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Community Meeting on Home-Sharing | Feb 9

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If you have ever wondered about how the Home-Sharing industry works, now is your chance to find out! The City of Boston is holding a community meeting to discuss Boston's implementation of home-sharing through popular online platforms such as FlipKey and HomeAway. 


When: RESCHEDULED to Monday, February 9th


Where: Boston Public Library

Commonwealth Salon

Copley Square, Boston

Questions?: contact Eleanor Joseph in the Mayor's Office at (617)635-4459

Free Research and Technology Classes | June 10 - June 25

Boston Public Library's research, computer and career classes feature an array of topics this June. These classes are held at the Central Library in Copley Square (700 Boylston Street).


Tips for Writing Well Online: June 10 at 2:30pm

Experimenting with Layout and Design: June 17 at 2:30pm

How to Download and Read Digital Magazines: June 19 at 11:00am

Use Streaming Media Service to Borrow Video, Music, and Audiobooks: June 24 at 2:30pm

Checking Out eBooks and Navigating eReaders: June 25 at 2:30pm

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Boston Trees and Climate Change | May 6

On Tuesday, May 6 come learn about the value of Boston’s trees at the Boston Public Library. This event will take place in the Orientation Room of the Boston Public Library, Main Branch located at 700 Boylston Street. There has been recent research on Boston’s urban forest and changing climate, neighborhood tree efforts, the impacts of urban infrastructure, and what steps the city and community can take to grow a healthy city and prepare for climate change. The event will host 5 panelists each expressing their views on Boston trees. This event is free and open to the public, space is limited, register to attend by calling 617-542-7696 or email

Lowell Lecture Series | May 1

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On Thursday, May 1 the Boston Public Library will host the Lowell Lecture Series. This event will take place at the Rabb Lecture Hall located at the Boston Public Library at 700 Boylston Street beginning at 6 pm.

Maria Tatar will be the guest speaker of the evening. She is the John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literature at Harvard University where she chairs the Program in Folklore and Mythology. Maria is the author of Classic Fairy Tales, The Annotated Brothers Grimm, The Annotated Peter Pan, and Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood. She is also a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Times. Maria is currently working on a volume of African American folktales.

Diary of A Wimpy Kid Series Creator Visits the Boston Public Library | April 27

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On Sunday, April 27 the creator of Diary of A Wimpy Kid will be coming to the Boston Public Library. This event is part of the 2014 Lowell Lecture Series. This series runs through May and features beloved author’s and illustrators, noted scholars in children’s field and experts who bring the love of writing and reading to children in groundbreaking ways.The event will take place at the Rabb Lecture Hall of the Central Library in Copley Square located at 700 Boylston Street beginning at 2 pm. There will be book sales and signings after the lecture. Readers of all ages are invited to ask questions to the author and illustrator, Jeff Kinney after the event.

April Concerts in the Courtyard | April 14

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On Monday, April 14 the Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble will perform in the Courtyard of the Central Library in Copley. This event will take place at the Central Library in Copley located at 700 Boylston Street in Boston. The performance will begin at 12:30 pm. The Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble has delighted audiences with diverse and engaging programs. The ensemble takes it name from Bonnie Cochran's composition Amaryllis, the first piece ever performed by the group. This event is sponsored by the Boston Public Library Foundation. Enjoy some exquisite sounds from the Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble this Monday. 

Reading Event at Boston Public Library | April 13

On Sunday, April 13 Boston Public Library will host a reading event. This event will take place in the Boston Room of the Central Library in Copley Square located at 700 Boylston Street in Boston at 2 pm. The author of "The Swan Boat Ride", Frances Driscoll will read her book of a young girl's adventure in the Boston Public Garden. This event is free and great for children up to age 12. There will also be arts and crafts and discussion about the book. 

Literary Lights for Children Tea Party | September 29

The Associates of the Boston Public Library hosting their fifteenth annual Literary Lights for Children tea party in the Boston Public Library's Bates Hall in Copley Square. This event will be starting at PM until PM.
Literary Lights for Children aim is to raise awareness of children's literature, promote literacy, honor children's authors, and raise funds for the Boston Public Library's Special Collections.
Students selected from Boston area schools will introduce and present the awards to each of the 2013 honored authors. The honorees will then discuss their writing careers and share their love of books. Tea refreshments will be served. Books will be available for sale, or children are welcome to bring their own books for signing.

Concerts in the Courtyard | July 5

One of Boston's most beautiful spaces will be filled with music in a free lunchtime concert series on Fridays in June, July and August. Starting June 7th, the courtyard in Copley Square will feature music from jazz to classical and from blues to Broadway. Concerts begin at 12:30pm. For more information, visit

Author Talk | June 27

June 27 at 6pm

Anne Easter Smith, author of Royal Mistress, speaks about the rise and fall of Jane Shore, known as the “merriest mistress” of Edward IV. She will present in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Ms. Smith’s other works include A Rose for the Crown and Queen by Right.

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