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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

 

Building Improvements Planned for the Jamaica Plain Branch of the BPL

Posted on March 26th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
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Major renovation will improve collections, technology, and spaces for all ages, including a reading room addition

The Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library at 12 Sedgwick Street in Jamaica Plain will undergo major building improvements beginning in August. The building renovation necessitates a temporary closure of the branch while work takes place. The temporary closure period will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2015, and is expected to last 18-24 months.

“The branch transformation marks a new era of library service for Jamaica Plain library users; once the renovation is complete, the branch will be a more user-friendly, welcoming place with offerings for all community members to enjoy,” said Christine Schonhart, Director of Library Services, Branches.

The goals of the renovation project include an enhanced and expanded children’s area, creation of a teen area and gallery space, and improved technology, including a maker space, expanded adult reading area, an upgraded multi-purpose room, and refreshed collections. A 700-square-foot addition to the building will provide a new reading room for the community. Read more »

April Literary Events at Boston Public Library Locations

Posted on March 25th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
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booksCentral Library, Adams, North End, South End, West End, West Roxbury branches to host

•Lorenz Finison explores how cyclists of all backgrounds made Boston the hub of 19th-century bicycling on Thursday, April 2, at 2 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the Never Too Late series.

• Cultural historian Ben Yagoda speaks about his book The B Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song, which draws upon previously untapped archival sources and illuminates broad musical trends through a series of intertwined stories. Thursday, April 9, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Read more »