Monday, June 25, 2012

eNews from the Boston Public Library

Dream Big with Summer Reading

This summer, children will enjoy programming built around the theme Dream Big – Read at all Boston Public Library locations. Highlights include stuffed animal library sleepovers, courtyard story times, and live theater performances along with visits from the ReadBoston Storymobile and Countdown to Kindergarten celebrations. Visit for details. And don't forget, all young people age 5-17 are eligible to enter the annual Read Your Way to Fenway summer essay contest, too.

eBooks for You

Use your Boston Public Library card to download free eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video. Listen on your iPod or download to your Nook or Kindle. Need more details about which devices work with our OverDrive service? See the list here. You can visit our eBook collection 24 hours a day. There are thousands and thousands of titles to choose from.

There is also an extensive list of books in the public domain that you can download for free. At last count, there were 34,000 titles available.

Reading Ahead

Wonderful authors are visiting the Central Library in Copley Square for author talks this summer. Pick a Tuesday evening in July to meet your favorite writer and hear them read from their latest book.

Elin Hilderbrand, author of Summerland, Tuesday, July 10, at 6 p.m. in Rabb Lecture Hall
Jennifer Weiner, author of The Next Best Thing, Tuesday, July 17, at 6 p.m. in Rabb Lecture Hall
Gerald Chertavian, author of A Year Up: How a Pioneering Program Teaches Young Adults Real Skills for Real Jobs with Real Success, Tuesday, July 24, at 6 p.m. in Rabb Lecture Hall
Sam Kean, author of The Violinist's Thumb, Tuesday, July 31, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon
See the full schedule of summertime author talks at

An Invitation

We're seeking the input of parents and caregivers in our discussion about out of school time programming. The library recently launched a survey which builds upon a similar youth-focused survey conducted in May.

Please spend a few minutes responding to the survey questions and invite other parents and caregivers to do the same.

Did you know? Calendar
The next Compass Roundtable is all about fun. Join a discussion about the "fun" principle in the BPL's strategic plan at the Central Library in Copley Square on Tuesday, July 10, at 12:30 p.m.

The BPL's Kirstein Business Library has a blog. Kirstein offers career and job hunting information, entrepreneurial resources, assistance to investors, and more.

There is a growing set of vintage postcards on the BPL's Flickr photostream. Twenty-nine states are represented so far. Alabama postcards are the most recently posted.

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


Summer reading isn't just for kids. See what's on the schedule for teens this summer. The summer reading theme for teens this year is Own the Night.

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