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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.”


Seasons Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year

Posted on December 11th, 2014 by Russell Hansen in Foundation


Dear Friends,

The holiday season is a time to gather and give thanks for our good fortune and to look forward to a new year. Here at the Boston Public Library Foundation, we are grateful for the generosity that you and others have shown in supporting the programs featured in the snowflakes above. Your gifts make it possible for the library to share programs with people of all ages in every neighborhood of Boston, always free and open to the public.

None of this would be possible without you. Thank you!

Before we turn the calendar to 2015, please consider making a year-end donation to the Boston Public Library Foundation. Your gift will help us continue to support Boston Public Library programs throughout the City of Boston in the new year.

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Read Your Way to Fenway 2014

Posted on August 28th, 2014 by Russell Hansen in Foundation

On August 24th, over 500 children saw the Red Sox take on the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park as part of the annual Read Your Way to Fenway contest. Before the game, the six essay contest winners were presented their trophies on the field. Congratulations to again to Oliver, Cooper, Raymond, Jasmine, Kathleen, Joshua and all the other people who participated this year!

To learn more about Read Your Way to Fenway, click here. The Boston Public Library Foundation would like to thank the other event sponsors, John Hancock and the Boston Red Sox Foundation.

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Help 10,000 Boston Students Succeed This School Year!

Posted on August 27th, 2014 by Russell Hansen in Foundation

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As the new school year approaches, children are finishing their summer reading, organizing newly purchased pencils and notebooks, and selecting first-day-of-school outfits. And all across the city, teachers are preparing lesson plans and readying their classrooms.

The Boston Public Library Foundation is getting ready for school, too—we are gearing up to support another year of Boston Public Library’s Homework Help program. This vital program provides consistent academic support and mentoring opportunities for K-8 students citywide. Unlike most other academic assistance programs in the city, Homework Help has no financial or registration barriers. It is a free, neighborhood-based, drop-in program that is open and accessible to all families throughout the school year. Thousands of elementary and middle-school students in Boston rely on Homework Help to receive much-needed academic enrichment and peer support.

Homework Help is fully funded by donations from generous individuals like you. Last year, your gift enabled more than 10,000 children to receive Homework Help at the Central Library and neighborhood branches. (more…)

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…)