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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

Back to School with the BPL!

Posted on September 17th, 2013 by Samantha Akiha in Foundation

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This month marks the second year of the Boston Public Library’s Out-of-school Time programming. This series of programs provides youth of all ages with something to do after school. Whether a third-grader seeking guidance from a teen Homework Help mentor, or a high-schooler looking for an activity to fuel their creative side, the BPL has something to offer every child. Monthly themes, such as math, science, and the arts give young patrons with a wide variety of programming to choose from.

Beyond homework help and engaging programs, the BPL offers vital spaces for teens and children to learn, play, and grow. As the Central Library and all the neighborhood branches swell with children back in school, please consider making a gift to help spark a love of learning.

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

Read Your Way To Fenway 2013

Posted on September 16th, 2013 by Samantha Akiha in Foundation

On August 17, 2013, more than four hundred young BPL patrons along with their families celebrated summer reading at Fenway Park! Read Your Way To Fenway is a summer reading contest that requires kids to read at least three books and write an essay about them. Winners receive three tickets to the game, a Red Sox hat, a t-shirt, and a backpack. This year’s game was especially exciting because our beloved Sox faced the New York Yankees. Read Your Way To Fenway is supported by the Boston Public Library Foundation, John Hancock Financial Services, Aramark, and the Red Sox Foundation. For more information on this program, visit Congratulations to all participants!
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This Mother’s Day, Honor Your Mother with a Gift to the BPLF

Posted on May 8th, 2013 by Alison Murphy in Foundation


Over 3 million visitors come to the Boston Public Library a year, for so many different reasons—to do research, attend a lecture, take a class, see an exhibition, borrow a DVD or use the BPLFoundation_2012_8146
Internet. But for most, we suspect the main reason they visit the library is a simple one: they just love to read.

For so many of us, that love of reading began early on, in childhood, with our mother or other loved one reading our favorite books to us aloud.

This Mother’s Day, we’d like to invite you to give back to that special person who gave you the gift of reading, by making a gift in her honor to the Boston Public Library. So this Mother’s Day, honor your mother by helping us share the magic of reading with a new generation.

Become a BPLF Partner

Posted on February 25th, 2013 by Alison Murphy in Foundation
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This year, we introduced our newly developed BPLF Partners Program, a program to say “thank you” to our supporters, and “welcome” to those who’d like to get more involved with the Boston Public Library Foundation.

The Partners Program offers exclusive benefits at every giving level, benefits like discounts to the BPL’s restaurants and retail store, reserved seating at lectures and author talk, and behind-the-scenes tours of the distinctive BPL collections. See more about the benefits here, and sign on to be a member by giving at whatever level you prefer.

Of course, we know that the most important benefit of partnering with the BPLF is knowing that you are supporting the Boston Public Library and all the critical services it offers throughout our city.

Last year alone, the Boston Public Library:

  • hosted more than 10,000 public programs, over 5,000 of which were for children
  • lent out more than 3.8 million books and audiovisual materials
  • received more than 7.8 million visits to its web site
  • helped more than 37,000 Boston residents sign up for library cards
  • hosted more than 800,000 free computer sessions
  • welcomed more than 3.4 million visitors

Imagine what more we could do, through your partnership, and the partnership of hundreds of people like you. Think big for Boston. Become a BPLF Partner today.