The second floor of the Johnson Building is an active construction site. The image below shows a view of the walls being built to frame the new Teen Central area. Teen Central will be a distinctive and media-friendly space with books, a digital lab, gaming area, dedicated quiet zone, and homework and hangout booths.
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Information about the Central Library renovation and the changes planned for the Johnson Building are included in the library’s quick-reference project fact sheet, which is available for download. On the fact sheet, find information on the master plan process, first phase of construction, timeline, budget, as well as upcoming phases.
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The library continues to post updates on project progress via this blog. Click here for all posts related to the Central Library renovation.
Included in the Central Library Renovation’s plan for the mezzanine level is the wonderful addition of a Tech Classroom. The Library’s free and popular Research, Computer & Career classes will meet in this new space, designed to fit 20 students at individual computer workstations for hands-on practice with computers and online resources. Classes delve into a whole host of topics, from very basic keyboard and mouse practice to using our new streaming video service to how to tackle a research paper/project. You can find more information about scheduled classes via www.bpl.org/general/tech_training.
The adult nonfiction collection will cover much of the second floor of the renovated Johnson Building. This collection will provide users access to current materials on a large variety of topics, including religion, sports, history, health, and crafts, just to name a few. Users will be able to browse titles and topics that are in the most recent demand, while still having access to books in lower demand through the closed stacks and remote storage facility. In response to frequent requests by library users, the second floor will also feature a new biography collection that is separate from the rest of the nonfiction books.
Nonfiction books specifically written or designed for teens will be shelved side by side with the adult nonfiction books. This change will be a great benefit for teens using nonfiction materials. While researching a topic, teens will be able to find a larger selection of books without having to look in multiple locations. Plus, they will have close access to reference librarians to help with their research needs. Moving the teen nonfiction books into the adult area also leaves more room for leisure reading books and a place to hang out in Teen Central.
In late June and late July, renovation work will begin on the ceilings of the first floor/mezzanine of the Johnson Building. The work will be done in sections so that only portions of the Johnson Building will have to be closed off, but several collections will be moving into the McKim Building or to a different location in the Johnson Building during this work.
One of the most significant moves will be the Fiction collection, currently located outside of the Rey Children’s Room on the first floor of the Johnson Building. The Fiction collection will be moving to the Lower Level of the McKim building, a space that is currently not open to the public. Along with Fiction, the Large Print collection will move as will the World Language collections, currently housed on the mezzanine. This move will take place in mid-June.
Just before that, some of the collections, the computers, and the service desk in the Teen Room will be moving downstairs into the Boston Room, which is currently being used for children’s programming opposite the Borrower Services Desk. This will function as a temporary Teen Room until the new Teen Central opens in March 2015.
Another major move involves theTech Central area where computers are available for public use. This popular service will move back to the Washington Room on the second floor of the McKim Building, Longtime library users will recall that the public computers used to be in the Washington Room back in 2009 and before. This move will take place in July. In order to make room for Tech Central, the Microtext Department will be moving into Bates Hall. In addition, new Microtext reader equipment will be installed that will provide better service for those using this format for research.
The popular DVD and CD collections will be moving in July as well. The Orientation Room is located on the first floor of the McKim Building, down the hall from the public rest rooms. This glassed in room will house the DVDs, the music CDs and the Books on CD. A second check-out desk will be activated in the McKim Lobby to accommodate the Fiction and audio-visual collections in the McKim Building.
Later in the year additional collections including new Fiction and Nonfiction, Travel and self-pick-up of books on hold will be moving into the McKim building as well. All of these moves are subject to change, so stay tuned for additional information about these moves.