Boston Public Library
Programs & Events
Programs in the Community
Bibliocycle | Tierney Learning Center | bWell Center |
Department of Youth Services | Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Boston Public Library partnered with Boston Bikes to create the Bibliocycle – a bike and book trailer – to take to farmer’s markets, fairs, and other community events throughout the city. Massachusetts residents can sign up for a Boston Public Library card, borrow books, see demonstrations of the library’s digital resources, and more when the Bibliocycle visits.
Read about the launch of the BPL’s Bibliocycle.
Three important things to know about the Boston Public Library Bibliocycle:
- Bibliocycle checkout is limited to 10 items per patron per event.
- Borrowed items cannot be returned to the Bibliocycle. Items must be returned to a Boston Public Library location. View an interactive map of locations.
- Fines cannot be paid at the Bibliocycle. Fines must be paid at a Boston Public Library location.
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- Wednesday, September 24, 12:30-2:30 p.m.—City Hall To Go truck in Chinatown
- Thursday, September 25, 3:00-5:00 p.m.—Dudley Town Farmer’s Market
- Sunday, September 28, 2:00-4:00 p.m.—Circle the City on Blue Hill Ave
Tierney Learning Center
125 Mercer Street
South Boston, MA 02127
A partnership between the Boston Housing Authority and the Boston Public Library that brings library outreach programs to the Joseph M. Tierney Learning Center in the Old Colony Housing Development.
For more information on programs at the Tierney Center, please contact Kate at the South Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library at 617.268.0180.
All programs at the Tierney Learning Center require adult accompaniment.
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- Tuesday, July 1, 3 p.m. Create an air rocket that launches across the room, and engineer a way for a payload to return safely to Earth. This hands-on workshop explores the science behind rockets and space exploration. Use your imagination to plan, build, and test your own design. All ages.
- Wednesday, July 23, 2 p.m. Conversations about sharks, tide pools, and lobsters are on the schedule when educators from the New England Aquarium visit. All ages.
- Tuesday, August 5, 4 p.m. A visit from Historic New England's Otis House. All ages.
- Friday, August 22, 3 p.m. A Mass Audubon teacher-naturalist will introduce children to the wonders of the natural world through movement, games, stories, and art. Each program offers a different nature-based theme with engaging, hands-on experiences. All ages.
- ReadBoston. Tuesdays, July 8th through August 12th, 11:15 a.m. Join staff from ReadBoston as they present story time for all ages.
- Read Your Way to Fenway contest. Through Friday, August 1. Young people aged 5–17 read three books and write an essay about at least one to enter a chance to win three tickets to the Red Sox vs. Mariners game on Sunday, August 24. Pick up and return your applications at the Tierney Learning Center, any location of the Boston Public Library, or via www.bpl.org/summer.
Uni Project: Portable Reading Room
Leslie Davol, Sam Davol, Eric Howeler, and Meejin Yoon proposed the Uni as part of Boston's 2014 Public Space Invitational. The Uni is a pop-up, open-air reading room for public space. It will begin on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway offering a free, walk-up activity. Books at the Uni will be geared towards children and will include donations from several Boston cultural organizations, including the Boston Public Library.
Boston Medical Center's (BMC) bWell Center provides an innovative approach to educating and supporting families of the Boston Medical Center pediatrics department. Boston Public Library partners with the center to regularly bring books for check-out to the bWell Center that focus on health and wellness. These books can be returned onsite or to any BPL location in the city. The library also provides library card registration each month to families at the bWell Center as well as information about different library services and programs.
Department of Youth Services
Boston Public Library has been a partner with the Department of Youth Services (DYS), the juvenile justice agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Boston Public Library teen librarians regularly visit DYS schools bringing in book deposits, talking about the books, and promoting Boston Public Library services and programs. Book deposits are small collections of library books left at a facility for a short period of time, then exchanged for new books.
Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of children through direct services to children and families and public advocacy on their behalf. A Boston Public Library children’s librarian provides monthly visits to MSPCC and brings a book deposit, offers story times, and promotes BPL services and programs.