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Renovation Update – Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library

by Christine Schonhart

The first of three Community Advisory Committee meetings to discuss upcoming renovations to the Jamaica Plain Branch was held on November 28 at the Curtis Hall Community Center. This project began in September of 2005 and included six meetings held between September 2005 and November 2006. Information on that study can be found here: Jamaica Plain Study (Site Study PDF at the bottom of the page).

Since that study was completed, the Library has completed a strategic plan, the BPL Compass, which was adopted by the Trustees in November of 2011. Among the outcomes from that plan was the need to complete a system-wide facilities review. Jamaica Plain was a pilot location for that review. Those results, along with the previous study and the current community process, will inform pre-design options and cost estimates that will later be used for a full renovation.

We want to make sure the JP Branch is a welcoming and special place for the community. One of the topics discussed at the meeting was: “What would you like to see as the specialty at the Jamaica Plain branch, or in other words, what should we focus on in design of space to be sure this branch is successful?” Is it a makerspace for all generations to gather and create art, a teen tech/creation space, an early literacy zone to help infants and toddlers learn important pre-reading concepts?

You can share your thoughts or ideas on the above question or any other aspect of the project in the following ways:

  • send an email to
  • leave a comment on this blog
  • write to Christine Schonhart c/o Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116

Members of the community advisory committee include: Don Haber, Gretchen Grozier, Laura Green, Andrea Howley, Beverly Arsem, Nancy Doherty, Jennifer Fulton, Carl Scovel, Peg Maloney, and Pam Marrone.

The next meetings will be held on Thursday, January 10, and Thursday, February 7. All meetings are free and open to the public.



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