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Strategic Plan Implementation: User-Centered Institution

Posted on November 14th, 2014 by admin in Outcomes, Strategic Plan
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bpl-compass-report-cover-200One of the ways the BPL fulfills the strategic plan’s User-Centered Institution principle and the accompanying outcome to “plan and initiate services in other languages — online and in print” is to provide to users Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese translations of our patron laptop-lending contract.

Borrowing laptops to use at our branch locations has become a tremendously popular service, and as a result of these translations, the BPL can invite even more participation from many of our non-English speaking/reading community members. Additional languages will be coming this fiscal year.

Central Library Renovation: New Windows

Posted on November 10th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
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The replacement of the windows on the second floor of the Johnson building is well underway. There are nine arched windows in all — three along Blagden Street, three along Exeter Street, and three along Boylston Street. The new windows are energy efficient, more transparent than their tinted predecessors, and have more space between each mullion.

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Strategic Plan Implementation: Children and Teens

Posted on November 6th, 2014 by admin in Outcomes, Strategic Plan
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As part of the Children and Teens principle, one of the library’s outcomes is to focus on providing early learning experiences. The first strategy under that principle is to “enhance early literacy programs, such as reading readiness, including age-appropriate, multilingual collections.” Reading Readiness is an early literacy initiative started at the BPL in 1996. It teaches our youngest users important early learning concepts like colors, numbers, shapes, and textures within a fun and interactive environment. After many years, the program had lost its focus as each location offered a different type of early learning program.

Armed with a burst of research on infant brain development, best practices from other library systems, and additional resources from the American Library Association, a group five children’s librarians worked with the youth services coordinator to reimagine and refocus the Reading Readiness program. The enhanced Reading Readiness program at the BPL now incorporates the American Library Association and Public Library Association’s “Every Child Ready to Read” (ECRR)  program – a nationally recognized framework for teaching early learning concepts – along with the “Mother Goose on the Loose” program – a thirty-minute interactive story session for babies and toddlers. All children’s librarians were trained on these new initiatives in 2014 and all locations offer a 6-8 week Reading Readiness program twice throughout the year.

Review the eight guiding principles in the Boston Public Library’s strategic plan and read the full plan, the BPL Compass.

Central Library Renovation: November Construction Views

Posted on November 6th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
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Here is a view of the second floor of the Johnson building where nonfiction collections, reference services, and a community reading area will be located as well as a new children’s library and teen space. What’s shown is stacks and stacks of stacks that are in the process of being assembled and installed around the second floor to hold the nonfiction collection. Newly-constructed restrooms are in the background and the entrance to Teen Central is off to the right. Teen Central will house its own collections as well as a digital lab, lounge for gaming and films, and a quiet study area.

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New work of art

Posted on November 5th, 2014 by Michael Colford in Collections
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Boston Public Library recently added a new work of art to its collection: a bronze bust of Boston-born author Edgar Allan Poe. The bust was a gift donated to the library by sculptor Bryan Moore and was unveiled to the public at a well-attended event in the Abbey Room on October 30 (pictured below). As planned, the bust will be temporarily stored in advance of being displayed in the renovated Johnson building’s world-class fiction section. The Poe bust will appear alongside busts of other authors such as Mark Twain, Henry James, and others.

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