Saturday, June 2, 2018

New BPL Website, Boston Reads One Million Minutes, Pride Month, and More

New BPL Website Launches June 11

On Monday, June 11, the Boston Public Library will launch its new, mobile-friendly website. The user-focused website is optimized to ensure materials and resources are easily findable and includes FAQs on a variety of topics as well as a vibrant home page with refreshed and dynamic content, including blogs by library staff.

The website is available for public preview via Once you've explored the new site, we invite you to share your thoughts with a short survey.

This Summer, Can Boston Read One Million Minutes?

This summer, from June 1 to August 31, we're challenging the city to read one million minutes!

How can you join?

Read – Books, poetry, magazines, news – it all counts. You can even listen to audiobooks, story times, or author readings. We've got lots of ideas on our website.

Report – Report your minutes read each week online or at any BPL location. Attend a read-in at the BPL to make your minutes count double.

Recommend – Follow Boston's progress on our website, encourage friends and family to join, and tell us what you're reading on social media with #BostonReads2018.

Happy Reading, Boston!

BPL Celebrates Pride Month with "We Are Pride" Booklist and More

This June, celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month with We Are Pride, a booklist featuring our favorite books for children, teens, and adults about the LGBTQ+ experience. Pick up a copy at a BPL location, or view the titles online.

The booklist showcases titles for children such as Felix Yz; teen fiction including Jaya and Rasa: A Love Story; mysteries such as Long Black Veil; and much more.

You can also view our list of resources for LGBTQ+ youth and adults, our Pride Month programming, and additional booklists via

Programs and Events
Concerts in the Courtyard Series Kicks Off in June

The Courtyard of the Central Library in Copley Square, one of Boston's most beautiful spaces, is filled with music during free, one-hour concerts throughout the summer

Upcoming concerts include:

Harry Jay and The Bling Wednesday, June 6 at 6 p.m.
Santiago Barragán Noguera Friday, June 8 at 12:30 p.m.
Triple Tea Wednesday, June 13 at 6 p.m.
Emm Gryner and Bea Friday, June 15 at 12:30 p.m.

Summer Reading Programming at the BPL for Kids and Teens

This summer, the kids and teens in your life can explore and have fun with our Libraries Rock programming.

Children rock out with Mariana Iranzi Bilingual Concerts, New England Aquarium, Historic New England, Alex and the Kaleidoscope Concerts, Museum of Science, ReadBoston StoryMobile, and more, and teens breakdance with the FloorLords Crew and cook with Miss Debbie. It all starts at your local BPL location!

Read Your Way to Fenway Summer Contest for Children and Teens

Kids and teens are invited to enter our annual Read Your Way to Fenway contest for a chance to win three tickets to a Red Sox game at Fenway Park on Sunday, August 19.

Participants read three books, write an essay about their favorite, and submit it to a BPL location by Friday, July 27. Sponsored by the Red Sox Foundation and Aramark.

Play BPL Bingo!

Here at the BPL, Summer Reading isn't just for kids! Adults can get in on the reading action and even win prizes with BPL Bingo.

Fill out a Bingo Card (available online or at a BPL location in both English and Spanish) with what you read, did, or discovered this summer and drop your completed card off by closing time on Friday, September 7 at any BPL location, or post a photo of the card to Instagram or Twitter using the following handles and tags: @bplboston #BostonReads.

Around the BPL
Pineapple Project at the BPL

In honor of Pride Month, throughout June a number of BPL locations are hosting the Pineapple Project, an original play for children ages 3-8 about gender, creativity, and each child's freedom to be who they are.

BPL Bibliocycle is On the Move

This summer, keep a look out for our Bibliocycle as it rolls through Boston, bringing books to borrow, library card sign up, and more. And as an extra treat for kids, we're partnering with Candlewick Press at some events to feature a special selection of library books just for young readers!

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