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Central Library Renovation: New Carpet and Paint

Posted on January 28th, 2016 by awilliams in Central Library Renovation, Library Services, Major Projects

New carpet is being installed on the Johnson building first floor, orange paint lines the mezzanine

New carpet is being installed on the Johnson building first floor, orange paint lines the mezzanine

Orange carpet is being installed on the Johnson building mezzanine level

Orange carpet is being installed on the Johnson building mezzanine level

The installation of bright orange carpet and paint add a jolt of energy to the Johnson building’s mezzanine level, part of the second phase of the Central Library Renovation. The space that is being transformed, will house the BPL’s new Community Learning Center conference rooms and classroom, and the World Languages and Fiction collections. The mezzanine shares the vibrant color pallet first introduced on the Johnson building’s second floor during the first phase of the renovation, and draws on the historic McKim building’s paintings and murals. In addition, carpet installation is underway on the Johnson building’s first floor in the areas that will house Fiction and Tech Central, the free computer area. The renovation makes room for 40 more computers for public use, totaling 104 available computers.

Opening in summer 2016, the second phase renovation of the Boston Public Library’s Johnson building in Copley Square will be on the cutting edge of library services – reshaping and redefining the patron experience at a 21st century urban public library. Totaling approximately 110,000 square feet, the second phase renovation includes updates to the lower level, first floor, mezzanine, and the building exterior.

The first phase of the renovation, which opened in February 2015, includes a colorful Children’s Library with books and media, early literacy and story time space, a tween corner, and flexible program space; Teen Central, a distinctive and media-friendly space with books, digital lab, media lounge, a dedicated quiet zone, and homework and hangout booths; refreshed and reorganized nonfiction collections and reference services; and an adult reading area and workspace for individuals and groups.

Faneuil Branch study—final report

Posted on December 16th, 2015 by admin in Branches

The Faneuil Branch of the Boston Public Library is a remarkable and well-loved building and institution. Opened in 1932, the 7,600 square foot branch is a well preserved example of a well- constructed Art Deco building, with intact details inside and out. The stone building is a solid anchor located at the geographical and cultural heart of the community.

Please download the full report (PDF, 47 mb) from the BPL Compass.

Have you seen our Bibliocycle? Because it’s awesome!

Posted on July 31st, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Library Services
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This is the second year the Boston Public Library has offered outreach services via our bike-riding librarians on the Bibliocycle. So far, they have visited 22 locations, checked out 89 books, chatted with 631 visitors, and signed up 23 people for library cards. Today, our brave bikers are actually biking from Mission Hill to East Boston so you may see them at spots throughout the City.

Check us out at these upcoming events:

Saturday August 5th – East Boston Farmers Market (3 p.m. – 5 p.m.)

Sunday August 9th – August Moon Festival (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Monday August 17th – South Boston Farmers Market (1 p.m. – 3 p.m )


Jamaica Plain and Faneuil meeting minutes now available

Posted on July 17th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects
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Meeting minutes from the final community meeting for the programming phase of the Faneuil branch library project are now available here

Meeting minutes from the final community meeting in the design phase of the Jamaica Plain branch library project are now available here

Thank you to all who have participated in the process so far. Post a comment on this blog, or send feedback on either project to


BPL celebrates youth authors with 826 Boston and Jeff Kinney

Posted on June 18th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Library Services

On Wednesday June 17th, the Grove Hall branch of the Boston Public Library hosted the “I Rate Today a -1,000” author party with 826 Boston, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills. For the past year, students enrolled in both the Grove Hall branch after-school program and the Roxbury after-school program worked on personal diary entries, inspired by their favorite book Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. From scary stories about knocking sounds coming from the closet, to a story about how to become “Youtube™ famous”, these stories provide a glimpse into the creative minds of kids from across the City of Boston.

Jeff Kinney, who helped support the publication of the book, was on hand to talk about how he came to be a writer and how he came to create one of the most beloved children’s book characters of our recent generation, Greg Heffley, of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Below, youth authors gather around Mr. Kinney in celebration of becoming published authors.