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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

 

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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…)

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.

Read Your Way To Fenway 2012!

Posted on September 10th, 2012 by Alison Murphy in Foundation

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!