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By adamg - 8/25/22 - 10:24 pm
Rendering of R1 proposal

Early rendering by Stantec.

The Asian Community Development Corp. says it will soon file detailed plans for a 12-story building with 66 moderate-income apartments, 44 income-restricted condos and a two-floor BPL branch, on what is now a BPDA-owned parking lot bordered by Tyler and Hudson streets between Kneeland and Harvard streets in Chinatown. Read more.

By adamg - 6/10/22 - 10:54 pm
Copley Square watch party

At 10:38 p.m., Frank Solensky posted a photo of hundreds of people watching the Celtics play on a wicked big screen in Copley Square. Read more.

By adamg - 5/7/22 - 10:31 am
Statue of Art holding a sign reading: Defend Roe

Emulsion Mike was walking through Copley Square last night when he noticed that the statue of Art outside the main library had a new sign (with several similar signs at her base).

By adamg - 2/18/22 - 9:16 am

WFXT reports BPL librarians are planning a "unity gathering" to support children's librarians at the Copley Square and Hyde Park libraries who have had to deal with wide-mouthed adults who insist they and their spawn have the right to breathe at other patrons in the children's room.

By adamg - 2/5/22 - 3:30 pm

And they videoed themselves giving no shits whatsoever about kids or parents who might have reasons not to want to be exposed to their breath in the middle of a pandemic. Read more.

By adamg - 12/21/21 - 10:18 am
People lined up for test kits in Brighton

Update: All gone in about 15 minutes.

There aren't normally lines outside BPL branches, but Jonathan Kamens reports the line outside the Brighton BPL branch just before 10 a.m. stretched past the neighboring courthouse and down Chestnut Hill Avenue this morning, as people lined up for a chance to get one of those free rapid test kits the city announced yesterday it would be distributing through select libraries and community centers.

By adamg - 12/20/21 - 8:19 pm
Test kits

Shamus got his test kits today.

Update: Reports coming in that the libraries are already out.

The Boston Public Health Service has started distributing the test kits - which have two tests apiece - at several BPL branches and community centers. Complete list.

By adamg - 12/4/21 - 4:07 pm
Inside the Roslindale Boston Public Library branch

After two years of extensive renovations, the round Roslindale Square BPL branch re-opened today. Read more.

By adamg - 9/28/21 - 9:19 pm

Boston Police report arresting a man they say broke into the Boston Public Library's Connolly branch at 433 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain around 12:30 a.m. Read more.

By adamg - 9/1/21 - 1:16 pm

BPL reported today it's gotten most of its back-end system back up again and today plans to restore many of its "public-facing" services, including the ability to stream and download from digital services, such as Kanopy, via BPL, use other third-party online services with a BPL account and reserve museum passes. Read more.

By adamg - 8/31/21 - 3:42 pm

The Boston Public Library reported today it's restored WiFi and that employees are beginning to input all of the book checkouts they'd had to record by hand since somebody knocked many of their systems offline last week. Read more.

By adamg - 8/27/21 - 10:02 am

Some Boston Public Library online systems, as well as public-access computers, are offline for the third straight day today due to what officials are calling a "cybersecurity attack" and efforts to plug whatever holes let the attack to happen.

In a statement, BPL says: Read more.

By adamg - 8/26/21 - 9:37 pm
Boston Public Library site reports outage

Update: BPL blames hackers.

Greg Cook reports the Boston Public Library has been offline for two days now due to an unspecified "system wide technical outage."

Fortunately, BPL says, the outage hasn't affected doors, so all branches remain open with AC running, at least during regular hours.

By adamg - 6/22/21 - 5:00 pm
Reopened BPL and resorted DVDs

Michael Malyszko checks in from the now fully reopened Copley Square library: Read more.

By adamg - 6/10/21 - 6:16 pm

The BPDA board agreed today to let developers of a proposed residential and hotel building on Tremont Street in Chinatown eliminate space for the long awaited BPL Chinatown branch because of funding complications caused by Covid-19. Read more.

By adamg - 5/28/21 - 10:22 am

BPL reports the Copley Square library, including the courtyard and computers, will re-open to the public on Tuesday, with limited stacks available for browsing, although the children's room will remain closed. Read more.

By adamg - 5/11/21 - 2:51 pm

The mayor's office announced today that a continuing decline in Boston Covid-19 rates and hospitalization means both city libraries and community centers will be able to offer additional in-person services starting next month, although an announcement from City Hall said we'll have to wait for details. Read more.

By adamg - 4/14/21 - 4:29 pm

The Boston Public Library announced today it is ending late fines for books not returned by their due dates - and that anybody with existing late fees will have them deleted from their record. Read more.

By adamg - 10/29/20 - 8:59 am

The Beacon Hill Times reports the city is looking at updating the Cambridge Street library and that part of the study includes adding housing units to the site. At a meeting last week, residents asked that whatever the final plans, they should keep the library's unique hexagonal reading room.

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