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Bridgeport Public Library Services Homeward Bound Books Program is available to Bridgeport residents who are home bound and unable to visit any of the library locations in person.
For more information please call 203-576-7828 to contact the Homeward Bound Books Coordinator Taja Shelton.
Free Driver Permit Tests
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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Teens (Spark a Reaction)
June 30-October 1, 2014
Bridgeport Public Library
This essay contest, sponsored by Metrocrops is for students who will be in the 8th grade in September 2014 in a school located in Bridgeport, CT. This essay contest honors and celebrates the innovations that were part of Bridgeport’s proud industrial past.
The top three winners will receive brand new Kindle e-readers and Amazon gift cards to download books. Read more →
Smoke rises during an explosion from an Israeli strike in Gaza City, as the Hamas-ruled Strip was bombarded with nearly 200 airstrikes early on Saturday [AP]via Al Jazeera
Saturday Aug. 2, 2014
Hope of a break in the fighting is lost in the 26 day battle between Hamas and Israel.
A 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire was broken a mere 90 minutes after it started on Friday when Israel reported that two soldiers were killed and a third was allegedly kidnapped near Rafah, a town in southern Gaza. The Israeli soldiers were dismantling tunnels that Hamas militants use to access Israeli territory. Reports state that a suicide bomber had come through the tunnel while the Israelis were dismantling it. Hamas reported that several Palestinians were also killed in the firefight that ensued
According to Secretary of State John Kerry, the Israelis were allowed to continue dismantling the tunnels during the ceasefire. A statement from the Qassam Brigades, a militant group leading the fight for Hamas, claims the ceasefire could not require them to stop protecting themselves from what they considered advancement on Gaza and that any Israeli troupes advancing would be bound to run into ambushes.
In response to the alleged kidnapping, Israel is bombing Rafah and the surrounding area to prevent militants from moving the captive, Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin. Qassam Brigades claim they don’t have Goldin and that he may have been killed when other Palestinians were killed in the Israeli bombings.
A report from Voice of America (VOA) summarizes the reasons for ongoing tension in Gaza –
Israeli leaders want the demilitarization of Hamas, which has sent thousands of rockets into Israeli territory in recent weeks. The Islamist group wants an end to the Israeli-led blockade that has strangled Gaza’s economy and prevented Gazans from traveling.
Talks were scheduled to continue on Sunday.
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New York Times
The Great War / World War I began 100 years ago. Because of alliances between different European Countries, the war began on different dates as each country declared war on its neighbor. On Monday, August 4th, Great Britain will commemorate their declaration of war on Germany with a “Lights Out” observance. At 10pm the country will go black for one hour and candles will be lit in remembrance.
All throughout Europe, different countries are planning different events. We must remember that the United States did not enter the war until 1918. Millions had lost their lives prior to the Yanks arriving on the scene.
Closed Friday, January 17th - Tuesday, January 21st
Newfield Branch Library Closed
The Newfield Branch Library will be closed for preventative maintenance from Friday, January 17th – Tuesday, January 21st.
Newfield will reopen Wednesday, January 22nd.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
Congratulations to all our readers who participated in the Bluefish game this past Sunday, August 11. Readers were acknowledged after the second inning with a parade on the field.
Bridgeport History Center Notice
Due to staff shortages the Bridgeport History Center will be closed from 12:00 – 2:00 PM on: January 18th, 19th and 25th.
We apologize for this temporary inconvenience.