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Bridgeport Public Library is NOW Fine Free!

Stop by at any of our locations to return overdue Bridgeport library materials and all late fines and fees will be removed from your account.

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Building and Finance Committee Agenda Meeting TUESDAY 02/7/23 5:15 PM Burroughs Board Room

2023.1.28 LIBRARY BOARD RETREAT AGENDA

Agenda for January 18th, 2023 Regular Library Board Meeting and Public Documents

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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.

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 Programs

Date/Time Program
Wednesday, February 1 - Wednesday, March 1
All Day
Black History Month Trivia Board

Black History Month Trivia Board

From February 1st – March 1st, come take a look at the bulletin board in the Teen Room and see if you can match wits with our Trivia Master!

Each week, we’ll post a new set of questions about Black history, culture, achievements and contributions. Can you answer all of the questions? If you do, you’ll win a prize!

Location: Burroughs-Saden Library / Teen Room
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Wednesday, February 1 - Wednesday, March 1
All Day
Let's Make a Black History Month Quilt!

Let’s Make a Black History Month Quilt!

Come to the Children’s Room during the month of February and help us to create a quilt celebrating Black excellence. We’ll provide the template (and a little inspiration & information, if you’d like) – you provide the creativity by creating a paper quilt square featuring Black history, culture, achievements and contributions. Once it’s complete, we’ll add it to our special quilt display, featuring other quilt squares made by our favorite artists – kids just like you!

Location: Burroughs-Saden Library / Children’s Dept
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Friday, February 3
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Little Bears! Storytime for ages 0-5 at North Branch

Little Bears! Storytime for ages 0-5 at North Branch

Join Miss Bina at North Branch Library (almost) every Friday for stories, songs, rhymes, music, movement, lots of fun, and, of course, BUBBLES! Perfect for ages 0-5 and a caregiver!
No registration required! For more information, call 203-576-7821 or email bwilliams@bridgeportpubliclibrary.

Location: North Branch Library
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Saturday, February 4
All Day
Take Your Child to the Library Day 2023!

Take Your Child to the Library Day 2023!

Isn’t every day Take Your Child to the Library Day? Of course, but sometimes we just like to celebrate a little extra! This year, we’ll be giving away goodie bags filled with all sorts of fun stuff – free books, bookmarks, pencils, coloring sheets, and other library goodies! You can also come in anytime on February 4th to do a special scavenger hunt so you can show us all the great things you learned on your visit – and win even more prizes to put in your backpack! Finally, we’ll have a “Why I Love My Library” sticky note art project and we hope you’ll tell us why and help us make something beautiful.

Location: Burroughs-Saden Library / Children’s Dept
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Library News

Congratulations & Happy Retirement!

We wish a very fond farewell to Assistant City Librarian, John Soltis, who is retiring after 38 years with the Bridgeport Public Library!

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Black History Month at BPL

The Bridgeport Public Library Celebrates Black History Month 2023.  Throughout the month of February, please visit our library locations for book displays and exhibits celebrating Black History Month. Click here to access local Black history special collections and archives, accumulated by the Bridgeport History Center. Likewise, please join us at some or all of these free events for the whole family:

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2023 Take Your Child to the Library Day

Join us for the Take Your Child to the Library Day celebration on Saturday, February 4th, 2023!  All of our five locations will have special giveaways, including free books, craft supplies and other library goodies to take home! (while supplies last) Click the link below to view the special programs/events. To view the TYCLD flyer click here.

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Bridgeport Public Library is NOW Fine Free!

Stop by at any of our locations to return overdue Bridgeport library materials and all late fines and fees will be removed from your account.

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The Williams Doll and Folk Toys Collection

Courtesy of North Branch Children’s Librarian Bina Williams

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Download eBooks and Audiobooks

Borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and more – anywhere, anytime through Overdrive. 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
Aplicación en Español: pdf 
Carte D’Application: pdf 
Aplikasyon pou Kat: pdf 

Print at BPL

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