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BOSTON -- The Newspaper Reading Room is one of the silent rooms in the Boston Athenaeum, the 201-year-old institution founded as a 'reading room, a library, a museum, and a laboratory' for Bostonians. Members have included John Quincy Adams, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Amy Lowell, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The Athenaeum's library holds approximately 600,000 volumes and focuses on Boston and New England history, biography, English and American literature, and the fine and decorative arts. Steve Berke, retired from the investment business, walks to the 10 1/2 Beacon St. institution each day to catch up on his reading. He calls the Athenaeum 'a very delightful place for me to spend my time' and a place where he can 'meet people with whom I can discuss both current and historical events.' (Globe Staff Photo / Suzanne Kreiter) audio: Click the play button below to hear Steven Berke describe his daily ritual of visiting the Athenaeum <object classid='clsid:02BF25D5-8C17-4B23-BC80-D3488ABDDC6B' width='200' height='30' codebase= 'http://www.apple.com/qtactivex/qtplugin.cab'> (Audio by Scott LaPierre, Boston.com)
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BOSTON -- The Newspaper Reading Room is one of the silent rooms in the Boston Athenaeum, the 201-year-old institution founded as a "reading room, a library, a museum, and a laboratory" for Bostonians. Members have included John Quincy Adams, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Amy Lowell, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The Athenaeum's library holds approximately 600,000 volumes and focuses on Boston and New England history, biography, English and American literature, and the fine and decorative arts. Steve Berke, retired from the investment business, walks to the 10 1/2 Beacon St. institution each day to catch up on his reading. He calls the Athenaeum "a very delightful place for me to spend my time" and a place where he can "meet people with whom I can discuss both current and historical events."

(Globe Staff Photo / Suzanne Kreiter)

audio: Click the play button below to hear Steven Berke describe his daily ritual of visiting the Athenaeum
(Audio by Scott LaPierre, Boston.com)