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The Power of the BPL

Posted on March 31st, 2014 by Russell Hansen in Foundation
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Nick Rose in the Central Library’s Washington Room

Hi, my name is Nick Rose and I want to share my story with you. The other day I was hanging out in the library’s Teen Room when someone asked me, “What are the three things that you never leave home without?” I answered, “Phone, wallet, keys.” Then I laughed because I realized the fourth thing would be my library card, which is always tucked in my phone case.  And given what it represents, I should have listed it first, even before my phone which, trust me, is saying a lot!

For me, my library card is the best gift I’ve ever received and I’m writing today to tell you how it’s changed my life, and to thank you for supporting the Boston Public Library Foundation. (more…)

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!

Post card showing the Boston Commons in Winter, from the Boston Public Library, Print Department

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.

Holiday Giving at the BPLF

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

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.

 

Back to School with the BPL!

Posted on September 11th, 2012 by Alison Murphy in Foundation

 “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.