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Children’s Library & Teen Room: Johnson Building Improvement Project

by Christine Schonhart

Since our last update on the Children’s Library and Teen Room, library staff and users have been hard at work in the design stage of these spaces.

A few things have changed since the summer, mainly the orientation of the Children’s Library which is now planned to occupy two quadrants of the second floor along Exeter Street. This will allow for dedicated space for toddlers, school-age kids, and tweens; a large program space within the room, stroller parking, and collections and computers for all ages.

BPL 130816 Children's LibraryThe Teen Room is also progressing in the design stage as we look at different options for the shape of the room as well as developing ideas for a digital makerspace for teens. The Teen Room will be on the second floor of the Johnson Building as well.

BPL 130816 Teen AreaOver the summer, library administration met with youth services staff and gathered feedback from teens who use current Central Library Teen Room. We have also used the recommendations from our system-wide programming report to help inform decisions.

You can be part of the conversation in a number of ways: post comments on this post, visit the project exhibition now at the Central Library in Copley Square, attend a roundtable meeting, send an email at compass@bpl.org, or mail a letter to Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston MA 02116.

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3 Responses to “Children’s Library & Teen Room: Johnson Building Improvement Project”

  1. Don Warner Saklad says:

    What are plans for the Access Center?… vision, hard of hearing folks, ESL English as a Second Language, dyslexic, attention deficit, cognitive difficulty, neurological difficulty, concussion recovery, stroke recovery, elderly folks, et al.

  2. [...] Boston Public Library continues its series of roundtable discussions to update library users and interested residents on the Johnson Building Improvement Project. The first phase of construction, which involves the second floor of the 700 Boylston Street building, will begin in December of this year. Highlights of the second floor work include a new children’s library and teen room. [...]

  3. [...] WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 7, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Boston Public Library continues its series of roundtable discussions to update library users and interested residents on the Johnson Building Improvement Project. The first phase of construction, which involves the second floor of the 700 Boylston Street building, will begin in December of this year. Highlights of the second floor work include a new children’s library and teen room. [...]

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