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BPL Outdoor Reading Spaces

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While some library users enjoy reading indoors in the air conditioning on hot summer days, the Central Library and the branches have many options for those who may prefer to read outside and breathe in some fresh air. And, you don’t have to leave the city to do it. In addition to the Central Library’s courtyard, which features story times and lunchtime Friday concerts this summer, several branches have beautiful green spaces that are ideal for programming and reading. Branch locations that feature outdoor areas include the Adams Street, Honan-Allston, Grove Hall, Hyde Park, Mattapan, South Boston, and West Roxbury branches. The Hyde Park Branch hosts summer concerts every Thursday evening in their garden, and the South Boston Branch outdoor space was re-landscaped in June, adding new shrubs and flowers to the reading space. The Honan-Allston and Mattapan branches even have interior courtyards for users to enjoy. Dig into Reading summer programming featured garden crafts, story times, and sidewalk art activities outdoors, and children are now waiting patiently to see their vegetables and plants grow as fall approaches. Boston Public Library welcomes all to visit its outdoor spaces and to enjoy the beautiful weather while reading.

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