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 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.
Posted on February 4th, 2015 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
Tags: Back Bay, Copley Square
Download and share a copy of the library’s updated Central Library renovation fact sheet (updated 01.2015). On the fact sheet, find information on the project goals, master plan process, construction phases, timeline, and budget. The fact sheet was recently revised to show that the second floor of the Johnson building will open in February.
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.