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One more reason to get a library card: it saves money

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oing to the library is smart. That’s because the Boston Public Library has free passes to some of the city’s must-see destinations—the New England Aquarium, the Museum of Science, the Museum of Fine Arts. Each BPL branch gives out one pass per museum per day, usually good for four people apiece. Only valid Metro-Boston library cardholders can reserve passes, and booking in advance is suggested. Passes at the main library go fast, so try one of the 27 neighborhood branches. Some restrictions apply—the card must have less than $10 in fines on it, for example, and no overdue books, and only one pass at a time, per family, can be reserved—so ask at the library for details. And check out a book while you’re at it. Moravek

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Like many things in Boston, the opening of the Boston Public Library owes much to the city’s longstanding competition with New York. Work on the library was speeded up after news arrived that John Jacob Astor had given rival New York a bequest to establish a public library there.

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