New & Noteworthy

  • All Boston Public Library locations will be closed on Saturday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. All BPL locations will remain open on Friday, July 3.
  • The Central Library in Copley Square will be closed Sunday, July 12 - Tuesday, July 14, for electrical work related to the Central Library Renovation. During this time, please visit one of our 24 branch locations for library services, or access our electronic resources such as e-books, streaming media, and digital magazines.
  • Boston Public Library locations offer free summer programs for children and teens. This year’s children's theme is “Every Hero Has a Story,” and events include story times, crafts, and programs hosted by Historic New England, New England Aquarium, and the Museum of Science. Events for teens include interactive music and comic book workshops.



Teen Dungeons & Dragons Club

Thursday, July 2, 5 p.m.
East Boston Branch

Teens are invited to play sessions of Dungeons & Dragons. No previous experience of the game is necessary.


Concert in the Courtyard

Friday, July 3, 12:30 p.m.
McKim Courtyard, Central Library in Copley Square

Celebrate Independence Day with the Rowe’s Lane Quartet. Made up of members of the Handel + Haydn Society, the ensemble plays string quartets composed during the Revolutionary War era.


Author Talk with Rosana Wan

Monday, July 6, 6:30 p.m.
West Roxbury Branch

Rosana Wan discusses The Culinary Lives of John & Abigail Adams: A Cookbook. Click here to see more Revolutionary programs.


Historic New England: Henry Knox, a Revolutionary Hero

Tuesday, July 7, 10:30 a.m.
Lower Mills Branch

Children ages 3-12 learn how a Boston bookseller became a hero during the Revolutionary War. Register at 617.298.7841. Click here for more Historic New England summer programs.


Marvelous Magnets

Wednesday, July 8, 2 p.m.
Faneuil Branch

Dr. Can-Do Science teaches children ages 12 and under about magnetism.