Posted on March 9th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Library Services, Technology
Tags: Dudley, East Boston, Grove Hall, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Teen Central
Boston teens are invited to check out a wealth of programs during the Young Adult Library Services Association’s nationally celebrated Teen Tech Week, which takes place March 9-14 with the theme “Libraries Are for Making.” Six neighborhood locations in the Boston Public Library system have events planned, including the Central Library and Grove Hall, Dudley, East Boston, Hyde Park, and Mattapan branches. Offerings throughout the system range from coding and gaming workshops to learning about the BPL’s digital resources.
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The Central Library’s Teen Central, which opened last month,features a digital lab complete with a 3D printer and more than a dozen software programs to enhance teen’s experiences with technology. A few highlights of BPL programs for Teen Tech Week include the Central Library’s Digital Lab 3D Design workshop on Wednesday, March 11, at 3 p.m., at 700 Boylston Street and an Hour of Code with the Best Buy Geek Squad on Monday, March 9, at 4 p.m. at the Mattapan Branch, located at 1350 Blue Hill Avenue. View the complete schedule of events for Teen Tech Week via the BPL calendar.
Posted on March 5th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects
The third meeting in a series of community meetings to discuss the programming study phase of the Faneuil Branch is set for Wednesday, April 1. The meeting will take place at the branch at 419 Faneuil Street in Brighton at 6 p.m. Architects from Tappe, Architects will review progress to date on the study and present preliminary studies on the space. If you are unable to come to the meeting, please follow progress via the Branch Capital Projects page of the BPL website.
Posted on February 26th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects
Tags: Jamaica Plain
The 5th community meeting in the design process for the renovation of the Jamaica Plain branch of the Boston Public Library will be held on March 25th 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.
Posted on January 23rd, 2015 by Michael Colford in Collections, Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
Tags: Back Bay, collections, Copley Square
Reader Services librarians will embrace their roots when Phase II is completed in the summer of 2016. The newest and most popular books will be placed toward the front of the Johnson building. Occupying the space formerly used for Borrower Services and the Boston Room, the new book area will be an area for browsing, admiring topical book displays, and chatting with librarians about what to read next. This traditional reader’s advisory service has always been challenging in the large Central Library, especially when it comes to forming one-on-one relationships that some readers look for. By utilizing the capabilities of the library catalog that enables both staff and the public to write reviews, make lists, and rate books, as well as the knowledge and voracious reading habits of the staff, engaging readers the way independent booksellers do to hand-sell books will be a popular and fun service.
Architects’ rendering looking from within the new books area on the first floor of the Johnson building out toward Boylston Street (to the right).
Posted on January 19th, 2015 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
Tags: Back Bay, Copley Square
The date has been set for the opening of the renovated second floor of the Johnson building at Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square. On Saturday, February 21, the residents of Boston and beyond will get their first look at the new second floor, which includes a new children’s library, teen area, nonfiction collection, reference services, and a community reading area.
The Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street, opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 21. Both the Boylston Street entrance and the Dartmouth Street entrance will be open. The celebratory ribbon cutting will take place at 12 p.m. Mayor Martin J. Walsh is scheduled to attend.