New & Noteworthy

  • Rare Books & Manuscripts Viewing Schedule
    Boston Public Library is currently conducting an inventory of our Rare Books & Manuscripts Department’s nearly 250,000 items, in preparation for substantial environmental and mechanical improvements to the Department’s spaces. To accommodate this work, rare books and manuscript materials are on a reduced viewing schedule that will conclude on Thursday, April 27, 2017.
  • A Message from President David Leonard to the Boston Public Library Community
    During this time of uncertainty the Boston Public Library remains a constant for our community, as it has since its founding in 1848. Dedicated to the advancement of learning, the Boston Public Library serves “to educate the people as the safeguard of order and liberty.” Read the rest of the message here.

All the City’s a Stage: A Season of Shakespeare at the BPL

Through June 2017

All the City’s a Stage: A Season of Shakespeare at the Boston Public Library programming includes author talks, poetry readings, lectures, theatrical performances, book clubs, film screenings, youth programs, workshops, and more at Boston Public Library locations system wide.


Company One Theatre Presents “Peerless”

Thursday, April 27 - Saturday, May 27
Rabb Hall, Central Library in Copley Square

This fully staged theatrical production written by Jiehae Park sets Macbeth against the backdrop of college admissions. Click here for the full schedule and times of Peerless performances.



Family Cooking Classes

Monday, April 24, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Dudley Branch

Take Back the Kitchen (TBK) offers free cooking demos for adults with one or two children.


Hatha Yoga

Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Fields Corner Branch

Alicia Zipp of Savin Hill Yoga leads free sessions of Hatha Yoga. Beginners are welcome.


Saving Files in the Cloud: A Guide to Cloud Storage

Wednesday, April 26, 6 p.m.
Community Learning Center Classroom, Central Library in Copley Square

Discover how to save important files and other documents and easily access them.


Letras de Naiboa — Poetry Reading

Wednesday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.
Egleston Square Branch

Franklin Peralta es un poeta dominicano. En la actualidad reside en Jamaica Plain. Franklin estará leyendo sus poemas. Dominican poet Franklin Peralta gives a reading of his poems.


Terry Kitchen and Ken Perlman Folk Concert

Thursday, April 27, 6:30 p.m.
Roslindale Branch

Guitarist Terry Kitchen and folklorist Ken Perlman present an evening of traditional and original folk music.