November is Family Literacy Month

"Family Literacy" is a term for children and adults learning together. Literacy runs in families. When adults struggle with reading, they have more difficulty supporting their children's literacy. Since early literacy begins in the home, two-generation education is important. Parents and caregivers are their children's first and best teachers. In 1994, Congress named November 1…
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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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There’s No Place Like Home

Everyone's heard this one about a million times: the timeless and yet overused expression, "There's no place like home." But there's something about this simple phrase that strikes a chord with me. Home is where you find joy, comfort, love, support, and a sense of security; where you feel the most wanted, appreciated, and involved…
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The Great Boston Fire of 1872

On November 9, 1872, a fire broke out in Boston's commercial district. It would prove to be the most destructive fire in Boston's history. Before it was brought under control, a large part of downtown Boston would be left in ruins. The fire started in the basement of a building on the corner of Kingston…
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Mapping in Color

Colors are an important aspect of map-making. There is a wide spectrum of uses (and colors!) that can be found in the map collection at the Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center at the Boston Public Library. Color is used for everything from conveying very basic information, such as the difference between land and…
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