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Mayoral Initiative – Charlestown Early Literacy Book Nook

Posted on June 28th, 2013 by Christine Schonhart in Library Services

In the Fall of 2012,  the Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library was temporarily closed for improvements that included a new roof, windows, heating and cooling systems and window treatments. Thanks to an innovation initiative from Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the Library was also able to install a small early literacy book nook in the children’s room so that our earliest readers and their caregivers would have a comfortable, bright and welcoming place to gather, read a book, and play. New carpet, soft furniture, early concept books and wall toys that help with infant brain development were all part of this exciting project. Stop in to visit the staff and this fun, new space.


Charlestown Project Update

Posted on November 30th, 2012 by Christine Schonhart in Library Services, Major Projects

On Monday, November 26, the Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library re-opened after a 5-month repair project. The majority of the work may not seem obvious at first glance, however users will notice that the temperature in the branch is greatly improved since the heating and cooling systems were completely updated. In addition, a new roof and windows were installed which will help with energy efficiency. New window treatments are also adding much needed protection from glare while still allowing a good amount of natural light to fill the space. The early literacy book nook in the children’s space is still a work-in-progress, however the flooring as been installed and furniture should be in place by the end of the year. The Library is happy to welcome everyone back to the branch – stop in and say “hi” if you get a chance!

Major Projects Update

Posted on October 2nd, 2012 by Christine Schonhart in Library Services, Major Projects

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.