Posted tagged ‘Boston Public Library’

Picture Book Month!

November 7, 2013

As soon as my daughter was old enough to hold a book and turn the pages, I took her to the library. It was love at first sight. She surrounded herself with picture books and was in book heaven. If it hadn’t been for all those wonderful books made available to us in the library, I don’t think my daughter would be the avid reader she is today.

Revisiting Special Places

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Children’s Room-Boston Public Library

There’s nothing like a good picture book to keep children entertained, and there’s nothing like the Children’s Room in the library to offer up books, cozy reading places, story hours, and activities.

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The picture book biography, Miss Moore Thought Otherwise, written by Jan Pinborough and illustrated by Debby Atwell, is a perfect way to honor a woman who was instrumental in organizing one of the first Children’s Rooms in a library and fill it with exciting books for youngsters to read.

Annie, as she was known when she was young, was not your typical girl living in the 1870s. She loved the outdoors and listening to poems and stories her father read. She wanted to be a lawyer like her father, but his death changed things. Annie ended up going the library school at Pratt Institute in New York. After she graduated, she got a job at the Pratt Free Library where she set up a Children’s Room, but her pièce de résistance was the Children’s Room she designed for the newly built New York Public Library. It became a model for libraries, nationally and internationally, all because Miss Moore Thought Otherwise.

Give a shout out to Anne Carroll Moore and all the others who played a role in creating a special space in libraries for our children to learn to love books and reading!

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Wedding Tales

September 12, 2013

I’m ba-a-a-ck!

The past few weeks have been busy, busy, busy. My lovely daughter got married — a marriage made in heaven. For those of you who read my last blog and are wondering where the wedding reception took place, the answer is the library. It wasn’t just any library, mind you. It was the Boston Public Library. If you’ve never been there, it’s a must-see architectural treasure.

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As mother of the bride, you must indulge me as I blog and blab about the special day.

The ceremony took place at Our Lady of Victories Church, a French National Church, hidden on a narrow side street. It’s a charming old church, dedicated in 1886, and it has a magnificent organ that fills every nook and cranny of the interior with heavenly music.

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The bride was beautiful. The groom was beautiful. The ceremony was beautiful. Tears of happiness flowed like the enchanting courtyard fountain at the Boston Public Library.

Before the reception, pictures were taken in historical spots around Boston – an Art Deco style building,

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Trinity Church, the “T” – Boston’s subway system, and the Public Garden.

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Then it was on to the reception at the library. As I mentioned before, this building is amazing.

An old postcard of the Boston Public Library

An old postcard of the Boston Public Library

Inside the building you’ll find a grand marble staircase, balconies made of limestone, marble pillars, an enclosed courtyard with a fountain, murals painted by famous artists, collections of rare books, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, prints, and much more.

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Entry to the Library

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Ceiling

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Staircase

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Bates Hall

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Book from 1920 that explains everything you want to know about the rooms in the library.

The cocktail hour took place in the courtyard with its picturesque fountain. The courtyard was a special place for the bride and groom. Not only did they first express their love for one another there, but they also got engaged there.

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The Boston Public Library and Interior Courtyard

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Courtyard

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X Marks the Engagement Spot

Dining was in The Popular Reading Room. It was a gourmet’s delight, and afterward, we danced the evening away. The bride and groom glowed the entire day.

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Popular Reading Room

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At the end of the evening before they escaped through a secret door among the stacks of books, the groom played guitar and sang to the bride.

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It was a fairy tale wedding – one that I will hold close to my heart.

Okay, my blogging and blabbing are done, but the bride and groom have only just begun. I raise my (coffee) cup to them for a long and happy life together!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Dork Visits the Library

March 27, 2012

When I told a teacher friend of mine I was going to the Boston Public Library while I was on spring break, she kiddingly called me a dork. Okay, I’m a dork, but I love to visit libraries. Metropolitan cities are known for their culture, art, and history. Boston exudes all of these — just look at the Boston Public Library.

It has an inviting entry.

Look at these doors!

It has sculptures.

It has paintings and murals.

It has amazing architectural details — and people!

 

It has a courtyard to relax, read, and enjoy a bite to eat in a quiet spot.

It has books – lots of books, including 1.2 million rare books and documents. It also has the Bates reading room.

New York Public Library has lions. Boston Public Library has lions, too!

I also visited The Margaret and H.A. Rey Children’s Room. It wasn’t as impressive as the rest of the library, but it was filled with books.

No matter what — the day was bright and brisk. The MBTA, better known as the T, was manageable. The library was awesome, and this dork is glad she went!


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