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  • Trustees Audit and Finance Committee Meeting
    The next Board of Trustees Audit and Finance Committee Meeting will be held on Thursday, December 14, at 4 p.m. at the Central Library in Copley Square. Click here for the agenda. All members of the public are welcome.
  • Automatic Renewals Policy
    Beginning November 1, we're changing our renewals policy so items will now automatically renew up to two times. Click here for more information and to learn about the items not eligible for automatic renewal.



Author Talk: Gangland Boston

Monday, December 11, 6:30 p.m.
Adams Street Branch

Author and Boston Globe reporter Emily Sweeney explores the history of organized criminals in Boston, from South Boston to the North End, from Chinatown to Brookline, and more.


Viol Music with Yi-Li Chang

Tuesday, December 12, 6:30 p.m.
Faneuil Branch

Baroque violinist and gambist Yi-Li Chang demonstrates the viol and performs viol music from the early seventeenth century and the modern era.


Bullets into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence

Wednesday, December 13, 6 p.m.
Rabb Hall, Central Library in Copley Square

Editors Brian Clements, Alexandra Teague, and Dean Rader discuss Bullets into Bells, which brings together poems from notable poets with responses from gun violence prevention activists.


Elma Lewis: The Cultural and Political Legacy of an American Icon

Thursday, December 14, 6 p.m.
Grove Hall Branch

A panel of experts leads a community discussion on the legacy, lessons, and impact of arts educator Elma Lewis in Boston and beyond.


Author Talk with Amy Hoffman and Michelle Gabow

Thursday, December 14, 6 p.m.
Jamaica Plain Branch

Amy Hoffman reads from her first novel The Off Season, and playwright and actor Michelle Gabow reads from her short story collection God is a Dog.