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Summer 2014 BPL  J program brochure


Sign up online for summer reading.  Read up to 15 books and receive great prizes!

Fun for the whole family!!
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Beer Brewing Talk and Demo

6:30 – 8:30 Wednesday, August 20th, Black Rock Branch.  Join Tess and Mark Szamatulski, owners of Maltose Express and learn how to brew and appreciate your own beer.  Participants must be 21 or over.

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Library News

Next Week’s Special Summer Programs

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Tuesday, July 22nd - Friday, July 25th
All Day
All BPL locations

Special Summer Programs for Kids & the Whole Family

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Wednesday, July 23rd
All Day
Burroughs & Saden - Teen Café

Batman turns 75

CELEBRATE ALL DAY: Batman movies will be shown all day in the Teen Café (AKA The Bat Cave!)

Do you love comics? Enter to win a free ticket to the upcoming Connecticut ComiCONN!

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“RAILS TO BACK TRAILS” with Sue A. DelBianco

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Thursday, July 24th
7:00 PM
Black Rock Branch
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Join us as local Rail-Trail Historian/Author, Sue A. DelBianco hosts a slide presentation entitled “RAILS TO BACK TRAILS” at the Black Rock Branch Library.

Sue will show captivating images of then- and- now of a rail line, called The Housatonic, which started in Bridgeport, CT and continued north into The Trumbull Valley, Monroe, Newtown, Hawleyville, and continued all the way to Pittsfield, Mass.

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Saturday Movie Matinee

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Saturday, July 26th
1:30 - 3:15 PM
Black Rock Branch

Saturday Movie Matinee

Each week the Black Rock Branch Library screens popular current, classic, family and foreign movies. For details on this week’s movie: click here or call 203 576-7025.

Free Refreshments will be served – but feel free to bring a nonperishable food item for donation to the Black Rock Food Pantry.

Scandal in the Park City

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Thursday, July 31st
7:00 - 8:00 PM
Black Rock Branch - Reading Garden (Weather Permitting)

Political Corruption In Bridgeport by Rob Sullivan

First incorporated in 1836, Bridgeport is notorious for a raucous political history that includes both liberating accomplishments and salacious scandals. From a state senator who spent several years in prison for racketeering to a mayor who was caught taking drugs while in office, Bridgeport has had its fair share of unlawful politicians.

The political playground of the city has also seen invigorating leaders who fought hard to bring jobs, industries and prosperity to the community.

The city’s most famous mayor was none other than circus impresario P.T. Barnum.

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Informational Session on Early Voting in Connecticut

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Wednesday, August 13th
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Black Rock Branch

Early Voting in Connecticut?

The ACLU of CT will be conducting an informational session on their view of the voting rights and the ballot question voters will see in November on whether to amend the state Constitution to allow for early voting and/or no-excuse absentee ballots. The session will be conducted by Isa Mujahid, ACLU of CT field organizer (imujahid@acluct.org).

Voters for, against or undecided on this issue are invited to attend for what should prove to be an informative and lively discussion on this important topic.

Memoir Writing Class

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Saturday, August 9th
2:00 - 4:00 PM
Burroughs & Saden - Bridgeport History Center

Memoir Writing Class

The Bridgeport History Center has sponsored a Bridgeport Memoir Writing Class since 2002. Our class has continued to write about memories of not only Bridgeport, Connecticut, but about the stories that we find have linked our lives.

We all have shared landscapes of memories, be it a football game, high school, or daily life. Newcomers are welcome!

Please join us on the second Saturday of each month at 2:00 PM.

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Become a Literacy Volunteer

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Thursday, August 14th
6:00 PM
Burroughs & Saden 3rd fl. Community Room (Classroom)
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Share Your Knowledge

Make a difference in someone’s life. Help an adult learn to speak, read and write in English or improve their basic reading and writing skills.

You don’t need to speak another language or have a teaching background to volunteer. Please join us at this informational session and learn more about the rewards of becoming a Literacy Volunteer.

RSVP to: lwolfeiler@bridgeportpubliclibrary.org  or call: 203 576-7012

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Friends of the BPL Book Sale

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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Burroughs & Saden - Library Garage


 Patrons may enter via State Street.

Youth Poetry Workshop & Open Mic Cafe

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1st & 3rd Saturdays - 1:00 - 4:00 PM
4th Fridays - 6:00 - 900: PM
Burroughs & Saden 1st floor


Join us on the 1st & 3rd Satudays of each month for a: Youth Poetry Workshop hosted & instructed by Poetz Realm, Jason Dorsey & Vanessa Liles with special guest Elm City’s own Baub OneGod Bidon.

Then, on the 4th Friday evening of each month come to the BPL’s brand new 4th Fridays: Open Mic Cafe.

Click here for more info on workshops and info on our 4th Fridays Open Mic Cafe.

Note: Connecticut Against Violence will not host Open Mic Cafe’ today (May 23rd) since we have a special event presented by Ms Kathy Silver & Bassick High School photography class Next Friday May 30th.

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Kindle Fire Users

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KindleFireB1Kindle Fire Users Rejoice: OverDrive Comes to Amazon App Store

Now that the OverDrive Media Console app is available in the Amazon App Store for Android, it’s easier for users of the Kindle Fire to access eBooks from OverDrive-powered libraries.

The BPL has released new versions of the OverDrive Media Console apps for Android and iOS (iPhone/ iPad/ iPod touch). For the first time, OMC is available to Kindle Fire users in the Amazon App Store for Android, making it easier to access eBooks and audiobooks from OverDrive-powered libraries. (Previously, Kindle Fire users could side-load the OMC app.)

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Online Classes

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onlineclassesOver 500 Free Online Classes From the World’s Leading Universities – Right At Your Fingertips: click here

Yale Peabody Museum: Our Newest Museum Pass to Check Out!

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The Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven is our newest museum pass!

Available at all branches of the Bridgeport Public Library.

Check out all the venues we have available for free admission or a discounted price using your Bridgeport Public Library adult library card.

Museum Pass List.

The BPL Launches OneClickdigital Media Manager

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OCD_Lib_Web-Banner-thmb_jpgOneClickdigital Media Manager

The BPL is pleased to announce a new feature for our audiobook users: OneClickdigital Media Manager – free software that allows BPL patrons to listen and transfer audiobooks to their portable devices.

Just click on the button below and after a quick one-time account set-up process, you will be able to immediately checkout and download any audiobook you choose. 




Bridgeport Farmers Markets

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Eat Healthy – Buy Local

Bridgeport’s Farmers Markets – Dates & Locations

Mercados de agricultores de Bridgeport - Fechas y Destinos en Español