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NU Bucket List – #26
Boston Public Library
We know, spending time in the library might not be your idea of summer fun. But hear us out: just a hop, skip, and a jump from campus lies the Boston Public Library, an old-world sanctuary so gorgeous you won’t even mind doing your homework. Don’t get us wrong, we’re big fans of Snell, but sometimes a change of scenery is just what you need to get things done as summer finals approach.
The vast BPL building we know and love today was built in 1895, modeled after the Renaissance style of the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris and constructed to be “a palace for the people” (we bet you didn’t know you have your very own palace in Boston). It’s covered in murals by one of Boston’s favorite artists, John Singer Sargent, and is filled with sweeping staircases, window balconies, and hidden alcoves. The McKim Building’s main space, Bates Hall, has a pretty awesome magical-Hogwarts-vibe going on…definitely your key to finals success!
Best of all, though, is the BPL’s beautiful courtyard. Snag a spot by the fountain or bring a blanket and park on the lawn; you could almost forget you’re in the city except for the corner of the Hancock peeking over the roof. Although it’s not huge, the courtyard is a lot quieter and usually less crowded than the Public Gardens or the Common, making it absolutely perfect for studying and sunning yourself.
All throughout the summer, the BPL will be hosting its free summer concert series in the courtyard, featuring local Boston talent across all sorts of genres. Every Wednesday and Friday evening, you can stop by the courtyard for a couple of songs, stay for the whole concert, or even hang out afterwards to talk to the artists! Wednesday concerts run from 6 to 7 pm, while Friday concerts run from 12:30 to 1:30 pm.
Tonight, Venezuelan cellist Rodolfo Arteaga will be playing excerpts from his new album, including classical pieces as well as pop numbers from his tropical music band. Next Wednesday, Samuel Batista will bring his alto saxophone and music from the Third Land Quintet to the courtyard.
A full schedule of courtyard concerts can be found here.