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BPL Community Meeting

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Wednesday, May 21st
7:00 PM
Burroughs & Saden - 1st fl. room off of Teen Cafe

Community Meeting on the Future Direction of the BPL

The Bridgeport Public Library Board of Directors and City Librarian Scott Hughes invite you to a Community Meeting on the future direction of the Bridgeport Public Library – 7:00 PM. Wednesday, May 21st.

We believe that libraries change people’s lives. They are cornerstones of democracy. Please come and share your ideas on how we can best move forward with this mission.

Please be advised that the regularly scheduled meeting (every third Wednesday) of the Bridgeport Public Library Board of Directors has been changed to Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

Get $mart about your money

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Get $mart about your money

Get Smart about your MoneyA series of free workshops about your money sponsored by:

Housatonic Community College and the Bridgeport Public Library

Workshops are FREE but registration is requested.

For more info and full schedule: click here

Prepare and File Your 2013 Taxes for Free

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Free Tax Preparation…

The United Way of Coastal Fairfield County can help you prepare and file your 2013 taxes for free.

Please view the attached notice to see if you qualify, then visit the following website to file your 2013 taxes: http://www.myfreetaxes.com/

This message is brought to you on behalf of United Way CFC, serving 12 area communities.

For further information about United Way CFC, visit www.unitedwaycfc.org


Drumming Circle

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Wednesday, April 9th
6:30 PM
Burroughs & Saden – Children’s Dept.

Wednesday, April 9th
6:30 PM
Burroughs & Saden –  Children’s Dept.


The Bridgeport Public Library will celebrate the Week of the Young Child with a Family Drumming Circle featuring Michael Mills of Drums No Guns and Friends.

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Declaration for the Right to Libraries

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Show your support for the Bridgeport Public Library and all of America’s Libraries.

Sign the Declaration for the Right to Libraries.

Read a text-only version of the Declaration.

Click here to sign.

Citymaking: Bridgeport

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Saturday, March 15th
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Burroughs & Saden - 1st Floor

Make your mark on Bridgeport!

This afternoon festival highlights the many ways people around the
Bridgeport can take an active role in making their city. Take a bike
tour to re-imagine the Pequonnock River. Join a visioning workshop to
build three-dimensional models of your vision for the city’s future.

Learn how to fix a flat, build bikes out of salvaged parts, and make
your own bike art. Check out design proposals to protect Bridgeport
from future storms. Enjoy free food and drink from local restaurants,
and performances from local artists and musicians.

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Mardi Gras-Masks and More

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Burroughs & Saden Teen Cafe


“iPadarama” Preschool Storytime with a Technology “Twist”!

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Burroughs & Saden Children's Room

babyblockJoin us for a preschool story time with a technology “twist”.

Parents, caregivers and guardians will engage in a traditional story hour featuring fingerplays, songs, stories and movies with the addition of iPad apps.  After the story time parents may “check out” an iPad to use with their child in the library.

Learn how a smart device can help with your child’s early literacy skills.  See how apps can enhance your reading experience along with using those traditional books that we know and love!


Story time is limited to 10 families.

Register online today.

Go to our website http://bportlbrary.org under “Events” or  call at 203 576-7400 ext 408.


Henna Art at the Black Rock Branch

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Friday, March 14th
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Black Rock Branch

Henna Art by Ezia “Z” Leach

Ezia “Z” Leach of “Z” Face & Body Art will create a design for each participant along with teaching you a brief history of Henna and its uses in today’s world.

Class is limited to first 12 people that RSVP
at the Black Rock Branch Library!

(Individuals under 18 years of age must have a signed
permission slip from parent or guardian
before event to participate.)

IT’S TAX TIME: Preparing Your Tax Forms

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Commonly Requested Tax Forms: 2013 Read more →

Living Kwanzaa Through the Year

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Saturday, January 25th
3:00 - 4:00 PM
Newfield Branch

Living Kwanzaa Through the Year

Learn the principles to make life better every day – with Pearlye Sams Allen

For more info call: 203-576-7400 X408

Living Kwanzaa Through the Year

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Saturday, January 25th
3:00 - 4:00 PM
Newfield Branch

Living Kwanzaa Through the Year

Learn the principles to make life better every day – with Pearlye Sams Allen.

For more info call: 203-576-7821

March Events

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header-kidsMarch Events at the BPL Children’s Dept.

Check out what’s going on for kids this month.

Click here

Family Video Games

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Tuesday, May 6th
3:30 - 4:30
Old Mill Green Branch - Children's Area

Family Video Games

Have fun with friends and family playing video games at the Old Mill Green Library!

For more info call: 203-576-7634

The Jane Street Library by Millicent Zolan

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Photograph of check out counter of the East Branch on Jane Street of the Bridgeport Public Library ca. 1945 copyright Bridgeport Public Library Historical Collections.

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Mildred Wirt Benson, the author who created “Nancy Drew,” girl sleuth, and inspired generations of teen-age girls with the heroine’s spunk, independence and resourcefulness, died recently at the age of 95. Using her pen name, Carolyn Keene, she revered herself to her young readers. Mildred’s obituary in the Connecticut Post concluded with a quote from her last column, published in The Blade , the newspaper where she still wrote a weekly column, “I consider it an honor to have been born near the turn of the 20th century, at about the time when public libraries were first coming into popular use.”

As I read Ms. Benson’s final words, I was reminded of the little branch library on Jane Street in Bridgeport, Connecticut . It was a second home to me each summer after elementary school let out. Now, for two months, I had all the time in the world to walk the twenty or so blocks from Hickory Street down East Main to turn a right corner and up the broad cement steps into my heaven. There I would enter into a contrasting coolness where the dark wood paneling and bindings of thousands of books combined to release a delicious odor. It’s still easy for me to bring up that smell from my Rolodex of memories.

Each morning I would walk those blocks to take yesterday’s books up to the huge desk where I had to tipsy-toe to place them on the high counter so the librarian could check in each one by pounding down her great, big, date stamp, with a date like July 10, 1935.

She would turn the book over, slip the manila card out of its special pocket to examine it, and then, down would come the metal stamper. This accomplished, the fun began as I would search for new volumes to check out today. Some days I would choose to read a bit of each book to confirm my decision before starting the long trek home. Sitting at one of the huge, smooth tables on a sturdy slat-backed chair, I would fondle the cover before opening to the first page to read enough to assure me I had made the right choice. The world was mine as I chose adventures like “Gulliver’s Travels;” stories about dogs such as “Terhune’s, “ Wolf;” “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm,” by Kate Douglas Wiggin which gave me a picture of life in an earlier America along with Louisa May Alcott’s wonderful world of “Little Women.” Or I would be whisked away to exotic places as I became immersed in “The Arabian Nights.” Satisfied that I had chosen well, it was back to the counter so my new choices could be stamped officially. Then the kindly librarian would slide them across the wide desk and into my eager hands!

Walking on the hot sidewalk with my treasure balanced on one arm, it wasn’t long before I would need to switch to the other because, if I waited too long, sweat would make the book covers stick to and color my skin. They didn’t have protective covers like present day libraries use, they had uniform covers of a sturdy cloth with only the colors differing. I seem to remember I might dawdle as I passed the Loft’s candy store to enjoy looking at the fancy boxes of luscious chocolates. Not far from Loft’s there was a dry goods store, (I guess dry goods indicated no food sold) and there might be flowered house dresses like my mother wore or stoves and refrigerators on display. There was a movie theater called the American where I liked to read the posters for coming attractions.

There was a Roman Catholic church, St. Charles, its architecture fascinating me, and as I got closer to home, an odd looking church with a round ball top. I knew nothing of churches without steeples in my early youth. I became familiar with every building I passed, day after day, all summer long.

After lunch, when the sun would really heat up our yard, I would settle in under the wonderful, wide branches of our huge sycamore. There, with my back braced against the smooth skin of this special tree, I would escape into my magical world of books. And the following morning, if it was a weekday and good weather, I’d be off again to my beloved branch library on Jane Street.

by Millicent Zolan

For more Bridgeport History visit the Bridgeport History Center at: http://bportlibrary.org/hc/