National Squirrel Appreciation Day!

January 21st is National Squirrel Appreciation Day! In honor of National Squirrel Appreciation Day, here are some of our favorite images of squirrels from our digitized collections. These photos and images are available through the Digital Commonwealth, which is made possible through digitization services from the Boston Public Library. Click on any of the images to view them…
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Recent Digitization Highlights: the San Sisto Choirbooks, 1475-1495

Thanks to the generous support of the Associates of the Boston Public Library, the BPL recently digitized two monumental, highly decorated prayer books from our collection of medieval and early renaissance manuscripts. The two manuscripts -- an antiphonary and a psalter -- once belonged to a larger set of 14 choirbooks created for the Benedictine monastery of San Sisto…
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So Be Good…or Not

Good or bad? Right or wrong? You will have a hard time deciding while reading any one of these "good" thrillers. And check out these book covers! They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. So what do these eyes reveal? The Good Girl Never go with strangers... Nobody has ever taken care of Mia Dennett. Her upwardly mobile…
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The Origins and Practice of Holidays: Feast of the Nativity

January 7, 2019 - Feast of the Nativity As we mentioned in our post on Christmas, Western Christian churches celebrate Christmas on December 25. However, Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate their Christmas on January 7. They typically call this day the Feast of the Nativity. The reason Eastern churches celebrate the Feast of the Nativity on…
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The Origins and Practice of Holidays: Twelfth Night, Gurpurab Guru Gobindh Singh, Epiphany, Día de los Reyes

January 5, 2019 - Twelfth Night Twelfth Night is a Christian holiday, celebrated on January 5. It marks the twelfth and final night of the Christmas season and the coming of Epiphany. Contrary to popular belief, Christmas is not just December 25. Contrary to popular belief, Christmas is not just December 25. That is only…
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Queer Fiction: January 2019

Welcome to the new year and a new LGBTQ+ Fiction blog! We are changing things up here with a new blog name, "Queer Fiction." Two other librarians are joining me this year: Veronica and Kirsten, both from the Reader Services Department. They introduce themselves below with some fast facts and their favorite queer fiction. And…
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The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Mary, Mother of God, New Year’s Day, and Oshogatsu

January 1, 2019 - Mary, Mother of God  On New Years Day, Catholics will celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, with a feast. This celebration is the octave of Christmas. An octave is an eight day extension of the feast. In the modern Roman Calendar, only Christmas and Easter have an octave. This…
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