Children’s Hospital Boston is reading the books in Barbara Neely’s Blanche series, about Blanche White, an African-American housekeeper who solves mysteries for our Community Reads program. The books in the series include: Blanche on the Lam, Blanche and the Talented Tenth, Blanche Cleans Up, and Blanche Passes Go. We invite you to read any or all of the Blanche books. Community Reads programs foster communication through the shared experience of reading and discussing one book.
Pick up your copy at the Children’s Hospital Library or your own local library today!
Schedule of upcoming events, all are welcome to attend:
Wednesday May 2, Noon & Friday, May 4, 7:30am
Library Book Group
Children’s Hospital Library Book Groups will be meeting to discuss the Blanche Cleans Up on Wednesday the 5th at noon and Friday the 4th at 7:30am. Light refreshments will be provided.
Wednesday, May 9, 10-11:00 am
9th Annual Diversity Training through Literature Fishbowl Psychiatry Grand Rounds
This year’s Fishbowl Psychiatry Grand Rounds features Barbara Neely, author of the Blanche series and Olivia Moorehead-Slaughter, PhD, psychologist at the Park School in Brookline. All are welcome to attend.
Friday, May 18, 3:30–6 pm
CHB Reads Together Goes to the Movies
Hospital Library, Gamble Room
Come see a screening of the movie The Help and stay for a discussion of Neely’s portrayal of Blanche and the roles of Abileen Clark and Minny Jackson in the movie.
To register for any of these events, send an email to
This event is sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry; the Diversity and Cultural Competency Council; the Hospital Library; Human Resources; the Office of Ethics; the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship