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April 2015 – News and Events

The new children’s room at the Central Library in Copley Square is now open. Visit our new space on the 2nd floor of the Johnson Building from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. For easier stroller and wheelchair access, please enter the library using the Boylston Street entrance.

Click here for more information about collections and services during Johnson Building renovation.


Upcoming children’s and family events around the system

  • Parent-Child Playgroup at East Boston     A parent-child playgroup for children 1 through 5 years of age sponsored by Countdown to Kindergarten. Playgroup meets on Saturdays from 9:00. No registration required.
  • Baby Diaper Bank at Grove Hall   If you are a parent of a baby and you cannot afford diapers, the Baby Diaper Bank may be for you. The Baby Diaper Bank seeks to meet the needs of income challenged parents to make sure that they have clean diapers for their babies. The Baby Diaper Bank will be at the Grove Hall Branch on the first Saturday of every month. Drop in to see if you qualify for this invaluable community service.
  • Arte y Cultura Hispana    Join us each week at the Brighton Branch on Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 to learn about the work of a Hispanic artist. Participants will try simple art techniques and learn Spanish vocabulary words based on the theme. For children age 8-12 years of age. No registration required.
  • 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.