New & Noteworthy

  • All Boston Public Library locations are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24, and closed on Thursday, December 25, in observance of Christmas.
  • Try the library’s free streaming media service today. Borrow 10 movies, television shows, audiobooks, and albums each calendar month.
  • The Boylston Street entrance to the Central Library in Copley Square is closed in conjunction with ongoing renovations of the Johnson building. Please enter the Central Library via Dartmouth Street and follow project progress via this link.
  • Free art & architecture tours of the Central Library in Copley Square are offered once each day.



City-Wide Friends Holiday Book Sale

Saturday, December 20, 10 a.m – 1 p.m.
Cushman Room, Central Library in Copley Square

Last minute shoppers can find a special holiday gift at the City-Wide Friends’ book sale. All proceeds benefit the Boston Public Library.


Year’s-End Book Sale

Saturday, December 20, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
South Boston Branch

Browse low-priced used books and audio-visual items. Sponsored by the Friends of the South Boston Branch. All proceeds benefit the South Boston Branch.


Crafty Mondays

Monday, December 22, 5:30 p.m.
Hyde Park Branch

Children ages 12 and younger make gingerbread men tree ornaments by rubbing a cinnamon stick on sandpaper.


Winter Holiday Tea

Tuesday, December 23, 6 p.m.
Faneuil Branch

Children and families are invited to celebrate the winter holidays with seasonal stories, hot tea, and a cookie craft.


Cotton Ball Snowman

Wednesday, December 24, 3 p.m.
Lower Mills Branch

Children ages 6 and older are invited to drop in to make a snowman using a plastic bottle and cotton balls.