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Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Marvelous Boston Public Library...

I know that not everyone considers a visit to a library as part of the highlights of their vacation, but I do.  If I can visit a local library, I always make time to do so.  I enjoy seeing how other parts of the country present their collections to their patrons, and I also like to stop and chat with the library staff when I can.  As I was looking at a Boston map to see what was near the hotel where my husband and I were staying, lo and behold, the Central Branch of the Boston Public Library.  Yahoo!

I spent most of a morning walking around that library and taking pictures of some of the beautiful sculptures, murals, and other architectural features that caught my eye.  There are two buildings, one filled with art and murals, the other much more modern (built in the 1970's and recently updated, according to the librarians I spoke with).  See what you think.  The library offers art and architecture tours frequently, but I just wandered around at will.

The first pictures are of the older section of the library, ending with a shot of the courtyard between the two buildings.




















The following pictures are of the 'new' side of the BPL.  The second picture is a sculpture on the wall as you enter from the old building to the new.  It's made out of books!  I also was quite fond of the staircase with 'the plot thickens' on the stairs!












Yes, I think I could definitely spend a day or a week in this great library!  There's also several coffee shops and all kinds of other amenities for library patrons or passing visitors.

17 comments:

  1. I'd love to visit this library - or even better to use it regularly. It looks amazing both the old and the new.

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    1. It was quite beautiful. Very artistic and lots to see.

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  2. That is an amazing library. Makes me want to visit Boston.

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    1. It's recommended if you ever get a chance.

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  3. Boston is on my list of places I want to go but now it's jumped way up just so I can go visit the library. I'm not sure which one I like the better. The old part is gorgeous and so very library-y but the new section is just so fun. How did you make yourself leave?

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  4. Another great post! Aside from libraries, I also love visiting bookstores. You never know what books you'll find there (I mean more of the local authors.) :)

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    1. Melody, I do the same thing - libraries and bookstores. And I agree about finding local authors. Love that too.

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  5. Several coffee shops in the actual library? How wonderful. As I think I told you, I don't remember going there when I was at BU. I asked Tom and he didn't think we did. I guess we just used the college library. I so love the old part, the courtyard, and the staircase. I hope that those wonderful tables with the green lamps are used often. Such a lovely place to be.

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    1. I loved that library and did buy a bottle of water there, but no coffee.

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  6. I love the "plot thickens" stairway! I hope it leads to the mystery section. Thanks for sharing your photos of this great library. I love libraries too, and this is an amazing one.

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    1. Actually, the mystery section was downstairs. LOL

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  7. Love it. I always look for the local book stores. I guess I haven't been anywhere with a great library like that. I could live there. lol

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    1. Yes, I felt like it was a place I could spend a lot of time too. It was a very nice set up.

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  8. What a beautiful library! I love the old and new (and those stairs are great!). I haven't visited a lot of libraries, but I did make a point of checking out the Portland library last summer. I'm eager to go to the ones in Lincoln City and Newport and get my library card! :)

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