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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.

Central Library Renovation: November Construction Views

Posted on November 6th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects

Here is a view of the second floor of the Johnson building where nonfiction collections, reference services, and a community reading area will be located as well as a new children’s library and teen space. What’s shown is stacks and stacks of stacks that are in the process of being assembled and installed around the second floor to hold the nonfiction collection. Newly-constructed restrooms are in the background and the entrance to Teen Central is off to the right. Teen Central will house its own collections as well as a digital lab, lounge for gaming and films, and a quiet study area.

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Central Library Renovation: October Construction Views

Posted on October 6th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects

Here are more views of the in-progress children’s library and Teen Central area on the second floor of the Johnson building, which is the part of the Central Library that faces Boylston Street. The image below shows the curved entrance to Teen Central, inside of which will be a digital lab, lounge for gaming and films, books, and a quiet study area.

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The next image looks toward a the second-floor walkway in front of the children’s library at right, with a view toward the open atrium area. For purposes of orientation, Exeter Street is to the right and Bladgen Street is to the rear of this photo. The children’s library will have a program room, early literacy area, story time nook, and a designated area for tweens along with an excellent selection of books.

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Central Library Renovation: More Construction Views

Posted on September 16th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects

More views of the interior of the in-progress Children’s Library on the second floor of the Johnson building. The picture in the bottom half of the collage below shows a view toward the planned early literacy area with a window onto Exeter Street to the left that will soon be built out into a story time archway.

bpl_IMG_collage0915And another view of the area alongside the Children’s Library where nonfiction collections will be located as well as a community reading area.

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Central Library Renovation: Construction Views

Posted on August 29th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects

The second floor of the Johnson Building continues to be an active construction site. The images below show the area in and around the in-progress children’s library. The children’s library will have a program room, early literacy area, story time nook, a designated area for tweens along with an excellent selection of books.

A view inside the children’s library being built on the second floor of the Central Library in Copley Square.

A view inside the children’s library being built on the second floor of the Central Library in Copley Square.

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A look toward the program room within the children’s library. The window at right looks onto Exeter Street.

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An example of the range of equipment in use during the construction phase.