All Boston Public Library locations are closed Monday, February 20, in observance of Presidents' Day.
- 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
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.
Tuesday, February 21, 4:30 p.m.
Adams Street Branch
Children enjoy a playful workshop that includes sketching games, character designs, and drawing puzzles. Recommended for ages 6 and up, but all kids are welcome.
Wednesday, February 22, 10:30 a.m.
Fields Corner Branch
The Pineapple Project is an original play about gender, creativity, and each child’s freedom to be who they are for kids ages 3-8. Click here for more Pineapple Project events.
Wednesday, February 22, 6 p.m.
Rabb Hall, Central Library in Copley Square
Christina Baker Kline’s Piece of the World explores the life of Christina Olson, resident of Cushing, Maine, sufferer of polio, and the subject of the Andrew Wyeth painting Christina’s World.
Thursday, February 23, 6:30 p.m.
West Roxbury Branch
American storyteller and cultural lecturer Desiree Taylor introduces us to African Americans who kept their life, their communities, and the United States intact in the face of dreams deferred.
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.