New & Noteworthy

  • Board of Trustees Meeting
    Members of the public are invited to a BPL Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, September 28, at 3 p.m. at the Dudley Branch. Click here for the agenda.
  • Latino Life Booklist
    This Hispanic Heritage Month, explore the Latino experience with a book from our “Latino Life” booklist, featuring everything from cookbooks and biography to poetry and mystery. Pick up a booklist at any Boston Public Library location, or check it out online with links to the books in our catalog here.
  • Arts Department Material
    Please be aware that some material in the Arts collection requires up to 72 hours advanced notice before viewing. Other Arts materials, specifically archival collections, books published before 1800, and some rare or fragile music items are not available for viewing at this time. Requestable material can be pulled in advance of your visit to the library – please contact an Arts staff member for further assistance. You will need a BPL card in order to request items from the collection. More information on how to get a card can be found here.
  • Parker Hill Branch Temporary Closure for Improvements
    The Parker Hill Branch of the Boston Public Library is currently closed for approximately one year for needed exterior and interior building repairs and improvements. Learn more about these improvements here.



Bedtime Stories

Monday, September 25, 6:30 p.m.
Hyde Park Branch

Children enjoy bedtime stories and a make-and-take seasonal craft.


I Read Banned Books Tote Bag Project

Tuesday, September 26, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
North End Branch

Children ages 8 and up show off their support for banned books by decorating their own tote bag to take home.


2017 Druker Lecture: Joseph Abboud, Fashion Designer

Wednesday, September 27, 6 p.m.
Rabb Hall, Central Library in Copley Square

The annual Druker Lecture honors outstanding contributions to urban art and architecture.


Author Talk with Dr. Andrew Budson

Thursday, September 28, 6 p.m.
Commonwealth Salon, Central Library in Copley Square

Dr. Andrew Budson’s Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory explains which types of memory failures are normal, how to strengthen your memory, and more.


An Evening with Dr. Cornel West

Thursday, September 28, 6:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Grove Hall Branch

Dr. Cornel West explores the 35th anniversary edition of his book Prophesy of Deliverance. Dr. Saida Grundy of Boston University moderates this discussion.