• Boston Public Library May 27

    Boston Public Library to Reopen Next Month

    The Boston Public Library is scheduled to reopen next month after being closed to the public for more than a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Thursday.

  • BOSTON May 16

    Protesters Gather in Boston to Stand With Palestine

    A pro-Palestinian crowd gathered outside the Boston Public Library on Saturday afternoon to condemn Israel’s attacks and decry United States support for Israel. The protesters could be seen holding signs that said “free Palestine.”  “I think it’s very worrisome,” said Nooran Alhamdan of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. “The reason it’s worrisome of course is that Palestinian lives don’t matter in...

  • free palestine May 16

    Boston Rally for Peace in Middle East

    A pro-Palestinian crowd gathered outside the Boston Public Library on Saturday afternoon to condemn Israel’s attacks and decry United States support for Israel.

  • city budget Apr 14

    Mayor Janey Proposes $3.75B Budget for Boston, Including End to Library Late Fees

    Mayor Kim Janey on Wednesday proposed her first budget for Boston, recommending a $3.75 billion operating budget for the coming fiscal year that’s about 4% larger than this year’s. It includes a proposed end to late fees at the Boston Public Library, a $123 million boost for Boston Public Schools from federal funding and a 33% dip in Boston police…

  • Boston Public Library Nov 10, 2020

    As Demand Soars, Boston Public Library Stocks Up on Anti-Racism Books

    The Boston Public Library said Tuesday it was purchasing thousands of copies of anti-racism books amid soaring demand for the titles amid the country’s racial reckoning. Since protests took hold across the nation following the police killing of George Floyd, wait times on popular anti-racism titles reached more than 12 weeks, with queues for “White Fragility: Why It’s So...

  • Boston Public Library Jun 11, 2020

    Boston Public Library to Reopen With ‘BPL to Go'

    Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Thursday that as of June 22, residents will be able to utilize a new program called “BPL to Go,” allowing people to order and pick up books, DVDs, CDs and other items from select Boston Public Library locations. Customers will have the ability to place their items on hold and select a pickup time at…

  • coronavirus May 13, 2020

    These 4 Books Are the Perfect Escape While Staying at Home

    With New Englanders staying home amid the coronavirus pandemic, many are searching for enriching ways to spend time while keeping social distance from others. While many turn to streaming services to binge-watch movies and television series, it’s also the perfect time to return to a time-honored tradition: Reading. “I think it just takes your mind off of everything that’s...

  • coronavirus May 13, 2020

    Good Reads for Quarantine

    An Instagram influencer called the Boston Book Fanatic gives recommendations for good reads during quarantine.

  • books Dec 28, 2019

    Boston's Most-Borrowed Library Books of 2019

    The year 2018 was all the rage among patrons of the Boston Public Library in 2019. Eight of the library’s 12 most-borrowed books this year were published in 2018 — none more so than former first lady Michelle Obama’s memoir, “Becoming.” It was checked out more than 9,700 times in 2019 — a rate of about 27 times a day!…

  • BOSTON Oct 25, 2019

    Kids Will No Longer Pay Late Fines at the Boston Public Library

    Youth will no longer be charged with late fees at the Boston Public Library. Mayor Marty Walsh made the announcement Friday. The library wants to get rid of barriers and expand access to services and resources available to youth in Boston, the Mayor, Marty Walsh said in a statement.

  • wedding Oct 16, 2019

    Calling All Engaged Couples: Boston Public Library Hosting Wedding Ceremony Giveaway

    In search of a wedding venue? Boston Public Library might have the answer. The library is hosting a giveaway to provide four lucky couples the chance to host their wedding ceremonies in the Copley Square Central Library’s Abbey Room this February- for free.

  • BOSTON Sep 21, 2019

    Preserving History at the Boston Public Library

    First-hand accounts are key to understanding history, but thousands of anti-slavery documents have been inaccessible to most of us. Now, a new project by the Boston Public Library is using the power of the internet to make these important documents available to everyone.

  • BOSTON Jul 18, 2019

    Man Accused of Punching Boston Library Employee, Spraying Him With Unknown Chemical

    A man accused of punching a Boston Public Library employee and spraying him with an unknown chemical outside the building was arrested Wednesday night. Officers received a call of a fight outside the library in Copley Square shortly before 9 p.m., according to police. At the scene, officers spoke with the employee, who said he was working in the library’s...

  • BOSTON Mar 22, 2019

    Boston Public Library Offers Books and Booze

    Books and booze now go together inside the new Map Room Tea Lounge at the Boston Public Library. The bar and lounge by the Catered Affair opened inside the Copley Square landmark this week. In addition to library’s traditional tea service, it features an a la carte bar menu and craft cocktails with tea-infused spirits.

  • BOSTON Mar 22, 2019

    Boston Public Library Offers Books and Booze

    Books and booze now go together inside the new Map Room Tea Lounge at the Boston Public Library. The bar and lounge by the Catered Affair opened inside the Copley Square landmark this week. In addition to library’s traditional tea service, it features an a la carte bar menu and craft cocktails with tea-infused spirits.

  • BOSTON Mar 22, 2019

    Library-Themed Cocktails at Boston Public Library

    You can now enjoy a cocktail while checking out a good book in Boston.

  • BOSTON Mar 21, 2019

    Books and Booze at Boston Public Library

    You can now enjoy a cocktail while checking out a good book in Boston.

  • BOSTON Jan 2, 2019

    Happy New Year! Boston Rings in 2019

    Hundreds of thousands of people braved cold, wet weather to ring in the new year in Boston, watching fireworks, musical performances and even a marriage proposal. Headlined by Chadwick Stokes and The Pintos, First Night Boston brought hours of celebration. Revelers rocked out as Stokes played past midnight and into 2019 at Copley Square.

  • BOSTON Jan 1, 2019

    Helpful Information: L St. Brownie's New Year's Day Plunge

    One of Boston’s oldest traditions will continue New Year’s Day with an estimated 600 people plunging into Boston Harbor for the annual “L Street Brownies” New Year’s Day Plunge. The plunge is hosted by the L Street Brownies at the BCYF Curley Community Center. Make sure to use the “M” Street entrance. Due to the tide schedule, it will...

  • BOSTON Dec 27, 2018

    First Night Boston Performance Schedule

    First Night Boston on Monday announced its full schedule of performances for New Year’s Eve, which will fill Copley Square and surrounding venues in the hours leading up to 2019. Comedians, artists, and musicians from near and far will perform across six performance venues in Boston’s Back Bay, with the stage, lights, and ice in Copley Square serving as the...

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