Posted on March 17th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
Boston Public Library welcomed people of all ages to the opening of the renovated second floor on February 21. Joined by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Bostonians celebrated the opening of the Children’s Library, Teen Central, and reference services in the library’s Johnson building. Children explored their new space, read books, and played with the smart table, while teens checked out video games and the new software in their digital lab. Adults browsed the nonfiction section and sat reading books, enjoying the new community reading area called Boylston Common. Experience opening day all over again (or for the first time) via Vimeo.
BPL Central Library Renovation | Opening of the Children’s Library, Teen Central, and Nonfiction Collections from 617 Weddings | Video on Vimeo.
Posted on March 12th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
The first phase of the Central Library renovation is complete and the second floor of the Johnson building is open, featuring a new Children’s Library, Teen Central, nonfiction collection, and reference services. The 700 Boylston Street entrance to the library, which closed in November due to renovations, is now open again to all library visitors. Once users enter through the accessible, stroller-friendly corridor, both an elevator and stairs can be used to gain access to the renovated second floor and the adjacent McKim building. The Dartmouth Street entrance remains open during library hours and the Johnson building can be accessed via the the McKim building.
Below – a view into the new Children’s Library.
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 Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
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.
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.