Earlier this spring, the library hosted a public program and put out display boards in the Johnson Building in order to collect comments and suggestions for the the project. The display boards featured a set of four questions, one of which was “What can the library do to establish a stronger connection to Boylston & Exeter Street?” Library staff, users, and visitors wrote directly onto the blank sheets of paper posted and also attached sticky notes with their ideas. In all, more than 375 comments were collected. The word cloud below illustrates the range of content collected. The cloud gives greater prominence to the words that were used more frequently. There were multiple comments about improving the appearance and safety of the brick sidewalk, suggestions to add landscaping/plants/shrubs, requests to remove the granite/cement blocks in front of the widows, among other ideas.
Another question posed was “What sorts of enterprise or entrepreneurial opportunities might the library pursue? What sorts of entrepreneurial activities might fit in well in the Johnson Building?” The most common responses to these questions fell into 5 general categories:
- those in favor of a cafe or library-related shop
- those opposed to any cafe or shop
- those interested in space for classes
- those interested in a space for art and/or exhibitions and/or author talks
- those interested in meeting space, entrepreneurial space
Thank you to all who have already contributed their ideas. All the comments collected have been shared with the library staff team working on the Johnson Improvement Project as well as the architect team. Please feel free to add more comments directly on this blog, send an email to email@example.com with your thoughts, or send a letter to Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston MA 02116.