New & Noteworthy

  • The Boston Book Festival takes place in Copley Square October 23-25. Learn more.
  • Try the library’s free streaming media service today. Borrow 10 movies, television shows, audiobooks, and albums each calendar month.
  • Learn some fun facts about the Boston Public Library by visiting the "BPL by the Numbers" page.
  • Free art & architecture tours of the Central Library in Copley Square are offered once each day.



Jack the Ripper & Spring Heeled Jack

Saturday, October 25, 11 a.m.
Brighton Branch

In this slideshow lecture, historian and folklorist John Horrigan explores the careers of history’s most notorious serial killers.


Author Talk with Bryan Stevenson

Monday, October 27, 6 p.m.
Commonwealth Salon, Central Library in Copley Square

In Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson explores the broken American criminal justice system.


Pooch Partners for Children with Autism

Tuesday, October 28, 4 p.m.
Charlestown Branch

Special therapy dogs join this structured program for children with autism. Registration is required at 617.242.1248.


Halloween Celebration

Wednesday, October 29, 3 – 5:30 p.m.
Jamaica Plain Branch

Celebrate the season with crafts and a “Haunted Woods” show from Rosalita’s Puppets.


The Sacco-Vanzetti Case Revisited

Wednesday, October 29, 6 p.m.
North End Branch

Christopher Daley recounts the saga and trial of Italian immigrant anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti.