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.



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.


Author Talk with David Grinspoon

Thursday, January 26, 6 p.m.
Commonwealth Salon, Central Library in Copley Square

David Grinspoon, author of Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet’s Future, compares Earth to other planets to show how novel it is for a species to build global societies.


Reading Readiness

Friday, January 27, 10:30 a.m.
Fields Corner Branch

Ms. Cindy leads pre-readers in a fun program that incorporates art, dance, singing, and stories.


Boston’s North End: An Italian American Story

Saturday, January 28, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
North End Branch

Alex Goldfeld, President of the North End Historical Society, presents a feature-length film that chronicles the North End’s vibrant Italian American community.


Chinese New Year Celebration

Monday, January 30, 6:30 p.m.
Connolly Branch

Children and adults of all ages enjoy a Lion Dance demonstration, make a Chinese lion puppet, and sample Chinese food.