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.
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Thanks to a generous donation from the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, the small homework room in the children’s library at the Hyde Park branch will receive a much needed facelift and be dedicated to Thomas M. Menino.
The room, located just off the main children’s room, is currently used by homework mentors, ESL groups, a tween book club and as a small study room. The space will be designed with this need for flexibility in mind with new furniture, paint, flooring, writable wall spaces, storage, and fun graphics on the walls. This will be a fitting tribute to a Mayor who was so dedicated to children and learning, and is a great fit with the Library’s mission of the advancement of learning.
The project is expected to be complete in spring 2014.
Over the next year, the Boston Public Library will focus on a systemwide facilities review based on the Compass principles. The BPL will be piloting this review at three branches: Dudley, Jamaica Plain, and Roslindale. There are also several projects in the branches and the Central Library at Copley Square focusing on children and teens, space rejuvenation, technology, and energy efficiency.
Some highlights of recently completed and underway projects are as follows:
- The Rey Room at the Central Library added a new early literacy “book nook” thanks to the generous donation of the McCue family.
- The Boston Room at the Central Library received a renovation to create a children’s activity space; Rey Room staff have begun to host programs in the renovated space.
- The teen room at the Hyde Park Branch was painted and some new furnishings will arrive in the spring of 2013.
- The West End recently received a new roof and will, along with the Roslindale Branch, have HVAC upgrades in the coming months.
- The Charlestown Branch remains temporarily closed for a new roof, heating and cooling system, and windows. There will also be a new early literacy nook installed.
- Ground has broken for the new East Boston Branch and the BPL, City of Boston and William Rawn Architects are working hard on the new building, which is expected to be complete in the fall of 2013. See additional detail on the East Boston project here.