New & Noteworthy

  • Kids' and teens' essays are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 1, for the Read Your Way to Fenway contest.
  • Free art & architecture tours of the Central Library in Copley Square are offered once each day.
  • The BPL Bibliocycle brings the library to community events throughout the city, offering books for checkout, library card sign-up, and more.



Museum of Science: Rockets

Thursday, July 31, 3 p.m.
Charlestown Branch

Kids design, build, and test balloon rockets. Register at 617.242.1248. Kids under ten must be accompanied by an adult. Click here for more Museum of Science events.


ReadBoston Story Mobile

Thursday, July 31, 7 p.m.
West Roxbury Branch

The ReadBoston Storymobile visits to provide fun storytelling events and free books for children. Click here for more ReadBoston events.


Boston Nature Center

Friday, August 1, 10 a.m.
West End Branch

A Mass Audubon teacher introduces children to the wonders of the natural world through movement, games, stories, and art. Click here for more Boston Nature Center events.

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Concert in the Courtyard

Friday, August 1, 12:30 p.m.
McKim Courtyard, Central Library in Copley Square

Properly Unprepared is a young, five-piece jazz combo that plays classics by artists such as Miles Davis along with more contemporary jazz.


City-Wide Friends Book Sale

Saturday, August 2, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cushman Room, Central Library in Copley Square

Browse a selection of affordable books for any interest in the new location in the Cushman Room on the third floor of the Central Library’s McKim Building. Best entrance is via Dartmouth Street.