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BPL Patron Survey


As part of our Facilities Plan study, we want to solicit as much public input as possible – please click on the link below.

Click here to start survey


BPL Easter Weekend Closings


All locations of the Bridgeport Public Library will be closed Good Friday, April 18th. The BPL will reopen Saturday, April 19th. Note – the main Burroughs and Saden Library will not be open Easter Sunday, April 20th.

Normal BPL hours will resume Monday, April 21st

Youth Poetry Workshop & Open Mic Cafe

1st & 3rd Saturdays - 1:00 - 4:00 PM, starting April 19th
4th Fridays - 6:00 - 900: PM, starting April 25th
Burroughs & Saden 1st floor


Join us on the 1st & 3rd Satudays of each month for a: Youth Poetry Workshop hosted & instructed by Poetz Realm, Jason Dorsey & Vanessa Liles with special guest Elm City’s own Baub OneGod Bidon.

Then, on the 4th Friday evening of each month come to the BPL’s brand new 4th Fridays: Open Mic Cafe.

Click here for more info on workshops and info on our 4th Fridays Open Mic Cafe.

WWE Wrestlemania Reading Challenge 2014!


WWE, Pearson Foundation, and YALSA are teaming up to present the 2014
WrestleMania Reading Challenge!

Teens ages 13-18, write about your favorite book to a WWE Superstar Pen Pal at www.wwereadingsuperstar.com
for the chance to win tickets to WrestleMania 30, and more!

Deadline to submit is March 7, 2014

NaNoWriMo Letterbox Story


Below is our story that was conceived during NaNoWriMo by visiting our Letterbox plant. Six people visited during the month and added sentences to a story starter. Teens at the library carved their own stamp as well.

NaNoWriMo Story Letterbox 2013

Walking up the front steps of the library I saw a lady coming out with a very large book. She told me to listen to Nirvana. Such a cool idea. Love the idea of a library. I love family! I love the library!
Life is like a funhouse mirror. It isn’t the way you may look at it. It could be something else. You need to find out! This is the perfect place to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon and still be able to Letterbox. Thank you for a fun trip.

Global Gossip Game-Success! Part of International Games Day at BPL


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Have you played the party game, Telephone, when you whisper a phrase to the person next to you, and the phrase is passed around the circle until the last person announces what is usually a different phrase than what they heard?  On Saturday, November 16, 2013 as part of International Games Day the Bridgeport Public Library Burroughs & Saden Main branch, did just that, only bigger!

The phrase which started in Australia, with “Playing games is great fun”  passed from person to person and library to library in the Global Gossip Game. The game finished in Alaska over 24 hours later with the phrase “Clouds travel around the world”.

The GGG came through the Bridgeport Public Library downtown at 3:30 p.m. with the phrase“ I love to road” from the Richmond Public Library in Richmond VA. During twenty minutes of play the secret phrase travelled through seventeen patrons and staff of all ages. It ended with “I love the world” Bridgeport  Librarian Nancy Sweeney passed on this phrase around 3:50  to the Juanita E. Thornton/Shepard Park Library in Washington DC.

The Library hosted a variety of gaming opportunities before the “gossip” began. Free play throughout the day featured chess, giant checkers, and fun new games donated by our sponsors: Square Shooters, USAopoly, and Yu-Gi-Oh!

Letterbox Launch in Honor of National Novel Writing Month!


Some where in the Bridgeport Public Library downtown there hides a Letterbox in honor of NaNoWriMo!

This is a follow-up to our Teen Read Week activity where patrons made their own unique rubber stamp to be used for Letterboxing. This year’s theme was “Seek the Unknown”

To find the clue visit Atlas Quest.

Letterboxing is an intriguing pastime combining navigational skills and rubber stamp artistry in a charming “treasure hunt” style outdoor quest. A wide variety of adventures can be found to suit all ages and experience levels.

Teens who missed making stamps during Teen Read Week will be able to create a stamp in the Teen Cafe beginning next Monday.

Teens Top Ten…And the Winners Are!!



2013 Teens’ Top Ten Winners

  1. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Disney/Hyperion)
  2. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Scholastic/Scholastic Press)
  3. Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Harper Collins/Katherine Tegen Books)
  4. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (Harlequin Teen)
  5. Poison Princess by Kresley Cole (Simon & Schuster)
  6. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic/Scholastic Press)
  7. Crewel by Gennifer Albin (Macmillan/Farrar Straus Giroux)
  8. Every Day by David Levithan (Random House/Alfred A. Knopf)
  9. Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross (Egmont)
  10. Butter by Erin Jade Lange (Bloomsbury)

College Prep Informational Sessions

3:30 p.m.


These drop in sessions will emphasize:

  • Searching for colleges, majors, and careers
  • Discussing  college affordability and financial aid.
  • Discussing high school courses, grades, and test scores.
  • Starting the application to college, writing essays, asking for recommendations, and more.

This program is free and open to all high school students and their parents.

Seventh and eighth grade students are also welcome.

It is never too early to be thinking about college!

No appointment necessary.

The following Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m.

October 22 November 5 and 26 December 3 and 17

Sponsored by: The College Place

Skateboarding at the Rampage Skate Park

3:30 - 5:30 PM
Black Rock Branch
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Black Rock Skateboarding

The Black Rock Branch Library presents: Skateboarding at the Rampage Skate Park. Teens and Tweens join us at the Rampage Skate Park and receive skateboard tips, tricks, lessons and safety tips. No fee!

Permission slip (signed at the Black Rock Library) required. Round trip bus fare included. For more info call: (203) 576-7025.

Wii Wednesdays at Newfield

2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month
6:00 PM
Newfield Branch

Wii Wednesdays

Breaking News!- We have added X-Box Wednesday on the 4th Wednesday of the month; also at 6:00.

Contact Newfield Branch: 203 576-7828

Yale Peabody Museum: Our Newest Museum Pass to Check Out!

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The Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven is our newest museum pass!

Available at all branches of the Bridgeport Public Library.

Check out all the venues we have available for free admission or a discounted price using your Bridgeport Public Library adult library card.

Museum Pass List.




Bridgeport Public Library and the WWE unleashed the reading power of local teen patrons.  Javier Llantin Cruz and Ramon Pons, both of Bridgeport, CT were finalists in the WrestleMania® Reading Challenge. Eighteen readers were selected over a four month judging process based on how they answered the following question, “What is your favorite book and why should your favorite wrestler read it?” Winners in grades 5-12 were chosen from across the United States, Canada and England. Read More

Back to School. Remember Tutor.com!!

Back to school reminder!


Heading back to school?  Remember with your Bridgeport Library card you have access to a live tutor every day from 2p.m.-11 p.m.!

K-12 and college students can get help with homework, studying, projects, essay writing and test prep in every subject, including algebra, statistics, chemistry, physics, social studies and English.

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Speak Out Against Bullying

Against Bullying

Speak Out Against Bullying

The Hearst Connecticut Newspaper Group is embarking on a project delving into bullying in our schools and woud like to hear directly from students.

Please click here to go to their Facebook page to comment or email: speakout@ctnews.com.

Here’s a short video on what some students have already said: click here.