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Central Library Renovation Profiles: Sydney Thiel, Major Projects Coordinator

Posted on April 10th, 2015 by Anna Williams in General
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Sydney provides a behind-the-scenes look at the Central Library’s Johnson Level 2 renovation that opened in February 2015 and looks ahead to the ongoing renovations, set to open summer 2016.

Sydney ThielWhat is your role in the Central Library renovation?

As Major Projects Coordinator, my job is to understand and collect information about the vision and goals for the renovation and ensure that the design elements of the space incorporate and meet those objectives. I also am heavily involved in the supplemental design projects of the renovation. For the Johnson Level 2 renovation, for instance, I oversaw the fabrication and installation of the Children’s Library StoryScape area, lion cubs, early literacy sensory wall, bookbirds, and the interior decoration features of Teen Central.

What was one of your goals for the Johnson Level 2 renovation?

One of my main goals with the second floor renovation – and for the upcoming phase 2 of the renovation – was to ensure that the finished project met the library’s aspirations and vision. On a personal level, when working on the Children’s Library, my goal was to create a space I could picture my four-year-old daughter using and enjoying. It was very rewarding to be able to show her the new Children’s Library and see her reaction. She loves it.

What is your favorite thing about the Johnson Level 2 renovation?

I enjoy the liveliness of the space. It is much more uplifting and vibrant than it used to be, and it is now a destination in Boston. It is a place where visitors can partake of everything the library has to offer.

What has most surprised you about the public’s reaction to the renovations?

I am surprised by how much buzz there has been around the renovation in the Boston community. I was recently walking in Jamaica Plain when I overheard two people talking about how amazing the renovation is and how people need to see it. As a civic project, the renovation is meant to benefit the public, so it is very rewarding to know that it resonates with the people it is intended to serve.

What are you most looking forward to about working on the next phase of the renovation?

I am eager to start exploring how we can keep phase one and phase two of the renovation consistent with one another through design elements such as colors and finishes. I am also interested in looking into how we can further visually connect the McKim building with the Johnson building. Instead of two distinct buildings, I hope that after the renovation is complete the McKim and Johnson buildings will feel more open to one another and reflect that they are both part of the same Central Library. I am also looking forward to seeing the streetscape outside the Johnson building transformed through landscaping. Once trees and seating are added, the library will extend its presence outside its walls.

State Representative and Trustee Byron Rushing Honored with Library Advocacy Award

Posted on April 9th, 2015 by admin in General
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Trustee Rushing3Boston Public Library Trustee and State Representative Byron Rushing was honored on Wednesday, April 1, by the Massachusetts Library Association (MLA) at their annual Legislative Day. Representative Rushing was the recipient of the Library Advocacy Award for his continued efforts to increase library funding from the state. Pictured (at right) with him are President Amy Ryan and Chair of the BPL Trustees Jeffrey Rudman in the Great Hall of the State House.

“The honor is well deserved. Trustee Rushing is a tireless advocate for libraries both in the city of Boston as well as throughout the Commonwealth. His support ensures that all libraries, regardless of size or location, will have the resources needed to provide educational opportunities to people throughout the state,” said Amy E. Ryan, President of the Boston Public Library.

Renovated Second Floor Media Coverage

Posted on April 8th, 2015 by admin in General
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Enjoy the clips and stories below about the Central Library Renovation and the corresponding opening of the new second floor:

• The Bay State Banner: baystatebanner.com/news/2015/feb/25/bpl-opens-new-teen-childrens-spaces/
Boston.com: www.boston.com/entertainment/books/2015/03/02/children-library-bpl-expands-along-with-children-publishing/uayE9fyuhBEoMbiSwMWyOK/story.html
Boston.com: www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2015/03/03/look-inside-the-bpl-renovated-children-library/w7OO9qvaoT4OYtAkVLD09H/story.html
Boston Business Journal: www.bizjournals.com/boston/real_estate/2015/02/take-a-tour-inside-the-boston-public-library.html
Boston Magazine: www.bostonmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/blog/2015/02/23/boston-public-library-renovation-photos/
Boston Neighborhood Network News: vimeo.com/120410181
BostonZest: www.bostonzest.com/2015/02/colorful-bright-new-community-workspace-at-the-boston-public-library.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feedutm_campaign=Feed%3A+Bostonzest+%28BostonZest%2
BU TV: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLg4GsZySOs
Don’t Mind the Mess blog: dontmindthemess.com/2015/03/childrens-room-boston-public-library/
The Huntington News: huntnewsnu.com/2015/03/overhaul-modernizes-central-bpl/
Suffolk Journal: suffolkjournal.net/2015/02/boston-public-library-reveals-new-wing-for-young-readers/
• WBUR: artery.wbur.org/2015/02/21/boston-library-renovation
• WHDH: www.whdh.com/story/28168899/newly-renovated-bpl-central-library-unveiled

 Renovation photos

 

Women’s History Month

Posted on March 19th, 2015 by Anna Williams in General

SWWMarch is Women’s History Month, and Boston Public Library locations host a variety of events and activities that honor women. Programs Include:

  • Lecture: Writer and educator Desiree Taylor explores the life of former slave Amanda Berry Smith on Saturday, March 21, at 11 a.m. at the Jamaica Plain Branch.
  • Kids Club: Children ages 5 and older read about three female naturalists – Maria Merian, Jane Goodall, and Wangari Maathai – and make a nature journal on Wednesday, March 25, at 4 p.m. at the Jamaica Plain Branch.
  • Crafts: Children ages 4-7 listen to stories and make crafts about women in history on Fridays, March 20 and 27, at 3:30 p.m. in the Children’s Library at the Central Library in Copley Square.
  • Family Art: Children and families listen to stories about artist Frida Kahlo and create artwork in her style on Saturday, March 28, at 3 p.m. in the Children’s Library at the Central Library.
  • Open Mic Night: Share stories and memories of a woman who has made a difference in your life on Monday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Connolly Branch.

You can also explore notable women in history year round by visiting our digitized collections. Highlights include the papers of Emily Dickinson, a rare first of edition of Phillis Wheatley’s Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, the work of book designer Sarah Wyman Whitman, and images of Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart.

The Handel and Haydn Society: Bringing Music to Life for 200 Years Exhibition Opens at BPL

Posted on March 17th, 2015 by Rosemary Lavery in General

1865 postponed concertArchives tell the story of 200 years of music history

The exhibition The Handel and Haydn Society: Bringing Music to Life for 200 Years opens at the Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square in the Cheverus Room on Tuesday, March 24, and runs through Saturday, September 5. The bicentennial exhibition explores Handel and Haydn Society’s long musical history and features original artifacts drawn from H+H’s private archives and the Boston Public Library’s Rare Books & Manuscripts Department, including photographs, program books, newspaper clippings, and other materials dating back to the early 1800s.

“This exhibition is a must-see for classical music fans and admirers of the Handel and Haydn Society. But all visitors with interests in Boston and American history will find a great deal here that is appealing, illuminating, and fun,” said Handel and Haydn Society’s Executive Director and CEO Marie-Hélène Bernard. “It’s perfect for families.” Read more »