Mayor Marty Walsh and neighborhood kids get ready to cut the ribbon at the reopening of the JP Branch Library on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

Video: Kids, Mayor Cut Ribbon on Revamped JP Branch Library

Mayor Marty Walsh, whose administration finally fulfilled a decade-plus of city promises to renovate the JP Branch Library, cut the ribbon on the $10 million makeover of the popular facility on Saturday. He enlisted a scrum of neighborhood kids to make the ceremonial snip as hundreds of residents looked on and media cameras clicked and whirred. More Jamaica Plain News coverage of the renovations:

Photos: JP Branch Library Reopens
Call to Artists for Public Art Project at Renovated JP Branch Library
Photo: Books on Shelves at Renovated JP Branch Library! Shovels Up! JP Branch Library Breaks Ground

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Mayor Marty Walsh and neighborhood kids cut the ribbon at the reopening of the JP Branch Library on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

Photos: JP Branch Library Reopens

Hundreds of residents turned out Saturday to celebrate the reopening of the JP Branch Library. Here are photos from the festivities.  
More Jamaica Plain News coverage of the renovations:

Call to Artists for Public Art Project at Renovated JP Branch Library
Photo: Books on Shelves at Renovated JP Branch Library! Shovels Up! JP Branch Library Breaks Ground

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Jamaica Plain Branch Library Renovation: One Year Later

This past Sunday, Sept. 25, marked the one-year anniversary of the groundbreaking for the renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library at the corner of South and Sedgwick streets, and the refurbished, expanded building is still on track to open in the spring, according to library officials. Externally, the most noticeable difference from the old building is the tall, angular and beautiful modern glass entryway facing South Street. The glass edifice, adorned in monogrammed BPL lettering, will create a more visible main entry for the community. Additionally, a reading lounge with views of the lawn and a new terrace under the eaves of the historic part of the building along Sedgwick Street will offer visitors a place to read, mingle and play games, said Melina Schuler, director of communications for the BPL.

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Jamaica Plain Resident Named Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence

Jamaica Plain resident Lisa Rosinsky has been selected as the newest recipient of the Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence fellowship. Rosinsky was selected as the 2016-2017 winner by a panel of judges, including authors, young-adult book editors and librarians. The judges read materials in a blind judging process, and selected Rosinsky based on the strength of her proposed young-adult novel. "My next book (the one I'm writing during my residency) is tentatively titled 'Robin & Mariana,' and it's a queer, modern-day Robin Hood retelling that is also a road trip novel," said Rosinsky to Jamaica Plain News. "Robin is a slam poet and she lives in Baltimore; Mariana is a high-school dropout in Berkeley.

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Photos: Library Addition Makes Progress

Work continues on the long-sought renovation of the JP Branch of the Boston Public Library. Neighbors met with the city on Thursday to hear about the progress and discuss the hassles attendant to a big project being undertaken near the center of the neighborhood. We stopped by on Friday for a few photos of the construction. The Friends of the Library are also documenting the project. Its Facebook page is a good place to start to connect with the group.

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