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Holiday Giving at the BPLF

Posted on December 26th, 2012 by Alison Murphy in Foundation
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Christmas Lights on Snowy Tree by Leslie Jones

This holiday season, we’re offering a special opportunity to give your loved ones a gift that will last for a lifetime. Throughout the month of December, any gift you make online to the Boston Public Library Foundation will be recognized with a book dedicated in honor or memory of the recipient of your choice. Simply make a gift, and let us know who you are honoring, and we will place a custom bookplate with their name in one of our new books for the library’s collection. We will also send them a card on your behalf, notifying them of your gift. Give today!

Want to give your friends and family something a little more tangible? Visit our print shop, where you can purchase reproduction prints of amazing items from the BPL’s collection. Or come see us at the library, where we will be selling BPL merchandise to benefit the library during the holiday season (Psst – you can find us all year round at the Map Cafe).

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday season, from all of us here at the BPLF.


The 19th Annual Boston Public Library Foundation Gala

Posted on December 19th, 2012 by Alison Murphy in Foundation
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This year’s fall gala was a huge success, bringing in more than $600,000 for the library. We raised over $100,000 for the BPL’s newest youth initiative, Out-of-school Time—enough to fund an entire year’s programming for 16 branches! A special thank you to our lead sponsor, Fidelity Investments, as well as the other generous sponsors who made this year such a success. Below, check out a collage of beautiful pictures from the event, taken by Life Fusion Photography:




Posted on November 26th, 2012 by Alison Murphy in Foundation

A big thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s gala event, Celebrating Boston Sports Temples. It was an amazing night, with such distinguished guests as Jerry Remy and our Master of Ceremonies, Bill Littlefield of NPR and WBUR’s Only A Game. In total, we raised over $600,000 for the library, outstripping both last year’s total and this year’s goal. Thank you for helping us make this event a success. And particular thank you to our generous sponsors, listed below:

Lead Sponsor

Fidelity Investments

Co-Lead Sponsor

Jeffrey B. Rudman & Susan V. Fried

Room Sponsors

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
CVS Caremark
John Hancock
Raytheon Company

Bates Circle Sponsors

BNY Mellon
McKinsey & Co.
Price Waterhouse Cooper
Red Sox Foundation
State Street Corporation

McKim Circle Sponsors

Boston Private Bank and Trust
Lewis Burleigh, Dechert LLP
Olive Darragh, Zolio Inc.
Karalyn Cleary
Deloitte Services LLP
Ernst & Young LLP
Jeff & Christa Hawkins
The Highland Street Foundation
David Hosp, Goodwin Procter LLP
The Leventhal Family
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Natixis Global Asset Management
Verizon Foundation
Roberta and Steven Weiner

Johnson Circle Sponsors

Arnold Worldwide
Bernstein Global Wealth Management
Helen and Brian O’Rourke
Kristin and Tobias Welo


Howard Cox
John and Diddy Cullinane
Elizabeth L. Johnson
Paul LaCamera
David and Ann McKay
Robert and Judith Melzer
Amy E. Ryan
Holly Safford


Zamawa Arenas and Murray Forman
James and Barbara Malerba
Rebecca Nordhaus and Will Curry
Carl and Beth Prindle
Kevin Phelan
Vivian and Lionel Spiro


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!