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Seasons Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year

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

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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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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 20th Annual Boston Public Library Foundation Gala

Posted on November 20th, 2013 by Russell Hansen in Foundation

The 2013 Boston Public Library Foundation Gala was a huge success, raising over $775,000 to support the Boston Public Library! The event, held on Friday, November 15th, took place entirely in the Johnson Building for the first time. Over 300 people dined, danced, and supported the work of the Foundation and the Out-of-school Time programs of the library.  We are honored to have awarded the first Joshua Bates Prize for the Advancement of Learning Thomas M. Menino for his visionary leadership and his dedication to the Boston Public Library. A special thank you to our lead sponsor, Fidelity Investments, as well as the other generous sponsors who made this year such a success. Enjoy these beautiful photographs from Life Fusion Photography that showcase the event. Click on the photos to see a video slideshow.

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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!