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Cokie Roberts Speaks at the Boston Public Library

Posted on July 24th, 2015 by Casey Harrington in Foundation
Cokie Roberts speaking during her Lowell Lecture on July 21, 2015 at the Central Library in Copley Square. Photo credit: Paige Brown.

Photo credit: Paige Brown.

On Tuesday July 21, 2015, Cokie Roberts spoke in front of a packed room at the Central Library in Copley Square as part of the free Lowell Lecture series. After an introduction from David Leonard, Interim President of the Boston Public Library (BPL) and Jeff Hawkins, Chairman of the BPLF, Ms. Roberts talked about the importance of women shaping the United States and her new book, Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868.

Cokie Roberts signing books after her Lowell Lecture at the Boston Public Library on July 21, 2015. Photo credit: Paige Brown.

Cokie Roberts signing books on July 21, 2015. Photo credit: Paige Brown.

Afterward, Ms. Roberts joined guests for a book signing and reception in the Map Room Café and Courtyard Restaurant. Attendees included Bill and Angela Lowell, sponsors of the Lowell Institute, and BPLF board members Ray Sullivan and Olive Darragh.

The Boston Globe published a photo of Ms. Roberts and a group of other successful “Dames” from the reception, including Judge Mary E. Heffernan, Beth Israel Deaconess Chief of Radiation Oncology Mary Ann Stevenson, realtor Tracy Campion, and Boston Public Library Clerk of the Board Deborah Kirrane.

Bill Lowell of the Lowell Institute with Jeff Hawkins, BPLF Chairman of the Board of Directors, after Cokie Roberts' Lowell Lecture on July 21, 2015. Photo Credit: Paige Brown.

Jeff Hawkins, BPLF Chairman of the Board of Directors, with Bill Lowell of the Lowell Institute after Cokie Roberts’ Lowell Lecture on July 21, 2015. Photo Credit: Paige Brown.


The Lowell Lecture series is generously sponsored by the Lowell Institute, established in 1836 with the specific mission of making great ideas accessible to all people, free of charge.

Position Announcement: Executive Director

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by Casey Harrington in Foundation

The Boston Public Library Foundation seeks a talented advancement professional as its new Executive Director to lead the effort in raising essential philanthropic support for enrichment and expansion of the library’s rich slate of free programs, services, and facilities through private contributions, community engagement, and public advocacy.

Please click here for full job description and more details.


Learning Project Elementary School Donates $8,000 to Boston Public Library Foundation

Posted on May 11th, 2015 by Casey Harrington in Foundation
Learning Project Elementary School. Photo credit: Caroline Buttner

Learning Project Elementary School’s fifth grade class. Photo credit: Caroline Buttner

On Wednesday April 29th, the fifth grade class at the Learning Project Elementary School in Boston, MA, visited the Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square to donate a total of $8,000 raised during the school’s annual Read-a-thon to the new Children’s Library and Teen Central. The presentation was held in the Margret and H.A. Rey Room in the Children’s Library.

Michael McCord, Learning Project’s Head of School, introduced the class, highlighting the school’s strong connection to the Boston Public Library (BPL). Five students read their own words about their involvement with and appreciation of the BPL, explaining why they chose the library as this year’s recipient of the Read-a-thon gift.

“The Boston Public Library has helped our school for 43 wonderful years, and now it’s our turn to give them something,” said Soojin, a current fifth grader at Learning Project. Fellow classmate Scarlett added, “I really appreciate all that the Boston Public Library has done for me and other kids and how it has created many happy memories. My fondest are of coming to the library with my Learning Project classmates and teachers. Thank you.”


Boston Public Library Foundation Thanks Supporters at Reception

Posted on March 19th, 2015 by Russell Hansen in Foundation
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(L to R) Robert Gallery, President, Bank of America Massachusetts, Amy Ryan, President, Boston Public Library, Beth Prindle, Manager of Exhibitions & Programming, Boston Public Library, Jeffery Hawkins, Chairman, Boston Public Library Foundation

Supporters of the Boston Public Library Foundation and their families enjoyed a fun-filled evening in the newly renovated Children’s Library and Teen Central on Friday, March 13. The event was an opportunity for children, teens, and adults to explore the newly transformed spaces and participate in a variety of activities including 3D printing and comic bookmaking.

The reception, sponsored by Bank of America, celebrated the Central Library Renovation Campaign, which has raised more than $1.3 million dollars from individual donors and private foundations. These funds will support new program and technology staff positions that will enable the Library to provide fun and innovative services to kids and teens. Major supporters of this campaign include Bain Capital, Bank of America, and the Highland Street Foundation.


Boston Public Library Foundation Receives Generous $488,000 Grant from Highland Street Foundation for Teen Technology Programs at the Central Library in Copley Square

Posted on January 22nd, 2015 by Russell Hansen in Foundation

The Boston Public Library Foundation received a grant of $488,000 from the Highland Street Foundation to support new and expanded technology programs in the new Teen Central space, opening in late February at the Boston Public Library’s (BPL) Central Library in Copley Square. For three years, the grant will support the BPL’s Youth Technology Fund and two new youth programming positions: a youth technology coordinator and a youth technology librarian.

“We are proud to partner with the Boston Public Library to bring its new Teen Central space to life in exciting ways,” said Blake Jordan, Executive Director of the Highland Street Foundation. “The BPL has long been a hub for educational enrichment for children and adults alike, and the youth technology initiative is the next step in its commitment to provide innovative opportunities to learn.”

The Highland Street Foundation’s grant will have far-reaching effects on the Youth Technology Fund, designed to engage youth ages 12 – 18 in computer and technology training. The grant enables the ongoing purchase and integration of new, innovative products, programs, and technologies as they become available. Anticipated programs include 3D printing, video and music editing, computer programming, and video gaming.

“It is incredibly important to provide youth with programs that develop technology-based skills,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I thank the Highland Street Foundation for the resources that will prepare our young people for success.”