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Read Your Way to Fenway 2014

Posted on August 28th, 2014 by Russell Hansen in Foundation
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On August 24th, over 500 children saw the Red Sox take on the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park as part of the annual Read Your Way to Fenway contest. Before the game, the six essay contest winners were presented their trophies on the field. Congratulations to again to Oliver, Cooper, Raymond, Jasmine, Kathleen, Joshua and all the other people who participated this year!

To learn more about Read Your Way to Fenway, click here. The Boston Public Library Foundation would like to thank the other event sponsors, John Hancock and the Boston Red Sox Foundation.

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Help 10,000 Boston Students Succeed This School Year!

Posted on August 27th, 2014 by Russell Hansen in Foundation
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As the new school year approaches, children are finishing their summer reading, organizing newly purchased pencils and notebooks, and selecting first-day-of-school outfits. And all across the city, teachers are preparing lesson plans and readying their classrooms.

The Boston Public Library Foundation is getting ready for school, too—we are gearing up to support another year of Boston Public Library’s Homework Help program. This vital program provides consistent academic support and mentoring opportunities for K-8 students citywide. Unlike most other academic assistance programs in the city, Homework Help has no financial or registration barriers. It is a free, neighborhood-based, drop-in program that is open and accessible to all families throughout the school year. Thousands of elementary and middle-school students in Boston rely on Homework Help to receive much-needed academic enrichment and peer support.

Homework Help is fully funded by donations from generous individuals like you. Last year, your gift enabled more than 10,000 children to receive Homework Help at the Central Library and neighborhood branches. Read more »

Carol Mahoney Named Acting Executive Director of Boston Public Library Foundation

Posted on August 12th, 2014 by Russell Hansen in Foundation
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The Boston Public Library Foundation and the Boston Public Library are pleased to announce that Carol Mahoney has been named as the Acting Executive Director of the Boston Public Library Foundation.

Carol Mahoney is a skilled professional and library veteran known to many among the BPL community. She recently retired as head of the Greenwich Library, where she led that institution through a dynamic strategic planning process. Previously, she worked at Boston Public Library as Neighborhood Services Manager and as Director at the Cary Memorial Library in Lexington.

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The Numbers Are Amazing!

Posted on June 11th, 2014 by Russell Hansen in Foundation

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The numbers are in and they are nothing short of amazing!

For 2013, 3.7 million people visited the Boston Public Library… and 7.8 more visits were made to the library’s website, www.bpl.org. They borrowed, viewed or downloaded 3.7 million books, movies, articles, and songs from a collection of 23 million, and they took part in more than 10,000 free programs, lectures, classes, and concerts.

These huge numbers emphasize how important your library is to the City of Boston and to the Commonwealth.

The Boston Public Library Foundation is dedicated to serving the cultural, educational, and informational needs of the public. With the support from individuals from you, the BPLF supports the library’s founding principle: that the resources available within the Boston Public Library are, and must always remain, free to all.

You are a key reason of our success to date! Please take a moment to renew your support by clicking here to make a gift online today.

 

Join us for the BPLF StorySlam

Posted on May 1st, 2014 by Russell Hansen in Foundation
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Join us on June 6, 2014 to pack the Rabb Lecture Hall to see our great speakers, a panel of well known judges, and maybe even tell your own story, all centered around this year’s theme: “Overdue.”

Click on the StorySlam tab above to visit www.bplf.com/storyslam for full event information, to buy tickets, or to learn how to share your story!

Your ticket will get you into this great event and support the free programs and services at the Boston Public Library. Admission also includes one drink ticket.

Presented by the Boston Public Library Foundation in partnership with MassMouth, and Grub Street.

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone that made the StorySlam a huge success!

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Audience Choice storyteller Margo Colletti second from left, and Grand Prize winner Don Picard, second from right, with Boston Public Library Foundation staff and event co-hosts. (L to R, Russell Hansen, Margo Colletti, Norah Dooley, Wes Hazard, Don Picard, David M. McKay) Photo by Jen Roy Photo, www.jenroyphoto.com.