National Library Week | April 7-13, 2024

CELEBRATE NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK with us! Enjoy an eclipse viewing party at North Branch on Monday, storytimes, computer classes, and other fun library events at all of our six locations!

Agenda for the April 10, 2024 Library Personnel Committee

 

Digital Navigator

Online Library

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.

 

AtoZdatabases

AtoZdatabases

AtoZdatabases is the Premier Job Search, Reference & Mailing List Database including 30 million business & executive profiles & 245 million residents.

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.

Foundation Center

Foundation Center

Directory of private philanthropic and grant making foundations on the Internet.
(In house use only – Burroughs-Saden)

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 - In-house

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps – In-house

Maps with details on buildings prepared for the insurance industry.

 

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps - Remote

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps – Remote

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

Live one-to-one help is available 2:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., daily.
New subjects available for Nursing & Healthcare and Computer Science!

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 Events

Date/Time Program
Saturday, April 13
All Day
Blackout Poetry

Blackout Poetry

Find your voice, poetically and artistically with blackout poetry!  Teens can create their own piece of art from book pages by blacking out all the unwanted words to create poems.  For teens, ages 13-18 years old.  Program will be available all day, Saturday, April 13, 2024 in the Teen Room of the Newfield Branch Library.

Location: Newfield Branch Library – Teen Room
More info
Saturday, April 13
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Teen Game Day

Teen Game Day

Calling all gamers! Come play our PS4 or PS5 on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4-8pm and on Saturdays from 10am-5pm. Game Day is held in the Teen Room of Newfield Branch Library for teens, ages 13-18 years old only. Please note, no gaming is allowed during special programs.

Location: Newfield Branch Library – Teen Room
More info
Saturday, April 13
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Introducing Essential Oils

Introducing Essential Oils

Please come and enjoy our Essential Oils programs. A beginner’s guide to using Essential Oils with confidence. How to know where or how to start and many more questions. Call the info desk to register or for more info 203 576 8113

www.bportlibrary.org

Location: North Branch
More info
Saturday, April 13
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
We Love Libraries! Storytime & Cookies

We Love Libraries! Storytime & Cookies

Celebrate National Library Week at the Bridgeport Public Library with a special library themed storytime and  a yummy treat! Ages: 0-12 No registration required.

Location: Burroughs-Saden Library / Children’s Dept
More info

Library News

Podcast Studios at BPL

BPL Studios at Bridgeport Public Library is making accessible the art of podcasting, and audio and video production by providing an inclusive space for community members to express their unique voices. Our mission is to empower the community by offering state-of-the-art recording facilities and staff support, fostering a collaborative environment where creativity thrives. BPL Studios aim to amplify diverse perspectives, strengthen community bonds, and enrich the public library experience as a hub for innovation and self-expression.

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Free Trees for Kids

We are excited to be participating in Neighborhood Forests Free Tree Program this year and have received tree requests from many Bridgeport families. The trees will be delivered to Beardsley Branch Library during Earth Week (April 22-26) and the specific date will be announced in April. Our librarians will call you or email you when the trees are ready for pickup. Please all us at 203-332-0025 if you have any questions.
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Library Lockers at Beardsley Branch

Bridgeport Public Library Lockers are here for easy contactless hold pick up 24/7. Can’t make it to any of our library locations to pick up your holds during regular business hours? Send your items to our new Pickup Locker, situated at the Beardsley Branch and access your materials at your convenience!

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Making the switch to Libby is easy!

The original OverDrive app is going away but making the switch to Libby is easy: 1.Download the free Libby app. 2. Find “Bridgeport Public Library” and sign in with your library card number. 3. Read ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and more for free! More info

Download eBooks and Audiobooks

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

Download 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
Library Card Application (Spanish)