01.27.1998|Corporate

Bell Atlantic Celebrates Boston Public Library's Sesquicentennial; New Boston Directories Feature Library on Cover


Bell Atlantic Celebrates Boston Public Library's Sesquicentennial; New Boston Directories Feature Library On Cover

James Earl Jones to Conduct Children's Reading

January 27, 1998


Media contacts: Bell Atlantic Directory Services
Stephanie Hobbs
301-493-3134

BOSTON -- The new -- Bell Atlantic's first White and Yellow Pages for Boston -- and the old -- Boston Public Library's Sesquicentennial -- were celebrated today at a news conference held at the library.

Bell Atlantic announced that it is celebrating the Boston Public Library's 150-year anniversary on the covers of its new White and Yellow Pages for Boston. More than 2.6 million copies of the directories, the first in Boston under the Bell Atlantic name, will be delivered to area residences and businesses during the next six weeks.

In addition, the company announced that Tony Award-winning actor James Earl Jones will conduct a children's reading at the library on April 3. Jones was the voice of Mufasa in the popular Walt Disney movie, "The Lion King". The reading is part of a month of festivities planned by the Boston Public Library culminating in a gala evening.

At the news conference, Barry Wynkoop, vice president of Bell Atlantic Directory Services, unveiled the Bell Atlantic directory cover depicting the library. The cover illustration is the work of award-winning artist Mary Lynn Blasutta.

"Bell Atlantic and the Boston Public Library share the goal of bringing pertinent information and resources to everyone," said Wynkoop. "We are honored to be part of the sesquicentennial, and we are particularly proud to have James Earl Jones, a strong supporter of literacy, join the celebration in April."

The Bell Atlantic directories include new Internet-related features, such as the Guide of Internet Services, which is listed under the Internet heading. The Guide is a quick resource to area businesses that provide various Internet services, ranging from access providers to Web Site designers. Also for the first time in the Boston area, businesses can list their e-mail or Web Site address in their ads.

Bernard Margolis, president of the Boston Public Library, highlighted several events scheduled to begin April 3 in commemoration of the library's anniversary. The Boston Public Library was the first publicly-supported municipal library in America.

"This is an exciting and significant period for the library movement and Boston Public Library's many supporters and members," said Margolis. "We are pleased that Bell Atlantic is not only a corporate supporter but also a good neighbor in helping us celebrate the importance of bringing a world of knowledge to all our citizens."

Bell Atlantic serves communities in 13 states and Washington, D.C., and is the world's largest publisher of Yellow Pages shopping directories. It is also the creator of BigYellowSM, the nation's leading online shopping directory.

Founded by an act of the Massachusetts Great and General Court in 1848, the Boston Public Library (BPL) was the first free and publicly-supported municipal library in the world. Among its many distinctions, the BPL was the first library to institute a formal system of neighborhood branches linked to a central library and a pioneer in the development of special services to children, young adults and senior citizens

Bell Atlantic (NYSE: BEL) is at the forefront of the new communications and information industry. With 40.5 million telephone access lines and six million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are the premier providers of advanced wireline voice and data services in the eastern United States and market leaders in wireless services. Bell Atlantic companies are also among the world's largest investors in high-growth global communications markets, with operations and investments in 21 countries.

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