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Boston Public Library President Amy Ryan Welcomes Patrons Back to Central Library

BPL, image © Xavier de Juaréguiberry

Dear Friend of the Library,

On April 15, the Boston Marathon and the Commonwealth’s celebration of Patriots’ Day were suddenly and sadly overtaken by tragic events. In the days that followed, the people of Boston and beyond have responded with enormous courage, support, and resilience. These individuals make us proud to have “Boston” in our name and are an inspiration as our community begins to recover and heal.

Boston Public Library is a community gathering place, a place for lifelong learning, a place to seek knowledge, solace, and renewal. This is true during good times and challenging times, and has been so since our founding in 1848 and the day our doors opened in Copley Square in 1895. Each day, whether in Copley Square or in one of our twenty-five branches across the city, we welcome residents and visitors from around the world.

All of us at the Boston Public Library have been waiting for the opportunity to welcome you back to Copley Square. With this message, I can now tell you our Central Library doors are open. Please know that we’d like to see you, whether your visit is today, tomorrow, or in the weeks that follow.

Amy E. Ryan
Boston Public Library

This message was originally posted on April 24, 2013, on the BPL Compass blog.