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Boston Public Library Celebrating the New Year

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. 

Anyone 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


Download e-books 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 www.bpl.org/collections/downloadable.htm.

Boston Public Library - Copley Branch
See an exhibition Many 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 www.bpl.org/exhibitions.

Learn about local and family history The 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 www.bpl.org/localhistory.

Meet an author Throughout 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 Research, 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

Boston 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

Boston 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 www.bpl.org/distinction.
Learn a new language Boston 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 www.bpl.org/electronic/language.asp.

Borrow a laptop All twenty-four of Boston Public Library's branches lend laptops for two hours of in-library use. Find a location near you via www.bpl.org/branches.



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.
  • 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
Each 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.

Posted: December 27, 2013     Nancy J Conrad


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