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Boston Public Library Operational and Financial Assessment

Posted on June 2nd, 2015 by admin in Strategic Plan

The Boston Public Library’s Operational and Financial Assessment, called for by Mayor Walsh, and conducted by Chrysalis Management, LLC, is an independent operational and financial assessment to identify strengths and weaknesses of the Boston Public Library and to specify both short and long‐term practical improvement opportunities. Boston Public Library is one of several agencies and departments of the City of Boston that have undergone audits since January 2014. The audit launched on December 8, 2014, and began with senior team meetings and a review of key documents provided by the staff at the Boston Public Library, followed by in‐person interviews with staff from the BPL, City of Boston, and coordinating organizations such as the Leventhal Map Center, Digital Public Library of America, the Boston Public Library Foundation, President of the AFSCME union, and more. The final report was completed on May 1, 2015. The BPL will respond with an Action Plan based on the opportunities identified in the audit to be submitted to Mayor Walsh by June 19, 2015.

The Bibliocycle is back!

Posted on June 2nd, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Library Services
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The Boston Public Library is proud to announce the return of the Bibliocycle – coming to a farmers’ market or community festival near you. Launched in 2014 by a group of ‘bike-minded’ librarians, the Bibliocycle is a small cart full of books for all ages, pulled through the streets of Boston by your local staff. In addition to borrowing books and getting a library card, this year, you can check out magazines or come to a pop-up story time for kids.

Your organization can request a visit by the  Bibliocycle team by visiting this page and clicking “Request a Bibliocycle Visit”. A team member will get back to you to get further information and to let  you know if we are able to fit your event into the schedule (also posted on the site).

Thank you to Boston Bikes for their continued support of the Bibliocycle.

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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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Central Library Retail Space – Request for Proposals deadline extended

Posted on May 26th, 2015 by Ellen Donaghey in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects

The Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Johnson building retail space was published on March 16. The deadline for responses has been extended to July 22, 2015.

Anyone interested in receiving a copy of the RFP may copy Carl Lehto in the Business Office at 617-859-2364 or email clehto@bpl.org

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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