Climate Preparedness Week, September 24-30

Next week, September 24-30, BPL will be participating in the first annual Climate Preparedness Week, coordinated by CREW - Communities Responding to Extreme Weather. Organizations and community leaders are hosting events all around greater Boston to help residents prepare for the impacts of climate change and extreme weather. Check out the events below taking place at…
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Independent vs. Collaborative Transcription: Zooniverse Research & Anti-Slavery Manuscripts

In January, the Boston Public Library announced the launch of our Anti-slavery manuscript transcription website. This site was developed by a team from Zooniverse led by Dr. Samantha Blickhan. The goal of this project is to engage and enable a community of motivated citizens to help convert handwritten verse into machine readable text. This transcribed text…
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Fall Must-Reads for Historical Fiction Fans

Looking through recent book reviews, pre-publication resources, and author websites, I discovered some great titles scheduled for release this fall that should interest readers of historical fiction. The titles are varied, with some stand-alone titles by major authors, and new entries in a few different popular series. Spanning the ages, they include: Silence of the…
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Featured Image: Ability Not Disability Counts, U. S. Dept. of Labor

Title: Ability Not Disability Counts, U. S. Dept. of Labor  Date: 1947 Location: Unknown Creator: U. S. Dept. of Labor Source: Perkins School for the Blind.  Collection: War Blind and Propaganda Poster Collection Description: A collection containing World War I and World War II materials--predominantly war propaganda posters, but also Red Cross and other national and…
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Featured Image: Pointed reaction

Title: Pointed reaction  Date: [ca. 1970–1973] Location: Newton, Massachusetts Creator: Germano, Eddie Source: Newton Free Library Collection: Collection of political cartoon drawings / Eddie Germano Description: Presented here is a collection of original black and white cartoon drawings by Eddie Germano, American cartoonist (b. 1924). Individual titles are given when available.  The cartoons relate mostly to…
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LGBTQ+ Fiction: September 2018

Welcome to September, when school starts again, the days start to get cooler, the drinks get warmer, the days get shorter, and the leaves change to brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows! If you're looking for an escape, might I recommend sticking your nose in a book? Below are reviews for two futuristic stories I've read…
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Featured Image: 101 Gould Street, Needham

Title: 101 Gould Street  Date: [ca. 1950–1955] Location: Needham, Massachusetts Creator: Needham Board of Assessors Source: Needham Free Public Library Collection: Needham Historical House Collection Description: The images are buildings in Needham taken by the Town of Needham Board of Assessors circa 1950-1955. These items were given to the Needham Free Public Library Archives as…
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The Boston Mob of 1835

Boston abolitionists faced great opposition from their fellow Northerners during the early years of the anti-slavery movement. To say that everyone in the North supported an end to slavery would not have been true. Many letters, which you can help transcribe online at the Anti-Slavery Manuscripts Project, discuss how pro-slavery mobs often interrupted abolitionist meetings…
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