A Gathering Place for the Entire Community

Black Rock Branch

Next Week’s Special Summer Programs

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


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

Fun for the whole family!!

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Fizz Boom Read! BPL Summer Reading List: 2014


Complete Summer Reading List K-8th Grade

Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3

Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grades 7 & 8

The Black Rock Branch Reading Garden is Now Open

reading garden

Reading Garden  Now Open

The beautiful Black Rock Branch Reading Garden is now open Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 12:00 noon until library closing time and Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10:00 AM until closing. We will also be opening the garden on Saturdays in the very near future.

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Rangoli for Teens & Tweens

Wednesdays, July 23rd - August 13th
3:30 PM
Black Rock Branch


Teens and Tweens join us Wednesdays from July 23rd – August 13th and learn this ancient Indian art form with Miss Jyothi.

What is Rangoli? Come to the Black Rock Branch and find out.

Greater Bridgeport Toastmasters

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

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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Mother Goose Yoga With Miss Jyothi

Tuesdays & Fridays, August 1st - August 12th
10:45 AM
Black Rock Branch

Mother Goose Yoga for ages 0 – 4

Please join us for our weekly Mother Goose Yoga sessions.

This program is designed for children 0 – 4 and and their caregivers.

Followed by Mother Goose Camp on Friday, August 15th  from 10:30-12:30

For more info call: 203 576-7025.

Saturday Classic Movie Matinee – CAT BALLOU

Saturday, August 2nd
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Black Rock Branch
cat ballou

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

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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Gabe’s Pokemon Club

Thursday, August 7th
6:30 - 7:30 PM
Black Rock Branch
Gabe's pokemon club

Come Catch the Pokemon Club!

This new club meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at the Black Rock Branch of the Bridgeport Public Library. Battle with your Pokemon cards, share books, games, and all things Pokemon. To register your child please call: 203 576-7025 or email Gabriel: sbeaverperez@yahoo.com

Free refreshments will be served.

CIAO LUCIANO, the Life and Music of Luciano Pavarotti

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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Black Rock Cupcake Club

Saturday, August 9th
12:00 - 1:15 PM
Black Rock Branch

Black Rock Cupcake Club

Join us for a meeting of the Black Rock Cupcake Club. Chef Cupcake will teach you the fine and tasty art of cupcake making.

The Cupcake Club is designed for children up to 11 years of age.

To register your child please call: 203 576-7025. Space is limited to 15 children per session so call soon.

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Informational Session on Early Voting in Connecticut

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.

Brew Your Own Beer

Wednesday, August 20th
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Black Rock Branch

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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