New & Noteworthy

  • All Boston Public Library locations are 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.
  • Free art & architecture tours of the Central Library in Copley Square are offered once each day.
  • 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.



Kwanzaa Celebration

Friday, December 26, 1 – 3 p.m.
Dudley Branch

Learn about and celebrate Kwanzaa with local artist Wyoma. All ages are welcome.


Chess and Checkers

Saturday, December 27, 2 – 5 p.m.
Hyde Park Branch

Learn to play chess or checkers with expert instructor Charlie Cleary. All skill levels are welcome. For children ages 5-13 years old.


Story Time

Monday, December 29, 10:30 a.m.
South End Branch

Toddlers are invited to join in for nursery rhymes, songs, stories, a simple craft, and play time.


Celebrate the Holidays Magic Show

Tuesday, December 30, 3:30 p.m.
East Boston Branch

The whole family participates in Debbie O’Carroll’s magical celebration of Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, New Year’s Eve, Las Posadas, Diwali, and more.


New Year’s Eve Cupcake Decorating

Wednesday, December 31, 3 p.m.
Mattapan Branch

Children ages 6-12 are invited to celebrate 2015 by decorating cupcakes in the craft room.