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Closed – Memorial Day Weekend

All Bridgeport Public Library locations will be closed on Saturday, May 25 and on Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day Holiday.

Agenda for May 15, 2024 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.

 

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, May 18
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, May 18
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Learn To Quilt Series: Mystery Quilt & Sew Saturday

Learn To Quilt Series: Mystery Quilt & Sew Saturday

Anyone can learn to quilt. The secret is knowing where to start. Come and learn the basics of quilting with instructor Vera Fernandes. We learn blocks, borders , techniques, piecing and quilting.

Location: North Branch
More info
Saturday, May 18
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mental Health Awareness Self Care Saturday

Mental Health Awareness Self Care Saturday

Yalayshia Brookins ,board certified counselor will be doing a mental health presentation. The Gifted Girls Club will be giving out self care packages.

Location: North Branch
More info
Saturday, May 18
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yoga with Krista's Kids Yoga

Yoga with Krista’s Kids Yoga

Join yoga instructor, Ms. Krista as she teaches kids yoga poses and mindful breathing techniques. Kids must wear comfortable clothing and sneakers (no flip flops, sandals or Crocs). Please bring a yoga mat or a towel and bring a water bottle too. Ages: 6-12. Please call 203-576-7400 x408 to register.

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

Library News

Kimberly Wilson

Celebrate Juneteenth 2024 With a Special Performance by Kimberly Wilson

Join us at the Klein Memorial Auditorium to celebrate Juneteenth with A JOURNEY, Musical One-Woman Show Written & Performed by Kimberly Wilson.   The performance will provide an intricate look at the Black experience told through the eyes of the Black woman and performed by professional actress and singer Kimberly Wilson. The performance will be at the Klein Memorial Auditorium Thursday, June 20th at 6:00 PM. Free Tickets at all Bridgeport Public Library Locations and the Box Office.

Sponsored by Bridgeport Public Library, The Klein Memorial Auditorium, The Friends of the Bridgeport Public Library, and Juneteenth of Fairfield County

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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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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

Free Notary Services at BPL

Did you know that we offer notary services free of charge?

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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

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)