Monday, January 25, 2010

Exhibit: “Cool + Collected: Treasures of the Boston Public Library”

Link to January 24 Boston Herald report, "Startling 'Treasures' to behold at Boston Public Library". (via Twitter)

There’s only one place you can leaf through a copy of William Shakespeare’s “First Folio” from 1623 and also touch President John Adams’ personal copy of “Common Sense” - and do it for free.

The Boston Public Library in Copley Square.

“We are a public library and we really take our public mission very seriously,” said Susan Glover, keeper of the BPL’s special collections.

There are nearly five million items stored in the library’s special collections, ranging in age and scope from medieval manuscripts to photographs of first lady Eleanor Roosevelt performing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

The library is trying to bring attention to its riches with the exhibition “Cool + Collected: Treasures of the Boston Public Library,” which opened last year and runs through June 6.

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