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Reminder – Jamaica Plain branch to close for renovations August 1st

Posted on June 16th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects

In six weeks, the Jamaica Plain branch of the Boston Public Library will temporarily close for major renovations. In preparation for this closing, you may be seeing a lot of changes at the branch:

  • Collections are being weeded then inventoried to prepare for storage while the branch is closed
  • Staff are clearing out storage spaces to prepare for construction
  • Some furniture that is not being re-used in the renovation will soon go on the City of Boston Surplus site
  • As of July 1st, the collection will no longer be viewable in the online catalog, though materials will still be available for check out at the branch
  • As of July 1st, the Jamaica Plain branch will no longer be an option for picking up reserves
    • To change your pick up location – please see a staff member or follow these steps:
      • go to www.bpl.org
      • click “My Account”
      • Log in using your Library card number and PIN
      • Click on “My Settings” and select “Preferences”
      • Select another BPL location from the drop-down list

While the branch is closed, staff will provide some programming at the Curtis Hall Community Center. Keep an eye on this blog for updates throughout construction.

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Brighton Branch celebrates new public art

Posted on June 1st, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services
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On Thursday May 14th members of the Friends of the Brighton Branch Library, BPL staff, and elected officials joined artist Richard Duca as he unveiled his latest sculpture, “Wings of the Imagination”, at the Brighton Branch of the Boston Public Library. Thanks to the Boston Arts Commission, The Browne Fund, The Henderson Fund and the Patricia Gordon estate, the Friends were able to bring this beautiful new piece of art to the community. While it is a piece of art, it is also functional – curl up with a good book on a warm summer day in one of the three chairs that make up the sculpture or get inspired by   quotes from literature engraved in the stone work surrounding the piece. 

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Faneuil Branch Library Programming Study Meeting

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects
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The final community meeting in the programming study phase of the Faneuil branch project will be held on Wednesday June 10th at 6pm at the Faneuil branch at 419 Faneuil Street, Brighton, MA 02135. Join members of the BPL staff, Tappé Architects, and City of Boston Property and Construction Management as they present the latest conceptual designs for a potential renovation of the branch.

If you’re unable to attend the meeting, you can still provide feedback by commenting on this post, sending an email to compass@bpl.org, or calling Christine Schonhart at 617-859-2340. Past meeting notes and presentations can be found here.

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Jamaica Plain Design Meeting

Posted on May 13th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects
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The last community meeting in the design process for the renovation of the Jamaica Plain branch of the Boston Public Library will be held on June 23rd at 6pm. Join the architects from Utile, Inc. BPL staff, and City of Boston project managers to hear the latest on the project.  The meeting will begin at 6pm at the branch at 12 Sedgwick Street, Jamaica Plain. If you’re not able to come to the meeting, follow progress here.

A reminder that the branch will close temporarily for construction for 18-24 months beginning at 2 p.m. on August 1, 2015. After the branch is closed, patrons will not be able to borrow or  return materials to the branch and are welcome to visit our nearby Connolly, Egleston, or Roslindale branches, as well as any other BPL location.JPreno4_2_15

Jamaica Plain Branch to undergo renovations

Posted on April 3rd, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects
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As announced at the recent renovation community meeting on March 25, the Jamaica Plain Branch will undergo major building improvements beginning in August. The building renovation necessitates a temporary closure of the branch while work takes place. The temporary closure period will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, and is expected to last 18-24 months. The goals of the renovation project include an enhanced and expanded children’s area, creation of a teen area and gallery space, and improved technology, including a maker space, expanded adult reading area, an upgraded multipurpose room, and refreshed collections. A 700-square-foot addition to the building will provide a new reading room for the community. Follow progress via the branch capital projects section of the BPL website or read the press release for further information.

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