Lita Barrie and Jennifer Tarnawski cut a yellow ribbon strung across the door to the reading garden
Library News

Enjoy BPL's New Reading Garden

Reading and spending time outdoors are two great passions for Burlington residents. We are excited to combine them with our new Reading Garden at Burlington Public Library’s Central Branch.

On Friday, June 9th, Burlington Public Library officially opened the new garden. It was unveiled during a ceremony where a large yellow ribbon was cut away to unveil the new space. The garden is nestled into a previously unused courtyard that looks into the library through large glass windows.

People gather around a tree in the Reading Garden

"Our mission at Burlington Public Library is to inspire imagination, collaboration, and compassion to support an informed and literate society," says BPL CEO Lita Barrie. "What better place to be inspired than under the sprawling leaves of a beech tree, looking in on stacks of books that beckon you to discover and learn."

A sign acknowledging donors stands outside the door to the Reading Garden

About the Burlington Public Library Reading Garden

Converting a neglected nook into a public reading garden was one of the Library’s sesquicentennial anniversary projects. Work began in 2022 during the library’s 150th anniversary celebrations and was supported by in-kind donations from businesses in the community, including:

Seferian Design Group

ELP Landscapes

Romex Permeable Hardscapes

Park Street Solutions

Green Theory

Maglin Site Furniture

and Unilock

The Reading Garden is surrounded by views of the Library’s vast collection of books. It features a spectacular variegated beech tree and benches for shaded reading and relaxing.

The garden will be accessible through the library during the branch’s open hours. It will be open to the public when daylight and weather permits.

A plaque listing garden donors is flanked by two benches in a corner of the garden