Bridgeport’s history is Black – The Bridgeport Cultural Arts Center 1970 – 1986

From the city’s founding up into the present day, this has been a simple truth.

This Black History Month the Bridgeport History Center is featuring a different collection from our holdings each week.

This week we are highlighting the The Bridgeport Cultural Arts Center.

.In October of 2019 until the pandemic hit in March 2020, the Bridgeport History Center was fortunate enough to host an exhibition about the Bridgeport Cultural Arts Center, including art from Arts Center alumni, an oral history collection with interviews of past students and teachers, and wall panels that offered a concise history of this institution. While the exhibition is over, it can be explored in full on online: View exhibit

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.

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.

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

RBdigital

RBdigital

Downloadable audiobooks and ebooks available for all Connecticut residents.

RBdigital - magazines

RBdigital – magazines

Magazines in digital format that you may check out and enjoy on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Choose from over 100 popular titles!

ReferenceUSA

ReferenceUSA

White/Yellow Page listings for the U.S.
14 million U.S. businesses (updated monthly) and over 100 million U.S. residents (updated continuously) to aid in job searching, market research, and locating friends and relatives.

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.

Virtual Programs

Date/Time Program
Tuesday, March 2
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Little Learners Storytime

Little Learners Storytime

Join us for stories, songs, movement, and fingerplays for the youngest! We’ll learn colors, shapes, opposites, the ABCs and always provide literacy tips at the end! With puppets and great music, grownups will have fun too!. Ages: 0-6.  Facebook Live at @Bridgeport Downtown Library – Kids.

Wednesday, March 3
7:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Pajama Storytime

Pajama Storytime

Join one of our librarians for a virtual pajama storytime on Facebook Live! We’ll read, sing, and have some fun together! Don’t forget to wear your pajamas and watch with your favorite stuffed animal!
Ages: 0-12.  Facebook Live at @Bridgeport Downtown Library – Kids. For more info call the Children’s Dept. at 203-576-7400 ext. 408

Thursday, March 4
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Storytime Stars

Storytime Stars

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
Live on the East Side Branch Library Facebook page.

More info

Tuesday, March 9
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Little Learners Storytime

Little Learners Storytime

Join us for stories, songs, movement, and fingerplays for the youngest! We’ll learn colors, shapes, opposites, the ABCs and always provide literacy tips at the end! With puppets and great music, grownups will have fun too!. Ages: 0-6.  Facebook Live at @Bridgeport Downtown Library – Kids.

Library News

The BPL Customer Services Team Celebrates Black History Month

Take a look at what The BPL’s Customer Services Team has put together for Black History Month:

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Free Tax Help Assistance info from the BPL’s North Branch Library

What a year. Providing tax assistance is a bit more complicated this year. However, the dedication of the AARP and  VITA (VITA client brochure) volunteers who provide this very important service and their willingness to adapt to the situation is making it possible.
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There is a lot of detail here so first and foremost:

You can always call the North Branch 203-576-8113 (during open hours) if this is too much to take in.
For those of you willing to persevere –

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A Message from the City Librarian

We are pleased to announce that our North Branch, Black Rock Branch and East Side Branch Libraries have resumed limited services, offering up to one hour of computer access, photocopying and faxing services by appointment in addition to our ongoing Quick Pick-Up service.

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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