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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.”


Boston Public Library Foundation Thanks Supporters at Reception

Posted on March 19th, 2015 by Russell Hansen in Foundation
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(L to R) Robert Gallery, President, Bank of America Massachusetts, Amy Ryan, President, Boston Public Library, Beth Prindle, Manager of Exhibitions & Programming, Boston Public Library, Jeffery Hawkins, Chairman, Boston Public Library Foundation

Supporters of the Boston Public Library Foundation and their families enjoyed a fun-filled evening in the newly renovated Children’s Library and Teen Central on Friday, March 13. The event was an opportunity for children, teens, and adults to explore the newly transformed spaces and participate in a variety of activities including 3D printing and comic bookmaking.

The reception, sponsored by Bank of America, celebrated the Central Library Renovation Campaign, which has raised more than $1.3 million dollars from individual donors and private foundations. These funds will support new program and technology staff positions that will enable the Library to provide fun and innovative services to kids and teens. Major supporters of this campaign include Bain Capital, Bank of America, and the Highland Street Foundation.


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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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…)