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BPL’s Top Ten Borrowed Digital Magazines of 2015

Posted on December 18th, 2015 by BPL News in General

Zinio Top TenBoston Public’s Library’s Collection Development Team has compiled the top ten digital magazines borrowed in 2015 through Zinio, the BPL’s digital magazine service. Learn how to access the latest issues of these titles and over 5,000 more for a computer, tablet, and smartphone via

  1. The Economist
  2. The New Yorker
  3. OK! Magazine
  4. Us Weekly
  5. Newsweek
  6. Bon Appetit
  7. National Geographic Interactive
  8. Food Network Magazine
  9. Martha Stewart Living
  10. PC Magazine

In addition to magazines, BPL card holders can borrow other digital resources for mobile devices, including e-books, e-comics, audiobooks, and streaming movies, music, and television shows. Get started at

BPL’s Top Borrowed Books of 2015

Posted on December 11th, 2015 by BPL News in General
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CompassBoston Public Library’s Collection Development team is pleased to present the top ten borrowed books of 2015. Check out the BPL catalog to locate these and other books to read.

  1. The Girl on the Train
  2. All the Light We Cannot See
  3. The Boston Girl
  4. Gone Girl
  5. Yes Please
  6. The Goldfinch
  7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck
  8. The Invention of Wings
  9. The Fault in Our Stars
  10. The Book Thief

Book lovers, additional 2015 top ten lists are also available:  Juvenile Books, Teen Books, E-books, Adult Fiction, and Adult Nonfiction.

Boston Public Library Presidential Search Committee Announces Additional Public Listening Sessions

Posted on December 10th, 2015 by BPL News in General

The Boston Public Library Presidential Search Committee today announced three additional public listening sessions scheduled for January and February 2016. The sessions on January 21, February 1, and February 11, will be an opportunity for the community to share their thoughts on the qualities the next leader of the Boston Public Library (BPL) should have, in an open and conversational forum. The next in the series of public listening sessions will be held this Saturday, December 12 at 9 a.m., in the Commonwealth Salon at Central Library, Copley Square.

“The more input received from the community, the more assured the Search Committee will be in selecting a BPL President who best meets the needs of library patrons and staff,” said John Palfrey, Chair of the BPL Presidential Search Committee. “The public has provided great feedback already, but more voices are always welcome. For those unable to attend a public listening session, please deliver your ideas via email to”

January and February listening sessions will be held on the following dates:

  • Thursday, January 21 at 6:30 p.m. – Roslindale Branch Library, 4246 Washington Street, Roslindale
  • Monday, February 1 at 6:30 p.m. – East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen Street, East Boston
  • Thursday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m. – Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond Street, Dorchester

The public is also encouraged to tweet comments at the Boston Public Library Twitter handle via @bplboston and at Presidential Search Committee Chair John Palfrey at @jpalfrey. In addition, comments may be submitted via

The Boston Public Library Presidential Search Committee is charged with locating, recruiting, interviewing, and evaluating top candidates from around the country for the position of BPL President in conjunction with executive search firm, Spencer Stuart.



Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-four branches, map center, business library, and a website containing 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

Map Believed Stolen from the Boston Public Library Is Found in New York City and Returned

Posted on December 4th, 2015 by BPL News in Media Releases

Champlain_better_no markingsBPL map curator discovers map, gone for more than 10 years, for sale with antiques dealer

Today, the Boston Public Library (BPL) announced that a map believed stolen from the library more than a decade ago, has been located at a New York City antiques dealer, and has been returned. The map, Carte Geographique de Nouvelle France, compiled in 1612 by explorer Samuel de Champlain, was found for sale with an antiques dealer for $285,000. The map, which has prominent identifying marks, was discovered by Norman B. Leventhal Map Center curator, Ronald Grim, and a third party expert has confirmed its ownership. The map will be on display in the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Central Library in Copley Square from December 4, 2015 through February 29, 2016.

“I want to recognize Ronald Grim for his attention to detail and passion for his work at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library,” said Mayor Walsh. “The library has one of the nation’s premier map collections, and I’m pleased we have restored this centuries old historic map to the collection.”

“This is a very significant collection managed by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center. The combined holdings include nautical charts, ornate maps, atlases, and some of the earliest printed maps in the world,” said David Leonard, Interim President of the BPL. “I want to thank Ronald Grim for his incredible expertise and thoroughness in identifying this map and taking action to report it. The cultural and educational value of this collection will be all the stronger with its return. This return is a triumph of BPL’s curatorial diligence and early digitization expertise at their best.” Read more »

Boston Public Library December Author Talks & Lectures

Posted on December 1st, 2015 by BPL News in Media Releases
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Downloads1Central Library, Mattapan, Uphams Corner, South End, West Roxbury to host

Boston Public Library locations will host a variety of literary events this month, with topics ranging from the history of tea to the American maritime industry and more:

  • Sister Souljah meets with teens and adults, discussing her works and signing copies of her new book A Moment of Silence on Tuesday, December 1, at 6 p.m. at Teen Central at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Russ Lopez reads from his new book Boston’s South End: The Clash of Ideas in a Historic Neighborhood, a comprehensive history of the South End on Tuesday, December 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the South End Branch, located at 685 Tremont Street. Part of the South End Writes Series.
  • Marilynn Johnson discusses how foreign-born residents shaped Boston in The New Bostonians: How Immigrants Have Transformed the Metro Area since the 1960s on Wednesday, December 2, at 6 p.m. in the Abbey Room at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the Local and Family History Series.
  • Discover the collections of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center on a tour that includes the current exhibition, Women in Cartography: Five Centuries of Accomplishments, featuring maps from the 17th century to the present.  Wednesday, December 2, at 12:30 p.m. in the Map Center at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Donald Yacovone, Ph.D., commemorates the 150th anniversary of the final issue of William Lloyd Garrison’s celebrated abolitionist newspaper, The Liberator on Thursday, December 3, at 6 p.m. in the Abbey Room at the Central Library in Copley Square. Highlights from the Boston Public Library’s Anti-Slavery Collection will be on display and a reception follows.
  • Discover how to get started on researching your family history with genealogist Rhonda McClure from the New England Historic Genealogical Society on Thursday, December 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the West Roxbury Branch, located at 1961 Centre Street.
  • Sonya Harris speaks about how people cope with self-destructive behaviors and failed relationships, and how they in turn impact our health in My Body Is Calling on Saturday, December 12, at 2 p.m. at the Mattapan Branch, located at 1350 Blue Hill Avenue.
  • The Sisters in Crime Panel presents “Stealing from the Dead: Ideas and Where We Get Them” on Monday, December 14, at 6 p.m. at the Honan-Allston Branch, located at 300 North Harvard Street in Allston.
  • Senior maritime historian of the New Bedford Whaling Museum Michael P. Dyer brings listeners back to the end of the fifteenth century as he talks about how the islands of the Atlantic figured prominently in the American maritime industries on Thursday, December 17, at 5:30 p.m. at the Uphams Corner Branch, located at 500 Columbia Road in Dorchester.
  • Anthony Sammarco presents “A History of Tea,” which examines how tea has been enjoyed over the centuries on Thursday, December 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Brighton Branch, located at 40 Academy Hill Road.

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