JP Library to continue programs during renovation

Some programs from the Jamaica Plain Branch Library will be transferred to the Curtis Hall Community Center while the library undergoes a long-awaited renovation, according to Boston Public Library spokesperson Rosemary Lavery.

In addition, the library is planning some special celebrations about the renovation.

The century-old JP Branch Library at 12 Sedgwick St. will close Aug. 1 for a $6.5 million renovation that will take 18 to 24 months to complete. Construction is expected to begin in the middle of September.

“While the branch is closed, staff will provide some programming at the Curtis Hall Community Center,” said Lavery in an email to the Gazette. “Updates will be posted on bpl.org throughout construction.”

Prior to the closure, the library staff is planning two celebrations of the renovation.

On July 25, the True Story Theatre group will improvise scenes about patrons’ memories of the library. And the library will host a closing party on Aug. 1.

The renovation will create a 700-square-foot, glass-enclosed reading room and computer lounge facing South Street. A new teen area and updated children’s area are included in the plan. Another feature is a new “maker space,” with a 3-D printer and graphics-editing computer software.

A rendering of the renovated Jamaica Plain Branch Library. (Image Courtesy Utile)

A rendering of the renovated Jamaica Plain Branch Library. (Image Courtesy Utile)

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