The Boston Public Library was one of the 1st libraries in the US!
The Boston Public Library (BPL) was one of the first large free municipal libraries in the United States. The library was founded in 1848. As Europe was in turmoil the library was just starting. The library opened its doors on March 20 1854. Amazingly the Library had approximately 16, 000 volumes of books.
Today the library boasts of a number of rare books and manuscripts, maps, musical scores and prints. I am amazed that they have Mozart to Prokofiev’s scores. In the rare books section Johan Adams’ personal library is there. In addition there are about 8.9 million books now in this fantastic library.
If I told you, I believe you would have a hard time comprehending. The Boston Public library generally has over 3 million people who visit it. Last year there were over 7 million visitors to the library’s website and more than 3.5 million books and audiovisual items borrowed or downloaded.
The Library is not just a library; it is an art gallery, it is a historic building and just a great part of United States History. The 3rd floor has these spectacular murals painted by John Singer Sargent. Sargent painted in the style of Italian Renaissance frescos.
I mentioned to Diane it is like being in a Cathedral for Books. Interestingly if you watch the Boston Marathon you will see the building if you look close, because that is where the Finish line is for the Boston Marathon. So keep your eyes open and focus on the building next time you watch the Boston Marathon.
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