Requesting in-library use materials from the Arts Department

How do I request a book from the Arts collection? You can request item(s) by going to www.bpl.org, locating the item in the catalog, and clicking the green “Place a Hold” button. Make sure you select “BPL - Central Delivery Desk” as your pickup point. What does “In-Library Use Only” mean? The item you are requesting…
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Fantastic Graphic Novels

The start of the school year can be so busy! As your family settles in to a regular schedule, perhaps your kid is finding they don't have as much time for reading as they did over the summer. Graphic novels are a great medium for fitting in a full story, and can often take less…
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Banned Tween Reads

Banned Books Week is September 23-29, 2018. Celebrated annually, the week serves as a time for everyone in the book community to come together and celebrate the freedom of ideas and expression. Each year, books are challenged and sometimes banned because of the themes, plots, or characters inside it.  Below is a list of 10…
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Dark and Darker

Who's afraid of the dark? If you aren't already, you will be after tackling these up-all-night reads. Looking for an excuse to stay up all night? Probably with all the lights on? Then these are the books for you! The Dark Lake Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock, the lead homicide investigator in rural Smithson, Australia, is deeply unnerved…
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Climate Preparedness Week, September 24-30

Next week, September 24-30, BPL will be participating in the first annual Climate Preparedness Week, coordinated by CREW - Communities Responding to Extreme Weather. Organizations and community leaders are hosting events all around greater Boston to help residents prepare for the impacts of climate change and extreme weather. Check out the events below taking place at…
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Independent vs. Collaborative Transcription: Zooniverse Research & Anti-Slavery Manuscripts

In January, the Boston Public Library announced the launch of our Anti-slavery manuscript transcription website. This site was developed by a team from Zooniverse led by Dr. Samantha Blickhan. The goal of this project is to engage and enable a community of motivated citizens to help convert handwritten verse into machine readable text. This transcribed text…
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Fall Must-Reads for Historical Fiction Fans

Looking through recent book reviews, pre-publication resources, and author websites, I discovered some great titles scheduled for release this fall that should interest readers of historical fiction. The titles are varied, with some stand-alone titles by major authors, and new entries in a few different popular series. Spanning the ages, they include: Silence of the…
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Featured Image: Ability Not Disability Counts, U. S. Dept. of Labor

Title: Ability Not Disability Counts, U. S. Dept. of Labor  Date: 1947 Location: Unknown Creator: U. S. Dept. of Labor Source: Perkins School for the Blind.  Collection: War Blind and Propaganda Poster Collection Description: A collection containing World War I and World War II materials--predominantly war propaganda posters, but also Red Cross and other national and…
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Featured Image: Pointed reaction

Title: Pointed reaction  Date: [ca. 1970–1973] Location: Newton, Massachusetts Creator: Germano, Eddie Source: Newton Free Library Collection: Collection of political cartoon drawings / Eddie Germano Description: Presented here is a collection of original black and white cartoon drawings by Eddie Germano, American cartoonist (b. 1924). Individual titles are given when available.  The cartoons relate mostly to…
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