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Resources for adults who care for and work with children

Parent Resources | Early Literacy Resources | Teacher Resources | Homeschooling Resources


IMG_4881December 2014 – News and Events

Get a sneak peek of the new Central Library Children’s Room coming soon to the second floor of the Johnson Building. Follow our renovation progress on our BPL Compass blog.

Copley Children’s and Teen services have been temporarily relocated to the first floor of the McKim building. Click here for more information about collections and services during Johnson Building renovation.


Upcoming children’s and family events around the system

  • Afterschool tutoring with 826 Boston at Grove Hall     Register your child for reading, writing, and homework help with tutors from 826 Boston. Tutors will visit the library on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:30. Call Edwin Gonzalez at 617.442.5400 or email to sign up
  • Make your own gingerbread house at South Boston    Children are invited to  make a gingerbread house at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 12th. Supplies will be provided thanks to the South Boston Arts Association. Space is limited – call 617.268.0180 or visit the South Boston branch to register
  • Celebrate the December Holidays Magic Show at Hyde Park     Magician Debbie O’Carroll will perform mystifying stage magic and share enchanting holiday lore at the Hyde Park branch at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 26th. Contact the Hyde Park branch for more information.
  • Many more programs and events for children and families are listed on our events calendar.


Systemwide Youth Services Programming ReportYS_Program_Rpt_Cover

In July 2012, the Boston Public Library Foundation put out a request for proposals to assist the BPL in reviewing systemwide youth programming, program spaces, and gathering best practices from peer libraries across the country. The team from Wondercabinet Interpretive Design process included a staff survey, site visits, staff meetings and a public survey. Hundreds of comments were gathered over several months and the final report , published in June 2013, is now available.


Websites for Parents, Caregivers, and Others is a gateway to sites recommended by the American Library Association’s youth services division.

Choosing books for your children?  Try the Book lists for children from Boston Public Library Children’s Librarians.

The library’s  Norman B. Leventhal Map Center has created a wealth of educational materials to help students of all ages engage with maps. Find lesson plans, map activities, and more at the Map Center’s Teacher Resources page, or check out the Leventhal Map Center Info Sheet here for more information.

Are you parenting?

Parent Resources - Includes links to various family-oriented sites, as well as information about child safety on the Internet, educational shareware, and mailing lists to join.

Take your children to a library program.  See what’s coming up here.  Be sure to select your desired age(s), location(s) and type(s) of event.

Are you interested in early literacy for your child?

Look for story-times for babies, toddlers, and pre-school children in your neighborhood in our event calendar.

Online, check out some suggested sites for preschool literacy.

Are you teaching?

Visiting the library with your class – Please arrange library visits/tours/orientations at the Boston Public Library’s children’s spaces by contacting the Children’s Librarian at any BPL location. For groups larger than 10, we recommend at least two weeks notice, especially at the Children’s Room at the Central Library, Copley Square.

Creating Great Reading Lists offers suggestions from BPL children & teen librarians on how to find great books and how to compile a successful reading list.

Teacher Resources - From interactive e-mail projects to curriculum development suggestions, this collection of teacher resources can help you bring the Internet into classrooms in exciting new ways.

Are you teaching at home?

In addition to everything above, we suggest links to the growing collections of homeschooling resources available online.