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February Literary Events at Boston Public Library Locations

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Branches and Central Library to host

Boston Public Library locations will host a variety of literary events, including author talks, book clubs, and programs for readers of all ages in February. Highlights include:

  • books2Romance & Mystery Book Club: Participants discuss Sandra Brown’s Standoff, which tells the story of a reporter caught in a deadly hostage drama while investigating a kidnapping on Thursday, February 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lower Mills Branch, located at 27 Richmond Street in Dorchester.
  •   The City-Wide Friends of the Boston Public Library host a book sale on Saturday, February 7, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the third floor of the McKim building in the Cushman Room at the Central Library in Copley Square.
  • Local historian and Beacon Hill resident Vincent Licenziato gives a presentation about the Emancipation Trail and the stories behind 23 statues, sculptures, and monuments relevant to the African American experience in America. Saturday, February 7, at 1 p.m. at the Codman Square Branch, located at 690 Washington Street in Dorchester.
  • A panel discussion features Erika DeSimone and Fidel Louis, editors of Voices Beyond Bondage: An Anthology of Verse by African Americans of the 19th Century on Tuesday, February 10, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Public historian Alex Goldfeld speaks about a bloody incident at the John Eliot School in 1859 in the context of public education and Catholic immigration in nineteenth-century on Wednesday, February 11, at 6 p.m. in the Abbey Room at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Lorenz J. Finison discusses Boston’s cycling craze, which took place from 1880-1900, a significant chapter in Boston’s history on Thursday, February 12, at 6 p.m. at the Grove Hall Branch, located at 41 Geneva Avenue in Dorchester.
  •   Young Readers’ Book Club: Helen Strahinich joins the discussion of her book The Secret of Jeanne Baret on Thursday, February 12, at 4 p.m. at the West Roxbury Branch, located at 1961 Centre Street.
  • The Friends of the South Boston Branch host a Valentine’s Day book sale on Saturday, February 14, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the South Boston Branch, located at 646 East Broadway Street.
  • A historical fiction panel features Amy Belding Brown, author of Flight of the Sparrow: A Novel of Early America, Nadia Hashimi, author of The Pearl That Broke Its Shell: A Novel, and Ha Jin, author of A Map of Betrayal: A Novel. This panel will be moderated by William Martin. Thursday, February 19, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Hyde Park Pageturners: A book group for children in grades 3-5, children discuss Year of the Dog by Grace Lin on Monday, February 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hyde Park Branch, located at 35 Harvard Avenue.


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