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BPL Labor Day Weekend Closings

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BPL Labor Day Weekend Closings

All locations of the Bridgeport Public Library will be closed Saturday, September 5th – Monday, September 7th for the Labor Day Week End.

Normal BPL hours will resume Tuesday, September 8th.

Seaworthy Timber: A Lecture by Michael C. Dooling

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Saturday, September 12th
2:00 PM
Burroughs - Saden Library, 1st floor

Seaworthy Timber: New England Sea Captain Aaron Wood

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Simon Lake’s Submarines

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Bridgeport’s Simon Lake and his Submarines

Inventor Simon Lake believed that the undersea world contained a vast wealth of natural treasures that were waiting to be tapped.

Besides the obvious riches of fish, Lake saw a world on which a great abundance of oil could be tapped from the sea as well.

Lake was always a dreamer, and he came from a family of inventors. His grandfather invented a seed planting machine, his father invented a window shade roller and his cousin invented a telephone.

Simon Lake even named his son after Thomas Edison. It was Lake’s dream after reading Jules Verne’s 1870 book, “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” to invent a submarine. Lake launched America’s first successful submarine in 1897.

The Lake Torpedo Boat Company was located on Seaview Avenue in Bridgeport’s East End. Often, local residents would travel down to the Long Island Sound shore in Bridgeport to sea the latest submarine being launched. The events would attract huge crowds.

In 1918, Lake began to build R-21 submarines under government contract, joining in the World War I munitions activities with the rest of the local factories.

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Digital Bookmobile

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Friday, September 18th
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Burroughs - Saden Library

The Digital Bookmobile

Learn about the future of reading. Check out the Digital Bookmobile.

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New Newfield Library on the Way!

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From City Librarian Scott Hughes:

Not by sight (site), but by Faith. 755 Central Avenue is no longer the old Newfield Library or the Charles Smith Center. It is the soon to be NEW Newfield Library. We closed on it this afternoon after 8 years of dreaming. IN my LIFETIME !!

Press release from BPL Board of Directors.

Comunicado de la Junta de Directores BPL


Bridgeport Public Library Master Plan…

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BPL Master Plan

BPL Long Range Plan & Budget

BPL Board of Directors Meeting Agendas & Minutes

BPL Mission Statement

BPL 2015 Summer Reading List

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Summer Reading List K-8 Grade


KidSpeak is here!

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KidSpeak Language Learning for Children

Check out our newest online language learning courses for Children- let us know what you think!

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Titanic in tow…and will reach port.

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Bridgeport Evening Farmer, Monday April 15, 1912

Greatest of Modern leviathans in tow…and will reach port.

 The White Star liner Titanic, having transferred her passengers to the Parisian and Carpathian was, at 2:00 this afternoon, being towed to Halifax by the Virginian, of the Allan line. The Virginian passed a line to the Titanic as soon as the passengers had been transferred and the latest word received by wireless was that there was no doubt that the new liner would reach port.
Agents of the White Star line at Halifax have arranged to have wrecking tugs sent out to aid the Virginian and her tow into port.

DC Comics on Hoopla

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DC Superheroes

All the iconic DC Comics Superheroes in time for “Heroes” Summer Reading! Free with your BPL Library Card.

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Online BPL Library Card Applications

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Online Printable BPL Library Card Applications 

Printable BPL Library Card Applications are now available Online in both English and Spanish.

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Crochet Club

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5:30 - 6:30pm
Burroughs - Saden

Crochet basic learning – all levels are welcome


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National External Diploma Program

Looking for a different way to earn your high school diploma?

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BPL Mission Statement

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We believe that libraries change people’s lives. They are cornerstones of democracy. The Bridgeport Public Library provides opportunities for residents to learn, enjoy and achieve. To accomplish that mission, the Bridgeport Public Library offers free and open access to a relevant collection, staff knowledge, and modern facilities.