JANUARY 2015 – New Year – New Library

Shute will celebrate 2015 by Re-opening after more than a year of renovations.  Though it took longer than expected, it will be worth the wait.  Since major upgrades only happen rarely, this one will set the stage for several generations to come.   2015 will also be remembered for record snowfall – beginning in late this month, but primarily in February.  Aside from snowing out our opening ceremony, the storms have delayed the final work on the building and deliveries.  So, stay tuned for an opening announcement.  Check out our January photos for a preview.

end panels and canopy tops

Installation of end panels and canopy tops give a finished look to bookshelves.

Endpanels finish off shelving in children's

Here, display end panels show off new books in the Children’s Room

endpanel and top for Children's picturebooks

The picturebook section looks complete with end panels and canopy tops.

Adult diplay ends

Display ends enhance the steel shelving on the upper level.

Shelf ends in AV

The audio-visual racks also get the “shelf end” treatment.

Books wait to be shelved

Boxes of books put aside during the year – ready for shelving

Arranging books on shelves

The arrangement of books was planned with care, but additions and adjustments were necessary.

Laptop bar

The laptop bar is ready for use.

North window from laptop bar

Gaze out the new window while you take a break from working on your laptop.

Large north window  provides view of the interior.

At night, the large north window provides a welcoming view into the entrance to the upper level and a glimpse of the arches from the original building.

Lounge chair and view over main entrance

Enjoy the view of Broadway from the lounge area above the new main entrance.

Tablet chair offers surface for writing or using laptops

New chairs feature tablet arm for writing or working on your laptop or tablet. Move it aside when you don’t need it.

Small study room for groups or tutoring

Small study room offers space for groups to work on a project or tutors to work with individual students in a quiet space.

New circulation desk

Ms. Rana tries out the new Children’s circulation desk.

Fireplace reading area

The Children’s fireplace is a beloved feature. Here it is with its new surround, creating a cozy nook for reading with children.

Children's public computer access

The new “zero client” public access system provides a nifty desktop for children.

Kids Userful desktop

Kids computer station is bright and comfortable.

Story craft room with new tables and chairs.

Small size tables and chairs were delivered straight from North Carolina. They are good looking and stackable for flexible room arrangements.

Kithcnette for meeting room

The new kitchenette provides a place to prepare refreshments for programs or meetings.

Snow force postponement of the Grand Re-Opening

The Grand- Re-Opening was snowed out. We will always remember this crazy, record-setting year.

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DECEMBER to Remember

Wow, December has come and gone and while everyone was celebrating the holidays…the Shute work kept on.  The contractor nearly finished up on the details of the building, furniture began to arrive, the books were moved back, and we prepared to connect our computers. It was an exciting day when the Jersey barriers disappeared and Gledhill was cleared for traffic once again.  We are very appreciative of the patience of our neighbors for putting up with that inconvenience for so long.  Thank you all….We hope you will think it was all worth it.   So, here follows December….

Blue Rug

The rug went down in the Children’s Room and it is a lovely blue.

completed woodwork

The last of the woodwork was completed.

shelving install

Shelving went up.

sign

A sign identifies the building next to the new entrance.

eyebrows

Eyebrow windows were given new frames.

arches

Inside, old windows are being transformed into arches that will welcome people to the upper level.

 

Stained glass insert

Stained glass is a great art and installing a window must be done with care.

 

Stained Glass window discovered beneath plywood, beautifully restored

Stained Glass window discovered beneath plywood, beautifully restored

 

 

Loading up the Jersey Barriers.

Loading up the Jersey Barriers.

Careful - These things are H - e - a - v - y.

Careful – These things are H – e – a – v – y.

Goodbye and - well - good riddance.

Goodbye and – well – good riddance.

Gledhill is at last open again for traffic.  Such a nice sidewalk and a handsome building addition.

Gledhill is at last open again for traffic. Such a nice sidewalk and a handsome building addition.

Inscribed bricks have arrived and were put in place.  If you forgot to order your brick, don't worry - it's not too late.  We are preparing a second order.   They are $100 and can be ordered through this website or by contacting the Parlin Library at 617-394-2300.

Inscribed bricks have arrived and were put in place. If you forgot to order your brick, don’t worry – it’s not too late. We are preparing a second order. They are $100 and can be ordered through this website or by contacting the Parlin Library at 617-394-2300.

Moving van brings back the books and other items that are coming back after more than a year in storage.

Moving van brings back the books and other items that are coming back after more than a year in storage.

 

book move

Moving books and keeping them in order was an exercise in organization.

Here is another historic piece that has been restored and looks better than ever.

Here is another historic piece that has been restored and looks better than ever.

reading room

THe reading room is beginning to look like – well – a library.

SEPTEMBER – First Half

Progress is really ramping up – many of the walls got a coat of texture and painting began.  The big north window is framed out and waiting for panes.  The surround for the bike rack and the book drop are going up.  Finally, we found a dedication stone – It was hidden behind a railing and came to light when the brick walls were cleaned.

Library facade in Sept. 2014

Library facade in Sept. 2014

The Construction Committee hard at work during their weekly meeting.   This gets us all organized.

The Construction Committee hard at work during its weekly meeting. This gets us all organized.

Spraying on wall texture in the historic section .

Spraying on wall texture in the historic section .

It's a messy job but a coverall helps keep paint where it belongs - on the wall.

It’s a messy job but a coverall helps keep paint where it belongs – on the wall.

I nice coat of paint - color Hubbard Squash -  on office walls.

A nice coat of paint – color Hubbard Squash – on office walls.

Another great color!

Another great color!

Outside, the lower stair case has been completed.

Outside, the lower stair case has been completed.

The surround for the bike rack and the bookdrop started coming up.

The surround for the bike rack and the bookdrop started coming up.

Framing of the north window was completed and is waiting for panes.

Framing of the north window was completed and is waiting for panes.

An original dedication stone was found when the stair railing was removed and the brick was cleaned.  It lists three members of the "Commission", Solomon Shute, R.S. Mahoney and RT Green.

An original dedication stone was found when the stair railing was removed and the brick was cleaned. It lists three members of the “Commission”,
Solomon Shute, P.S. Mahoney and R.T. Green.

JULY REPORT – Steady Progress

The Renovation made steady progress throughout July in infrastructure and underpinning. It will soon look like a building again.  You will notice as you drive by that there are are fewer pieces of heavy equipment around.  Our “progress,” which we have been talking about for months, should soon be more visible from the street and on the blog.  A little more patience should be well rewarded.

The elevator has been installed - This will make our building compliant with handicapped accessibility requirements and bring people to the upper floor.

The elevator has been installed – This will make our building compliant with handicapped accessibility requirements and bring people to the upper floor.

Dry wall began going up - Here it is around the elevator.

Dry wall began going up – Here it is around the elevator.

Inside, rooms are being defined - This is one side of an office.

Inside, rooms are being defined – This is one side of an office.

Talk about infrastructure - Our new mechanical room takes much less room than the old boiler room and is filled with energy saving equipment.

Talk about infrastructure – Our new mechanical room takes much less space than the old boiler room and is filled with energy saving equipment.

Nice, big windows will be installed here, replacing the tiny ones that peeked out of basement wells.

Nice, big windows will be installed here, replacing the tiny ones that peeked out of basement wells.

They look good outside and...

They look good outside and…

inside.  They even open - to catch the breeze on a Spring day.

Inside. They even open – to catch the breeze on a Spring day.

In back of the building a large trench was dug to install drains and conduit for all our utilities.  New poles are also being installed.  Old ones will be removed once all the wiring is transferred.

In back of the building a large trench was dug to install drains and conduit for all our utilities. New poles are also being installed. Old ones will be removed once all the wiring is transferred.

Beautiful brickwork blends the new addition with the historic building.  This photo picks up a shadow which will not be there when construction barriers and wiring is removed.

Beautiful brickwork blends the new addition with the historic building. This photo picks up a shadow which will not be there when construction barriers and wiring is removed.

Remember the vintage magazine rack with the cute little drawers.  It went off to be refinished along with the long table and four reading tables.

Remember the vintage magazine rack with the cute little drawers. It went off to be refinished along with the long table and four reading tables.

 

Shute Addition Rising

The new addition to the Shute Library is rising from the foundation. From interior stairway to the new north wall, some big moves have been made in the past week. Take a look.

These stairs will take the visitor from the new entrance to the upper level.  Remember those windy stairs - hazardous to ankles. No more - We will have a nice wide comfortable stairway.

These stairs will take the visitor from the new entrance to the upper level. Remember those windy stairs – hazardous to ankles. No more – We will have a nice wide comfortable stairway.

Did you ever think an elevator shaft beautiful?  Maybe not, but it is a great sign of progress.

Did you ever think an elevator shaft beautiful? Maybe not, but it is a great sign of progress.

Outside, the new north wall has just been put up - imagine the result when bricked!

Outside, the new north wall has just been put up – imagine the result when bricked!

Here is the new corner

Here is the new corner

Shute facade in May.

Shute facade in May.

CONSTRUCTION MARCHES ON

Construction made great progress this past month. Concrete floor slabs were removed and recycled and so that a drainage system could be installed. The north wall – which will be partially removed to provide entry between the addition and the library, was prepared for it’s new role with a large beam. Out front, concrete retaining wall planters were poured in place. What will April bring? Stay tuned.

Shoring up the north wall windows - that will become interior arches in the new Shute.

Shoring up the north wall windows – that will become interior arches in the new Shute.

Arches from the outside.

Arches from the outside.

Creating a pocket for the steel beam that will support the entry between addition and building.

Creating a pocket for the steel beam that will support the entry between addition and building.

Bring on the beam.

Bring on the beam.

Setting the beam in place.

Setting the beam in place.

Floor slab removed to make way for a drainage system and provide a floor that will keep out the water.

Floor slab removed to make way for a drainage system and provide a floor that will keep out the water.


Sub-surface drainage installed below new addition.

Sub-surface drainage installed below new addition.

Concrete forms for retaining wall planters.

Concrete forms for retaining wall / planters.

Waterproofing foundation walls at retaining wall.

Waterproofing foundation walls at retaining wall.

Sheet waterproofing at foundation walls.

Sheet waterproofing at foundation walls.

Interior wall framing - for an office.

Interior wall framing – for an office.