Monday, September 19, 2011

eNews from the Boston Public Library

Latino Life

Latino Life, a list of recent books concerning the Latino experience, is published each year as part of the Boston Public Library's observance of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15). This year’s booklist features 53 titles, includes selections suitable for teens, and identifies books available in English and Spanish.

Latino Life is available at all Boston Public Library locations and via the Boston Public Library website and catalog. Librarians from Grove Hall, South Boston, Connolly, Lower Mills, and the Central Library in Copley Square created the 2011 list.

Authors Galore

Throughout the fall, authors will visit the Central Library in Copley Square and several Boston Public Library branches to talk about their writing. Book topics range from economics to environmentalism and from personal tales to local history. The complete schedule of upcoming author talks at the Boston Public Library is available on the library’s calendar and on Upcoming appearances include:

Johnny Diaz, author of Take the Lead
Frances Moore LappƩ , author of EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want
Steve Inskeep , author of Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi
Julie Klam, author of Love at First Bark: How Saving a Dog Can Sometimes Help You Save Yourself

Riffs & Raps

Riffs & Raps: Jazzin' the Generations is a series of free concerts at Boston Public Library locations. Offered in partnership with JazzBoston, Riffs & Raps invites people of all ages to travel together on a live, musical tour through time. Many will recognize favorite songs as three musical guides – Arni Cheatham, Bill Lowe, and Kevin Harris – use jazz standards and originals to bridge the generations. This musical tour stops at eight neighborhood branches this fall. View the full schedule.

Weekend Hours

Saturday hours returned to the neighborhood branches of the Boston Public Library system earlier this month, and Sunday hours at the Central Library in Copley Square return on October 2. For detailed information, visit our hours page.

Did you know? Calendar of Events
You can pick up a free copy of the Boston Book Festival’s “One City One Story” selection from any Boston Public Library location. The Boston Book Festival will take place in Copley Square on October 15.

A draft of the library's strategic plan is posted for community review at

The Boston Public Library's Never Too Late Group is one of the country's oldest, continuously running groups for seniors.

The BPL calendar lets you search for events, download to your calendar, sign up for email or text reminders, and more.


The Homework Assistance Program is back in session. Free, drop-in homework help, academic support, and mentoring is available in all subject areas to students in grades K – 8.

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