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Central Library Renovation Lighting in Johnson Building

Posted on August 17th, 2015 by admin in Johnson Building Study

IMG_5284The BPL is very mindful of the needs of all of its users, of all ages, students, children, laptop users, researchers, and those who are visually impaired. The importance of quality illumination is a cornerstone in the Central Library Renovation project. The quantity of lighting in these spaces meets or exceeds library lighting standards and is significantly brighter than the original lighting design. The new design has increased daylight, more overall ambient lighting, and more task lighting at desk areas to satisfy the range of user reading requirements.

By changing the original tinted glass windows to clear glass, natural lighting is increased, adding significant brightness to the perimeter areas. Reading areas have been placed to take advantage of this increase in natural light. In addition, a major reading area lines the edges of the skylit Deferrari Hall. The new interior wall finishes are illuminated to balance contrast and add brightness. The new light fixtures have a higher efficiency to maximize the amount of electric light permitted by the energy code. The result is higher general lighting throughout. In addition, a generous number of task lights have been installed specifically to address the needs of users who require higher localized lighting.

Other important factors that contribute to the quality of illumination include glare control and the color rendering of the light sources. The new light fixtures provide much greater glare control, which improves visual comfort, making the reading areas a more pleasant environment. The new light sources have improved color rendering so that colors appear more true to users expectations. The overall result is a space that is comfortable, cheerful, and provides a range of study conditions to satisfy the full range of the Boston Public Library’s patrons.

Scaffolding in Deferrari Hall

Posted on August 5th, 2015 by Rosemary Lavery in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects

IMG_0318Contractors are installing scaffolding in Deferrari Hall in the Central Library’s Johnson building in conjunction with the Central Library Renovation. The scaffolding, running 80 feet high, is required for access to repair plaster around skylights and to replace light fixtures in the ceiling. Following the two week installation period taking place at night, the scaffolding will remain in place through November. The pathways to the stairs and the elevator will remain open to public access. Please email askjbi@bpl.org with any questions about the Central Library Renovation and follow the Compass blog for updates.

Have you seen our Bibliocycle? Because it’s awesome!

Posted on July 31st, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Library Services
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This is the second year the Boston Public Library has offered outreach services via our bike-riding librarians on the Bibliocycle. So far, they have visited 22 locations, checked out 89 books, chatted with 631 visitors, and signed up 23 people for library cards. Today, our brave bikers are actually biking from Mission Hill to East Boston so you may see them at spots throughout the City.

Check us out at these upcoming events:

Saturday August 5th – East Boston Farmers Market (3 p.m. – 5 p.m.)

Sunday August 9th – August Moon Festival (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Monday August 17th – South Boston Farmers Market (1 p.m. – 3 p.m )

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Jamaica Plain and Faneuil meeting minutes now available

Posted on July 17th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects
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Meeting minutes from the final community meeting for the programming phase of the Faneuil branch library project are now available here

Meeting minutes from the final community meeting in the design phase of the Jamaica Plain branch library project are now available here

Thank you to all who have participated in the process so far. Post a comment on this blog, or send feedback on either project to compass@bpl.org

 

BPL celebrates youth authors with 826 Boston and Jeff Kinney

Posted on June 18th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Library Services

On Wednesday June 17th, the Grove Hall branch of the Boston Public Library hosted the “I Rate Today a -1,000″ author party with 826 Boston, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills. For the past year, students enrolled in both the Grove Hall branch after-school program and the Roxbury after-school program worked on personal diary entries, inspired by their favorite book Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. From scary stories about knocking sounds coming from the closet, to a story about how to become “Youtube™ famous”, these stories provide a glimpse into the creative minds of kids from across the City of Boston.

Jeff Kinney, who helped support the publication of the book, was on hand to talk about how he came to be a writer and how he came to create one of the most beloved children’s book characters of our recent generation, Greg Heffley, of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Below, youth authors gather around Mr. Kinney in celebration of becoming published authors.

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