Here are the latest Back Bay - Midtown neighborhood notes:

Book sale

The Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., will host a used book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4.

The library will offer a great variety of gently used adult and juvenile books, audio-visual, DVDs and more at low prices. Proceeds will benefit the community programming of the library.

For more details, call 617-536-5400.

Film festival

Magic 106.7 is hosting a family film festival at sundown on Saturdays at the Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St.

Entertainment, children’s activities and giveaways will begin at 6 p.m.

The movies will include “Disney Pixar’s “The Incredibles” on Aug. 4; Disney’s animated feature “Mulan” on Aug. 11, Disney’s “Tarzan” on Aug 18 and the recent release “A Wrinkle in Time” starring Chris Pine and Oprah Winfrey on Aug 25.

Picnic baskets and blankets are welcome.

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Children’s movies

The Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., will screen movies for children and families from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sundays during August.

Screenings will include the musical “Annie” on Aug. 5; Disney’s “The Lion King” on Aug. 12; the animated feature “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” on Aug. 19 and the recent release “A Wrinkle in Time” starring Oprah Winfrey and Chris Pine on Aug. 26.

Admission is free.

For more details, call 617-536-5400.

Photography tour

PhotoWalks will offer a walking tour of the Back Bay from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, meeting at the entrance to the Boston Public Library on Dartmouth Street.

Walkers will explore the Back Bay, an exclusive area known for its architectural icons in Copley Square and the elegant Victorian brownstones on picturesque streets. They will be able to spend time at each location to get impressive shots of Boston’s prominent landmarks.

Attendees can learn how to take photographs with instruction on creative composition and getting the most out of a digital camera. Historical commentary on the sites will also be given.

Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for youths, ages 10 to 17. Advance reservations are required.

Call 617-851-2273 for more details and to purchase tickets.

Three recitals

The Boston Tanglewood Institute will offer three recitals on Monday, Aug. 6 at Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon St.

Members of the Young Artists Vocal Program will perform at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and the Young Artists Piano Program will perform at 4 p.m. Admission is free.

Visit or call 617-353-3350 for further information.

English and Scottish ancestry

The New England Historical Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St., will present “Researching Your English, Welsh or Scottish Ancestry at the National Archives (UK) from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

The National Archives in the UK holds an array of documents critical to family historians, spanning over 1,000 years of history. Records specialist Audrey Collins will introduce the family resources available both online and on site and how to access them and give valuable research tips on delving more deeply into Welsh, Scottish and English roots.

Admission is $55. Registration is required, online at or by call 617-536-5740.

Music of Melba Liston

Historic New England will host a free program on the music of Melba Liston from 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St.

Using the book, “Little Melba and her Big Trombone,” students will meet Liston, an extraordinary jazz trombonist who faced numerous challenges in her life to create toe-tapping tunes. They can look at instruments from the past, listen to Melba’s music, and create a musical instrument to take home with them.

Call 617-536-5400 for further information.

Concerts in the courtyard

The Berklee College of Music will present outdoor concerts in the courtyard at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8 and at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10 in the McKim courtyard at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St.

Abigail Lim-Kimberg will entertain on Wednesday with Grupo Fastasia Quartet on Friday. Lim-Kimberg is a harpist, songwriter and composer who appears at an array of venues around New England and the Bay Area. Her indie-folk music has touches of jazz, rock and pop influences and is inspired by multiculturalism.

Grupo Fantasia, with musicians from all over the world, has performed at the Calle Ocho Festival in Miami and toured extensively throughout the Northeast. Fantasia has won many awards, including the 1993 Expose Award for Best Spanish Band and the 2009 winner of the New England Urban Music Award for Best Latin Band.

Call 617-536-5400 or visit for more information.

Introduction to genealogy

The New England Historical Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St., will host a new visitor tour at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

Attendees will learn about the resources available at the research facility as they tour the building and meet the expert staff. The NEHGS is the largest and oldest genealogy library and archive in the country, with more than 15 million artifacts, records, books, manuscripts, photographs and more. Attendees are welcome to use any of the resources after the tour. Registration is not required.

Visit or call 617-536-5740 for more information.

Bombay and Yankee connections

The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., will present “The World Becomes Round: Cultural and Commercial Connections between Bombay, Parsis and Yankees, 1771-1861” at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

Jennifer Rose of Claremont Graduate University will focus on the commercial and cultural connections between New Englanders and Parsis in Bombay from the 1770s to the 1850s. Commercially, the Parsis began to act as agent-brokers for Massachusetts merchants in the late 1780s.

But Parsi Zoroastrian religious ideas and rituals were already known to at least a few readers in New England by spring of 1772, when the first European translations of Zoroastrian texts were sent, at Benjamin Franklin’s recommendation, to the Redwood Athenaeum’s librarian.

Admission is free for members.

Registration is required, by calling 617-646-0560 or online at

Orchestral performance

The Boston Tanglewood Institute will present the Young Artists Orchestra at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 8 and 9 at Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon St.

Members of the orchestra will perform a concert of chamber music. Admission is free.

Visit or call 617.353.3350 for further information.

Interior architecture exhibit

The New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University will display the Graphic Design Graduate Thesis exhibit at the gallery at 8 Ashburton Place, from Aug. 8 to 24.

An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10.

This gallery show exhibits the thesis work of the graduate students in the Masters in Graphic Design program. The culmination of the MAGD degree requires a project of the student's own research, development and documentation. Through design, students solve problems evident in our cultural marketplace.

Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Call 617-573-8785 or visit for more information.

Victorian Back Bay

Boston by Foot is offering 90-minute guided, walking tours of the Back Bay at 2:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. on Sundays, now through October. Walkers will meet the guide on the steps of Trinity Church at Copley Square.

Visitors will discover how the Back Bay, once a body of water, was filled in and how the neighborhood was developed in the mid-19th century to become one of the nation’s richest collections of art and architecture. The treasures of the Back Bay tour include Trinity Church, the Boston Public Library, Old South Church and the grand Back Bay townhouses.

Tickets are $13 for adults, $8 for children from ages 6 to 12 and free for members if purchased in advance or an additional $2 if purchased from the guide.

For more information, visit or call 617-237-2345.

Library tours

Boston Public Library volunteers will give art and architecture tours of the McKim Building, a National Historic Landmark, in its main building, constructed in 1895, throughout the week.

Highlights include the murals of John Singer Sargent, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes and Edwin Austin Abbey and the work of architect Charles Follen McKim.

Self-guided tours are available as well, and literature describing the architectural highlights is available on the web at

For tours by appointment, call 617-536-5400.