The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Advent, Hanukkah, and the Immaculate Conception of Mary

December 2 - 24, 2018 - Advent Advent is a part of the days leading up to the Christian celebration of Christmas. Advent marks the beginning of of the liturgical calendar, which is the church calendar. Advent starts four Sundays before Christmas, which is December 2 this year. The first half of the liturgical year…
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Unsure how to use your new smartphone, tablet or computer? The library can help!

There's plenty of state of the art devices available these days for surfing the web, connecting on social media, taking photos, shopping online, reading e-books,listening to audiobooks, and even making good old fashioned phone calls.  Smartphones, tablets, and portable computers can be fantastic tools for everyday use. With the holiday season here, there are many…
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Aggregating Annotations in the Anti-Slavery Manuscripts Project

Hi all, I am Coleman Krawczyk. My role for the Anti-Slavery Manuscripts project has been building the data aggregation code. In other words, I write the code that combines each of the volunteers’ transcriptions into one consensus transcription. This is also the code that draws the underline markings on the pages to indicate what lines…
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The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Day of the Covenant and Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

This is a new blog series we're doing on religious and cultural holidays/celebrations that are commonly celebrated in Massachusetts to help create awareness for these traditions and their origins. If there's a particular religion or celebration you or someone you know participates in that doesn't appear on this list, let us know by leaving a…
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Small Business Resources

Are you hoping to start a small business and don't know where to get started? Here are a few of the Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center’s favorite resources for the entrepreneur.  Getting Started How prepared are you? Take the SBA's Small Business Readiness Assessment. Watch a Lynda.com course on Entrepreneurship Foundations or Small Business Secrets. Connect with…
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The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Thanksgiving, Shaheedi Guru Tegh Bahadurji, Niinamesei, and Gurpurab Guru Nanak Devji

If there's a particular religion or celebration you or someone you know participates in that doesn't appear on this list, let us know by leaving a comment on this post. Or, if you think we got something wrong, please also comment and let us know. We try to be as accurate as possible, but if…
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The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Veterans Day and The Birth of Bahá’u’lláh

If there's a particular celebration you or someone you know participates in that we missed, let us know by leaving a comment on this post. Or, if you think we got something wrong, please also comment and let us know. We try to be as accurate as possible, but if there's a mistake, we want…
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Oh, the Little Ones!

Even the smallest victims deserve justice. Something as horrific as murder touches the lives of youngsters in these shocking page-turners. Given the painful subject matter of these books, one even inspired by a true story, expect to have your heart just ripped out with emotion for all involved. Little Deaths It's 1965 in Queens, New York, and…
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Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a federal holiday which honors those men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. It is observed each year on November 11. Veterans Day traces its history back to the end of World War I. Military hostilities ceased at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the…
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