New & Noteworthy

  • All Boston Public Library locations will be closed on Saturday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. All BPL locations will remain open on Friday, July 3.
  • The Central Library in Copley Square will be closed Sunday, July 12 - Tuesday, July 14, for electrical work related to the Central Library Renovation. During this time, please visit one of our 24 branch locations for library services, or access our electronic resources such as e-books, streaming media, and digital magazines.
  • Boston Public Library locations offer free summer programs for children and teens. This year’s children's theme is “Every Hero Has a Story,” and events include story times, crafts, and programs hosted by Historic New England, New England Aquarium, and the Museum of Science. Events for teens include interactive music and comic book workshops.



A Colonial Dance

Tuesday, June 30, 2 p.m.
McKim Plaza, Central Library in Copley Square

Jacob and Nancy Bloom demonstrate and lead the audience in colonial dancing. Click here to see more Revolutionary programs.


Gardening for Kids

Tuesday, June 30, 3 p.m.
Egleston Square Branch

Join the children’s librarian to plant, water, weed, and harvest the library’s raised bed vegetable garden.


Museum of Science: Science Magic

Wednesday, July 1, 3 p.m.
Egleston Square Branch

As part of Summer Reading, kids ages 6 and older investigate the science behind classic magic tricks. Click here for more Museum of Science summer programs for children.


Concert in the Courtyard

Wednesday, July 1, 6 p.m.
McKim Courtyard, Central Library in Copley Square

Felipe Abad is a Colombian artist inspired by tropical and Latin pop music, Brazilian rhythms, and folkloric cumbia styles.


Teen Dungeons & Dragons Club

Thursday, July 2, 5 p.m.
East Boston Branch

Teens are invited to play sessions of Dungeons & Dragons. No previous experience of the game is necessary.