New & Noteworthy

  • The Rare Books Reading Room at the Central Library will be temporarily closed to the public from Tuesday, February 16 through Friday, February 19 to make improvements to the space, including the installation of new carpet. During this time, all Boston Public Library rare books and manuscript materials will be unavailable for viewing. Please note that many items from the Rare Books Department are available online through Digital Commonwealth or the Internet Archive.
  • All Boston Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, February 15, in observance of Presidents' Day.
  • Registration for the series BPL Yoga: Intelligence for Body, Mind, & Soul at the Central Library is full due to popular demand. Registered spots will be held until 11:55 a.m. the day of the class, at which time they will be released to a yogi who is present. Classes are held Tuesdays at noon through February 16.
  • BPL card holders can access more than 300 free six-week online Gale Courses, with topics including project management, guitar, grant writing, video editing, and more.



The History of Vintage Valentines

Friday, February 12, 11 a.m.
Tech Classroom, Central Library in Copley Square

Learn about the history of valentines and explore beautiful digital archives of vintage Valentine’s Day cards to email or print.


Wintertime Book Sale

Saturday, February 13, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
South Boston Branch

The Friends of the South Boston Branch host a Wintertime Book Sale, featuring low-priced adult, teen, and children’s books, audiobooks, and CDs. All proceeds benefit the South Boston Branch.


Bilingual Concert with Mariana Iranzi

Saturday, February 13, 10:30 a.m.
East Boston Branch

Children and families sing, dance, and practice Spanish to the beat of Mariana’s original and classic songs.


Concert with Judy Pancoast

Tuesday, February 16, 4 p.m.
Codman Square Branch

Judy Pancoast helps children shake off their wintertime cabin fever with songs to get them dancing. Click here for more February Vacation Week concerts with Judy Pancoast.


Break Into Tech: General Assembly Ask Us Anything

Tuesday, February 16, 6:30 p.m.
Commonwealth Salon, Central Library in Copley Square

Leon Noel, co-founder and CEO of SocialSci, answers your questions about transitioning to a career in tech. Please register at