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.
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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.
Even as construction of Phase 1 is well underway in Copley Square, the designs for each of the components in Phase 1 are still receiving final touches. The second floor of the Johnson building improvements include:
- Children’s Library, with four specialized areas: early literacy, story time, tweens, and a program room.
- Teen Central with a digital lab, lounge for gaming and films, and quiet study area.
- Nonfiction collection with integrated displays of the library’s art, maps, manuscripts, photographs, and more.
- Reference point.
- Public restrooms.
- Community reading area.
In conjunction with the Phase 1 areas listed above, the following improvements will also be completed in time for the reopening of the second floor, scheduled for early 2015:
- Replacement of the second floor windows and curtain wall systems.
- Upgrades to the railing in Deferrari Hall from the first floor stairs to the second floor balcony; an improvement required by new building codes.
Pictured below (starting at the top, left and moving clockwise) are renderings of the entrance to the Children’s Library, the main reference point on the second floor, the entrance to Teen Central, and a view into the community reading area.
The second floor of the Johnson Building continues to be an active construction site. The images below show the in-progress Teen Central. The current teen room at the Central Library in Copley Square will move from the mezzanine level to the Boston Room on the first floor of the Johnson Building. (View the Central Library map.) Find it under the “Borrower Services” sign when entering on Boylston Street. Teen services will operate out of the Boston Room until it’s time to reopen the second floor.
Thanks to a generous donation from the Boston Municipal Research Bureau in the name of former Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the Library was able to renovate the small homework room off of the children’s library at the Hyde Park branch. Knowing that many groups use that space for everything from homework help, to book clubs, to ESL classes, the space was designed to be flexible and fun. New tables and chairs can be easily moved around to form small group or individual study spaces. The glass sections of the wall are meant to be dry-erase boards where students or groups can share ideas. The photo collage that wraps around the top of the room comes from the Library’s Leslie Jones collection – view more of these great images online here. A new map of the Hyde Park neighborhood rounds out another wall where kids and adults alike can try to find their street and other interesting sites in the neighborhood.