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The “Light Within (for Virginia Woolf)” Cow is appropriately found grazing in front of the Boston Public Library (BPL) at Copley Square. Boston has always been a very literate city, with many famous writers and a long history of progressive views toward education and literature. From the official Boston CowParade Guide: “Virginia Woolf struggled with an inner darkness, yet her writing reflects an underlying core of passion and delight. This cow’s mottled blue sky exterior is actually made of pages from the Virginia Woolf novel ‘The Waves’; a tunnel through the form reveals an interior of glowing 23-Karat gold leaf” [a goodly portion of which had been removed by the time I photographed the cow - Jackie].

The Boston Public Library, established in 1848, was the first publicly supported municipal library in the United States and the first public library to allow people to borrow books and other materials for free. The present Copley Square location has been home to the Library since 1895. In addition to its 6.1 million books, the library boasts over 1.2 million rare books and manuscripts, a wealth of maps, musical scores and prints. Among its large collections, the BPL holds several first edition folios by Shakespeare, original music scores from Mozart to Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf”; and, in its rare book collection, the personal library of John Adams (second President of the United States), making it the only public library in the country that also serves as a Presidential Library.

For more info on the BPL, see its website.

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Viewed: 2007
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