There’s Always More to the Story

...and journalist Kate Waters won't stop sleuthing until she has all the answers. Author Fiona Barton's characterization of Kate is particularly well done. She is a reporter for a London tabloid and can be seen as manipulative, as being manipulated, or as a feisty investigator determined to find the truth. She is in her fifties, juggling…
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Celebrating 165 Years: The BPL Through Time and Place

March 20, 2019 marks the 165th anniversary of the opening of the Boston Public Library in its first building! To celebrate, take a look at these digitized images of the BPL's Central Library through the years (and buildings). These photos and images are available through the Digital Commonwealth, which is made possible through digitization services from the Boston Public…
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Notable Women, Notable Manuscripts: Emily Dickinson

In celebration of Women’s History month, this is the third post in a series by guest blogger Kim Reynolds (Curator of Manuscripts) focusing on BPL's special collections featuring notable 19th century American women. Poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was born in Amherst, Massachusetts in the family home known as Homestead. From a prominent family, Dickinson attended Amherst…
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The Origins and Practices of Holidays: St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2019 - St. Patrick's Day  There will be many people celebrating Saint Patrick's Day on March 17, 2019. The holiday, which is also referred to as the Feast of Saint Patrick or Lá Fhéile Pádraig in Irish, is a cultural and religious celebration of the death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland…
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Notable Women, Notable Manuscripts: Celia Thaxter

In celebration of Women’s History month, this is the second post in a series by guest blogger Kim Reynolds (Curator of Manuscripts) focusing on BPL's special collections featuring notable 19th century American women. Celia Thaxter (1835-1894) was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She grew up on the Isle of Shoals and Appledore Island, Maine, where…
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Traditional Irish Music

A guest blog post by Rebecca Hunt, Music Librarian Ireland’s musical tradition goes back well over a thousand years. For nearly all of this time, it’s been an oral tradition passed on from one musician to another. It’s only been fairly recently that the music has been recorded in written and audio forms. The music…
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