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.
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.
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.
If you live or operate a business near the heavy construction zone that is the JP Branch Library, mark your calendar. The Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library is holding a community meeting Thursday, March 10, at 6 p.m. at Curtis Hall, 20 South St., which adjoins the library site. City officials plan to deliver updates on construction progress and also on the attendant traffic and parking hassles. The library, long one of the busiest in the city's library system, is finally getting a massive makeover after many years of delays.