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Share your story

Posted on March 16th, 2013 by Gina Perille in Stories

Submit Your StoryWelcome to Boston Public Library’s “Stories” page, a place to share what your library means to you. You are invited to submit a story by clicking on the “share your story” button. Please tell us what the library means to you, what sorts of programs make a difference in your life, and how a staff member has helped you. We’ll post excerpts here. We look forward to reading.

Thank you.


from Lily

Posted on September 14th, 2012 by Gina Perille in Stories

The library has enabled me to enjoy a number of things that I would not be able to enjoy normally. With a fine selection of books, movies, music, and more generally media, the library is an incredible experience that nobody deserves to miss.

from Skott

Posted on September 7th, 2012 by Gina Perille in Stories

getting a card from the BPL has been one of the smartest things i’ve ever done. i have no idea why, but for some reason i totally forgot about how amazing it is. i go online, i find books / CDs / DVDs i want to borrow, i have them delivered to the branch closest to me and then within a few days i’m loaded with information!

i’ve been able to really dig into new kinds of music i wouldn’t really want to just buy straight away, like Blues and Jazz, i’ve been exposed to new operas that i never would have found, and i’m on the cusp of giving up my Netflix account because the BPL has just about everything i’d need!

and don’t even get me started on the books. EVERYTHING. and the things they don’t have you can go out and buy them because of all the $$ you’re saving by using the library as often as you will be.

it’s an amazing resource and it’s reentry into my life has been one of my favorite things this year.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month

Posted on August 31st, 2012 by Gina Perille in Stories

Encourage others to get a library card by sharing a picture of yourself and your Boston Public Library card (or just your card having some fun) via Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #BPLgetcarded and we’ll add it to our online gallery. The photo with the most likes at the end of the month will be featured as one of our Facebook cover photos during October.

Whether you are a picture-taker or not, the BPL is collecting stories about what having a library card means to you, what it enables you to do, and how it makes a difference in your life. You are invited to share your story by clicking on the button below. Excerpts will be posted here throughout the month.

Get carded

P.S. Please encourage your friends to sign up for a Boston Public Library card. The Boston Public Library serves the entire state of Massachusetts as Library for the Commonwealth. If your friends live, work, or go to school in Massachusetts, they can have a Boston Public Library card. Help us spread the news and let others know that we are free to all. Invite them to “get carded” this month.

from Dan

Posted on May 24th, 2012 by Gina Perille in Stories

Even though I have to drive a little out of my way to reach my library, I feel that it is definitely worth it by the way that patrons are treated (myself included. I am tempted to keep it a secret, but it is Adams Street Branch/Dorchester) already a well known fact…Times are changing; many feel that libraries are no longer necessary. We can access via technology, etc., BUT  people remember good service, the staff taking an interest in them and their needs, and a place that is welcoming.