Featured Health & Environment

Four States Added to Quarantine-Exempt List; Boston Public Library Copley Branch Reopens for Limited Use [COVID-19 Weekly Update]

There were eleven new COVID-19 cases this week in the Downtown, North End, Beacon Hill, and Back Bay neighborhoods, according to the Boston Public Health Commission’s weekly report through August 27th. The total number of cases for the downtown neighborhoods stand at 575, a rate of 103.2 per 10,000 residents. Visits to the Emergency Department for Read More…

Announcements

Pause on North End Library Book Sale & Book Returns

Dear North End Community, Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Boston Public Library is closed, which includes the North End Branch Library. This means the Friends of the North End Library cannot continue with their daily book sale, nor can we accept books or other materials at this time. Please do not leave books or Read More…

Announcements Event Notices

Mapping Boston’s Waterfront

Join us Saturday, January 11 from 10am – 12pm to learn about Boston’s land-making by examining historic maps. The Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center at Boston Public Library (BPL) is partnering with Friends of the Boston Harborwalk. Garrett Dash Nelson, Curator of Maps and Director of Geographic Scholarship at the Leventhal Center, will give Read More…

Announcements Event Notices

The Savvy Patient: Becoming a Partner in Your Own Health Care

Join Beacon Hill Village for “The Savvy Patient”, a two-part conversation between an experienced practitioner and health care systems expert (Moore) and a healthcare consumer advocate (Roop). This free, public program will take place on Tuesday, February 5 and Friday, February 8 from 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. on both days at the Central Library Read More…

Announcements Arts & Culture

Lecture on the Value of Old & Rare Books by Ken Gloss at the West End Library

Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of Brattle Book Shop near Downtown Crossing, will give a free and open talk Thursday, May 10 at 6 p.m. at the West End Branch of the Boston Public Library on the value of old and rare books. Ken, who is also a frequent guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, will talk in part about the Read More…

Featured Kids & Families Schools

Children’s Librarian Rebecca Fox Visits St. John School [Photos]

Rebecca Fox, Children’s Librarian at the West End Branch of the Boston Public Library (BPL), visited St. John School to discuss BPL’s art resources in preparation for illustrator Ralph Masiello’s upcoming visit this Thursday, March 15. The students enjoyed learning how their favorite children’s books come alive through the illustrations that accompany the story. Thank you to Ms. Read More…

Announcements

Bruins PJ Drive – February 1st through March 15th

The Chinatown, North End and West End branches of the Boston Public Library have teamed up with the Boston Bruins and The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners to participate in their annual pajama drive to benefit DCF Kids and Cradles to Crayons. The PJ Drive’s goal is to collect 15,000 pairs of new pajamas for Read More…

Commentaries

Downtown View: A Look at the Library

Summer has ended. We’re back. The renovations to the 1972 Johnson building at the Central Library are finished. You must see the results. They are scrumptious. It was the former library president, Amy Ryan, whose experience in other parts of the country helped her envision a happier and more serviceable space in the building named Read More…

Arts & Culture

Got Overdue Library Books? All Fines Waived November 1st Through Thanksgiving

Good news for those of us with overdue books from the library! The Boston Public Library, including the North End branch on Parmenter Street, will waive overdue fines on books, CDs and DVDs, starting November 1st through Thanksgiving. It doesn’t matter how large the fine or how long you’ve had it out … all charges Read More…

Arts & Culture

Roof Replacement Will Temporarily Close West End Branch Library

News from Boston Public Library regarding the temporary closing of the West End Branch Library on Cambridge Street from August 10-29, 2012 to replace the roof. The North End Branch at 25 Parmenter Street is the nearest alternative branch. The press release is shown below. The West End Branch of the Boston Public Library, which Read More…