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Video – Ceremony to Re-Open the 2nd Floor of the Central Library in Copley Square

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.

Boylston Street entrance Now Open

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.

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It’s “Teen Tech Week” – check out these programs

Posted on March 9th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Library Services, Technology
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shutterstock_127444130-copy-300x300Boston 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.

Upcoming Faneuil Branch Programming Study Meeting

Posted on March 5th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects
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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.

 

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Central Library Renovation – 2nd floor now open

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.IMG_5973