New & Noteworthy

  • Starting in February 2017, BPL will begin an inventory of the Rare Books & Manuscripts Department’s nearly 250,000 rare books and one million manuscripts. To accommodate this work, rare books and manuscript materials will be on a reduced viewing schedule beginning the week of February 6. For more details: Rare Books Room
  • Teen Central is temporarily open on a revised schedule. For more information visit the Teen Central webpage.

All the City’s a Stage: A Season of Shakespeare at the BPL

Through June 2017

All the City’s a Stage: A Season of Shakespeare at the Boston Public Library programming includes author talks, poetry readings, lectures, theatrical performances, book clubs, film screenings, youth programs, workshops, and more at Boston Public Library locations system wide.



Bouncing Babies

Friday, January 20, 10:30 a.m.
West End Branch

Babies ages 18 months and younger and caregivers enjoy stories, songs, and bounces.


Friends’ Winter Book Sale

Saturday, January 21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
South Boston Branch

The Friends of the South Boston Branch host a book sale featuring books for adults, teens, and children, as well as DVDs, audiobooks, and CDs. All proceeds benefit the South Boston Branch.


Story Time with the Boston Ballet

Monday, January 23, 10:30 a.m.
West End Branch

Boston Ballet staff read stories about a famous ballet or a dancer and lead participants in movement exercises. For children ages 2 and up and families.


Author Talk: Visualizing Financial Data

Tuesday, January 24, 6 p.m.
Commonwealth Salon, Central Library in Copley Square

Through case studies and visuals, Julie Rodriguez and Piotr Kaczmarek, authors of Visualizing Financial Data, demonstrate how to make financial raw data meaningful and engaging.


Celebrate Tết – Vietnamese New Year Party

Wednesday, January 25, 4:30 p.m.
Adams Street Branch

All ages are welcome at this celebration of the Year of the Rooster. We’ll enjoy traditional treats, crafts, and dancing.