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Boston Public Library Foundation Receives Generous $488,000 Grant from Highland Street Foundation for Teen Technology Programs at the Central Library in Copley Square

Posted on January 22nd, 2015 by Russell Hansen in Foundation
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The Boston Public Library Foundation received a grant of $488,000 from the Highland Street Foundation to support new and expanded technology programs in the new Teen Central space, opening in late February at the Boston Public Library’s (BPL) Central Library in Copley Square. For three years, the grant will support the BPL’s Youth Technology Fund and two new youth programming positions: a youth technology coordinator and a youth technology librarian.

“We are proud to partner with the Boston Public Library to bring its new Teen Central space to life in exciting ways,” said Blake Jordan, Executive Director of the Highland Street Foundation. “The BPL has long been a hub for educational enrichment for children and adults alike, and the youth technology initiative is the next step in its commitment to provide innovative opportunities to learn.”

The Highland Street Foundation’s grant will have far-reaching effects on the Youth Technology Fund, designed to engage youth ages 12 – 18 in computer and technology training. The grant enables the ongoing purchase and integration of new, innovative products, programs, and technologies as they become available. Anticipated programs include 3D printing, video and music editing, computer programming, and video gaming.

“It is incredibly important to provide youth with programs that develop technology-based skills,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I thank the Highland Street Foundation for the resources that will prepare our young people for success.”

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Jeff Hawkins Named New BPLF Board Chairman

Posted on December 15th, 2014 by Russell Hansen in Foundation

At the December 1st meeting of the Board of Directors of the Boston Public Library Foundation (BPLF), Jeff Hawkins was unanimously elected as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors.  In September, Ron O’Hanley announced that he would be stepping down after seven years as Chairman. Ron has served on the BPLF Board for twelve years, and he will remain on the BPLF Board to offer his assistance to Jeff and his fellow directors during the transition.Hawkins photo

Jeff Hawkins has served on the BPLF Board since 2004. He is currently Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at Sankaty Advisors in Boston, an independently managed affiliate of Bain Capital, LLC.  Under Jeff’s leadership, the BPLF will continue to fulfill its mission of supporting the Boston Public Library and its Compass: Strategic Plan. Jeff’s experience and leadership will be vital to the BPLF and its Board as we work with the BPL during the ongoing Central Library renovations, and support programming and service needs at the Central Library and 24 branches.

“I have been a devoted user and supporter of the Boston Public Library for years and I am honored to now serve as Chairman of the Foundation. Boston Public Library has been an innovator since its founding in 1848 and it continues to have a profound impact on the City of Boston.  This is an exciting time in the life of BPL —from the renovation of the Johnson Building to expanding programming in the BPL’s 24 branches –and I look forward to being a part of it.”– Jeff Hawkins, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Boston Public Library Foundation

Carol A. Mahoney, Acting Executive Director
Boston Public Library Foundation

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Seasons Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year

Posted on December 11th, 2014 by Russell Hansen in Foundation
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Dear Friends,

The holiday season is a time to gather and give thanks for our good fortune and to look forward to a new year. Here at the Boston Public Library Foundation, we are grateful for the generosity that you and others have shown in supporting the programs featured in the snowflakes above. Your gifts make it possible for the library to share programs with people of all ages in every neighborhood of Boston, always free and open to the public.

None of this would be possible without you. Thank you!

Before we turn the calendar to 2015, please consider making a year-end donation to the Boston Public Library Foundation. Your gift will help us continue to support Boston Public Library programs throughout the City of Boston in the new year.

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Join the BPLF and #GivingTuesday

Posted on November 19th, 2014 by Russell Hansen in Foundation
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What is #GivingTuesday? It’s a chance to give back this holiday season. Millions of people have joined together with over 10,000 nonprofit organizations to create a global day celebrating generosity and giving!

We hope that this year you’ll join the movement. Help us spread the word on social media by using #GivingTuesday, and don’t forget to tag BPLF in your tweet or post.


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“I Knew Him”

Posted on November 14th, 2014 by Russell Hansen in Foundation

Please click here to read the message from the Chairman of the Boston Public Library Foundation.