All BPL Locations are Open!

Come in for computer time or browsing time! Remember to wear a mask at all times and maintain social distancing. Check out our calendar for our online events!

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FREE COVID-19 TESTING at the North Branch Library

Agenda for October 20th, 2021 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

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

Click here, fill out form, and receive password via email.  Mail is checked several times a day.

 

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.

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
Thursday, October 21
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Storytime Stars

Storytime Stars

Stop by at the East Side Library and join us for stories, songs, movement, and fingerplays for your little one! We’ll learn colors, shapes, opposites, the ABCs and always provide literacy tips at the end! Ages: 0-5
Location: East Side
More info
Thursday, October 21
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Online Escape Room

Online Escape Room

Journey into Hogwarts, Narnia, and other literary worlds and complete a quest! Teens: 13-19. This program will take place on Zoom. ZOOM info: Meeting ID: 818 4793 6551; Password: BPLTeens. For more info, contact the Teen Room at 203-576-7400 ext. 444. Did you know that the Teen Cafe at BPL (Main Library) is open 6 days a week?

More info
Thursday, October 21
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Get LITT on CHESS at the North Branch!

Get LITT on CHESS at the North Branch!

Middle School and High School students: Would you like to hone your chess skills in person with a real coach from DIG USA? Join us on Thursdays for an hour of intense play with Coach Jake! 

Why learn chess? Chess helps with academics, concentration, strategy, and many more life skills. You will make life long friends with your fellow players. AND, your coaches are highly ranked with lots of experience!

Location: North Branch Library
More info
Thursday, October 21
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Scary Book Club @ Black Rock Gets Creepy

The Scary Book Club @ Black Rock Gets Creepy

What was the first horror or ghost story/film that scared you–REALLY scared you?  Did the creepy clown from IT give you nightmares?  Was it the monster from Frankenstein that made your skin crawl?  Have you hung out with Dean Koontz’ character Odd Thomas and wished you had stayed away?  What movie scene did you watch from behind your hands?  Michele was terrified of the demon from the Night on Bald Mountain segment of “Fantasia”–until she read  M.R. James “The Mezzotint” at age 12. Let’s talk scary stories and movies.  Tell us about your faves and why you love them so.

More info

Library News

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Bridgeport Public Library is proud to present
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Performed by Jonathan Kruk!
Available to watch on demand the entire month of October.

To watch Click here.

If you have any questions please let us know in the comments or contact jcoutts@bridgeportpubliclibrary.org

Free COVID-19 Vaccinations at North Branch Sat October 23 10 AM – 4 PM

Vaccination is the best protection against the COVID-19 virus, and that is why everyone
12 and older is strongly encouraged to receive this truly lifesaving vaccine.

Walk-ins welcome, no appointment required. Free gift card after vaccination.

October 23 Vaccine info

The next 10 AM – 4 PM Saturday vaccine clinics will held be on  Nov. 13 & 20  and Dec. 4 & 18.

FREE COVID-19 TESTING at the North Branch Library

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 phone or email.

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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.

New Arrivals

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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