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BPL’s Passport Program is an innovative new program funded by you!

Through the generosity of thousands of donors, the Boston Public Library Fund was proud to support the Library’s successful initiative to increase the number of library card holders. This past September, BPL staff created the Passport Program, a booklet outlining routes to walk, run, or bike between each of the BPL’s 26 locations, encouraging residents to get out and explore the city. For each branch visit, participants receive a branch stamp in their BPL Passport.

The BPL typically averages a little over 8,000 library card signups a month. In September, that number jumped to 12,744, a 36 percent increase!

Librarian Maggie Levine shared, “The Passport is a fantastic way to see and experience the many neighborhoods of Boston through the lens of its treasured local libraries. Every branch of the BPL has its own unique personality and important role within the community it serves, and we hope this passport and Book it Around Boston will encourage Bostonians to get out and explore our wonderful city.”

Would you like to support outreach programs at the BPL? Make your gift to the Boston Public Library Fund today.

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