New & Noteworthy

  • The date has been set for the opening of the second floor of the Johnson building: Saturday, February 21. Learn more.
  • Services, programs, and collections for children and teens will be unavailable at the Central Library in Copley Square from Monday, February 9, through Saturday, February 14, due to renovation activities.
  • The Central Library in Copley Square will be closed on Sunday, February 15, and all Boston Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, February 16, in observance of Presidents Day.
  • As noted in our catalog, while materials and services are moving during the Central Library renovation, some items with a status of "in" at the Central Library in Copley Square may not be immediately available. Please speak to a staff member for assistance.



Get Started on Your Family History

Wednesday, January 28, 6 p.m.
Abbey Room, Central Library in Copley Square

With the principle of working from the known to the unknown, Rhonda R. McClure outlines the first steps to uncovering your genealogy.


Boston and the Civil War

Thursday, January 29, 2 – 4 p.m.
Commonwealth Salon, Central Library in Copley Square

Author Barbara Berenson discusses her book Boston and the Civil War: Hub of the Second Revolution. Part of the Never Too Late Group for seniors.


Recycled Paper Workshop

Thursday, January 29, 6:30 p.m.
Uphams Corner Branch

Ronni Komarow leads adults and older children in a project making new objects from recycled paper products.


Baby Lapsit

Friday, January 30, 10:30 a.m.
Brighton Branch

Children under 2 years of age and a caregiver enjoy stories, songs, and lapsit activities. Adult participation is required.


Hatha Yoga

Saturday, January 31, 12:30 p.m.
Fields Corner Branch

Integral yoga instructor Alicia Zipp leads this weekly class. Beginners are welcome.