New & Noteworthy

  • 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.
  • Students in grades K-8 can receive free afterschool homework help from high-achieving high school students at Boston Public Library locations throughout the 2015-2016 school year.
  • The Rare Books Department at the Central Library in Copley Square will reopen on Tuesday, December 1 at 9 a.m. To make an appointment to view materials from the Boston Public Library collections, please email

Boston Public Library Presidential Search Listening Session

Monday, November 30, 6:30 p.m.
Brighton Branch

What qualities should the next BPL president have? Share your thoughts with the Chair of the Boston Public Library Search Committee, John Palfrey. Click here for upcoming listening sessions.



Dot and Dash

Monday, November 30, 3:30 p.m.
Children’s Library, Central Library in Copley Square

Children ages 8 and older learn how to program and guide robots through a series of challenges.


Author Talk with Sister Souljah

Tuesday, December 1, 6 p.m.
Teen Central, Central Library in Copley Square

Young Adult author Sister Souljah meets teens and signs copies of her book A Moment of Silence.


Author Talk with Russ Lopez

Tuesday, December 1, 6:30 p.m.
South End Branch

Russ Lopez will read from his new book Boston’s South End: The Clash of Ideas in a Historic Neighborhood. Presented by South End Writes.


Author Talk with Marilynn Johnson

Wednesday, December 2, 6 p.m.
Abbey Room, Central Library in Copley Square

Marilynn Johnson discusses The New Bostonians: How Immigrants Have Transformed the Metro Area Since the 1960s. Part of the 2015 Local and Family History Series.


Getting Started on Your Family History

Thursday, December 3, 6:30 p.m.
West Roxbury Branch

Genealogist Rhonda McClure demonstrates how to get started on researching your family history.