 3.5 mile Cliff Walk where many of the largest “cottages” can be seen.  For more about Newport, visit

Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance.  Questions? Contact Joy Banks, SLA-MAHD Chair and 2015 Program Planner at

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Red Sox Raffle

Red Sox Raffle

The New England Chapter of the Special Libraries Association is holding a raffle for

Two tickets to the Boston Red Sox vs Atlanta Braves game on Tuesday June 16, 2015 at 4:05pm at Fenway Park

The seats are directly above the visitors’ bullpen in section 43 row 5.

The drawing will be held on February 10th, 2015.  Raffle tickets are $5 each.  To purchase a raffle ticket, you must be an SLA member in good standing.  Tickets must be purchased by February 9, 2015. All proceeds support SLA New England. To buy tickets, click the button below:

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Boston songs

Boston songs

by SLA New England member Brandy King, MLIS — Owner of Knowledge Linking

A few famous Boston songs for your listening pleasure!

  1. The Standells’ “Dirty Water” was released in 1966 and is a tribute to Boston’s then famously polluted Charles River. It is played at the end of every winning Red Sox home game.
  2. “Shipping Up To Boston” was written by Woody Guthrie and recorded by Boston’s famous hometown band the “Dropkick Murphys.” The song was featured in the movie “The Departed.”
  3. “Boston” by the one-hit-wonder band Augustana was released in 2005. The lyrics talk about moving to Boston and starting a new life.
  4. “Tessie” is both the longtime anthem of the Boston Red Sox and a 2004 song by the punk rock band Dropkick Murphys. The original “Tessie” was from the 1902 Broadway musical The Silver Slipper. The newer song, written in 2004, recounts how the singing of the original “Tessie” by the Royal Rooters fan club helped the Boston Americans win the first World Series in 1903. Source: Wikipedia
  5. “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond has no lyrics related to Boston but  is played (and raucously sung during by fans) in the middle of the eighth inning of every home Red Sox game.

For more Boston songs check out Kendra Levine’s Spotify Playlist:

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