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Join Us for the Lowell Lecture Series

Posted on January 29th, 2014 by Russell Hansen in Foundation
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Please join us for the 2014 Lowell Lecture Series! The 2014 theme is Gateway to Reading,  with events that explore the fundamental importance of childhood literacy and addresses the joys, discoveries, questions, and challenges facing today’s generation of young readers. The series of acclaimed speakers includes beloved authors and illustrators who turn reluctant readers into voracious bookworms, noted scholars in the field of children’s literature, and experts who bring literacy skills and the love of reading and writing to children in new and groundbreaking ways. This year’s schedule is: Read more »

Event Planner

Posted on April 1st, 2014 by Samantha Akiha in Foundation

The Boston Public Library Foundation announces the opening of an Event Planner position. The foundation seeks an energetic and creative individual to lead coordination of the foundation’s fundraising events. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the enhancement of the country’s first and one of its foremost public library systems. The Event Planner will assist the Foundation in planning and executing our annual fall gala, as well as other smaller fundraising and cultivation events. See full job description below. All inquiries should be directed to info@bplf.com.

Event Planner – Position Description

The Power of the BPL

Posted on March 31st, 2014 by Russell Hansen in Foundation
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Nick Rose in the Central Library’s Washington Room

Hi, my name is Nick Rose and I want to share my story with you. The other day I was hanging out in the library’s Teen Room when someone asked me, “What are the three things that you never leave home without?” I answered, “Phone, wallet, keys.” Then I laughed because I realized the fourth thing would be my library card, which is always tucked in my phone case.  And given what it represents, I should have listed it first, even before my phone which, trust me, is saying a lot!

For me, my library card is the best gift I’ve ever received and I’m writing today to tell you how it’s changed my life, and to thank you for supporting the Boston Public Library Foundation. Read more »

Start 2014 as a BPLF Partner!

Posted on January 22nd, 2014 by Russell Hansen in Foundation
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Want to start the New Year off by doing something special? Joining the Boston Public Library Foundation Partner Program will make 2014 a great year for you… and the library!

Last year, The BPLF introduced the Partners Program as a way to enhance your experience at the Boston Public Library. Through the Partners Program, library patrons and supporters have access to exclusive benefits, including commemorative items, discounts, and event invitations.

For those that joined last year, thank you! By partnering with the Foundation, you helped the Boston Public Library provide free access to the vast collections cherished by all ages… and also story and music time, author talks, educational programs, arts and crafts activities, special exhibitions, and more. Make sure to renew your membership today to ensure you continue to receive your benefits. If you’re not a Partner yet, click here to join today!

You can find out more about Partner benefits by clicking here. Of course, the most important benefit of partnering with the BPLF is knowing that, as a Foundation Partner, you are helping the Boston Public Library to be not just the nation’s first library, but the nation’s best public library, free to all!

Happy Holidays from the Boston Public Library Foundation

Posted on December 6th, 2013 by Russell Hansen in Foundation
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The decorations are up in Copley Square, which means the holiday season is once again here! And thanks to the support of the Boston Public Library Foundation by wonderful friends like you, neighbors young and old throughout our city will greet the season in a myriad of ways.

Your gifts mean that visitors to the Central Library and the neighborhood branches will soon hear parents and preschoolers singing favorites like “Jingle Bells” during a sing-along or story hour.

Older children and teens in crafts programs will be making cards, decorations and hand-made gifts. Adults will be visiting over the holidays to enjoy programs of all kinds or simply downloading content to their e-readers to enjoy at home.

And patrons in East Boston have just unwrapped a gift that will serve generations to come: a new library at 365 Bremen Street! As a welcoming gathering place in a growing neighborhood, this sun-filled space will support the Boston Public Library’s strategic plan, Compass, to serve and sustain each one of our communities – communities that, like your own, foster discovery, reading, thinking, conversing, teaching and life-long learning.

From your dedicated support, this is clearly a vision we share. Let’s continue to serve and sustain that vision into a brand new year!

Please click here to make a special year end contribution to the Boston Public Library Foundation. Give a gift to yourself and your loved ones… through all the programs and services your library provides. Thanks again – and happy holidays!

Post card showing the Boston Commons in Winter, from the Boston Public Library, Print Department