Notable Women, Notable Manuscripts: Margaret Fuller

In celebration of Women’s History Month, this series by blogger Kim Reynolds (Curator of Manuscripts) focuses on special collections featuring extraordinary 19th-century American women. Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) was a groundbreaking editor, critic, journalist, and champion of women’s rights. Born in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, Fuller lived a life few women of her time could imagine. After teaching…
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The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Presidents Day and Ayyám-i-Há

February 18, 2019 - Presidents Day  Presidents Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. This year it falls on Monday, February 18. After the death of George Washington in 1799, his birthday, February 22, became a day of remembrance. Naturally, it was important to the American people to celebrate the…
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Medieval Manuscript Highlights: Books of Hours at the BPL

The book of hours is a collection of Christian devotional texts that was extremely popular during the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. Each individual copy contains psalms, hymns, readings, and other materials arranged to mirror the monastic cycle of daily prayer and worship known as the Liturgy of the Hours, or Divine Office. However, unlike…
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Earn Your Accredited High School Diploma and a Career Certificate Through the BPL!

Many jobs that offer a livable wage require at least a high school diploma. For those who did not complete high school for any reason - illness, family commitments, it just wasn't the right time-going back to school can seem daunting and overwhelming. The Boston Public Library is committed to supporting lifelong learning for people…
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Queer Fiction: February 2019

Welcome to February's Queer Fiction blog, where we have some fun and interesting things lined up for you! Below you will find reviews for a fun, new, gay fantasy series, a scary queer girl horror story, and an historical romance by a well-known author in M/M Romance. There's a little something for everyone. Happy reading…
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