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Strategic Plan Implementation: Center of Knowledge

Posted on November 18th, 2014 by admin in Outcomes, Strategic Plan
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bpl-compass-report-cover-200One of the ways the BPL fulfills the strategic plan’s Center of Knowledge principle and the accompanying outcome to “Expand adult literacy volunteer and mentor program,” is through the coordination of ESL Conversation Groups across the library system. There are currently 40 volunteer-led, drop-in conversation groups running weekly, giving immigrants and visitors the opportunity to practice speaking English and the chance to develop relationships and network with people who have similar goals and needs. These groups are in high demand and attract several hundred attendees per month. They represent one of the most successful, continually-running programs at the library. The BPL’s Conversation Groups program is also unique in the City of Boston as a whole, where many other agencies and organizations offer literacy programs.

In addition to the ESL Conversation Groups, the BPL also succeeds in reaching the strategic plan’s adult literacy outcome through the provision of the Small Group Mentoring Program. At present, there are 25 groups across the library system (no-more-than 5 students at a time) that meet with volunteer mentors to learn English. Free tutoring sessions like these, tailored to students’ specific needs, are vital to patrons citywide.

Central Library Renovation: Construction Views

Posted on November 17th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
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More and more detail work is in progress up on the second floor of the Johnson building. The top image below shows the approach to the new children’s library from elevators. In the distance, you can see some of the red nonfiction shelving that has been assembled. The second photo is a look inside the program room within the children’s library. The natural light is streaming in from one of the newly-replaced second-floor windows.

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Central Library Renovation Updated Fact Sheet

Posted on November 17th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
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Download a copy of the library’s updated Central Library renovation fact sheet. On the fact sheet, find information on the project goals, master plan process, construction phases, timeline, and budget.

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PDF document, two pages (2.5 MB)

The library continues to post updates on project progress via this blog. Click here for all posts related to the Central Library renovation.

Strategic Plan Implementation: User-Centered Institution

Posted on November 14th, 2014 by admin in Outcomes, Strategic Plan
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bpl-compass-report-cover-200One of the ways the BPL fulfills the strategic plan’s User-Centered Institution principle and the accompanying outcome to “plan and initiate services in other languages — online and in print” is to provide to users Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese translations of our patron laptop-lending contract.

Borrowing laptops to use at our branch locations has become a tremendously popular service, and as a result of these translations, the BPL can invite even more participation from many of our non-English speaking/reading community members. Additional languages will be coming this fiscal year.

Central Library Renovation: New Windows

Posted on November 10th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
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The replacement of the windows on the second floor of the Johnson building is well underway. There are nine arched windows in all — three along Blagden Street, three along Exeter Street, and three along Boylston Street. The new windows are energy efficient, more transparent than their tinted predecessors, and have more space between each mullion.

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