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Libraries: A Free Resource When You Travel

Libraries: Rich source of culture (and clean restrooms)

by Larissa and Michael Milne

from The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 1, 2015. Page N2.

'We often use libraries as a resource while traveling. Almost every town has one, they offer free WiFi, and are quiet, air-conditioned places to spend some time.

On road trips, we'll use them as rest stops. We seek out the familiar blue-and-white sign with the icon of a figure reading a book to point the way to the local library. We know we'll find clean restrooms and a place to relax, along with a used-book rack that offers plenty of choices at bargain prices.

In large cities, many public libraries are overlooked free attractions in their own right, providing noteworthy architecture and rotating exhibits.

A few examples:

The Boston Public Library offers free art and architecture tours of its Charles McKim-designed building and art collection. A massive gallery decorated with murals by John Singer Sargent stacks up against many museums.

. . . .

The Free Library of Philadelphia's Rare Book Department is hosting "Sacred Stories: The World's Religious Traditions" through January. Religious texts dating to medieval times are on display, including Martin Luther's first German New Testament, printed in 1522.

. . . .

The Egyptian Revival-style Los Angeles Central Library is decorated with wonderful murals, along with samples from its vintage travel poster collection, a must-see for anyone who dreams of far-away places.

Before visiting a city, do some research on the main library to find these hidden gems. . . .'

Read more at http://www.philly.com/inquirer/travel/20151101_Libraries__Rich_source_of_culture__and_clean_restrooms_.html


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