Boston Public Library’s newly renovated Johnson Building

What visit to Boston would be complete without a visit to the beautiful Central Library of the Boston Public Library?

The BPL recently completed renovations on the Johnson Building, which contains the General Library Departments, housing the BPL’s largest circulating collection of materials, over 700,000 volumes.

The first phase of renovations, completed in 2015, featured a new Children’s Library, Teen Central, a community reading area, and Adult Reference area. The second phase included renovations to the buildings first floor, mezzanine, and exterior. The $78 million renovation also includes a new business innovation center and business library, a radio broadcasting studio for WGBH (FM), a 3D printer, and a café.

The following pictures are from my recent visit and self-guided tour.  Not only was it exciting to see a shiny new library space, but also a space so full of people – even on a beautiful August weekend – bearing witness to the vitality and importance of libraries in society.

Entrance to the Johnson Building on Boyleston Street.
Entrance to the Johnson Building on Boyleston Street.
Book-themed decorations on the walls in the main lobby.
Book-themed decorations on the walls in the main lobby.
Book lamps.
Book lamps hang from the ceiling of the main lobby area.
New and Novel. The Johnson building interior at night.
New and novel – the Johnson Building interior at night.
Information desk in the lobby of the Johnson building
No free-for-all at the Information desk in the lobby.
Johnson building lobby.
Johnson building lobby.
Borrower services desk.
Borrowers await service at the Borrower Services desk.
Not a bad crowd for a Saturday in August.
Not a bad crowd for a Saturday in August.
Conference room with travel posters.
Conference room bedecked with travel posters to inspire dreams during meetings.   Where would you rather be?
Keeping an eye on things.
Keeping an eye on things.
Stacks with a view.
The mezzanine offers a bird’s eye view of the stacks and the streets.
Bright and colorful Children's Library.
Bright and colorful Children’s Library.
READ in the Teen Room.
READ in the Teen Room.
In the red stacks.
Primary colors abound in the red stacks.
Well-equipped classroom.
A well-equipped classroom.
What's on tap today.
What’s on tap today.
A sadly empty travel section.
Plenty of room for growth in the travel section.
Work was still underway on what appeared to be a cafe or maybe the broadcast studio.
Work was still underway on what appeared to be a cafe or maybe the broadcast studio.

Definitely worth a visit if you find yourself in Boston!

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Rome street art: La Mia Libreria

Street art has been popping up everywhere around Rome over the past years.  I had fun taking pictures of literary-themed street art on a recent trip.   These were found painted on the security gates of La Mia Libreria – a bookshop in a neighborhood outside of the historic center.

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La Mia Libreria Via Guglielmo degli Ubertini, 38 Roma

 

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Located in the neighborhood Prenestino-Labicano, near the Pigneto, La Mia Libreria is a short bus ride (line 409) from Tiburtina Station (which is a stop on the B metro line.). In addition, the ’81, which crosses the city from Piazza Risorgimento (in the vicinity of Vatican City), stops only 50 meters from the store. You can also reach them by tram (the #5, #14 or #19) get off at Largo Preneste.  Head in the direction of Casilina and you will pass the store in about 150 meters.

 

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