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Central Library Renovation: Construction Views

Posted on November 17th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
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More and more detail work is in progress up on the second floor of the Johnson building. The top image below shows the approach to the new children’s library from elevators. In the distance, you can see some of the red nonfiction shelving that has been assembled. The second photo is a look inside the program room within the children’s library. The natural light is streaming in from one of the newly-replaced second-floor windows.

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Central Library Renovation Updated Fact Sheet

Posted on November 17th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
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Download a copy of the library’s updated Central Library renovation fact sheet. On the fact sheet, find information on the project goals, master plan process, construction phases, timeline, and budget.

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PDF document, two pages (2.5 MB)

The library continues to post updates on project progress via this blog. Click here for all posts related to the Central Library renovation.

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.