New & Noteworthy

  • A Message from President David Leonard to the Boston Public Library Community
    During this time of uncertainty the Boston Public Library remains a constant for our community, as it has since its founding in 1848. Dedicated to the advancement of learning, the Boston Public Library serves “to educate the people as the safeguard of order and liberty.” Read the rest of the message here.
  • Boston Public Library, Wedding Ceremony Giveaway
    What better way to begin the next chapter of your life together than exchanging vows inside the Central Library in Copley Square's iconic outdoor Courtyard? As one of the City's most sought-after wedding venues, and an institution dedicated to serving the public, the Boston Public Library is giving six couples the opportunity to host their wedding ceremony within its historic walls this June — for free! Learn more
  • Rare Books & Manuscripts Inventory
    An inventory of the Rare Books & Manuscripts Department’s nearly 250,000 rare books and one million manuscripts is underway. To accommodate this work, rare books and manuscript materials are on a reduced viewing schedule. For more details: Rare Books Room

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.



Hansel and Gretel with Boston Lyric Opera

Friday, February 24, 2 p.m.
Adams Street Branch

Two professional singers, a pianist, and a teaching artist engage kids ages 6-12 in this interactive retelling of the Brothers Grimm classic fairy tale.


Black History Month Stories

Saturday, February 25, 11 a.m.
Children’s Library, Central Library in Copley Square

Kids celebrate Black History Month with stories about African Americans who have made their mark in history, music, and more.


Yoga for Adults

Monday, February 27, 1:30 p.m.
Charlestown Branch

Hands to Heart Center Yoga for the People present beginners yoga for adults of all ages. Please wear comfortable clothes. Yoga mats and props will be provided.


Romance Fiction Panel

Tuesday, February 28, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Commonwealth Salon, Central Library in Copley Square

Eloisa James, author of Seven Minutes in Heaven, Lauren Willig, author of The Other Daughter, and Sarah MacLean, author of A Scot in the Dark, join panel moderator Caroline Linden.


Write Down the Street / Autores a la Vuelta

Wednesday, March 1, 6:30 p.m.
Egleston Square Branch

Tell your story with fiction, nonfiction, and poetry exercises. Conocerá a otros escritores y aprenderá a contar su historia, experimentando con la narrativa, las crónicas y la poesía.