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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.

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.”


The Power of the BPL

Posted on March 31st, 2014 by Russell Hansen in Foundation



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


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


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.