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By adamg - 7/18/19 - 12:13 pm

Boston Police report arresting a man they say tried beating up a BPL employee on Boylston Street last night after the worker asked him to leave the building for causing a ruckus. Read more.

By adamg - 4/4/19 - 9:52 am

The BPL branch in Roslindale Square is set to close later this year for some major renovation work (don't worry - they're keeping the dome). The Friends of the Roslindale Branch Library has been working with local businesses to set up micro-libraries around the neighborhood so people can still get a book to read - and is giving away libraries in a box that residents can put outside their homes to keep the books flowing.

By OriginallyFromDotParker - 3/22/19 - 12:26 am

Hey. Come here. I wanna tell you a story. At the Holy Name/Catholic Memorial dances I attended in my youth I never "grinded" with any boys. After one of the HN/CM dances I did find $211 on the ground when I went to buy some gum at White Hen Pantry. Westie continues its tradition of giving with this all-ages poetry contest courtesy of Friends of the West Roxbury Branch Library.

By adamg - 10/2/18 - 1:05 pm

The Boston Public Library said today it's making hotspot kits - which will let borrowers share an Internet connection with up to 15 other users - available for 21-day loans at all of its branches and the central library in Copley Square.

The devices connect to T-Mobile's Boston network. Anybody with a BPL card can borrow one of the gizmos.

More info.

By adamg - 7/16/18 - 8:45 am

WBUR reports on a BPD crackdown on skateboarders on Dartmouth Street outside the BPL in Copley Square last Wednesday.

By adamg - 5/1/18 - 9:30 am
Turkey at the North End library

Catacomb Society spotted one of the BPL's more feathered patrons at the North End branch library yesterday.

Meanwhile, over in East Boston, the Travaglinis noticed their Homer Street neighbor had a new weather vane the other day: Read more.

By adamg - 2/3/18 - 2:37 pm

City officials this morning formally opened the new Chinatown branch in the China Trade Center, on Boylston Street at Washington. The location is intended to be open for three to five years as the city looks for a location for a permanent branch. Read more.

By adamg - 1/18/18 - 10:48 pm
George Ticknor

Somebody or something really seems to have upset George Ticknor's disembodied head in Bates Hall at the Copley Square main library.

By adamg - 12/8/17 - 4:31 pm

Boston Police report arresting Brajon Brown, 18, of Mattapan, after a BPD captain noticed him "threatening another male with a long-barreled revolver" on the sidewalk in front of the Mattapan BPL branch on Blue Hill Avenue Thursday afternoon. Read more.

By adamg - 10/28/17 - 10:04 am

The Globe reports workers had been complaining about bug bites for months.

By adamg - 10/6/17 - 11:53 am

The mayor's office today announced it's hired away an outreach worker from the Pine Street Inn to help the homeless people who have found the remodeled Copley Square main library as attractive as other users. Read more.

By adamg - 10/5/17 - 4:18 pm
Architect's rendering of new Roslindale library interior

The shadows know: Possible configuration of upgraded library.

The BPL branch in Roslindale will get a $6.4-million re-do that will include a reconfigured interior and new electrical and HVAC systems. Read more.

By adamg - 6/3/17 - 11:46 am
Ban on bottle flipping in East Boston library

Eastie Strong noticed this sign in the East Boston BPL branch.

By adamg - 5/20/17 - 8:02 pm

Jamaica Plain News covered the re-opening of the expanded BPL branch on South Street today.

By adamg - 4/25/17 - 9:44 am
Old Chinatown library

Old municipal building, where the library was, at Tyler and Oak.

WBUR reports on work to add a BPL branch to the China Trade Center, 60 years after Chinatown lost its library to make way for the Central Artery.

Photo from the BPL. Posted under this Creative Commons license.

By adamg - 4/19/17 - 8:17 pm

WBUR reports on the repatriation of several items, including a pair of medieval manuscripts, that the library bought not knowing they were stolen.

By adamg - 10/21/16 - 10:44 am

The Boston Architectural College Library shows us the changes.

By adamg - 9/21/16 - 2:30 pm
New entrance between old and new wings of Copley Square BPL library

Not long after the Johnson wing of the BPL's main library went up, the story goes, an old lady became forever trapped in the stairs that were the only way to get between the new and old wings. The new renovations have finally fixed that.

UPDATE: When I originally posted this, I thought this was just one of those urban legends. But it turns out an elderly woman actually did die in a BPL corridor, although not one connecting the two wings, in 1977.

By adamg - 9/1/16 - 2:39 pm
Words in Dudley Square

Through tomorrow, Now and There is sponsoring Ramirez Jonas to compile pledges of all sorts on a sign board outside the BPL branch in Dudley Square:

Ramirez Jonas, working with Boston performers, presents a billboard of constantly changing pledges - yours, mine, scientists’, and those of our presidential candidates. Together we’re making a piece of art about promises, those contracts we with make with each other and with ourselves, and the potent speech acts that keep a society together

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