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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They’re Baaaaack…

Lepionka and Weary, I mean. This second installment in the saga of Roxane Weary, a reckless, whiskey-loving, bisexual private investigator in Columbus, Ohio, is every bit as complex and telling as Lepionka's first outing, The Last Place You Look, which I raved about back in April. What You Want to See When she takes on new…
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Featured Image: Henry and Edna

Title: Henry and Edna Date: [ca. 1902–1927] Location: Longmeadow, Massachusetts Creator: Emerson, Paesiello Source: Longmeadow Historical Society Collection: Emerson Collection Description: Paesiello Emerson was a longtime resident of Longmeadow, Massachusetts when he took up photography as a hobby at the age of 70 in 1902.  He photographed many of his neighbors and the buildings around…
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LGBTQ+ Fiction: July 2018

Now that it's July, I hope your Pride Month was a good one. Did you get a chance to visit the library booth at the Pride Festival? We had a great time and enjoyed seeing a lot of readers getting excited over library books! We also signed up a lot of new members for library…
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Featured Image: Handcuffs from Lenox jail

Title: Handcuffs from Lenox jail  Date: [ca. 1900–1939] Location: Lenox, Massachusetts Creator: Unknown Source: Lenox Historical Society Collection: Lenox Historical Society Collection Description: Little is known about these handcuffs.  They were found in the Lenox jailhouse and are believed to come from the early 20th century. Digitized by the Boston Public Library for Digital Commonwealth as part…
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Outside with the Kids!

Now that summer is upon us and the kids are out of school, we start to think about taking them outside for summer fun and to explore nature. Your child may enjoy a trip to the playground.  The City of Boston has plenty of playgrounds and parks for an afternoon of outdoor play.  The Boston…
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