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Dudley Branch entrance update

Posted on March 18th, 2014 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Major Projects
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The first section of signage installed over the front doors of the Dudley Branch.

Work on improvements to the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library continue this week with the installation of the marquee signage on the building.

While this work is on-going, patrons may be asked to use a side entrance to get into the building. We thank you for your patience with this.

Also included in this project: new paint in the lobby, security cameras, improved lighting on the interior and exterior, and landscaping.

 

Dudley Front Entrance Project

Posted on January 13th, 2014 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects

You may have noticed a flurry of activity at the Dudley branch library over the past few months as crews work on upgrades to lighting and electrical systems. This is part of the first phase of work being done to create a new, exciting, and welcoming entrance at the branch which will include a large sign with the library and branch name, lighting that can change colors and mechanical shades in the community room.

Staff from the Library and Property and Construction Management recently visited the sign fabricator shop to see a mock up of a panel that will make up the new signage. The images below show what the sign might look like in the daylight and when it’s illuminated (there are a number of colors available, and a single color has not yet been chosen).

Installation is expected to be complete in the spring of 2014.

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Compass Roundtable on User-centered Institution: Thursday, March 28

Posted on March 7th, 2013 by Gina Perille in Strategic Plan

2013BPLCompassRoundableHandoutMar28The next Compass Roundtable will take place on Thursday, March 28, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Dudley Literacy Center of the Boston Public Library, located at 65 Warren Street in Roxbury. The focus will be on the User-centered Institution principle and will include information on youth outreach, the Dudley Fellowes Program, and the Xenos online language learning game. The leaders of the roundtable are JoAnn E. Butler, Coordinator of Literacy Services; Christine Schonhart, Director of Library Services, Branches; and Jessi Snow, Youth Services Coordinator.

Download and share the March Compass Roundtable flyer (PDF).

“Compass” is the name of the Boston Public Library’s strategic plan. The User-centered principle in the Compass states: The BPL is a user-centered institution with services that anticipate and respond to neighborhood interests and the changing demographics of the City and Commonwealth.

User-centered Institution is the eighth of eight principles that staff from the BPL have discussed with the public following the unanimous approval of the strategic plan by the BPL Board of Trustees in November 2011. Boston Public Library engaged its stakeholders in a two-year, three-phase planning process prior to that Board approval.

If you are not able to join the User-centered Institution roundtable, you are welcome to leave a comment on this blog or send an email to compass@bpl.org with your ideas.

Upcoming Major Projects

Posted on October 4th, 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.

Upcoming projects include:

  • A rejuvenation of the outdoor space at the South Boston Branch is planned; the library is currently gathering estimates for a scope of work.
  • The municipal building at 500 Columbia Road, which houses the Uphams Corner Branch, will receive a facelift with re-pointing of exterior masonry, some new windows, and a new front entrance. The work is scheduled to begin this fall and continue for approximately one year.
  • In addition to the facilities review at Dudley, the branch is also in the process of developing concepts to improve the front entrance, and a study of the entire branch is underway with Utile Architects. Documents from the Dudley planning process are available here.
  • The Egleston Square Branch will add a teen writing nook – a small space for teens to create and work with staff and partners on creative writing projects; work on this is scheduled to start in the spring of 2013.

 

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.