Thursday, July 24, 2008

BPL Teenspace - A New Teen Hangout

BPL has just launched a new teen hangout called BPL Teenspace. It's a website just for teens - so you won't have to bother with all the rest of the junk on our website that targets kids or adults. This space is just for you.

Movies, Music & More not only links you to information on great movies and music, but there are links to comics, anime, manga and graphic novels sites, game sites and to sites that are fun or just plain silly. The Books section provides reading lists and award-winning titles just for teens.

Homework Help provides some great links - especially useful are the TexShare databases and World Book Online. Eventually you will graduate from high school (at least we hope you do!) so be sure to use the School and Beyond section to learn about college testing, financial aid, choosing a college and getting accepted.

We know it's hard being a teenager so the My Life section provides resources that focus on the challenge of being a teen in today's world. If you want to take an active part in making a difference in your community or in the world then check out the Get Involved section. And look for announcements about Area 51 events and photos from events.

Be sure to hang out in the new BPL Teenspace and invite your friends too. We hope you'll visit and hangout often.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Texshare Databases Down

Please be aware that all web servers at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission will be down on Friday, July 18 at 5 pm until Sunday, July 20, at 5 pm.

The domain and all TexShare Database menu pages hosted there, including all custom gateway menu pages will be unavailable.

The domain and the TexShare Database portal for public libraries hosted there will also be unavailable.

This outage also includes The Library of Texas( and all TRAIL services.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Revised Versions of Library Concept Design #7

Hidell and Associates Architects presented the various conceptual floor plans at the City Council worksession on July 8, 2008. Concept Design #7 was the plan recommended by the Library Advisory Board. Two revised versions of Concept Design #7 were created to address comments by the Library Advisory Board and library staff.

Star-Telegram Articles on New Library

Library's design may be inspired by teens

Bedford council selects library plan

Monday, July 7, 2008

New Library Conceptual Designs

Hidell and Associates Architects held seven Library Design Workshops to involve the community, Library Advisory Board, Friends of the Library, staff and project team in the design process for the new Bedford Public Library. Each of these groups created and voted on the designs. The three designs with the most votes were further developed by Hidell and Associates Architects for review and recommendation by the Library Advisory Board to the City Council.

Hidell and Associates Architects met with the Library Advisory Board on Wednesday, July 2, 2008 to review the three concepts including two version of Conceptual Design #3 and a new one based on all the designs. At this time the Library Advisory Board is recommending that City Council approve Concept Design # 7. Hidell and Associates Architects will present the designs to City Council on Tuesday, July 8 at 6 pm. City Council will give city and library staff direction on how to proceed with the new library.

Conceptual Design 3A

Conceptual Design 3B

Conceptual Design 7

Conceptual Design 11

New Conceptual Design