A Message from the City Librarian – Temporary change in Library hours

Due to the current seriousness of the COVID-19 Pandemic the Bridgeport Public Library will be temporarily reducing public hours at all BPL locations, effective Monday, January 10th.

(See attached schedule.)

We have also reinstituted our Quick Pick Up service at all BPL locations and online library card registration remains available.

We regret having to make this change but the safety of both our patrons and staff remains our primary concern.

Sincerely, Elaine Braithwaite City Librarian

Agenda for January 19th, 2022 Regular Library Board Meeting and Public Documents

Online Library

A Black Lives Matter Resource Page

A Black Lives Matter Resource Page

The Bridgeport Free Public Library statement denouncing systemic racism, Black Lives Matter Organizations, Books about Race available Online and at the BPL, Statistics and Data, Local and State History

Ancestry

Ancestry

In-house access only
Access billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more for individuals from around the world.

 

Biblioboard

Biblioboard

Enjoy digital books, images, videos and more from libraries, artists, authors and others from your community and around the world.

BookFlix (Home Access)

BookFlix (Home Access)

Scholastic BookFlix is a new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration.

BookFlix (Library Access)

BookFlix (Library Access)

Scholastic BookFlix is a new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration.

Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports

Provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for cars, electronics, appliances, and more. The database also provides a health section and money guide.

Data Axle Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA)

Data Axle Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA)

Formerly known as ReferenceUSA, Reference Solutions by Data Axle is the leading source for business and residential data in the United States. It helps users of all kinds search for jobs, research U.S. businesses, create marketing and small business plans, locate specific people and more.

Freegal

Freegal

Stream and download songs or download music videos from hundreds of musical genres and thousands of labels.

Historic Map Works

Historic Map Works

Plat maps with details of lot apportionments and street details for cities across the United States

Hoopla

Hoopla

Bringing you hundreds of thousands of movies, full music albums, audio-books and more, hoopla is a revolutionary digital service made possible by your local library.

Hoopla digital’s latest app upgrade, LightSpeed – an evolution to empower brighter connectivity for users – is here. With LightSpeed, you’ll be able to experience, explore and enjoy free content from your public library in a new way that’s faster, brighter, mobile, easy-to-use and always available! Brought to you free of charge with your Bridgeport Public Library Card.

Overdrive

Overdrive

Download a wide variety of popular fiction and nonfiction ebooks and eaudiobooks to your computer, eReaders, or mobile device. for Bridgeport Library Card Holders

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Maps with details on buildings prepared for the insurance industry

Testing & Education Reference Center (Gale)

Testing & Education Reference Center (Gale)

This online education resource provides everything a student needs to learn more about further education and assists in making informed decisions on their future from one single, handy database. Testing & Education Reference Center also features interactive online practice tests for preparatory examinations including entrance exams and certification and licensing tests.

Tutor.com

Tutor.com

Provides on demand homework help and tutoring services that connect students to a professional tutor online in math, science, social studies or English.

World Book Online

World Book Online

Access online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video.

Upcoming Programs

Date/Time Program
Monday, January 10 - Thursday, June 30
12:00 am
Paws for Nourishment @ Black Rock Library

Paws for Nourishment @ Black Rock Library

Starting January 10th, Black Rock Library will offer pet lovers a chance to help feed pets who no longer have someone to help them.   Have extra dog or cat food?  Bring it to Black Rock and we will put it into a collection basket to share with local shelters.  We will also keep some on site so those who forgot to get Spot some dinner can pick up a can or two. 

Location: Black Rock Library
More info
Wednesday, January 19
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Teens ~ Free SAT Math Prep

Teens ~ Free SAT Math Prep

Teens! Join us for free SAT Math Prep. Our tutor is ready to help boost your score! Come to the Teen Cafe on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4-6pm.  For students grades: 9-12.  To schedule an one-on-one tutoring session, call the Teen Room at 203-576-7400 ext. 444 and/or email Teen Librarian Adam at acleri@bridgeportpubliclibrary.org. Attendees must wear mask when visiting the library.

More info
Wednesday, January 19
7:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Bedtime Storytime ~ Bilingual ~ English/Spanish

Bedtime Storytime ~ Bilingual ~ English/Spanish

Join our children’s librarians for bilingual virtual bedtime storytime on Facebook Live! Tiempo de Historia para la Hora de Dormir Bilingue en English y Espanol. We’ll read some fun stories, sing songs, and learn new rhymes! Don’t forget to watch with your favorite stuffed animal! Ages: 0-12. We’ll stream Live on Facebook at @Bridgeport Downtown Library – Kids.

More info
Wednesday, January 19
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mindfulness

Mindfulness

Please enjoy this weekly virtual Mindfulness session. Where we will discuss techniques on how to find peace in such troubled and frantic times.  Mindfulness is a basic human ability that allows us to be fully present in this moment.  By bringing conscious awareness to what we are doing we can become less reactive to what is going on around us.
More info

Library News

A Message from the City Librarian – Temporary change in Library hours

Due to the current seriousness of the COVID-19 Pandemic the Bridgeport Public Library will be temporarily reducing public hours at all BPL locations, effective Monday, January 10th.

(See attached schedule.)

We have also reinstituted our Quick Pick Up service at all BPL locations and online library card registration remains available.

We regret having to make this change but the safety of both our patrons and staff remains our primary concern.

Sincerely, Elaine Braithwaite City Librarian

Agenda for January 19th, 2022 Regular Library Board Meeting and Public Documents

Free COVID-19 Vaccinations at the North Branch Library!

Walk-ins welcome, no appointment needed.

Booster Shots offered to all who are eligible.

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COVID 19 News

Due to the spikes in the Omicron variant as well as Delta and the original COVID 19, BPL has made the tough decision to cancel all in-person programming for the time being. We hope that you will join us for the online programs we will be offering on Facebook Live, Zoom and other platforms. Check out the calendar for updates.

Let’s hope this is just a short term situation.
Be well. Your BPL staff.

(The COVID testing and vaccination clinics will continue at the North Branch Library.)

ADDITIONAL BRIDGEPORT DAILY TESTING SITES

ADDITIONAL BRIDGEPORT DAILY VACCINATION SITES

FREE COVID-19 TESTING at the North Branch Library – NORTH BRANCH LIBRARY TESTING CLOSED SAT. JANUARY 15TH

Are you as concerned as we are about COVID still being around? Would you like to be tested for COVID?

PCR test via nasal swab, and you will receive the results of your test in 1-3 days via text or email.

DRIVE UP ONLY (go to the parking area behind the building)

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Online Library Cards

If you are a Bridgeport resident and need a library card: click here.

Download eBooks and Audiobooks

Borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and more – anywhere, anytime through Overdrive  and RBdigital. All you need is a library card.

Download Magazines

RBdigital, the world’s largest newstand. Instantly browse the latest issues of your favorite magazines.

Download Music

Freegal, free downloadable music from Sony. Use your library card to download up to five songs a week and stream up to 3 hours of music a day!

Learn a Language Online

Pronunciator is a fun and free way to learn any of 140 languages with Personalized Courses, movies, music, and more.

Learning a language with Duolingo is fun and addictive. Earn points for correct answers, race against the clock, and level up.

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Online Library Card Application

Just print out an application.  Fill it out and bring it to the library with proper ID’s (ID info is on each application.) and at no cost become a member of the BPL.

Library Card Application: pdf / doc
Aplicación en Español: pdf / doc
Carte D’Application: pdf / doc
Aplikasyon pou Kat: pdf / doc

Print at BPL

BPL Mobile Printing for your laptop, PC, and mobile devices:
Burroughs-Saden Printer
North Branch Printer