• Boston February 20, 2022 1:06 am

    Boston Librarians Hold Rally After Workers Harassed By Anti-Mask Protesters

    Librarians in Boston united in solidarity on Saturday, holding a rally to push back after several incidents that they say have disrupted staff and library patrons. Staff and supporters gathered in front of the main branch in Copley Square in a sign of unity and kindness. “This is a safe space. It should be a safe space no matter what…

  • Boston Public Library February 19, 2022 9:31 pm

    Rally Held to Support Boston Librarians Who Were Harassed By Anti-Mask Protesters

    Librarians say a group against mask mandates has been harassing and intimidating workers and patrons at Boston Public Library branches.

  • Boston February 18, 2022 7:51 pm

    Videos Show Harassment of Boston Library Workers by Anti-Mask Protesters

    Librarians say a group against mask mandates has been harassing and intimidating workers and patrons at Boston Public Library branches. Library staff say the group, which has posted videos of the incidents on social media, has refused to leave when asked. Masks are required in indoor public spaces in Boston to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Workers have had…

  • Boston August 27, 2021 6:15 pm

    Boston Public Library Hit by Cyberattack

    The Boston Public Library said Friday that it is experiencing “a systemwide technical outage” after being targeted by a cyberattack. “On Wednesday morning, 8/25, the Boston Public Library experienced a systemwide technical outage due to a cybersecurity attack, pausing public computer and public printing services, as well as some online resources,” the library said in a statement. “Affected systems were…

  • Boston Public Library August 10, 2021 2:11 pm

    Boston Police: 3 Officers Out of Hospital After Being Hurt Responding to Alleged Lewd Act

    Three officers police said were hurt after responding to a report of a lewd act outside the Copley branch of the Boston Public Library are out of the hospital. The Boston Police Department said 43-year-old Cornelio Conley was masturbating in front of the library when the officers arrived shortly after 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Conley had allegedly become combative when library…

  • Boston Public Library May 27, 2021 5:40 pm

    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 15, 2021 11:30 pm

    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...

  • Boston April 14, 2021 2:54 pm

    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 November 10, 2020 12:31 pm

    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 June 11, 2020 1:58 pm

    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 11:49 am

    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 6:46 am

    Good Reads for Quarantine

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

  • Boston October 25, 2019 4:45 pm

    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.

  • Boston September 20, 2019 11:44 pm

    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 July 18, 2019 6:30 pm

    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 March 21, 2019 9:08 pm

    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 March 21, 2019 9:07 pm

    Library-Themed Cocktails at Boston Public Library

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

  • Boston March 21, 2019 9:08 pm

    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 March 21, 2019 5:54 pm

    Books and Booze at Boston Public Library

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

  • Massachusetts January 2, 2019 8:07 am

    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.

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