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Boston Public Library and February School Vacation Week Programming

by rlavery

Boston Public Library is offering engaging programming for children and teens during February school vacation week from February 18-24, sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation and with support from Boston Public Library Foundation donors. For a complete list of offerings at locations across the city this week, visit

“We are grateful to the Highland Street Foundation for their ongoing support and for ensuring we can continue to providing youth and their caregivers fun, educational, and entertaining programming this week,” said David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library.


Hansel and Gretel with the Boston Lyric Opera

Join Boston Lyric Opera to learn how to bring the story of Hansel and Gretel to life through music, acting, and movement. Two professional singers, a pianist, and a teaching artist will engage audiences in this interactive introduction to opera through a one-hour retelling of the Brothers Grimm classic fairytale.  Ideal for youth ages 6-12. Younger children are welcome with supervision.

Saturday, February 18 ● 11 a.m. ● Central Library – Children’s Library

Tuesday, February 21 ● 11 a.m. ● Dudley Branch

Tuesday, February 21 ● 2 p.m. ● Egleston Square Branch

Wednesday, February 22 ● 1:30 p.m. ● West End Branch (pre-registration required, contact branch)

Thursday, February 23 ● 2 p.m. ● Faneuil Branch

Friday, February 24 ● 2 p.m. ● Adams Street Branch


The Pineapple Project

Please join us for the Pineapple Project, an original play about gender, creativity, and each child’s freedom to be who they are. The Pineapple Project was born during a moment of play between actor Mal Malme and her niece in which her niece said “Boys Can’t Be Princesses!” As a gender non-conforming person and theater artist, Mal couldn’t ignore this statement. This led Mal and colleagues Becca A. Lewis and Renee Farster-Degenhardt to create a theatre piece for children ages 3-8 to broaden the gender conversation and validate each child’s identity.

Tuesday, February 21 ● 10:30 a.m. ● Uphams Corner Branch

Tuesday, February 21 ● 2 p.m. ● Brighton Branch

Wednesday, February 22 ● 10:30 a.m. ● Fields Corner Branch

Wednesday, February 22 ● 3:30 p.m. ● Honan-Allston Branch

Thursday, February 23 ● 10:30 a.m. ● Connolly Branch

Thursday, February 23 ● 3 p.m. ● Charlestown Branch

Friday, February 24 ● 10:30 a.m. ● North End Branch

Friday, February 24 ● 2:30 p.m. ● East Boston Branch


Youth Concert Series with Judy Pancoast

Join Grammy nominee Judy Pancoast for a “Cabin Fever Reliever” concert where we’ll dance, sing, and chase away the winter blues!

Tuesday, February 21 ● 10:30 a.m. ● Lower Mills Branch

Thursday, February 23 ● 10:30 a.m. ● Central Library – Children’s Library

Thursday, February 23 ● 1 p.m. ● South Boston Branch

Friday, February 24 ● 11 a.m. ● West Roxbury Branch


Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-four branches, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit


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