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Roundtable Recap: Johnson Building Improvement Project

by Eamon Shelton

<!–[if !vml]–><!–[endif]–>The first in a series of public roundtables on the Johnson Building Improvement Project was held on August 15 (pictured at right). Members of the public joined Boston Public Library staff to review recommendations from the master plan. David Leonard, Director of Administration and Technology, led the discussion and walked the group through each area of the four floors (concourse, first floor, mezzanine, second floor) slated for improvements. The group was also shown a series of interior and exterior computer renderings that depict what the library might look like after the renovation. David discussed the project timeline with the first major milestone being the closure of the second floor of the Johnson Building planned for this coming October in preparation for the first phase of construction.

Discussion followed with questions related to the optimal location for the children’s library, the prominence of public art, plans for quiet spaces, technology, spaces for tutoring sessions, and the size of the collection. Attendees also discussed the best use for the enterprise area on the first floor, which has been planned as a possible café or retail space.

Thank you to all who attended the August 15 meeting. The next roundtable is scheduled for Wednesday, September 25, at 6 p.m. Topics will include library services during the first phase of construction.

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