New & Noteworthy

  • 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.
  • Boston Public Library Wedding Ceremony Giveaway
    Thank you to everyone who participated in the Boston Public Library's Wedding Ceremony Giveaway. The lottery closed March 12, and the six winning couples are in the process of being notified. The winners will be announced on our Facebook page before the end of the month.
  • Rare Books Viewing Schedule
    Boston Public Library is currently conducting an inventory of our Rare Books & Manuscripts Department’s nearly 250,000 items. To accommodate this work, rare books and manuscript materials are on a reduced viewing schedule.

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.



Shake-Scene I with Stephen Collins

Wednesday, March 29, 10:30 a.m.
Roslindale Branch

Stephen Collins brings the Bard’s words to life, from Richard III to Falstaff. Click here for more “All the City’s a Stage: A Season of Shakespeare at the Boston Public Library” programs.


Boston’s Women Shipbuilders for the Navy, 1942‒1945

Wednesday, March 29, 6 p.m.
Commonwealth Salon, Central Library in Copley Square

During World War II, approximately 8,000 employees at Charlestown Navy Yard were women. Polly Kienle discusses how women changed the Navy Yard during their service.


Opera Night at the BPL: Reimagining The Marriage of Figaro

Thursday, March 30, 6 p.m.
Rabb Hall, Central Library in Copley Square

Boston Lyric Opera explores the ways in which opera companies have presented The Marriage of Figaro, from traditional productions to updated settings with modern dress and technology.


Baby Lapsit

Friday, March 31, 10:30 a.m.
Brighton Branch

Children ages birth to 24 months old and a caregiver enjoy stories, songs, and lapsit activities. Adult participation is required.


City-Wide Friends Book Sale

Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cushman Room, Central Library in Copley Square

Stock up on low-priced books, DVDs, CDs, and more for all ages while supporting the Boston Public Library. Sponsored by the City-Wide Friends of the Boston Public Library.