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Back to School with the BPL!

Posted on September 11th, 2012 by Alison Murphy in Foundation
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 “Without the library, I certainly wouldn’t be where I am today.” -Dennis Lehane, author and Trustee of the Boston Public Library

This week marked the first week of the BPL’s new and enhanced Out-of-school Time programming. Taking the input we received from the community as part of the Compass Plan, the library will now be offering enrichment opportunities that explore monthly themes such as writing, math, science, robotics and the arts – in addition to the homework help we’ve always provided.

This is simply the latest example in a long history of youth service. Since the day we opened the doors to the first ever library space devoted specifically to children in 1895, the BPL has been a pioneer in youth services. We are dedicated to making the library a place where every child and teen can thrive, by offering innovative programs like our new Out-of-school Time, Reading Readiness, Summer Reading and more. You can help us make this a reality by donating to the Boston Public Library Foundation today.

Here’s how your gift could help:

  •  $25 purchases one book for the children’s or teen collection
  • $50 purchases craft supplies for arts programming at one location
  • $100 purchases an interactive drawing pad to teach children how to create digital art
  • $250 purchases a tablet or e-book reader for use by children and teens
  • $500 purchases an iPad with learning apps
  • $1,000 supports a collection of summer reading books at one location
  • $1,500 supports a year of early literacy programming at one location
  • $5,000 supports a collection of e-books for children and teens
  • $7,500 supports a year of Out-of-school Time programming at one branch location

Donate today, and help support the kids in your community.

Read Your Way To Fenway 2012!

Posted on September 10th, 2012 by Alison Murphy in Foundation
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Last Sunday, August 26th, marked the 17th annual Read Your Way to Fenway game! Thankfully, no hurricanes visited this year, and the weather was lovely for the Sox game, honoring all of the kids who participated in the Read Your Way to Fenway competition. Check out our slideshow of the event here. Congratulations to our grand prize winners, Kathleen, Cindy, Elizaveta, Jack, Joey and Kathy, as well as all of the children who participated throughout our branches!

Foundation Seeks Consultants

Posted on July 23rd, 2012 by David McKay in Foundation

Request for Proposals

The Boston Public Library Foundation is pleased to announce that the Foundation is seeking proposals for consultants with expertise in the area of arts services and children’s libraries. The consultants will work on one of two exciting projects that will advance the Library’s strategic plan. For more details please review the RFP’s.

Read Your Way To Fenway Kick-Off!

Posted on June 21st, 2012 by Alison Murphy in Foundation

This June saw the kick-off of our annual Read Your Way to Fenway summer essay contest! Check out pictures of the event below, and if you know a kid who likes reading and the Red Sox, download an entry form from our website, and take it to your local branch to sign up. See you at Fenway Park, August 26th!

This Father’s Day, Honor Your Dad

Posted on June 6th, 2012 by Alison Murphy in Foundation

This June, the Boston Public Library Foundation is celebrating Dads. Our dads did so much – from teaching us how to read and helping us with our homework, to letting us borrow their favorite books (and not getting angry when we returned them dog-eared). What better way to honor these contributions than making a contribution of your own?  We will also be posting stories all month on our facebook page about fathers, and how they influenced our love of reading. Got a story about your Dad? Tell us here!

This Father’s Day, thank your Dad for sharing with you his love of reading, by sharing that gift with others. Give today, and then share your story. On behalf of all of us here at the Boston Public Library Foundation, Happy Father’s Day, and thanks for celebrating with us.