New & Noteworthy

  • Starting in February 2017, BPL will begin an inventory of the Rare Books & Manuscripts Department’s nearly 250,000 rare books and one million manuscripts. To accommodate this work, rare books and manuscript materials will be on a reduced viewing schedule beginning the week of February 6. For more details: Rare Books room
  • Please note: All Boston Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, January 16, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
  • Teen Central is temporarily open on a revised schedule. For more information visit the Teen Central webpage.

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.



Hitting Your Mark: An Intro to Performing Arts Branding

Tuesday, January 17, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Commonwealth Salon, Central Library in Copley Square

Drawing from a range of historical and contemporary examples, Joel Zayac and Robert Duffley of American Repertory Theater offer a number of strategies for performing arts brand formation.


Seven Times Salt: Music of Shakespeare’s Globe

Tuesday, January 17, 6:30 p.m.
Faneuil Branch

Seven Times Salt performs songs of Shakespeare’s time with period instruments. Click here for more “All the City’s a Stage: A Season of Shakespeare at the Boston Public Library” programs.


Migrations Out of New England

Wednesday, January 18, 6 p.m.
Commonwealth Salon, Central Library in Copley Square

Christopher Child of the New England Historic Genealogical Society explores how to take into account New England’s population shifts and migration when researching your ancestors.



Thursday, January 19, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Fields Corner Branch

On the third Thursday of every month, children ages 6–12 have fun building with LEGOs.


Bouncing Babies

Friday, January 20, 10:30 a.m.
West End Branch

Babies ages 18 months and younger and caregivers enjoy stories, songs, and bounces.