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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LGBTQ+ Fiction: August 2018

Welcome to August!  Summer is coming to a close, and school is starting up again. I know many of you don't want to think about that. Me neither! So, to help you escape reality, here are some really interesting romance novels you might like. The first is a fantasy retelling/sequel to Peter Pan, featuring Peter…
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Visit us at Franklin Park

Join Bibliocycle when we visit Franklin Park Coalition for another summer series of Playhouse in the Park -- an open air performance venue for free concerts for families and children/camps! Listen to local R&B, reggae, and gospel artists every Tuesday in the summer, but especially when Bibliocycle visits on: July 24 at 10 a.m. for…
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Featured Image: Japanese Cork-tree in Jamaica Plain

Title: Phellodendron japonicum Massachusetts (Jamaica Plain) Date: November 29, 1923 Location: Boston, Massachusetts Creator: Wilson, Ernest Henry, 1876-1930 Source: Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library Collection: Ernest Wilson's New England Trees Description: Ernest Henry Wilson was one of the foremost plant explorers of the twentieth century. From 1899 to 1922, he conducted many expeditions to eastern Asia and collected…
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A laptop for $50? Learn critical online skills for 21st century success with Tech Goes Home in the BPL!

Libraries often play a major role in getting patrons up to speed with current (and very speedy) trends in technology; particularly where many tasks require some kind of online comfort in the 21st century.  We see everything from job application needs, to creating accounts for a wide variety of services, and just setting up basic…
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J-E-L-L-Oh Don’t Eat That

Though we generally frown on the presence of food in the Rare Books department due to the potential damage it could do to our collections, would you believe that a favorite summertime dessert is perfectly welcome in our conservation lab? While we use a number of regular household items in unusual ways here, one that…
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Featured Image: Boston University Biology lab pigeon bucket

Title: Boston University: Biology lab pigeon bucket, Charles River, Boston  Date: 1975 Location: Boston, Massachusetts Creator: Grant, Spencer, 1944- Source: Boston Public Library Collection: Spencer Grant Collection Description: Spencer Grant was employed as a freelance photographer for a variety of clients including UPI (United Press International), The Boston Globe, Time magazine, Boston magazine, and Esquire magazine. The…
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The American Anti-Slavery Almanac

When transcribing letters from the Anti-Slavery Manuscripts project, you may come across letters in which important figures, such as Lydia Maria Child, discuss the American Anti-Slavery Almanac. On June 20, 1860, Child wrote to William Lloyd Garrison about an almanac they planned to publish, asking Garrison, “How many pages do you propose to have?...If you…
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