September 21, 2017

Branching Out, June 2017

Jamaica Plain Branch, Boston Public Library

After nearly two years, the renovated Glendale Central Library, CA, reopened on May 1. The $15 million plan, led by Gruen Associates and Kemp Bros., Inc., encompassed a refurbished auditorium, a remodeled children’s space, a Maker space, and a Remembrance Room. Additionally, the building was retrofitted against earthquakes, the main entrance was relocated, an elevator was installed, and daylight now pours into the new “reading spa.” High-speed broadband Internet will be accessible through 70 computers.

The Jamaica Plain Branch (pictured, above) of the Boston Public Library (BPL) reopened on May 20, following a nearly two-year renovation. The $10 million project includes a renovation to the 9,630 square foot facility, as well as the addition of a 700 square foot community reading lounge facing South Street; a terrace gathering space along Sedgwick Street; extra meeting rooms; dedicated and flexible areas for children, teens, and adults; and an up-to-date collection of 30,000 items. The branch will also include new desktop and laptop computers, a Maker space, and parking for 20 bicycles. The work was designed by Utile, Inc., Architecture & Planning, with general contractor Colantonio, Inc., in collaboration with BPL, the city’s public facilities staff, the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, and the local community.

The Roosevelt Thompson Library, Little Rock, AR, opened on May 18, following a $1.8 million expansion that began exactly one year earlier. The library now includes a teaching kitchen, three new study rooms, and a larger meeting room, under the design direction of AMR Architects, with Alessi Keyes Construction.

Bette-Lee Fox About Bette-Lee Fox

Bette-Lee Fox (blfox@mediasourceinc.com) is Managing Editor, Library Journal.

Celebrating her 43rd year with Library Journal, Bette-Lee also edits LJ’s Video Reviews column, six times a year Romance column, and e-original Romance reviews, which post weekly as LJ Xpress Reviews.

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