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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 »

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.

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 »

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 »