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LIBRARY’S RARE BOOKS COLLECTION CLOSING FOR RENOVATIONS

“One of the nation’s largest public collections of rare books is closing for renovations.Boston has begun undertaking a multi-million dollar effort to preserve the Boston Public Library’s historic Rare Books and Manuscripts Department. The nearly $16 million investment began with taking inventory of the department’s nearly 250,000 books and one million manuscripts. The next phase calls for renovations to better regulate temperature and humidity in the collection’s storage areas, staff spaces, conservation lab, and public reading room.” (via The Associated Press)

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At the library, a cafe and TV studio, and an effort to modernize

“The library of tomorrow will be here Friday.Boston Public Library is getting ready to debut its unique cafe-within-a-television/radio-studio-within-a-library, as part of its campaign to be a more welcoming, less stuffy community space. You won’t see any “No Talking Please” or “No Food or Drink Allowed” signs here.Greeting visitors immediately to the right of the Boylston Street entrance of the Johnson Building in the Back Bay will be a new satellite studio for public broadcaster WGBH and a 60-seat Newsfeed Cafe operated by The Catered Affair. Both are among the final pieces to the library’s ambitious three-year, $78 million renovations.” (via The Boston Globe)

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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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