The Boston Public Library offers many free opportunities for learners
of all ages to discover, read and experience something new all the time
but especially in the new year of 2014. So the BPL staff have put
together a list of ten free things to try out at the library in
2014. Discover, read, and experience something new by taking
advantage of these free opportunities.
who lives, works, or goes to school in Massachusetts can have a Boston
Public Library (BPL) card because the BPL serves as Library for the
Commonwealth and is free to all.
Free Things to Try Out at the BPL in 2014
||Search for downloadable e-books and audio books in the Boston Public Library's catalog http://bpl.bibliocommons.com/
alongside printed books. Watch a brief tutorial about how to
download the books to your computer or mobile device via
|See an exhibition
BPL locations host and present exhibitions. Through March 14, the
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center features Made in Boston, an exhibition
that brings together a majority of maps made in Boston in the century
before the American Revolution. Find more exhibitions via
|Learn about local and family history
BPL's popular Local & Family History Lecture Series is in its
eleventh season of sharing information about Boston's history and
giving guidance to those interested in genealogy. Learn more via
|Meet an author
the year, authors visit BPL locations to talk about their books. See
who is on the schedule for 2014 by visiting www.bpl.org/authors.
|Take a class
computer, and career classes are offered at the Central Library in
Copley Square and throughout the branches. Learn how to operate an
iPad, improve your budgeting skills, and search for a new job. Download
a PDF of the Central Library's January class schedule
http://www.bpl.org/programs/jan14techcal.pdf or search the
library's systemwide calendar via www.bpl.org/calendar.
|Take art and architecture tour
|Hour-long tours of the Central Library in Copley Square are offered once each day. See the schedule via www.bpl.org/tours.
|View vintage photos, posters, and prints
Public Library has published more than 89,000 images to its Flickr
photostream at www.flickr.com/photos/boston_public_library/.
|Discover the library's finest collections
Public Library has so far designated a group of eighteen Collections of
Distinction, which were chosen from its collection of 23 million
holdings as the most extraordinary. Read about them via
|Learn a new language
Public Library offers free access to online language learning tools
like Mango and Powerspeak, which include instruction in Spanish,
French, German, Mandarin, and more (even Pirate). Learn more via
|Borrow a laptop
twenty-four of Boston Public Library's branches lend laptops for two
hours of in-library use. Find a location near you via
About BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-four branches, a
literacy center, map center, business library, and a website filled
with digital content and services. Established in 1848, the Boston
Public Library has pioneered public library service in America.
year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves
millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and
open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the
beginning. To learn more, visit www.bpl.org.
- First publicly supported municipal library in America
- First public library to lend books
- First library to have a branch library
- First library to have a children's room
|Posted: December 27, 2013 Nancy J Conrad
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