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A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway – Book Discussion

August is the 100th anniversary of the start of World War l.

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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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Next Week’s Special Summer Programs

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Tuesday, July 29th & Wednesday, July 30th
All Day
Various BPL locations

Special Summer Programs for Kids & the Whole Family

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Summer Reading Online Sign-up

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

Fun for the whole family!!

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Greater Bridgeport Toastmasters

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12:00 - 1:00 PM, Wednesday, August 6th & 20th, Burroughs & Saden
5:30 - 7:00 PM, Wednesday, August 13th & 27th, Black Rock Branch
For more info contact: Scott R. Davis at 203-727-2487.

Greater Bridgeport Toastmasters Meeting

Please come and visit the Greater Bridgeport Toastmasters meeting

This is a great place to learn how to be comfortable leading and speaking before a small group. This will enhance your leadership and communication experiences before others.

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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Saturday Classic Movie Matinee – CAT BALLOU

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Saturday, August 2nd
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Black Rock Branch
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Saturday Classic Movie Matinee at the Black Rock Branch

In this musical spoof of Westerns, a woman (Jane Fonda) seeking revenge for her murdered father hires a famous gunman (Lee Marvin) but he’s very different from what she expects.

Directed by Elliot Silverstein; Rated NR; 120 minutes; 1965

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

Comics as Literature

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Thursday, August 7th
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Black Rock Branch

Comics as Literature

English Professor Rob Nelson will talk about ways that comic books and graphic novels can address issues that blur the lines between high art and pop culture.

A lifelong fan of narrative forms including novels, films, comics, and rock operas, Rob will try to make the case that comics, especially graphic novels, are just the latest step in a long line of visual literature that stretches back into prehistory before the written word, a step that offers to carry us into a mixed media future.

Don’t miss this fun and informative program.

After all, Connecticut ComiCONN will be here in Bridgeport the following week.

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CIAO LUCIANO, the Life and Music of Luciano Pavarotti

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Friday, August 8th
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Black Rock Branch - Reading Garden

CIAO LUCIANO with Enzo Boscarino

Enzo is returning to the Black Rock Branch with his new program: CIAO LUCIANO, the life and music of Luciano Pavarotti. During this reflection on the life and music of, the great tenor Luciano Pavarotti, Enzo will perform arias from operas along with popular songs, lead a sing-along and share humorous biographical incidents from Pavarotti’s life.

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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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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.

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

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peabody museum poster

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.