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Library Lovers’ Month Public Art Project Concludes at Boston Public Library

by rlavery

Desktop284Library Lovers’ Month concluded at the end of February, marking a month full of love for the Boston Public Library. Patrons of all ages filled out nearly 1,700 paper hearts with the reasons they love their library and the hearts were then placed on display at BPL locations throughout the city. A few of the hearts read, “It lets me keep learning far after school ends,” “I love the people here. They make me feel right at home,” and “Books! Books! Books!”

“Members of the Boston community love our local libraries for many reasons,” said Mayor Walsh. “Whether it is accessing their favorite books or using computers, the opportunities they provide are endless. The more people use them, the better position they will be in to achieve their aspirations. I thank all of the residents and visitors who took the time out to share their most favorite memories and thoughts about one of our most cherished institutions.”

“We are incredibly thankful to all library users who participated in Library Lovers’ Month and shared what they love about their library – the BPL is much loved!” said Boston Public Library Interim President David Leonard. “We gained insightful comments and will use them to make decisions about ways we can make the Boston Public Library experience even better.”

The Central Library’s hearts were moved to the walls of the Johnson building’s staff floor to serve as inspiration throughout the year. Library users may view a sampling of the public art and vote for their favorite display by visiting the BPL’s Facebook page.

Reasons to love the library (all are free)!

  • Computer access
  • Books
  • E-books
  • DVDs & music
  • Video games at Teen Central
  • 24 neighborhood branches
  • Fun and friendly children’s librarians
  • Knowledgeable reference staff
  • WiFi
  • A beautiful place to do work, read a book, relax
  • Concerts
  • Story times
  • Arts & crafts
  • Digital magazines
  • Resource databases
  • Exhibitions
  • Special Collections
  • Technology workshops
  • ESL classes and conversation groups


Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-four branches, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit


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