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John Hancock Sponsors Another Successful Read Your Way to Fenway Program

Posted on August 27th, 2015 by Casey Harrington in Foundation

The Boston Public Library Foundation thanks John Hancock for sponsoring the annual Read Your Way to Fenway Program at the Boston Public Library. For more information on the program and the game on Sunday, August 23, 2015, please visit the BPL’s press room.

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Boston Public Library Foundation Welcomes New Executive Director

Posted on September 16th, 2015 by Casey Harrington in Foundation
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Lisa Bevilaqua, Executive Director of the Boston Public Library Foundation

Lisa Bevilaqua, Executive Director of the Boston Public Library Foundation

BOSTON, MA – September 16, 2015 – Today, the Boston Public Library Foundation (the “Library Foundation”), a non-profit affiliate of the Boston Public Library (“BPL”), announced that Lisa Bevilaqua, former Director of Development at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, will serve as the new Executive Director of the Library Foundation. The Library Foundation’s mission is to be an advocate, and to raise public awareness and philanthropic support for the operations and capital projects of the BPL’s Central Library and 24 branches.

“I am pleased that Lisa has agreed to take on this important role supporting the Boston Public Library and its top notch programming and services for the public to enjoy,” said Mayor Walsh.

“I am looking forward to working closely with the Library Foundation’s Board of Directors, the BPL’s Trustees and staff, and other library affiliates, in expanding public awareness and private support for all that the library is doing, and can do, for our urban communities,” said Bevilaqua. “In partnership with Mayor Walsh, who has made the health and vibrancy of the BPL a priority, the Library Foundation will look to attract the kind of philanthropic and civic leadership that led to the founding of the BPL over a century and a half ago.”

“Lisa’s dynamic understanding of development strategies, ranging from events to major gifts to government fundraising, will be incredibly useful to the Library Foundation as it works to expand its support of the BPL,” said Jeff Hawkins, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Library Foundation.

“The Library Foundation is an important ally in the work we’re doing at the BPL to provide access to learning in Boston,” said John Hailer, Interim Chair of the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees. “Congratulations to the Library Foundation board for identifying Lisa as the next Executive Director. I look forward to a close working relationship.”

“The Boston Public Library can only fulfill its mission of “Free to All” with strong support from the broader community,” said David Leonard, Interim President of the Boston Public Library. “The Library Foundation currently supports programs such as Summer Reading and the Lowell Lecture series, and has the potential to be a significant resource for the BPL. I look forward to collaborating with Lisa in the months ahead on new programs, campaigns, and outreach.”

Bevilaqua is a seasoned non-profit executive with 18 years of experience.  Most recently she served as the Director of Development at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and was instrumental in the successful completion of the museum’s $180 million capital campaign that led to inspiring new programming spaces, a state-of-the-art conservation center and significant endowment growth.

As part of her 12 year tenure at the Gardner, Bevilaqua successfully served in two prior positions, first as Director of Institutional Support, and then as Deputy Director of Development.  In addition to working on the capital campaign, other highlights of her accomplishments include increasing annual and event support, and stewarding and engaging the governing Board and volunteers through special initiatives and program committees. Bevilaqua was also a member of the Gardner’s leadership team, working closely with the museum’s Director and Board on institutional and strategic planning during a time of transition and transformation.

Prior to the Gardner, Bevilaqua held senior management positions at the New England Aquarium and Boston Medical Center, and her development and non-profit career began at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Bevilaqua earned a Bachelor of Liberal Studies, English from Boston University, and a Masters in non-profit management from the Heller School at Brandeis University. Bevilaqua is from Boston’s North End, and currently resides in Jamaica Plain.

About BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION

The Boston Public Library Foundation acts as a partner and ambassador for the Boston Public Library and encourages philanthropy at all levels to help the library achieve its goals. In recent years, the Boston Public Library Foundation secured support for academic and enrichment programs for children, teens and lifelong learners, including summer reading, after school programs, science programs, and an adult lecture series. To learn more, visit http://www.bplf.com.

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Cokie Roberts Speaks at the Boston Public Library

Posted on July 24th, 2015 by Casey Harrington in Foundation
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Cokie Roberts speaking during her Lowell Lecture on July 21, 2015 at the Central Library in Copley Square. Photo credit: Paige Brown.

Photo credit: Paige Brown.

On Tuesday July 21, 2015, Cokie Roberts spoke in front of a packed room at the Central Library in Copley Square as part of the free Lowell Lecture series. After an introduction from David Leonard, Interim President of the Boston Public Library (BPL) and Jeff Hawkins, Chairman of the BPLF, Ms. Roberts talked about the importance of women shaping the United States and her new book, Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868.

Cokie Roberts signing books after her Lowell Lecture at the Boston Public Library on July 21, 2015. Photo credit: Paige Brown.

Cokie Roberts signing books on July 21, 2015. Photo credit: Paige Brown.

Afterward, Ms. Roberts joined guests for a book signing and reception in the Map Room Café and Courtyard Restaurant. Attendees included Bill and Angela Lowell, sponsors of the Lowell Institute, and BPLF board members Ray Sullivan and Olive Darragh.

The Boston Globe published a photo of Ms. Roberts and a group of other successful “Dames” from the reception, including Judge Mary E. Heffernan, Beth Israel Deaconess Chief of Radiation Oncology Mary Ann Stevenson, realtor Tracy Campion, and Boston Public Library Clerk of the Board Deborah Kirrane.

Bill Lowell of the Lowell Institute with Jeff Hawkins, BPLF Chairman of the Board of Directors, after Cokie Roberts' Lowell Lecture on July 21, 2015. Photo Credit: Paige Brown.

Jeff Hawkins, BPLF Chairman of the Board of Directors, with Bill Lowell of the Lowell Institute after Cokie Roberts’ Lowell Lecture on July 21, 2015. Photo Credit: Paige Brown.

ABOUT THE LOWELL LECTURE SERIES

The Lowell Lecture series is generously sponsored by the Lowell Institute, established in 1836 with the specific mission of making great ideas accessible to all people, free of charge.

Learning Project Elementary School Donates $8,000 to Boston Public Library Foundation

Posted on May 11th, 2015 by Casey Harrington in Foundation
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Learning Project Elementary School. Photo credit: Caroline Buttner

Learning Project Elementary School’s fifth grade class. Photo credit: Caroline Buttner

On Wednesday April 29th, the fifth grade class at the Learning Project Elementary School in Boston, MA, visited the Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square to donate a total of $8,000 raised during the school’s annual Read-a-thon to the new Children’s Library and Teen Central. The presentation was held in the Margret and H.A. Rey Room in the Children’s Library.

Michael McCord, Learning Project’s Head of School, introduced the class, highlighting the school’s strong connection to the Boston Public Library (BPL). Five students read their own words about their involvement with and appreciation of the BPL, explaining why they chose the library as this year’s recipient of the Read-a-thon gift.

“The Boston Public Library has helped our school for 43 wonderful years, and now it’s our turn to give them something,” said Soojin, a current fifth grader at Learning Project. Fellow classmate Scarlett added, “I really appreciate all that the Boston Public Library has done for me and other kids and how it has created many happy memories. My fondest are of coming to the library with my Learning Project classmates and teachers. Thank you.”

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Boston Public Library Foundation Thanks Supporters at Reception

Posted on March 19th, 2015 by Russell Hansen in Foundation
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(L to R) Robert Gallery, President, Bank of America Massachusetts, Amy Ryan, President, Boston Public Library, Beth Prindle, Manager of Exhibitions & Programming, Boston Public Library, Jeffery Hawkins, Chairman, Boston Public Library Foundation

Supporters of the Boston Public Library Foundation and their families enjoyed a fun-filled evening in the newly renovated Children’s Library and Teen Central on Friday, March 13. The event was an opportunity for children, teens, and adults to explore the newly transformed spaces and participate in a variety of activities including 3D printing and comic bookmaking.

The reception, sponsored by Bank of America, celebrated the Central Library Renovation Campaign, which has raised more than $1.3 million dollars from individual donors and private foundations. These funds will support new program and technology staff positions that will enable the Library to provide fun and innovative services to kids and teens. Major supporters of this campaign include Bain Capital, Bank of America, and the Highland Street Foundation.

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