All locations will be closed on Sunday, April 21 in observance of Easter.

Starting Saturday, April 20, the Lower Mills branch will be closed through mid-summer.

On Tuesday, April 23 from 7 to 8 a.m. the BPL website will be down for scheduled maintenance. Users will still be able to access the catalog at bpl.bibliocommons.com during this time. 

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Recommended / Vacation Programs

See Our April Vacation Programs! See Our April Vacation Programs!


See all of our upcoming April Vacation programs at all of our locations here!
See all of our upcoming April Vacation programs at all of our locations here!
Learn / Upcoming Website Changes

A New Look for the BPL Website A New Look for the BPL Website

On April 23, you may notice that the BPL's homepage and some of its other pages will look a little different. Preview the changes here.
On April 23, you may notice that the BPL's homepage and some of its other pages will look a little different. Preview the changes here.
Connect / Earth Day

Earth Day w/ The Worm Ladies Earth Day w/ The Worm Ladies

Apr 22nd | 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Join the Worm Ladies from Rhode Island to learn about worm composting and how worms help us in our gardens. Ages 6+.
Join the Worm Ladies from Rhode Island to learn about worm composting and how worms help us in our gardens. Ages 6+.
Learn / about Gardening

Guide to Community Gardening Guide to Community Gardening

This LibGuide will connect you to relevant gardening books, media & journal articles in the BPL's collections, as well as online resources.
This LibGuide will connect you to relevant gardening books, media & journal articles in the BPL's collections, as well as online resources.
Learn / Flower Arrangements

April Easter Silk Flower Workshop April Easter Silk Flower Workshop

Apr 20th | 11:00am - 1:00pm
Create a beautiful silk flower arrangement for you spring holiday table with Floral Artist Jan Gadson Louissaint. Limit: 10 people.
Create a beautiful silk flower arrangement for you spring holiday table with Floral Artist Jan Gadson Louissaint. Limit: 10 people.
Connect / National Poetry Month

Explore an Epic Poem: Homer's Odyssey Explore an Epic Poem: Homer's Odyssey

By EileenS
April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate by exploring Homer’s epic poem, the Odyssey, the sequel to the Illiad. Learn more about it here!
April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate by exploring Homer’s epic poem, the Odyssey, the sequel to the Illiad. Learn more about it here!
Learn / Geography with Judy Pancoast!

Read Your Way Across the USA! Read Your Way Across the USA!

Apr 20th | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Buckle up and join Judy Pancoast as we make our way from Maine across the US on a road trip that includes upbeat songs, dancing and more!
Buckle up and join Judy Pancoast as we make our way from Maine across the US on a road trip that includes upbeat songs, dancing and more!
Recommended / for Job Seekers

Check Out Our Workshops for Job Seekers! Check Out Our Workshops for Job Seekers!

Check out these workshops to help you write a resume, or a cover letter, or talk to an expert about your job search.
Check out these workshops to help you write a resume, or a cover letter, or talk to an expert about your job search.
Connect / National Poetry Month

See Letters & Poems by Emily Dickinson See Letters & Poems by Emily Dickinson

This collection contains approximately 70 letters & 43 poems sent by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) to Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1823-1911).
This collection contains approximately 70 letters & 43 poems sent by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) to Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1823-1911).
Recommended / Exhibition

MFA & BPL Showcase Toulouse-Lautrec! MFA & BPL Showcase Toulouse-Lautrec!

Learn more about the exhibitions the BPL and MFA Boston have showcasing Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and see upcoming events here.
Learn more about the exhibitions the BPL and MFA Boston have showcasing Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and see upcoming events here.
Recommended / Staff Picks

Staff Picks: April 2019 Staff Picks: April 2019

recommended by BostonPL_ReadersAdvisory
Every month staff from the Reader Services and Collection Development departments at the Boston Public Library recommend their favorites.
Every month staff from the Reader Services and Collection Development departments at the Boston Public Library recommend their favorites.
Connect / With Your Inner Poet!

Sign Up for Our Poetry Workshops! Sign Up for Our Poetry Workshops!

In this workshop, we’ll look at a different poem each week and then use that poem as inspiration to write one of our own. See more here.
In this workshop, we’ll look at a different poem each week and then use that poem as inspiration to write one of our own. See more here.
Learn / about Bostonian Women Composers

Women Composers in Turn of the Century… Women Composers in Turn of the Century…

By AndrewMa
Music Librarian Rebecca Hunt highlights women composers in turn of the century Boston and how to find their works in the BPL catalog.
Music Librarian Rebecca Hunt highlights women composers in turn of the century Boston and how to find their works in the BPL catalog.
Recommended / for questions about production or design software

Production & Design Software Help Production & Design Software Help

Questions about production or design software? Drop in for one-on-one assistance from 2-3 pm on Tuesdays—first come, first served.
Questions about production or design software? Drop in for one-on-one assistance from 2-3 pm on Tuesdays—first come, first served.
Recommended / Photography Collection

View Our Brearley Press Photo Collection View Our Brearley Press Photo Collection

This collection includes negatives taken by Boston press photographers from the 1920s through the early 1970s. See the collection here.
This collection includes negatives taken by Boston press photographers from the 1920s through the early 1970s. See the collection here.
Connect / with a SCORE Mentor

Book a SCORE Session for Business Advice Book a SCORE Session for Business Advice

Call 617.565.5591, or visit this website to book an appointment online with a SCORE mentor for business counseling from an expert
Call 617.565.5591, or visit this website to book an appointment online with a SCORE mentor for business counseling from an expert
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