New & Noteworthy

  • All Boston Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, February 15, in observance of Presidents' Day.
  • Registration for the series BPL Yoga: Intelligence for Body, Mind, & Soul at the Central Library is full due to popular demand. Registered spots will be held until 11:55 a.m. the day of the class, at which time they will be released to a yogi who is present. Classes are held Tuesdays at noon through February 16.
  • Welcome home! Thanks to sharp-eyed Norman B. Leventhal Map Center curator Ronald Grim, a map believed stolen from the Boston Public Library more than a decade ago has been returned. The map, Carte Geographique de Nouvelle France, compiled in 1612 by explorer Samuel de Champlain, was found for sale with an antiques dealer in New York City for $285,000. The map is on display now through February 29, 2016, in the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Central Library in Copley Square.
  • BPL card holders can access more than 300 free six-week online Gale Courses, with topics including project management, guitar, grant writing, video editing, and more.

BPL Presidential Search Listening Session

Thursday, February 11, 6:30 p.m.
Lower Mills Branch

Share your thoughts on what qualities you’d like to see in the next Boston Public Library President with the Presidential Search Committee.



Career Panel for Teens

Monday, February 8, 4 p.m.
Teen Central, Central Library in Copley Square

Carrie Dirats, Stage Manager for Boston Ballet, Elizabeth Fitzsimons of the NEAQ’s sustainable seafood program, and Josh Turka, Executive Chef at the Salty Pig, speak to teens about careers.


Author Talk with Stephen Kurkjian

Tuesday, February 9, 6:30 p.m.
South End Branch

Boston Globe reporter Stephen Kurkjian reads from his book Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters who Pulled Off the Greatest Art Heist.


“Love Notes” by the Swing Fever Trio

Thursday, February 11, 2 p.m.
West Roxbury Branch

The Swing Fever Trio performs the music of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Duke Ellington, and more.


The History of Vintage Valentines

Friday, February 12, 11 a.m.
Tech Classroom, Central Library in Copley Square

Learn about the history of valentines and explore beautiful digital archives of vintage Valentine’s Day cards to email or print.


Wintertime Book Sale

Saturday, February 13, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
South Boston Branch

The Friends of the South Boston Branch host a Wintertime Book Sale, featuring low-priced adult, teen, and children’s books, audiobooks, and CDs. All proceeds benefit the South Boston Branch.