The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Imbolc, Setsubun, Lunar New Year

February 1-2, 2019 - Imbolc Imbolc is a Wiccan and pagan holiday, that is sometimes referred to as Candlemas or Oimelc. The celebration of Imbolc originates from the Celts. Imbolc symbolizes the halfway point between the winter solstice (Yule) and the spring equinox (Ostara). The word "imbolc" means "in the belly of the Mother," because…
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1 Year Anniversary of Anti-Slavery Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library

Hi there,   One year ago today (National Handwriting Day, no less!), we launched Anti-Slavery Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library.   In the year since launch, our incredible community of transcribers has spent thousands of hours helping to transcribe the Boston Public Library’s Anti-Slavery Collection.   For that, we want to say:   Thank…
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Book Group for Adults on the Spectrum

Event Feb. 15 |  2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Central Library's Mezzanine Conference Room 2 In partnership with the Asperger/Autism Network, the BPL is hosting a book discussion group for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related conditions. We will meet every month to discuss a particular book selected by the group (fiction or nonfiction).  The first book to…
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The Origins and Practice of Holidays: Mahayana New Year

January 21 – 23, 2019 - Mahāyāna New Year  Mahāyāna, which means 'Great Vehicle' in English. Mahāyāna is also a term that refers to Buddhist philosophies and practices. The other main branch of Buddhism is Theravada. Mahāyāna and Theraveda Buddhism differ in a few ways. Theraveda Buddhism is commonly practiced in Southeast Asia, in places…
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Recent Digitization Highlights: the San Sisto Choirbooks, 1475-1495

Thanks to the generous support of the Associates of the Boston Public Library, the BPL recently digitized two monumental, highly decorated prayer books from our collection of medieval and early renaissance manuscripts. The two manuscripts -- an antiphonary and a psalter -- once belonged to a larger set of 14 choirbooks created for the Benedictine monastery of San Sisto…
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So Be Good…or Not

Good or bad? Right or wrong? You will have a hard time deciding while reading any one of these "good" thrillers. And check out these book covers! They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. So what do these eyes reveal? The Good Girl Never go with strangers... Nobody has ever taken care of Mia Dennett. Her upwardly mobile…
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The Origins and Practice of Holidays: Feast of the Nativity

January 7, 2019 - Feast of the Nativity As we mentioned in our post on Christmas, Western Christian churches celebrate Christmas on December 25. However, Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate their Christmas on January 7. They typically call this day the Feast of the Nativity. The reason Eastern churches celebrate the Feast of the Nativity on…
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