Town Square Boynton Beach

Town Square Library

  • Boynton Beach Town Square Library

When is a library more then a library? When it’s a modern hub for learning, meeting, exploring, researching and relaxing. Forget images of libraries of the past – which conjure thoughts of books and card files. Instead, picture a modern world of activity located in the heart of the city that provides
a common, welcoming access point for information and learning. To meet the various needs of a diverse and growing community, the role of the city’s library has evolved well beyond book borrowing. The library landscape may have changed, but its value has only grown. 

In keeping with the city’s laser focus on diversity and inclusion, the Boynton Beach City Library serves all members of the community regardless of age, ethnicity, background, socio-economic status, education, or physical ability. From infants and children attending weekly story time to help build their early literacy skills, to seniors volunteering and socializing, the library is a modern community center. Children, teens, job seekers, entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals, retirees and new American citizens utilize library services to enhance their lives. 

In addition to meeting traditional needs, the library has become a technology hub, a gathering place and a life-long learning center. It is uniquely positioned to increase access to information, build cultural and economic connections, and foster a more equitable community – some of the highest priorities for the City of Boynton Beach.

Technology 
Technology resources and materials offered at the library help bridge the digital divide for those who may not have Internet access at home, or for those in need of assistance to safely navigate the Internet. Digitized collections promote accessibility, and special tools, such as a 3D printer and professional design software, nurture creativity and collaboration.

Maker Space 
The new maker space - the Virtual Zone - provides a place for teens wanting to turn creative ideas into reality. Students will use this space to develop skills in electronics, 3D modeling, coding, and robotics. These experiences foster entrepreneurship and hone critical 21st Century skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM).

A Variety of Services and Resources 
Wi-Fi and Internet access, computer labs, resources on local history, genealogy research tools, career development services, and programming for all ages are available, such as homework help for students and English classes. The state-of-the-art facility will have study rooms that can double as additional maker spaces during the day, plus ample areas for hosting programs and events. Through partnerships with community organizations, the library will serve as a host for meetings, activities, and a range of programs, such as PAWS to Read with therapy dogs.

Town Square is designed to welcome and accommodate people of all abilities. The library will be a showcase for these inherent rights, with wheelchair accessibility and technology for those who are hard of hearing or have visual impairments.

For the hard of hearing, there are audio induction loops that filter out ambient noise to make hearing easier throughout the facility. For those with vision challenges, special assistive technology is installed on public computers, including read- aloud and text magnifying software.

With its central downtown location, the library is easily accessible to residents across the socioeconomic spectrum, many of whom rely on library services such as computer access, free Wi-Fi, and tutoring services. The library is walkable from several area schools and is conveniently located near a bus stop. It also offers remote access for those unable to visit the library in person.

The local history archive preserves historic artifacts, oral histories and records that are relevant and important to the community. The archive includes extensive genealogy research tools to help people interested in exploring their roots and family trees.

As with all aspects of Town Square, the facility is designed to offer pleasurable, meaningful gathering spaces that are safe and secure. Library visitors will have access to well-lit parking in nearby garages that include security monitoring features. Police will patrol the area regularly to maintain a secure environment.

A library is a vital public space, and an essential component of a strong, vibrant community. The library supports personal productivity, enriches learning and leisure, promotes community engagement and enhances quality of life. According to a Florida Library Association 2018 study, “For every dollar invested in a public library in the state of Florida, $10.18 is added in value to the community.” With its thoughtful planning, the new Boynton Beach City Library will stand as a model for South Florida and beyond. This library transcends ideas of a conventional center for learning and knowledge – it will provide a place that fosters a love of local history, inspires innovation and discovery, and creates genuine connection. Won’t you be a part of this exciting legacy? We invite you to participate by naming a space or endowing a program. Please join us in ensuring that the Boynton Beach City Library continues to be a leader in educational excellence and serves as a community focal point for decades to come.

A comprehensive list of Donor Recognition Opportunities is enclosed. Here is a preview of some of the available naming opportunities:

  • Name the first floor Youth Library in honor of your grandchildren.
  • Name the Virtual Zone Teen Maker Space in honor of a local innovator.
  • Endow a literacy program that brings tutoring services to those in need.
  • Name the Boynton Beach Archive in honor of a beloved Boynton Beach citizen.
  • Name the Library Book Store in honor of a significant educator or loved one.
  • Name a multi-use Study Room in honor of your family or a former civic leader. 

These and many other opportunities are available in a wide range of gift levels. Donations can be made as one-time gifts, multi-year pledges, or as planned gifts. Please review the enclosed list of Donor Recognition Opportunities and contact Michaela Kennedy or Charlotte Pelton with any questions.

Michaela Kennedy 631-786-1362 michaela@TownSquareCampaign.com 
Charlotte Pelton 561-329-3868 charlotte@TownSquareCampaign.com 

We look forward to assisting you in becoming a part of the future of Boynton Beach.