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Charlestown Library to Improve, Close Temporarily

The temporary closure period will begin on July 6.

The following was sent to us by the Boston Public Library. It has not been edited.

The Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library, which is located at 179 Main Street, will undergo building improvements beginning in July. The building improvements necessitate a temporary closure of the branch while work takes place. The temporary closure period will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 6, 2012. Construction will begin on Monday, July 9, and is expected to be completed in November 2012. 

There are a variety of improvements planned for the Charlestown Branch including: replacement of the current gas heater, electric cooling roof top unit, and associated fans; replacement of the roof and windows; installation of an early literacy nook in the children’s area; installation of new controls and room temperature sensors; installation of new window treatments; installation of a self check-out machine; various concrete repairs; and landscaping.

During the temporary closure period, Charlestown Branch users are encouraged to use the nearby North End Branch, located at 25 Parmenter Street, as well as any of the Boston Public Library’s other locations throughout the city. An interactive map of locations is available on the Boston Public Library website.

“We look forward to unveiling the improvements in the fall and thank our users in advance for their patience while we make upgrades to the building,” said Christine Schonhart, Director of Branch Libraries. The library will post information about the project on the Charlestown Branch profile page on the Boston Public Library website along with any necessary program rescheduling information.

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Owen June 05, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Mum, I'm sure it gets used. My point is that the percentage of kids who know how to navigate a library today is much smaller than, say, 20 years ago. And these improvements will hopefully ensure that more people will take advantage of it.
Helen O'Neil June 08, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Anyone interested in contacting Councilman Sal La Mattina about alternatives go to http://sallamattina.com/contact.html. I sent him this e-mail: "You may be aware that the Charlestown Branch of the library will be closing July 6 for 5 months. Yesterday, in the Patriot Bridge, was a letter expressing concern and upset about this, written by an elderly person who is unable to travel to the North End or the West End for books. Her suggestion is a good one -- that there be a place designated in Charlestown where books could be kept. We used to have the bookmobile. Can the city find a way to provide books to residents in Charlestown who are not able to travel? Thank you. Helen O'Neil
Thomas Hardy August 19, 2012 at 04:13 PM
I heard about the Charlestown Library's upcoming improvements, and happy to hear it. I'm a roofing contractor in Charlestown (http://northshoreroofer.com/roofing-charlestown-ma), and I'm especially happy to hear about the new electric cooling system for the roof, which will reduce long-term energy costs.
TheMaskedTruthsayer September 09, 2012 at 02:07 PM
^^^brought to you by "hacks, Intnl."
Meg October 01, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Great stuff. We are also beginning to see an improvement of the awareness levels of those living in Charlestown MA, and across Massachusetts in regards to solar energy on roofs. All those looking for roofing in Charlestown MA should certainly consider installing solar on their roofs: http://www.olympicroofing.com/charlestown-ma-roofing/

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