New & Noteworthy

  • Presidents' Day
    All Boston Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, February 19, in observance of Presidents' Day.
  • BPL Chinatown Opening
    Boston Public Library Chinatown is now open, marking the return of library service in the Chinatown neighborhood for the first time in decades. For more information click here.
  • Black History Month
    Explore the African American experience with our Black Is booklist, a compilation of recent works by and about African Americans for adult readers. See our schedule of Black History Month programs and events for all ages here.
  • Help Us Transcribe our Anti-Slavery Manuscripts
    We've recently completed digitizing our collection of historic Anti-Slavery manuscripts, and now we need your help in transcribing them in order to make them easily accessible to researchers and students. Get started here.



Mike the Bubble Man

Tuesday, February 20, 10:30 a.m.
Hyde Park Branch

As part of BPL’s February Vacation Week, Mike the Bubble man brings magic and science to children with this interactive show. Click here for more Mike the Bubble Man programs.


Communicate to Influence and Persuade

Tuesday, February 20, 6 p.m.
Rabb Hall, Central Library in Copley Square

In this interactive workshop, Barbara Roche shows you how to WOO (Win Others Over) using relationship-based, emotionally intelligent persuasion and compelling communication.


Doll E Daze: African Doll Workshop

Wednesday, February 21, 3:30 p.m.
Uphams Corner Branch

Debra Britt leads children ages 8 and up in her popular African doll making workshop.


Andrew Morton, Author of Wallis in Love

Wednesday, February 21, 6 p.m.
Rabb Hall, Central Library in Copley Square

In Wallis in Love, historical biographer Andrew Morton offers a fresh portrait of Wallis Simpson, the woman for whom Edward VIII so infamously abdicated his throne and birthright.


Hansel and Gretel with Boston Lyric Opera

Thursday, February 22, 1 p.m.
Brighton Branch

As part of February Vacation Week, Boston Lyric Opera shows kids how they bring the story of Hansel and Gretel to life through music, acting, and movement. Click here for more BLO programs.