Posted on April 3rd, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects
Tags: Jamaica Plain
As announced at the recent renovation community meeting on March 25, the Jamaica Plain Branch will undergo major building improvements beginning in August. The building renovation necessitates a temporary closure of the branch while work takes place. The temporary closure period will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, and is expected to last 18-24 months. The goals of the renovation project include an enhanced and expanded children’s area, creation of a teen area and gallery space, and improved technology, including a maker space, expanded adult reading area, an upgraded multipurpose room, and refreshed collections. A 700-square-foot addition to the building will provide a new reading room for the community. Follow progress via the branch capital projects section of the BPL website or read the press release for further information.
artist rendering of draft design subject to review
Posted on March 20th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
The residents of Boston and visitors from around the world got the first look at the BPL’s new second floor in late February, which features a new children’s library, teen area, nonfiction collection, reference services, and a community reading area.
“The opening of the Central Library’s renovated second floor is an exciting preview of what will be a world-class renovation of one of Boston’s cultural gems,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “Libraries are places of opportunity and people of all ages will enjoy the books and programs as well as the family-friendly, state-of-the-art space in Copley Square.”
Read WBUR’s coverage: First Look Inside The Boston Library’s Astonishing, Colorful Renovation
Read Boston.com’s coverage: Children’s Library at BPL Expands, Along with Children’s Publishing
Read Boston Business Journal’s coverage and view their photos: Take a Tour inside the Boston Public Library Renovations
The second floor is just the beginning – work on the second phase of the renovation is currently underway and scheduled for completion in the summer of 2016. It includes significant improvements to the first floor, mezzanine, lower level, and exterior of the Johnson building and will offer a new community learning center, updated lecture hall, the fiction collection, expanded technology, landscape improvements, and much more.
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.
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.
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.
Download the flyer (two pages)
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.