The Black Rock Branch Library
The Black Rock Branch Library is a full service facility providing a wide range of library services to the diverse and vibrant community in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, CT.
First opened in 1932, the Black Rock Branch has undergone major renovations. Reopened in July of 2009, the library has been expanded from its original 6,000 square feet to 11,000 square feet. Additionally, the entire facility has been modernized, with the installation of public access computers, free Wi-Fi throughout the building and the construction of two large program rooms and a smaller conference room.
The library’s beautiful ceiling mural was done by Connecticut artist Sasha Shatlan.
The library is a hub for the community. Children, teens and adults make a visit to the library a regular, often times daily, part of their lives.
In addition to providing books, AV materials and computer access, the Black Rock Branch also offers a wide range of programs for all ages. Regular story hours, and a wide array of other programs for children.
We also have an extremely popular Teen Center where neighborhood teens and tweens come on a daily basis to do their homework, make use of our 16 Teen Center computers or just hang out in a safe and fun place they can call their own.
Knitting classes, yoga, Tai Chi, weekly computer classes, Saturday movie matinees and a monthly “Food for Thought” book discussion group are all a regular part of our adult programming. There are also regular “Meet the Author” programs, art exhibits featuring local artists and community forums covering a wide range of topics. All of these programs are well attended and enthusiastically received by the community.
The Black Rock Branch Library has also become the home for several community groups which now hold their regular meetings at the library. Additionally, the library has partnered with neighborhood organizations, schools and local businesses to cosponsor several a wide variety very successful events.
This type of partnership with our community is central to the mission of Bridgeport Public Library system. Together, we will continue to build one of the premier community libraries in Connecticut.
There’s always a lot going on at the Black Rock Branch. Please pay us a visit soon.
John D. Soltis – Black Rock Branch Manager