Perfect? Really?

Is anyone ever truly perfect?  I don't believe it!  And you won't either—especially after reading these thrillers. Set in homes that belie the truth, these unputdownable tales will have you questioning your own relationships with family and friends. But maybe that's a good thing... The Perfect Mother A mother's worst nightmare comes true when her newborn is snatched from…
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All That Glitters Is Gold

The Rare Books Department is always looking for new and innovative ways to share our collections with the public, so we were thrilled to be contacted by one of the BPL’s excellent children’s librarians about orchestrating a rare books outreach program for some of the Boston Public Library’s youngest patrons. It was just the sort…
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The Anti-slavery Fair

Female abolitionists played a key role in the abolitionist movement. In 1833, a group of Boston women decided to form their own organization. It was called the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society, and it had both white and black members. The organization looked for ways to support the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society (a local branch of the…
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Summer in the City!

While many people head to the beach for summer, those of us still in the city can have some fun! Here are some digitized photos of people spending their summer in Boston in years past. These photos are available through the Digital Commonwealth, which is made possible through digitization services from the Boston Public Library. Click…
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Learn To Write Fiction Beginner Course: A Learning Circle

Have you ever thought of writing a novel? Or maybe you’re participating in National Novel Writing Month this November? Whether you’ve written something before, or you’re new to writing fiction, the Learn To Write Fiction Beginner Course is for you! This is an 8-week Learning Circle which covers all the elements you need for a successful…
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Featured Image: Orders to Issac Hull, 1798-1812

Title: Hull. Isaac. Orders to him, 1798-1812 Date: 1798-1812 Location: Unknown Creator: Unknown Source: USS Constitution Museum Collection: Isaac Hull Papers, 1791-1862 Description: Isaac Hull was the captain of the USS Constitution during the War of 1812.  Here is a single page from a notebook recording his official orders as he received them.  On June 18th…
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The Liberator

  From 1831 to 1865, William Lloyd Garrison, a vocal white abolitionist, edited a weekly newspaper, titled The Liberator, in Boston, Massachusetts. When other abolitionists supported a slow end to slavery, Garrison vowed from the very first issue of The Liberator to “strenuously contend for the immediate enfranchisement of our slave populations,” which was a…
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Enchanting Entrepreneurship

Harry Potter’s Birthday is coming up on July 31! And while magic might not be real or as fantastic in Rowling’s books, it’s still a pretty lucrative business. Magicians even have backing from one member of congress. According to Forbes, David Copperfield is worth $850 Million and raked in $61.5 Million in 2017. But you…
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