In a recent online review, a woman wrote that the Beacon Hill Library simply made her happy. It's easy to understand why. There's something about

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Best Public Spot to Be a Bookworm

Beacon Hill Library

In a recent online review, a woman wrote that the Beacon Hill Library simply made her happy. It's easy to understand why. There's something about the cavernous, airy space and walls of windows that is pleasing but not overwhelming, inviting but contemplative. The fanciful boat sculpture that greets patrons as they enter is a fitting symbol for a place that almost feels as though it could whisk you away to some faraway land should you just take the time to step inside. The branch opened in 2004 as part of an ambitious effort to rebuild the libraries citywide, and has more than 40,000 books, including a healthy selection of materials in Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese—fitting in a neighborhood where English is often not the language you'll hear on the street. The back corners of the 10,800-square-foot space have overstuffed leather chairs and ottomans, perfect for taking in that page-turner or just watching the colorful neighborhood go by.—Aimee Curl

 
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