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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

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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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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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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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


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.

Crochet Club

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5:30 - 6:30pm
Burroughs - Saden

Do you want to meet with other creative minds, have a cup of tea, chat, and learn to crochet?

Our certified Crochet Instructor Karen Harney will teach beginners how to crochet and share tips and techniques with advanced level crocheters!
No supplies needed for your first class; we have crochet hooks and a colorful yarn.

We meet every Tuesday!

New members welcome! Coffee and cookies will be served.


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National External Diploma Program

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

The National External Diploma Program could be right for you!

NEDP, is a program of Bridgeport Adult Education and Friends of the Bridgeport Library, for more info call: 203 576-7012.


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.

BPL Foreign Language Book Collection Expanding!

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Through the generosity of the “Friends of the BPL” The Bridgeport Public Library is in the process of greatly expanding its foreign language collection. In addition to our extensive system collection of Spanish language materials, books will be available in the following languages Bengali, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, and Vietnamese.

These books are now available at the main Burroughs – Saden Library!

Over time, our foreign language collection will continue to grow both at our main library and our four branch libraries as we continue to serve the diverse population that makes up the Bridgeport community.

Bloody Sunday

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Fiftieth Anniversary of Selma March. On March 7, 1965 Read more →

Santa Gives Out His Loot

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Santa Gives Out His Loot

Christmas 1938 was a tough year for America. The last years of the Depression were difficult ones for the citizens of Bridgeport, and especially the children.  Standing in the Second Precinct (Corner of Arctic and Caroline Streets) Children eagerly waited for a visit from Santa Claus to the city.  Jasper McLevy was on hand to greet Saint Nick, pictured in the front of the photo.  Standing next to the Mayor was Superintendent of Police Charles E. Wheeler. The party was held by Troop 58, Bridgeport Boy Scouts.  The Second Precinct Police Station held the party. On the back of the photograph is written a note:  Santa Claus “Osag Kid,” reformed burgular. Whether this statement is true or not has not been verified in the newspaper of the time.  The Bridgeport Telegram of December 25, 1938, which printed a copy of the photo, only identified him as Santa Claus.

BPL Board of Directors Meeting Agendas & Minutes

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Meetings & Minutes

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Driver Permit Tests Available for Free!

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In partnership with Driving-Tests.org, the Bridgeport Public Library is proud to offer FREE Connecticut Driver Permit practice tests.


These tests, for both automobile and motorcycle, along with the Driver Handbook for each, are available by clicking on the link. You will be taken directly to the test pages.

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