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Central Library Renovation – 2nd floor now open

by Christine Schonhart


The ribbon cutting for the renovated second floor of the Johnson building took place this past Saturday, February 21, as Mayor Walsh, President Ryan, and  library users celebrated the completion of the first phase of the 
Central Library Renovation. The new second floor features a new Children’s Library, Teen Central, nonfiction collection, reference services, and a community reading area. A key feature in the Children’s Library is an early literacy space for the youngest learners, with a sensory learning wall intended to help children explore the world around them as they grow. In addition to collections for learners of all ages, other features include a story time space, technology and computer area, and a tween nook. Teen Central offers a game lounge, digital lab, diner-style booths for group work, quiet study space, and of course, teen collections. On opening weekend, over 3,500 kids and teens visited the new Children’s Library and Teen Central. Phase two of the renovation, to be complete in the summer of 2016, includes improvements to the exterior, first floor, mezzanine, and lower level. Follow project progress via the Compass blog.IMG_5973