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Boston Public Library
Boston Public Library | Catherine J. Willis
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The Boston Public Library (BPL) was the first large municipally funded public library in the United States. Although the library was founded in 1848, the original idea was first proposed by French ventriloquist Alexandre Vattemare in 1841. In 1854, the library opened to the public in two rooms in a schoolhouse on Mason Street. Just four years later, the building on Boylston Street opened with 88,789 items. In 1871, the BPL was the first library in the country to open a branch, and by 1895, when the new central library was opened in Copley Square, 29 branches and reading rooms had opened. Charles Follen McKim was the principal architect of the new building, which is noted for its perfect proportions, magnificent murals, and beautiful ornamentation throughout the building. The tremendous growth of the library made it necessary to build an addition, and in 1972, the new building designed by Philip Johnson was opened.
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wallacereads
Boston Public Library | Catherine J. Willis
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Finally made it to the Boston Public Library...it was as wonderful as I imagined.

Suet624 I was there last year but you took a much nicer photo. 😁 1mo
Beatlefan129 Oh my gosh, that is beautiful! 1mo
LeahBergen Lovely! 1mo
Crazeedi Wow so beautiful!❣ 1mo
BooknerdsLife WOW! That is beautiful 😍 3w
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Gina
Boston Public Library | Catherine J. Willis
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unabridgedchick
Boston Public Library | Catherine J. Willis
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Tea at the Boston Public Library. Menus are books!

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ValerieAndBooks
Boston Public Library | Catherine J. Willis
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One more post about the Boston Public Library. They had these neat bookmarks. On back, each had the book details and taglines: upper L: “Famous (and not-so-famous) Historical Figures in Fiction; top middle: “if you liked A Game of Thrones”; top R: “Happily Ever After: Romance Bestsellers”
Bottom L: Supernatural Fiction; middle bottom: Popular Religious Fiction; bottom R: “Nonfiction that reads Like Fiction”
tagging #librariansofLitsy 😊

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ValerieAndBooks
Boston Public Library | Catherine J. Willis
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The Boston Public Library at Copley Square is amazing! These pictures don‘t do it justice. There were so many people enjoying the courtyard (lower left). Loved it!! If you‘re ever in downtown Boston, it‘s worth a look.

LeahBergen 😍😍😍 1y
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TracyReadsBooks
Boston Public Library | Catherine J. Willis
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Beautiful spring day in Boston today. No time for reading (at least not yet) but did have time to visit the Boston Public Library. Impressive. John Singer Sargent‘s artwork is a definite highlight—these pictures don‘t do it justice. I highly recommend taking a look if you‘re ever passing through Boston.

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PursuitofSanity
Boston Public Library | Catherine J. Willis
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Love the way the skylights let the sun in. The Boston Public Library is a beautiful place to read.

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DebbieGrillo
Boston Public Library | Catherine J. Willis
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We spent the afternoon exploring Newbury and Boylston Streets and Copley Square. The highlight for me was a leisurely stroll through the Boston Public Library. Check out the stairs. #theplotthickens #librarylove

tpixie Isn‘t this the greatest Library??!!! Both the new and the old sides!! 1y
CoverToCoverGirl 😊❤️ 1y
Louise Love it! ❤️ 1y
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GingerAntics Love those stairs!!! 1y
Slajaunie Love it! I have never been to Boston but I would love to go. 1y
PursuitofSanity I go to the BPL literally every weekend, such a joyful place for bookworms. 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Yup! Those stairs, cool! 👍 1y
DebbieGrillo @PursuitofSanity I'm in Boston to go to a George Ezra concert tonight. Having a ball! 1y
PursuitofSanity Enjoy. It‘s a wonderful city!!! 1y
Swe_Eva I want those in my house! But I‘ll have to have a library upstairs first. And an upstairs... 😂 1y
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tpixie
Boston Public Library | Catherine J. Willis
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Part 4. This is such an awesome Library!! Love the Reading Room! #Boston #BostonPublicLibrary

Chelsibeau 😍 2y
tpixie @Chelsibeau it would be so incredible to read/ study in this library!!! 2y
TK421 Wow! That is a beautiful reading room. 2y
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ferskner Wow! That gives the Rose Reading Room at NYPL a run for its money! 2y
batsy That's beautiful. 2y
booksandsympathy Gorgeous! 2y
Yeah_I_Read Love that dirty water...ahhh-ahhh Boston your my home...🎶🎶🎶 2y
tpixie @booksandsympathy @TK421 @ferskner @batsy @Yeah_I_Read this place is amazing! There are also tons of mural paintings- like an art museum! 2y
Suet624 I want to take a nap in that room and see what dreams come. 2y
tpixie @Suet624 great idea!! Google ‘ Freshman Dining Hall Harvard‘ Harry Potter‘s dining hall was modeled after that. They don‘t let anybody enter the dining hall except for Harvard freshman so I had to Google it. 2y
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tpixie
Boston Public Library | Catherine J. Willis
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This is the coolest Library! A Mosaic of Books! #BostonPublicLibrary #Boston

Bradleygirl EeeEEEEEEEEE 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess What fun and love the colors!! 2y
tpixie @Bradleygirl @Graciouswarriorprincess this was so cool! I could only show one tiny section. 2y
LeahBergen 😍😍😍 2y
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alisahar
Boston Public Library | Catherine J. Willis
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This is a fun reading challenge from Boston Public Library! Not sure I can get all that done by September 2 though. Any other #Boston Litsy-ers want to join in?

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KarmonR
Boston Public Library | Catherine J. Willis
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I stopped into The Boston Public Library earlier this week to check out the recently renovated space. I fell in love with this art, which wraps around a curved wall.