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With $78M Renovation, Boston Public Library Aims For Friendlier Vibe

“It was a room without much of a view.Boston Public Library’s Johnson building, built in 1972 alongside the central branch’s beloved Charles McKim-designed main structure, had a row of windows facing onto Boylston Street — sort of. They were tinted to a hue too dark to really see through.As if to keep would-be book borrowers at bay, the building was protected by rows of heavy, granite planks that stood guard like silent sentries. If McKim’s building was a people’s palace of learning, its adjacent stepbrother appeared more like a fortress. No longer.” (via The ARTery)

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A macabre twist at the library: Edgar Allan Poe bust returns

“After making a brief appearance in 2014 before it was locked away in storage a bronze bust of Edgar Allan Poe has returned this week to the Boston Public Library, where it will stay forevermore. The bust, created by sculptor Bryan Moore and his team, is part of a display that will grace the library’s newly renovated Johnson building in Copley Square, which will be celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday when it opens to the public.” (via The Boston Globe)

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David Leonard named Boston Public Library president

“The Boston Public Library has named David Leonard as president four days after a California librarian declined to take the job. David Leonard has been serving as interim president for nearly a year, after previous president Amy Ryan resigned last summer. Ryan came under fire after two pieces of art worth $630,000 temporarily went missing under her watch.” (via Boston.com)

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The Boston Public Library has a new president

“The Boston Public Library Board of Trustees selected a new president on Saturday, according to a statement from the library. Jill Bourne, city librarian at the San Jose Public Library, was chosen by the trustees in a unanimous vote, according to the Globe. “Jill Bourne brings new ideas, innovation, and deep experience in urban libraries to the role – from working as a children’s librarian to managing a library system,” Robert Gallery, chair of the board, said in a statement.” (via Boston.com)

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Search for Boston Public Library leader narrows

“The hunt for a permanent president of the Boston Public Library appears to be winding down, with officials planning to narrow the list of candidates within the next two months, John Palfrey, chairman of the library’s presidential search committee, said on Wednesday. “We are still looking at people,’’ Palfrey said in an interview. Palfrey said more than 100 candidates were recruited or submitted applications for the job, which oversees the central library in Copley Square, 24 branches, and 450 employees.” (via The Boston Globe)

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