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Building Improvements Planned for the Jamaica Plain Branch of the BPL

Posted on March 26th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases

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. (more…)

Children’s Book Week

Posted on May 15th, 2014 by admin in General

barbaraThis week marks a special occasion for librarians and young readers alike while the nation celebrates Children’s Book Week from May 12-18. Books for young readers are Barbara Rhodes’ specialty; she has been a BPL librarian for the past 31 years and a children’s librarian in the Jamaica Plain community since 1990. “Jamaica Plain is a wonderful neighborhood with so many library supporters and people who love to read,” she said.

With an influx of young families settling in the area, Barbara sees high attendance numbers at the children’s programs, which are tailored to the youngest library users from 0-6 months and extend to middle and high school aged-youth. “I enjoy working with children at an early age and watch as they grow up – we have a number of teenagers who come in who attended story times as little kids. It’s rewarding to see how the library serves cardholders through various stages of their lives,” she says. In honor of Children’s Book Week, below are book recommendations from Barbara Rhodes, which include her favorites and popular series at the Jamaica Plain Branch: