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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 »

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!

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The 20th Annual Boston Public Library Foundation Gala

Posted on November 20th, 2013 by Russell Hansen in Foundation
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The 2013 Boston Public Library Foundation Gala was a huge success, raising over $775,000 to support the Boston Public Library! The event, held on Friday, November 15th, took place entirely in the Johnson Building for the first time. Over 300 people dined, danced, and supported the work of the Foundation and the Out-of-school Time programs of the library.  We are honored to have awarded the first Joshua Bates Prize for the Advancement of Learning Thomas M. Menino for his visionary leadership and his dedication to the Boston Public Library. A special thank you to our lead sponsor, Fidelity Investments, as well as the other generous sponsors who made this year such a success. Enjoy these beautiful photographs from Life Fusion Photography that showcase the event. Click on the photos to see a video slideshow.

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Guest Post: How the BPL Teen Room Helped Me

Posted on October 28th, 2013 by Russell Hansen in Foundation

Hi, My name is John Nguyen and I wouldn’t be where I am today without the Boston Public Library.Nguyen_Vert_PhotoCreditGinaPerille

I’m a sophomore at Northeastern University, studying neuroscience on a full scholarship – a life I would never have imagined a few years ago. So before I’m swamped with midterms, I wanted to say “thank you” for the friendship that changed the life of a shy kid from Dorchester.

My parents came here from Vietnam. I grew up in Dorchester and started visiting Fields Corner branch library in sixth grade. When the books I wanted at the bookstore were too expensive, I knew I could get them at the library for free. And if they weren’t right on the shelves, I could ask for them through an interlibrary loan. When I first came to the Central Library in ninth grade, I was excited to see the Teen Room – a space dedicated to readers my age!

I began traveling to Central Library to check out books (mostly fantasy). Jessi Snow, the teen librarian, helped me find what I was looking for, and recommended many more. I’d often take home 17 books at a time! I was incredibly shy back then. But Jessi made me feel so welcome; I started talking to her about other stuff, not just books. I also began to make friends with the other “regulars” in the Teen Room. I met kids from all over Boston. The library became my second home.

I also took a free workshop in the Teen Room on prepping for the Scholastic Aptitude Test. I’m sure that helped me get into Northeastern – and receive a full scholarship, too! So I’m not exaggerating when I say that the Boston Public Library has changed my life.

But for now, please support the services for patrons of every age. Click here to give the most generous gift you can today to the Boston Public Library Foundation. Thank you!

Your friend,

John Nguyen

Photo courtesy of Gina Perille, Boston Public Library