Andre Dubus III, Dan Mazue, and Kellie Carter Jackson to defend novels at the Associates of the Boston Public Library’s Hundred Year Retroactive Book Award of 1919, Christopher Lydon to Moderate

The Associates of the Boston Public Library will conduct its Hundred-Year Retroactive Book Award competition to weigh the enduring literary merits of bestsellers published in 1919. This year’s contenders are Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, Frans Masereel's Passionate Journey, and Carl Sandburg's The Chicago Race Riots. The books will be championed by authors Andre Dubus III…
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Macmillan eBook Embargo

Recent changes to the way publishers allow libraries to purchase eBooks may be impacting your ability to find titles in OverDrive and other eBook and audiobook collections. Below, we have tried to answer some questions that patrons may have. Why does the BPL only have one copy of the title I want to borrow? Several…
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Mayor Walsh, Boston Public Library Announce Elimination of Youth Library Card Fines

BOSTON - Friday, October 25, 2019 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that the Boston Public Library (BPL) is eliminating overdue fines for youth under the age of 18 who have a Boston Public Library card. The announcement follows a unanimous vote from the BPL Board of Trustees to eliminate overdue fines which in…
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Mayor Walsh, Community Celebrate Start of Construction for $10 Million Renovation of the Roslindale Branch

BOSTON - Saturday, October 19, 2019 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today joined Boston Public Library (BPL) officials and Roslindale community members to highlight the start of construction for renovation of the Roslindale Branch. The $10.2 million renovation will reconfigure and update of the interior of the building, providing a larger community room with updated…
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Boston Public Library Announces Wedding Ceremony Giveaway Contest

October 15, 2019 - As one of the city's most sought-after wedding venues, and in honor of the McKim Building's 125th anniversary, the Boston Public Library is giving four couples the opportunity to host their wedding ceremony within its historic walls this February — for free! Couples will have the opportunity to begin the next…
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Sixteenth Author Selected as Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence Recipient

BOSTON - The Associates of the Boston Public Library is pleased to announce Shawnna Thomas has been selected as Writer-in-Residence for 2019-2020. Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Thomas received her B.A. in English and African American Studies from Yale University in 2015. She is a previous recipient of the Elmore A. Willetts Prize for…
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Call for Applications for the Associates of the Boston Public Library’s Writer-in-Residence Program

The Associates of the Boston Public Library is currently accepting applicants from emerging authors for the 2019—2020 Writer-in-Residence fellowship program. Projects eligible for this program include fiction, non-fiction, scripts, or poetry works, intended for children or young adult audiences. The program guidelines and application are available online at www.writer-in-residence.org. Submissions are due by June 10…
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Mayor Walsh Announces New Philanthropic Endeavor for the Boston Public Library

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the launch of the Fund for the Boston Public Library, a new philanthropic endeavor created to support, sustain, and strengthen the Boston Public Library. At the event, Mayor Walsh announced a founding investment of $2.8 million to build the Fund, generously provided by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation…
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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. We are pleased to announce that this new update comes with increased accessibility and functionality for our users. To enlarge any images in this post, and see the details, please click on the image…
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